tv Reel America Soviet Medias Portrait of the United States- 1986 CSPAN December 26, 2017 2:22pm-2:34pm EST
the bus tour continues its 50 capitals tour in january with stops in raleigh, columbia, atlanta and montgomery. on each visit we'll speak with state officials during our live washington journal program. follow the tour and join us on january 16th at 9:30 a.m. eastern for our stop in raleigh, north carolina, when our washington guest is josh stein. this next cia video briefing from about 1986 depicted how soviet state run media portrayed america. in 2011, the central intelligence agency's information management services declassified over 200 documents regarding intelligence on the soviet union. that the cia provided the reagan administration. included in the release were cia video briefings created by the director of intelligence for policy makers.
>> the people don't have power in your country. what you have a crime, sadism, unemployment, drug addiction. i don't think you're young people do anything but harm to their country. >> beat it was one of an unprecedented hits. [speaking in a foreign language] ♪ ♪ >> translator: the americans are preparing for war. we don't want war, we are preparing for self-defense. america tries to supply other countries with more and more armaments. what do they need all those weapons for?
♪ ♪ [speaking in a foreign language] >> translator: our tv can always be trusted. i would never trust american tv. all those channel and different programs. >> in recent years the soviet media has said much about the american way of life and its portrait of america is a dark one. it is designed to convince the soviet people that our social system is anything but desirable. it emphasizes violence, drug abuse, unemployment and overall exploitation of the american people by the government. . since the average soviet citizen has no alternative source of information about the united states, the soviet version is
probably accepted at face value. the soviet people seem to be curious about america and impressed by its material success. last summer an article was published titled incurable disease which dealt with u.s. unemployment and bank failures. about the same time, moscow was saying that there are 40 million americans who are literally starving, while a select group of capitalists continues to get richer. moscow television celebrated the 4th of july last year by insuring that the united states keeps millions of families living below the poverty line. the unemployed is described as having been forced not to work.
the message in all this is that the capitalist system in america is unfair and is, in fact, a failure at providing for basic human needs or maintaining continued national growth. this distorted statement is aimed at convincing people that soviet communism works much better. the u.s. economy, as described by the soviet media is being driven by raging militarism. defense spending is reported to be the cause of unemployment in civilian industries and also the cause of the huge federal deficit. the soviet defense ministry newspaper red star says american young people are receiving brainwashing from films like rambo. also included as malicious and distorted are a film about a kgb
assassin on the job in the u.s. and red dawn, which depicts an invasion of colorado by cuban and soviet troops. that same paper also said that president reagan has personally participated by calling on american youngsters to model themselves after john wayne. the degree to which personal attacks are levelled on the american president will vary according to immediate political circumstances in soviet/american relations. such attacks are part of a more general assault by the soviet media, which blames the u.s. for the arms race. and says that washington follows a policy of state terrorism and international banditry. and the u.s. arms policy is a mixture of falsity and cynicism. on racial and social problems the united states is depicted as
a country plagued by discrimination. where the accusation is getting worse, rather than better. according to moscow television, so-called civil rights are a fiction. racism and racial discrimination continue to be the shame of present day america with white racists stepping up their activity. there is said to be no equality of opportunity with neither blacks nor hispanics getting fair chance in american society. moscow pictures racial problems as permeating life. minor events that get little attention from u.s. media are presented in the soviet union as typical. for example, in chicago a hispanic union organizer was murdered in 1983. and two years later, the only mention of him in u.s. media is a brief story on an inside page of the chicago tribune. that story was about a march held in his memory.
but pravda devoted a three part series as an alleged example of big business trying to keep the workers subjugated. another kind of manipulation is the russian edition of american author's book working. the u.s. version reports both successes and failures in nearly 600 pages. the russian translation is about a third as long, and emphasizes the failures and disappointments of working americans. the soviet media portrays the u.s. political system as an oligarchy. they say the american public has been lulled by demagogues. according to moscow radio, american society is repressive. it says u.s. authorities are
putting themselves in opposition to the majority of their own people. and moscow television said that thousands of political prisoners are languishing in u.s. prisons today as a result of tyranny and repression of the authorities. moscow has seized on the case of an american indian activist convicted in 1977 of murdering two fbi agents. while his case is almost forgotten here, his legal appeals getting only brief mention in the "new york times," pravda published seven stories about him this past september. other soviet newspapers also ran prominent coverage. the soviets seem to be using this case to counter western publicity about their own political prisoners. according to another moscow radio report, americans who oppose u.s. military policy are
described as peace fighters who are repressed on a monstrous scale by the american secret police. occasional reports on american communists describe them as speaking for widespread attitudes, but that they are suppressed for challenging the system. when it was suggested to a moscow tv anchorman that soviet media distorts news about america, he replied -- >> i think we are not distorting news, no. i would disagree with you. because we are showing not only unemployed, we showed private clubs, we showed high society. we showed ms. america. >> recently, moscow television presented a dramatization of an american novel, the r document by irving wallace. the story's theme deals with the suspension of the american bill of rights and is set sometime in the future. moscow television sought to use this theme to make its point about the future of america.
a commentator said that the sense of hopeilolessness are pushing up suicide, crime, drug addiction and divorce statistics. in the final scenes of the famous story, the picture of dorian gray, the portrait takes on an ugly, even hideous appearance. and the soviet media seems bent on portraying to the soviet people a similar vision of america. 8:00 p.m. eastern, remarks from bill de blasio on the political landscape and future of the progressive movement. c pan 2, it's book tv. on cspan three american history tv with a look at the cold war.
cspan's cities tour brings you to springfield, missouri on january 6th and 7th. we're exploring the littehistor route 66. on saturday, author jeremy neely talks about the conflict occurring along the kansas/missouri border in the struggle over his slavery. >> in 1858 john brown, having left kansas comes back to the territory and begins a series of raids into western missouri. during which his men will liberate enslaved people from missouri and help them escape to freedom. in the course of this, they'll kill a number of slaveholders. and so the legend or the notoriety of john brown really grows as part of this struggle that people locally understand is really the beginning o