Follow the link below to see the program yourself.
A recent national TV program has shown me why Americans have such an inalterably negative view of Russia. The program highlighted that news about the country has been quite unfavorable. Why would anyone have reason to disagree?
Some experts take exception to the veracity of those news reports. But for most people, common sense suggests that it would be preposterous to believe that almost all the negative news reports are false.
That disparity is what came into focus for me when I was guest on a half hour PBS program called White House Chronicle.
I was interviewed by two distinguished journalists for whom I have considerable respect. We had a good discussion about the current issues surrounding Russia's role in the world. But when I proffered that the Western news coverage of Russia is greatly distorted I received some well-intentioned push back.
It was clearly counterintuitive to my interlocutors that news could be so massively biased.
Yet in reality it is. I've written four books that debunk the news stories that have shaped perceptions of most US observers. The pages are filled not with allegations on which reasonable people can disagree -- they display substantiated facts.
As the United States takes its first steps toward a change in presidential leadership it is seriously worth pondering what toll the widespread fallacious views of Russia will take on world peace and security.
As a friend recently exclaimed, "The tensions between the West and Russia are indeed increasing, increasing fast, and reach scary dimensions!"
Take a look at the White House Chronicle episode and let me know what you think. Here's the link:
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