It all changed shortly after Putin returned to power in 2012, according to Jim Rutenberg’s New York Times Magazine feature story, September 17, 2017. I emphasize story because Rutenberg turns a dry topic of media dynamics into a very human story, dripping with vivid details including the spread of venison, oysters and shrimp he enjoyed with one of the key figures in the tale.
“Objectivity is a myth,” Rutenberg quotes Dmitruyu Kiselyov as saying in a speech to the staff of the Russian government’s International News Service shortly after it had be put under his leadership. “Just imagine a young man who puts an arm around the shoulder of a girl and tells the girl, ‘You know, I’ve wanted to tell you for a long time that I treat you objectively.’ Is this what she’s waiting for? Probably not. So in the same way, our country, Russia, needs our love.”Read more