“Scandal” about separating parents and children gets more emotional

As we forecast, the new policy on illegal immigration last week has unleashed considerable emotion, particularly among Trump’s opponents and immigration supporters and activists. Media coverage also continues to be egregiously bad. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer had a panel that very evening which, yet again, played the “short version” of last…

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BBC wrongly claims US obviously “has the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal”

Reports and comments on Donald’s Trump’s renewed “tweet storms” after the New Year holidays are as woefully uninformed and emotional as in 2017. The President tweeted that North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his…

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QED – yet again

Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House Communications Director, has given an interview to the BBC. The big scandal on social media in the United Kingdom was that Scaramucci kept invading the personal space of the female interviewer Emily Maitlis. Much more interesting is how such self-appointed “critics” failed to notice Scaramucci’s confirmation…

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Letter to the FT – We need Clark’s erudition today

Sir, The BBC may well have lost its risk appetite since the halcyon days of the late 1960s and early 1970s, but Peter Aspden’s characterisation of Kenneth Clark as “western-centric” and as much a “relic as the subjects of his learned, but dated discourse” is rather unfair (“Civilisation has evolved…

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Rebranding Russia’s Agitprop

Ever since the young and energetic Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev became president, the issue of rebranding Russia has been actively discussed. In a Dec. 10 Moscow Times comment, “Rebranding Russia From Communism to Cool,” Andrej Krickovic and Steven Weber rightly highlighted the country’s totally unsuccessful efforts since 2005 to…

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Несветлый образ России

Имидж России, год от года тратящей все больше средств на международный PR, становится все хуже Причина проста: никакими PR-мерами невозможно исправить огрехи политики. Зачастую даже правильные и хорошие начинания сводятся на нет недружелюбной риторикой российских руководителей. В последние годы доверие к предприятию «ОАО Российская Федерация», которое и до того было…

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