it is a war of ideas and it has happened before and it is happening right now. Putin has allegedly killed dozens of journalist who write unfavorably of him. China has complete control and censorship of all media, they are pissed at how the torch runs provide attention to Tibet.
To a lesser extent American media has it's own biased right and left ideological points of view ( plus special interests ).
I cannot really say much about other countries because I don't follow their papers, news, or blogs ( language and accessibility barriers) but Russia's and China's actions have been documented by many international reporters. Also remember these are only two examples, Africa and the middle east may have problems with this since they are developing countries or at least with out a large "middle class"