Mass media must be honest to politically active citizens otherwise their trust will be lost, said philosopher, political scientist, the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan in a new issue of his Destiny author’s broadcast published on May 4.
Today, generally speaking, the Russian mass media is in much better shape than it was during the first Chechen war in 1994-1995, noted Kurginyan. On the contrary, during the 90’s, he recalled the days when NTV, a private television channel owned, at the time, by the Russian oligarch Vladimir Gusinsky, literary, “was firing at Russian soldiers fighting in Chechnya with all its rapid-fire informational machine guns.”
According to the political scientist, nothing like this is happening now. However, this does not mean that the media coverage in Russia is safe, strategically speaking, stressed Kurginyan. In this regard, he spoke about the conversation he had with one of the patriotically minded commentators on a major TV channel.
“I asked: ‘If you continue to repeat that each of our soldiers is a miraculous hero; that each of our generals is greater than such commanders as Suvorov and Kutuzov; that all our managers, both high and low ranking officials, are better than … Roosevelt and who knows what … If all this is true, then why is everything happening the way it is? You will have to somehow explain this to the society and, above all, to its politically active citizens who are a deciding factor” – Kurginyan conveyed the essence of the conversation.
The political scientist noted that Lenin, way back when, called for telling the truth to the masses, because he knew that masses would see lies. And today, a lie can lead to a loss of trust among the politically active part of society, believes the expert.
“If the maps are showing retreats as a result of military action – near Kharkov, for example, — then talking about this, as if everything is fine and ‘covered in chocolate’, would only undermine the trust among the politically active citizens”, stressed Kurginyan.
“The politically active citizens will be gone! As an asset! What will you do next after it is lost?” – the political scientist is posing a rhetorical question.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency