Russian Media are liars
USA Media are liars
Vested interests control media
Media sells wars and a good story is important
Media sells wars and the truth is important
It's unpatriotic to support Qaddaffi
It's patriotic to cheerlead for a war
War is just good business
It's bad for business to show the dead people
Qaddaffi doesn't provide free housing, education and healthcare etc.
Almost all of the above....
I wouldn't really trust any country to accurately report international news about themselves. Every country will succumb to the desire to make themselves look better. During the Russia/Georgia conflict a few years ago, US news completely glossed over how the attacking Russian forces were acting to prevent genocide. The US took the position to make Russia look back, and to make ourselves look better. Australian news, however, had no personal interest in the story, and so reported it much more objectively. I mention Australian news specifically as I was in Australia at the time and had greatest access to their news.
Russian media is no more corrupt than ours, at least not when confronted with the chance to make themselves look good.
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I think it's because Americans like to see themselves as the beacon of all that's good in the world...if we're bombing another country and killing civilians, it must somehow be for the "greater good." Whereas I suspect the Russian media is less likely to view Obama's military actions as fundamentally different than Gaddafi's: maybe neither of them INTEND to kill civilians in this conflict, but they certainly don't have a problem with doing so if it helps them achieve their geopolitical goals.
The US government has killed far more civilians in pursuit of military hegemony than Gaddafi ever has, so I find it a bit silly when people cite Gaddafi's human rights abuses as a reason for NATO to forcibly depose him.
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Allow me to let you in on a big secret: Russia, historically, has not been the biggest fan of NATO.
Originally Posted by Josie
It's political. Russia sees itself as a superpower, and is doing what they can to exert influence.
As far as the media, some of it is government controlled, and the rest of it hesitates to be too openly critical. Partly because of Putin's authoritarian streak, and partly because that's just how things have always been there.
Really, it's just a completely different culture. Americans look at George Washington as their paragon of a good leader. Russians tend to look at Ivan the Terrible as the paragon of a leader.