Soviet Propaganda Machine
First Aired: October 18, 1999
“Soviet Propaganda Machine” reviews the USSR's efforts to impart---and control---information. “It was like Big Brother telling you what you should know,” says one Soviet journalist. The hour chronicles Soviet propaganda efforts from Lenin's quashing of press freedom to attempts in the 1980s to keep the public in the dark about the war in Afghanistan. Interviewed: Russian TV journalist Vladimir Posner; former Secretary of State Alexander Haig; former Soviet broadcaster Joe Adamov; and former USIA director Abbot Washburn.
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- Premiered: September 27, 1999
- Rating: None
- Premise: A four-part Cold War retrospective based in part on Soviet files and footage. (more)