American citizens have remained leery of Russians.
Bear, Bolshevik, buffoon, spy: The American tradition of fearing Russia
Meagan Day

I highly doubt this to be the case. As with perceptions of other nationalities, I don’t see much evidence that Americans particularly care about Russians, one way or the other. The tyranny of distance gives us that luxury. Sure, if you poked and prodded, you might uncover stereotypes of alcoholism and a fondness for late 80’s fashion.

But Americans as a whole? Joe the plumber, et al? They’re too busy trying to get by to give a damn.

Conflating media portrayal — curated by national elites — with public attitudes is a risky enterprise.

Also, looking at your images: With the political cartoons, the one on the right, with the Russian bear sitting on a Persian cat? That’s from Punch magazine. Not America.

And the next set of images, of magazine covers? Three of them aren’t even American magazines. The Spectator and the Economist are Australian and British, respectively. So I’m not sure what that has to do with American perceptions. Unless you’re telling me that Mr. Salt of the Earth Joe America reads the economist.

And then you’ve got the soldier standing in front of a McDonald's, smiling, looking genuinely pleased. And then a caption describing a militant police state?

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