[...] when she turned her attention to political coverage in the early part of this century, Oates found that state television had "an increasing focus on the president and selected few officials who openly supported the Kremlin. . . [and] no viable opponents to Putin's regime (were) given positive or even neutral coverage." Among the more noteworthy findings are that Russian journalists: (1) Were often annoyed throughout the 1990s by Westerners who sought to instill concepts such as freedom of the press in Russia, which Russian journalists believed the nation was not (and still is not) ready for; (2) Rely on a limited number of consistent, reliable sources; (3) Deliver daily a sizable number of crime stories; (4) Appear to accept the philosophy that "you can do whatever you want with the initial material [and information associated with a story], but the material itself should be genuine"; (5) Are unwilling to separate "fact" from "commentary"; and, (6) Avoid conflicts with sources "who could act as agents of violence, especially of illegitimate violence."