Russian President Vladimir Putin says the media is correct to fight authorities — but reporters and officials should not fight among themselves.
“The media in a democratic society always opposes authorities,” Putin told a media forum arranged by the All-Russia People’s Front in St. Petersburg, the Russian news agency Tass reports.
“It is absolutely right but I would like the journalists and officials to refrain from fighting each other all the time.
“If you oppose each other, then sand will be constantly put in the wheels, but if you outline a common goal then you will be able to reach the best results.”
Putin’s remarks come amid ongoing U.S. investigations of involvement by the Russian government in the 2016 presidential election and charges of collusion between Donald Trump and Russian officials.
During an interview Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he believes the low level of American trust in Russia — just 9 percent — is due to an intense propaganda push that has been underway in the U.S. for more than a year.
“They fell victim of that propaganda and that’s why lots of Americans, they do think that, yes, Russian hackers are everywhere. Russian hackers are in every fridge. Russian hackers are in every iron … But this is not true. Those are fake news, and this is slander,” Peskov said.
Source: newsmax – Putin: Media Should Oppose Authorities