Response to W. Lance Bennett's Review of Television, Power, and the Public in Russia
W. Lance Bennett is rightly pessimistic about a state with government-run mass media, on the one hand, and unchecked corruption, on the other. The massive and partially acknowledged corruption operates menacingly at all levels of society, a phenomenon mainly of the post-Soviet period. And the situation is bound to worsen as the economic crisis grows. However, it is unlikely that this decade of rampant corruption is the source of most heuristics that Russians use, for the derivation and content ofshort-cuts to navigate news tend to be drawn from early experiences under Soviet rule. © 2009, American Political Science Association. All rights reserved.
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