Determined to see the old decade out with a bang, Russia Today, the Kremlin’s pricey answer to CNN and known to its detractors as “North Korean TV,” rolled out a series of provocative ads across the UK. And by provocative I mean that they conflated Obama’s image with Ahmadinejad’s and asked “Who poses the greater nuclear threat?” Also by provocative I mean this, which appeared during the Copenhagen talks just a few hundred miles away:
But Russia Today, whose operating budget is filled directly from the Kremlin’s coffers and which strives to provide a counterweight to perceived anti-Russian bias abroad, was not satisfied to stay in England and looked West. In the US, however, its ambitions were duly blocked until it produced this, toned-down version, which I encountered in DC’s National Airport on Friday morning:
This, in some ways, is even more fitting for the American market, given Russian perceptions that Americans are obsessed with — and paralyzed by — political correctness, a concept that denotes only hypocrisy and weakness in Russia. Touché, Kremlin. Touché.