tv Reel America Soviet Medias Portrait of the United States- 1986 CSPAN December 26, 2017 10:19pm-10:34pm EST
this group showed us how it's done. two stellar interviews in one day. they ask hard hitting questions about immigration reform and the dream act. we're asking students to choose a provision of the u.s. constitution. and create a video illustrating why it's important. our competition is open to all middle school and high school students. grade 6 through 12. $100,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. the grand prize of $5,000 will go to the student or team with the best over all entry. the deadline is january 18. get contest details on our web site. student cam.org. this next cia video briefing from 1986 depicted how soviet state run media portrayed america. in 2011 the agency information management services declassified over 200 documents regarding intelligence on the soviet
union. that the cia provided the reagan administration. included were cia video briefings created by the direct tr of intelligence for policy makers. the people don't have power in your country. what you have is crime, unemployment, drug addiction. i don't think your young people do anything but harm to their country. >> the americans are preparing for war. we don't want war. we're preparing for self-defense. america tries to sup my other
countries with more and more. what do they need all the weapons for? >> our tv can always be trusted. i would never trust american tv. all the channels in different programs. >> in recent years the soef 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 over all 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 however seem to be curious about america and impressed by its material success. lars summer a lengthily article entitled in curable disease. which dealt with u.s. unemployment. and bank failure. about the same time moscow was saying there are 40 million americans who are literally starving. while a select group of capitalists continue to get richer. moscow television celebrated the fourth of july last year. by assuring viewers that america is the kwthat copes millions of
families living below the official poverty line. the unemployed are described having been deprived of the wright to work. moscow television shows film of locked factory gates. and people being evicted from their homes. the message in all this is the that the capitalist system in america is unfair. and is in fact a failure at providing for basic mhuman need. or national growth. this 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 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 that
american young people are receiving military brainwashing. from films like ram bow. included as malicious and distorted are a film about a assassin on the job in the west. and red dawn. which depicts an invasion of colorado. by cuban and soviet troops. that same paper also said president reagan has personally participated in the brainwashing. by calling on american youngsters to model themselves after john wayne. the degree to which personalized attacks are levelled on the american president and other high american officials will vary according to immediate political circumstances in soviet american relations. such attacks are a 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 band tri. and the u.s. arms policy is a mixture of falsity, hypocrisy and cynicism. on racial and social problems the united states is depicted as a country plagued by discrimination. when the situation is getting worse rather than better. according to to moscow tv so called civil rights are a fiction. racism and racial discriminate nation continue to be the shame. with white racists stepping up activity. there is said to be no equality of opportunity with neither blacks nor 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 organizers 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 recently devoted a three part series to reviewing the case as an alleged example of big business trying to keep the workers subjected. another kind of manipulation it the russian addition of american author 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 ruled by big capitalists. who control the masses. moscow radio said recently that
the american public has been lulled by the demagogue ri. who is service ts have been bought by capitol. american society is repressive. it says u.s. authorities are putting themselves in opposition to the majority of their own people. and moscow tv said that thousands of political prisoners are languishing in u.s. prisons today. as a result of tyranny and repression of the authority. moscow has seized on the kaes of an american indian activist convicted in 1977 of murdering two fbi agents. his case is almost forgotten here. his legal appeals getting preef mention in the new york times. prav da pressured seven stories about him this past september. other newspapers also ran prominent coverage. the soviets seem to be trying to
use this case to counter western publicity about their own political prisoners. according to to another moscow radio report. americans who oppose u.s. military policy are described as peace fighters who are repressed on a monster scale by the american secret police. occasional reports on american communist describe them as speaking for widespread attitudes but they are suppressed for challenging the system. when it was suggested to a moscow tv anchor man that soviet union distorts news abtd america. >> i would disagree. their private life. high society. >> recently moscow tv the story
themed deals with the suspension of the american bill of rights. and set sometime in the future. moscow television sought to use the theme to make its point about the future of america. a said that the sense of hopelessness and fore of the future are dramatically pushing up second-degr suicide, crime, drug addiction. alcoholism and divorce statistics. in the final scenes of the famous story the picture of gray. the portrait takes on an ugly even hideous appearance. and the soviet media seems bent on portraying a similar vision of america. c-span washington journal live every day. with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up wednesday morning. american university law professor talks about race and
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