The Media Is the Message: Russia's Deputy Minister of Communications Defends Propaganda -By MASHA GESSEN NYTimes.comQuicklink submitted by Susan Lee Schwartz Permalink
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|'A journalist is tasked with making money for those who hired him,' says Russia's deputy minister of communications. 'A journalist has to be fully aware that he is not tasked with making the world better.' So said Alexei Volin, deputy minister of communications and mass media, a keynote speaker at a conference called 'Journalism in 2012: The Profession and Its Function in Society,' 'It was not just his own but the entire government's understanding of the media's 'function in society' that he broadcast in his speech to journalism department faculty and others. ' 'A journalist is tasked with making money for those who hired him,'' said Volin. ' 'And you can only do that by making your resource interesting for your readers, viewers or listeners. The question, then, is, Do mass media serve a propaganda function? Of course they do, to the extent their owners believe appropriate.' '|
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