Sorry about the very crude, very unprofessional title here. But I’ve just read an article that makes me not only want to flip a table, but also want to slam this laptop shut, give up Russia-watching and Russian Studies forever, and gouge my own eyes out with the frame of that Vladimir Putin portrait that’s always hanging above my work desk for some reason.
It’s by Scott Gilmore. Its for the Boston Globe. And it’s a piece of crap.
Not only is this a very derogatory, ill-informed, and downright embarrassing piece written by a person with ZERO Russia experience, but it also uses cherry picked facts, misleading statistics and absolutely no context.
It’s at times like this that I realize just how mind-boggling the degree to which some of my fellow countrymen are unaware of what’s happening in the world really is. When we’re handed this kind of propaganda (I’m sorry. There’s no other word for it!) by Gilmore, which not only uses carefully selected facts to give the worst possible profile of an entire nation, but actually serves up outright lies that even Gilmore himself would know are total BS, it’s really no wonder that we have formed such fantastical opinions. What I cannot understand, as this type of article appears again and again, is how this still supposedly carries the standard of “good journalism”.
Maybe I should just quit this Russia thing while I’m ahead.