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tv   Soviet Medias Portrait of the United States  CSPAN  September 30, 2017 8:00am-8:11am EDT

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she was surprised to be there. he never imagined to be the -- he was surprised to be there. he never imagined to be the president of the united states. into thousand 11, -- 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 directorate of intelligence for policymakers. ," aext, on "reel america video from 1986. >> [speaking russian] >> the people don't have power in your country. what you have is crime, sadism , and implement, and drug addiction. i don't think you're young
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people do anything but harm to their country. it" by michael jackson plays] >> "beat it" was an unprecedented hit. >> the americans are preparing for war. we don't want more, 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 russian] >> our tv can always be trusted. i would never trust american tv, -- what do they need all those weapons for? ♪ >> [speaking russian]
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>> our tv can always be trusted. i would never trust american tv, all of those channels 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 exportation 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, however, seem to be curious about america, and impressed by its material success. last summer, a lengthy article
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was published titled "incurable disease," which dealt with u.s. unemployment and bank failures. at the same time moscow was , saying 40 million americans were "literally starving," while a select group of capitalist s continued to get richer. moscow television celebrated the fourth of july last year by assuring viewers that "america is the quintessence of an unjust capitalist system that keeps millions of families living below the official poverty line." the unemployed are described as being deprived of the right to work, while moscow television shows film of locked factory gates and people being evicted from their homes. the message in all this is the capitalist system in america is unfair and is, in fact, a failure at providing for basic human needs or maintaining continued national growth.
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this broadly distorted statement is aimed at convincing the soviet people that soviet communism works much better by providing economic security for them. the u.s. economy, as described by the soviet media, is being driven by rating 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 says that american young people are receiving militarist brainwashing from films like "rambo." also included as malicious and distorted is a film about a kgb agent on the job in the u.s. and "red dawn," which depicts the invasion of colorado by soviet and cuban troops. that same paper said president reagan has personally
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participated in the brainwashing by calling on american youngsters to model themselves after john wayne. the degree to which personal attacks are leveled on the american president and other high american officials will will very 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. they say the u.s. arms policy is a mixture of hypocrisy and cynicism. on racial and social problems, the united states is depicted as a country plagued by discrimination, where the situation is getting worse rather than better. according to moscow television, so-called civil rights are a fiction, racism and racial discrimination continue to be
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the shame of present day america, was white racists stepping of activity. -- stepping up their activity. there is said to be no equality of opportunity with neither blacks or hispanics getting a fair chance in american society. moscow pictures racial problems as permeating american 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. two years later, the only mention of him in u.s. media is a brief story on the inside page of the chicago tribune. that story was about a march held in his memory. but they had a three-part series to review the case as an alleged case of big business keeping workers subjugated. another kind of soviet manipulation is the russian edition of the book "working."
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the u.s. version reports successes and failures in nearly 600 pages. the russian translation is about one third as long and emphasizes the failures and disappointments of working americans. the soviet media portrays the u.s. political system as an oligarchy, ruled by the capitalists who control the impoverished masses. moscow radio said the american has been lulled by the demagoguery of those who have been bought by capital. they say american society is repressive and are in the opposition of a majority of their own people. they have said that thousands of political prisoners are languishing in u.s. prisons today. as a result -- today as a result
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of tierney and oppression of the authorities. a man was convicted in 1977 of murdering two fbi agents. while his case is here, his legal appeal gets a brief mention in the new york times. they published seven stories about him this past september. other soviet papers ran prominent coverage. the soviets seem to be using this case to counter western publicity about their own political prisoners. according to another moscow report, americans who oppose u.s. military policy are described as peace fighters who are repressed on a monstrous scale by american secret police. reports on american communists describe them as speaking for widespread attitudes but they -- attitudes, but they are
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suppressed for challenging the system. when it was suggested to a moscow tv anchorman that soviet media distorts news about america, he replied -- >> i do not think they are distorting things. i would disagree. we are showing private lives, high society, miss america. >> recently, moscow television presented a dramatization of an american novel. 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 a point about the future of america. a commentator said that the sense of hopelessness and fear of the future are dramatically pushing up suicide, crime, drug addiction, alcoholism and divorce statistics.
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in the final scenes of the famous story "the picture of dorian gray," the portrait takes even hideous appearance. the soviet media seems bent on portraying to the soviet people a similar vision of america. >> up next on "reel america," we continue to look at 1980's cia briefings on the soviet union. this details what the agency argued was a vast system of indoctrination in the soviet union, which discouraged individualism and encouraged passive acceptance of kremlin rule from cradle to grave. in 2011, the cia'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 video briefings created by the directorate of intelligence for policymakers.


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