BRAINWASHED PRO-PUTIN RUSSIANS OR TROLLS IN OVER DRIVE ON YOUTUBE?
If anyone doubts if Russians are brainwashed or simple expert at using cyberspace to spread Putin's anti-American point-of-view, read the comments on my HuffPost blog, “Russian Millennials Speaking Openly about America” and on Youtube.
Posted by nobodys perfect: “People who made this video think America is not totalitarian? That their media isn’t Pentagon PR??”
Posted by Ness19: “This is obvious paid propaganda haha too obvious. Sorry. The author is probably Americanized ex-russian who lost touch with reality in Russia. Might have worked a few years ago, but people are not that gullible any longer.
In one day, over 10,000 people have viewed the YouTube video. While this is modest, how is it that a blog by an American journalist and former executive producer of Sesame Street in Russia gets noticed so quickly and so quickly accused of being an instrument of propaganda by Russians? The film my colleague and I shot in Russian presented a diversity of perspectives on Russian Milllennials and we are not paid by the US government, nor is our film propaganda.
Don't Putin’s Trolls have more important work to do, such as further interfering in the US electoral processes and elections in other countries as David Sanger highlights in his excellent NY Times piece.
Reading the comments will make you concerned about President-Elect Trump’s fondness for Vladimir Putin whose cyber mastery is jeopardizing American democracy.
Still, there is hope from refreshing posts by Russians who yearn for freedom:
Comment posted by Axiomaticness: ”Lol. I communicate directly with many Russians over social media. The majority of us want the same thing - Personal liberty .
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