So sciencey, this.
Yeah, you can keep the focus narrow.
You can put the whole thing in a western frame.
You can say Russia is illiberal, where "liberal" by implication signifies some identifiable, isolable something whereas, perhaps unbeknownst, it means nothing more than an ever-shifting, definition-of-bias "us".
You can allude to western liberalism as your inside/good without showing that it does the common good good.
You can assume a difference in kind where there's a difference in style.
You can ignore piles of research or just the NYT every day.
Holyfuck, American media as free, adversarial, whatever.
You can say, hey, studies show the by-definition bad guys are bad, which they are, as weighed against the common good. Good point!
But only so you can use this bad to prove us good, cuz the bad of the other is what makes any us good, reflexively.
You can recommend that Hillary do such and such, act like she acts for the common good when, in fact, she acts for some imagined you/us.
You can call it science and get it published by machines like us.