David Satter: Soviet Media Right Here in America

Broadcast Running Time: 22:08

Does history really repeat itself?  Can we learn from it?  David Satter (davidsatter.com), Editorial Author at the Wall Street Journal, joins us to report on his experiences as a journalist in Soviet Russia in the 1970s and 1980s – and compare it to America today. 

In the Soviet Union, media perpetuated the government narrative so much so that the people knew that news stories weren’t true.  Today in the U.S., we read or hear a story and immediately think, based on the media outlet, that an ideology is being pushed instead of facts.  Also, in totalitarian societies, there is such a threat to disrupt your future, through cancel culture or force, that people self-censor and fall in line.  It happened in the Soviet Union.  We’re seeing it begin to happen here.  Can we learn from this in time to stop it?

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