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April 11, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The Russian government has cut off broadcasts of Voice of America after a leading state media figure denounced the U.S. government-funded radio as "spam on our frequencies. " VOA's contract with the Russian media oversight agency wasn't renewed after it expired at the end of March because the Kremlin could no longer tolerate "its subversive, sanctimonious, self-serving propaganda," the Voice of Russia said in its account of the cutoff. The internal silencing of the broadcasts that beamed news and cultural programs into the Soviet Union during the Cold War represented the latest attempt by the Kremlin to eliminate media providing an alternative to those whose content and editors are controlled by the Russian government.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
In the day since Emily Maynard and Jef Holm revealed their engagement to the world, the happy couple have been busy doing the media rounds to spread the news of their romantic bliss. On Tuesday morning, the pair jumped on a conference call with a handful of media outlets to talk about wedding plans and how in love they were. But I would not be part of this lobbing of softballs. When it came time for me to ask my first question, I asked about something that has been perplexing a number of us in "Bachelorette" Nation for months: Why wasn't the show forthright about Jef's Mormon background?
NEWS
July 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian authorities seized financial and personnel files from the offices of Media-Most, a media holding company whose owner's arrest last month prompted an international outcry and fears of a crackdown against press freedoms. Investigators also gathered documents from the NTV television network, one of Media-Most's outlets, and the Gazprom state gas monopoly, which owns part of NTV, news reports said. Media outlets owned by Vladimir A.
OPINION
September 22, 2009
Re "Can you count the Capitol protesters?" Sept. 15 Your article's readiness to give validity to suspect sources for the high estimates is troubling. Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union and Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks, the sponsoring groups, have an incentive to inflate the numbers. The consensus among local officials and media outlets is that the crowd was well under 100,000. Do estimates vary wildly? Sure. But someone who doesn't read the entire article will have the impression that the various estimates are all equally legitimate.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2008
KATE AURTHUR'S piece on Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan ["It's Bigger Than Both of Them," July 20] was fantastic. What a great look about what media outlets are saying and not saying. That only so many people would go on record for your article only emphasized the peculiar nature of their relationship and how it is being covered. It's refreshing that a writer will go there. Kelechi Ubozoh Tarrytown, N.Y.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 1998
While your articles on the new Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach were interesting (Calendar Weekend, June 18), I am very angry at the lack of public transportation information. The article by Douglas P. Shuit ("Riding a New Wave") mentions the driving directions and reports a recent traffic jam on the 710 Freeway. Have any of you thought about why the freeways and streets are so congested? Perhaps if The Times and other media outlets offered transit information, more people would ride, and traffic would decrease!
NATIONAL
October 1, 2012 | By David Horsey, This post has been updated. See the note at the bottom for details
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is the model of a new kind of power-grabbing authoritarian. Gone is the preening, bullying fascist in a comical military costume, like Hitler or Mussolini. Mao's jacket and Fidel Castro's combat fatigues are out of fashion. Today, it is all business. Today, Stalin would be wearing Hugo Boss or Brooks Brothers, his mustache would be shaved off and he, like Yanukovych, would look like any chief executive flying business class. The pogrom and the putsch have given way to PR. Yanukovych has hired lobbyists and public relations teams to help him project a progressive image while he quietly squeezes the press and rejiggers election laws to guarantee his party permanent rule.  An example of this is the Podesta Group's $200,000 contract with an entity called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.
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