Kremlin, Inc.. â€œThere is no censorship â€” itâ€™s much more advanced. I would call it a system of contacts and agreements between the Kremlin and the heads of television networks. There is no need to start every day with instructions. It is all done with winks and nods. They meet at the end of the week, and the problem, for TV and even in the printed press, is that self-censorship is worse than any other kind. Journalists know â€” they can feel â€” what is allowed and what is not.â€ Boy does that sound familiar.
This is what Chomsky calls “manufacturing consent.” A self-muzzling press, or one that takes on the values of the ruling class, doesn’t need the the threat of overt censorship to remain compliant.