“I was in St. Petersburg before and after the summit and in Moscow during it. I heard not one bad word and thousands of good words about President Obama both from ordinary and official Russians. Levy and Barry from the NYT could not have failed but to hear the same.”
Despite the positive start that the first Obama-Medvedev summit has given to resetting U.S.-Russian relations, the U.S. mainstream media has done its ‘best’ to put a negative spin on the event. Before the summit The New York Times (NYT), Washington Post (WP) and Wall Street Journal (WSJ) set up their negative post-summit conclusions with dreary pre-summit warnings that Russians were waiting for Obama practically with weapons in hand. Article titles set the tone: “Russia's Grand Inquisitor (David Ignatius, WP, 2 July), “What a ‘Reset’ Can’t Fix” (David Ignatius, WP, 5 July), and “Russia and the Perils of Personal Diplomacy” (NYT, 6 July). The day after the summit’s end the NYT, WP and WSJ flooded their pages with negative takes.