President Biden and President Putin both have presidential polls.
The narrative in the White House is that Putin deeply unpopular in Russia. The reality appears to be western sanctions have targeted average Russians for abuse and harassment, which has increased support for Putin even from people who normally oppose him.
US censorship is somewhat more subtle. People representing the official line from Washington tell media what to censor with an implied threat of being targeted “six ways from Sunday”.
A prime example was the letter from 50+ former intel officials falsely implied that the Biden laptop was Russian disinformation. Neither the officials nor the media who dutifully repeated their lies have never been sanctioned for spreading disinformation that was an important factor in the last election.
Meanwhile alternative media, such as Parler, faced an orchestrated take down from tech monopolies allied with elements within the government.
How many media outlets are brave enough to be the next Parler?
Simply out of curiosity, do the outright lies of RT and TASS bother you? And Snake Island is a mistake that has since been corrected. And the Ghost of Kyiv is a story but based on the number of Russian aircraft shot down in the early days and maybe was kind of based on real people. The Grey Wolf(Oksanchenko) was real and Colonel Alexander Vladimirovich Mostovoy. Near Vasilkovo, he shot down a Russian Il-76, as well as two Mi-24 helicopters. So that may be part of it.
Yes, listen to the “real news” media. You know the ones who were complicit in the Gulf-of-Tonkin hoax, the Kuwaiti-incubator hoax, the weapons-of-mass-destruction hoax, the humanitarian-bombing-of-Libya hoax, etc.
These lies and misinformation have resulted wars that have resulted in wars that have killed millions of people, and we are seeing the same kind of hoaxes now.