Monday, April 23, 2007

Is that News report half full or half empty?

Article from the NYT posted on justwatch-l:

MOSCOW, April 21 -- At their first meeting with journalists since taking over
Russia's largest independent radio news network, the managers had startling
news of their own: from now on, they said, at least 50 percent of the reports
about Russia must be "positive."

* And in other news from Russia, former President Boris Yeltsin had died.
(I realize that was a bit random; but since this topic does deal with Russia, I'd include the news on this post).


Daniel said...

Boris Yeltsin was a complete disaster:

"The Yeltsin era was a traumatic period in Russian history; a period marked by widespread corruption, economic collapse, and enormous political and social problems. By the time he left office, Yeltsin was a deeply unpopular figure in Russia, with an approval rating as low as two percent by some estimates. [2]

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991, Yeltsin, vowing to transform Russia's Communist planned economy into a capitalist market economy, endorsed a programme of "shock therapy," cutting Soviet-era price controls and introducing drastic cuts in state spending. However, the reforms came in too slowly, and through corruption in the state departments a handful of people were able to enrich themselves while stamping out competitors."

Owen said...

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. And sadly Russia got Yeltsin and the Russians lost their pensions.