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New Yorker Editor on Russian Media: ‘Imagine if Glenn Beck Were Appointed by the President’

The New Yorker’s David Remnick made his second appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night, and besides reviving the instant classic live cartoons bit they premiered in March, he also spoke to the host about how Russia’s tightly-controlled media landscape is shaping the aftermath of the shot down Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine.

Remnick, who was just in Moscow, described the political climate there as “disastrous,” attributing Vladimir Putin’s North Korea-esque approval ratings to his total control over “all the means of communication” in Russia.

“The vast, vast majority of people get their information from state-controlled television,” Remnick said. “And you would be amazed at the tone of it. Imagine if Glenn Beck were appointed by the president… and there were many Glenn Becks all over television and that was all the information you were getting about the world and all of the opinion you were getting.

“It’s really daunting,” he added.

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