Bigotry & xenophobia about ‘the Russians’ is the only kind PC culture allows

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Corruption is in the Russian DNA. Sharing is not a Russian trait. The Russians are genetically driven to lie. In an increasingly politically-correct media landscape, “the Russians” are still fair game. The three statements above have been made with various alterations by journalists, expert analysts, and US officials in recent years – and each time, the overt xenophobia within them flies almost completely under the radar, in a media culture which is otherwise hyper-vigilant of real or perceived slights against any one group of people. The Russians, however, are an exception. Their very existence offers a convenient outlet for pent-up hateful, racist, and xenophobic rage. Go on, try it. I promise, you can say nearly anything you want about the Ruskies without any repercussions at all. Take journalist Josh Barro – always my favorite example. On Twitter – a veritable cesspit of anti-Russian sentiment – he mused a few years ago that Russia has been a “dystopic shithole since the dawn…

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