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"Back in the Day" when I used to fly airplanes, wore combat boots, and was a lot sleeker than I am now, we would occasionally read the transcripts from the Soviet Union newspaper "Pravda" and once in a while "Izvestia." I asked Wikipedia to refresh my memory about them. Pravda means "the truth" and Izvestia means "the news." The popular saying at the time was "There is no truth in Pravda and no news in Izvestia." Pravda was the official newspaper of the Soviet Communist Party and Izvestia was the main Soviet newspaper, that is the "non-party" news. For the most part, the Soviet government would only talk with those two news organizations and pretty much kept every other organization at arms length. The Soviet Union also controlled the "channels" of communication with an organization called the Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union (a.k.a. TASS). TASS was granted "exclusive right to gather and distribute information outside the Soviet Union, as well as the right to distribute foreign and domestic information within the Soviet Union and manage the news agencies of the Soviet republics."There is anecdotal and actual evidence of the Soviet government harassing and persecuting members of the press. In fact, some say that reporters are still being killed today if they report on issues that displeases the Russian government. I remember that the US and Soviets would exchange international barbs about "propaganda" being espoused by the other and that nothing the other's press said was true. Of course, the people of the Soviet Union ONLY received their news from TASS approved agencies and there was no internet. The best they could do for "non-Soviet" news was the gray radio stations and the Voice of America. But even if there had been an internet, I remember that the Kremlin was a powerful and foreboding place that had physical, psychological, emotional walls around its inner sanctum of people and government. Terror and fear were themes of government. Seems like yesterday to me but it's really more than a generation ago.I wonder if a process and organizational stance could ever produce another Soviet-era Pravda like organization. My kids don't have a clue what the Soviet Union was, how frightening its rhetoric was, and how closed down and isolated its people were because of the lack of news.Gallery at Portrait Museum 

Pravda II...Amendment First

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