On June 27, I made my first appearance on Crosstalk on Russia Today, an English-language Russian station. I was surprised by the tone of one of the hosts and one of the other guests, for reasons that you’ll see if you watch the segment.
Coming away from the appearance, I couldn’t help but think about the poor state of the American media when it comes to covering international issues. We discussed the issue for about 25 minutes from multiple angles. Any viewer left educated and saw different viewpoints. In the U.S., any segment about these issues is about 3 minutes long, often with two or more guests, and the topic gets a superficial treatment.
If the topic isn’t about a potentially imminent terrorist attack on American soil or doesn’t affect the President’s approval rating in a major way, the American media doesn’t seem to care much. If it is covered, it’s often by political columnists and bloggers.
It’s an open question whether the media doesn’t care because the American people don’t care or if the people don’t care because the media isn’t informing them about it. Whatever the case may be, my appearance on Russia Today and my viewing of other non-American outlets have taught me how differently these issues are covered.
Below is my segment—be prepared for a few awkward moments because of the satellite delay: