Yeah, right. You make a rather general allegation about six specific information outlets ("reported government claims as facts") and then, when asked a question, proceed to dismiss it without:
a) bothering to provide reference to the allegation and
b) bothering to provide a reference that confirms your claim
If you do, I'm sure it will look like this: the "home" media did quote the government side, and when facts came up that disputed the gov't claims, it was the home press then reported those as well. Under a state-controlled media regime, you would not get the second part of the story.
As for the part where the POTUS "called my friendly neighborhood dictator", you support fully exactly the point that I'm making. It would be somewhat harder for the POTUS to call Mr. Hollande or Mr. Harper and order them to imprison reporters.
To sum it up, you're severely ignorant about the ways press operates under a dictatorial regime, but you think you know better and you are okay with making shit up to go along your beliefs. Suit yourself if life is easier for you this way.
If you lived in a country with a state-controlled press, there would be no "unverified, unsourced" claims. You would not know from the official media anything about what the NSA counterpart there is doing, except for the official line.
Things like the Iran-Contras affair, Watergate, the Wikileaks and the Snowden leaks are impossible to happen in an environment where media is controlled by the state by definition, as they would simply not have been covered by the press.
When most media is tightly controlled by large financial interests, the outcome may begin to approximate state control, but it is still a far cry from it.
The only little problem with that is that krivda.ru and the likes are even more tightly controlled by the Russian government and will present whatever information they have in an even more slanted way, probably as a part of a plan to harm you.
It seems a much better idea would be for y'all to get a grip on your government and make it better instead of relying on bunch of foreign crooks to do it for you.
I won't even touch the many Russian conspiracy theories that explain how Putin (whose children live in the West and whose personal money holdings are also in Western banks) is actually on a leash, probably tightly held by the US government