Peggy Noonan at WSJ.com describes how a not-so-free press supports the ruling power. Denial can be very revealing.
The Russian newspapers had generally played down Mr. Obama's victory, she said, because it got in the way of the establishment line: that the corrupt American democracy is composed of two warring family machines that have the system wired and controlled with the help of their corporate oligarch cronies. It's not a real democracy but a pretend democracy, and a hypocritical one. This helps the Russians rationalize and excuse their infirm hold on democratic ways and manners. And then the black man from Chicago with no longtime machine or money is elected . . .
So the Russian press muted its coverage. Mr. Obama's victory upset their story line. They have to think up a new one now. They will.