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Hype of the Media

Updated on December 27, 2011



The Reports

The United States media seems to be trying to make something more than there is when it comes to occurrences in Russia. The way the media is reporting the demonstrations of people in Moscow, in opposition to Putin and his party, is somewhat dramatic. They are trying to give the impression that these demonstrations are by the majority of the people and that this is an indication that perhaps the elections were fraudulent. Let us look at some of the real facts, something that the US media choose not to say.

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The Facts

OK, I will grant you that there was perhaps close to 100,000 people in the demonstration. That though given the population of Russia is not a particularly large number. It would equate to approximately 1 in every 1,400 people, compare that to the demonstrations in Libya which were estimated to be 1 in 5 of the population of the country. The media would have us believe that the number must indicate that it is a demonstration of the majority of the people. I think though that a figure of just 1 in 1,400 is a figure any opposition party, in any country, could probably muster as a show of unhappiness in the results of a fair election.

The results of the election were that Putin’s party won 51% of the votes. They won 238 of the 450 seats in their parliament. Their closest rival won only 20% of the votes and 92 seats. For the US media to try and imply that perhaps these elections were not a true reflection of the Russian peoples feelings, seems a little absurd considering the complex and costly election system at home. It is firstly, secondly and thirdly based on the ability to raise money. This often leads to speculation by others that the Presidency could be bought. Although this also sounds absurd, it does go some way to meaning that money has a voice in the US election process, so perhaps the wealthy get a bigger say in an election than the poor.

The question really is though: why would the media report the events in Russia in such a way? The truth is that Putin is supposedly interested in making a strong Russia for the Russian people. One of the ways he proposes to fulfill this is by using Russian resources for Russian people. Another is by trying to create stronger binds between the center and outlying provinces, as opposed to the opposition’s views to segregation.

Now I can fully understand that the wealthy owners of the US media would not be happy with Putin’s party winning the elections, as it will not be very responsive to the wishes of the wealthy Americans. However they should be careful of what they wish for. The second most popular party in Russia was the communist party and over the years thousands of American lives have been lost in an effort to suppress communism in the world. So, what may not be best for the wealthy in America may be best for the rest of America. The media should therefore report factually and let the people decide whether something is good for them or not.


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    • teenboyproblems profile image

      teenboyproblems 6 years ago from Nebraska

      I agree as well. Voted up

    • poetvix profile image

      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      The media has become little more than a tool. The days of honest, non biased journalism are a thing of the past when applied to the mainstream media.

    • dadibobs profile image

      dadibobs 6 years ago from Manchester, England

      You have created a very interesting hub. Personally i think media coverage of any event should be completely non biased, of course this is never the case. Could the other governments of the world be trying to dramatise the events in Russia, to take away the coverage of their own short comings and failures?. By pointing out the mistakes made by someone else, we can divert attention away from ourselves.

      voted up.