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January 4, 2011

Old narratives die hard

PD*27270710A Russian criminal court sentenced former OAO Yukos chairman and CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky to another seven years in prison last week. As if on cue, the mainstream U.S. media reported on the event as a reflection of the capricious and arbitrary nature of the Russian legal system.

We really are better than those corrupt Russians, aren't we?

Meanwhile, the mainstream media continues to neglect -- and often promotes -- similar mistreatment and persecution of business executives in the U.S. I mean, really. Would R. Allen Stanford fare much worse in a Russian prison than he has in U.S. jails?

And to that the unnecessary and shameful criminalization of large segments of American society in other respects and you start wondering whether those writing for the mainstream media have any idea of what is going on in their own backyards?

Yeah, Russian criminal justice system is corrupt. The U.S. system is far superior.

Old narratives die hard.

Posted by Tom at January 4, 2011 12:01 AM |

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"you start wondering whether those writing for the mainstream media have any idea of what is going on in their own backyards?"

IMO, yes, they do know. It's called "manufactured
consent", and everyone understands the game.

As always, the big question is who will tell the people. Corporate media sure as hell won't.

Posted by: Bill McWilliams Author Profile Page at January 4, 2011 7:34 AM

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