The Soviet Communist Theory of the Press

Schramm, Wilbur

On the rare occasions when United States and Soviet newspapermen come together to discuss mass communication, the talk is apt to be both amusing and frustrating; for it becomes obvious in the first few minutes that the two frames of reference are incompatible. The American feels blessed with his free press, and is inclined to sympathize with his Soviet colleague who groans under state ownership, censorship, and propaganda. The Soviet representative, on the other hand, claims that he is blessed with the only true freedom of the press, whereas his unfortunate American colleague is compelled to serve a press that