That's what I'm confused about. Why such media extremism talk here in the U.S. if in Ukraine/Russia everything is as normal? The only reason I can come up with is that even if things are calm now, they won't be in the near future because NATO is obviously the aggressor. Media campaign is basically just to lull citizens into this idea that we have no choice because Russia is being mean. They can't outright just say we are invading Russia or Belarus.^ True. If you look at the Russian media it is not uncommon to hear Joe Bayden refereed to as being installed in a coup, mentally infirm, illegitimate etc. No matter what your angle, The US and West provides ample fodder via its media to them be amplified into outside populations and fired back into The US.
Just looking at some of the media in Ukraine and Russia. Both of them are calm and say they don't expect anything to happen. There is a bit of subtle trolling about the Westerners fleeing Ukraine and The UK/EU begging for fuel if a war kicks off.