For a long time the US has dominated the world’s information stage, writes the Serbian newspaper Pravda, especially after the collapse of the USSR, when Russia was “beaten cold”.
It is all the more valuable, the newspaper says, as the US has many media resources at its disposal, including its most potent tool for propaganda – Hollywood.
“Media outlets, like that of CNN, always have at hand a certain repertoire to support and justify US actions around the world,” it says.
“Simultaneously new scenarios of the causes of US special operations [activity] are being fabricated, which are then skillfully delivered to both America and the world community.”
“Right after the conflict in Ukraine broke out, all the American mass media started, as if on command, attacking ousted president Yanukovich, calling him “Putin’s spy” and the “man who is holding up Ukraine on its way to the EU”. At the same time, the bloody developments in Maidan have been presented as “the victory of freedom and democracy.”
The Hollywood movie industry, the outlet say, is also completely synchronized with US foreign policy. Each new US intervention is being accompanied with a new Hollywood “blockbuster” on the topic.
Many of these movies get Oscars, and the number of television series feature so-called “Serbian terrorists” is practically uncountable.
The “Hollywood effect” could be traced even quarter of a century back, to the movie “Good Morning, Vietnam”, where Robin Williams starred as a pacifist DJ, who in every possible way resists the orders of his management.
Russia, on the contrary, has lacked somewhat convincing mass media outlet capable of seriously influencing global opinion.
Vladimir Putin seems to have understood where the US had been most successful and decided to alter the balance, returning Russia's media might.
Probably, for the first time in its history, the US is in a pretty vulnerable position in this information duel.