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).

2 comments:

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."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Yeltzin

Owen said...

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