Russian TV has enthusiastically covered the Trump-Ukraine scandal

02 Oct 2019

(Monkey Cage blog) Russian state-controlled television has been extensively covering the news that President Trump allegedly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate the son of former vice president Joe Biden, who is leading in polls for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential primaries.

The Kremlin finds much to like about this story, according to my analysis of 11 reports on Channel One, Rossiya and NTV, Russia’s most-watched networks. Here’s what I found: Russian TV news has framed the unfolding developments in ways that both denigrate Ukraine’s pro-Western political orientation and justify Moscow’s aggressive policy toward Ukraine since its 2014 Euromaidan revolution. [...]

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