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Old 12-10-2013, 03:31 PM  
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OMG PUTIN IZ SUCH AN AWESOME LEADER. OBAMA IS A WIMP

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Vladimir Putin’s media takeover illustrates some of Russia’s scariest traits


With no warning, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday dissolved Russia’s main state news agency, created a new one from its ashes, and appointed as its head a man who doesn’t think gay people shouldn’t be allowed to be organ donors. The move simultaneously underlined concerns over Putin’s penchant for authoritarianism, Russia’s restrictions on the media, and the country’s increasingly demonstrative homophobia.

According to the surprise decree, RIA Novosti will be replaced by a new agency, Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today), which will aim to “highlight abroad the state policy and public life of the Russian Federation.” Putin’s supposed rationale: increasing efficiency and improving coverage. “Russia has its own independent politics and strongly defends its national interests: it’s difficult to explain this to the world but we can do this, and we must do this,” Sergei Ivanov, head of the presidential administration, was quoted as saying.

It’s not as if Putin was getting much scrutiny from reporters: Most media outlets are already friendly to him. But the takeover of RIA Novosti underscores Putin’s desire to stifle dissent and tightly control his image. RIA Novosti, reporting on its own shuttering, noted that “the move is the latest in a series of shifts in Russia’s news landscape, which appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector.” Russia is not a friendly place for journalists, either. The country slid six places from last year to 148 out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index.

And then there’s Dmitry Kiselyov, the conservative news anchor and Putin loyalist who will head the new agency. Gays “should be forbidden from donating blood, sperm,” he said last year. “And in the case of an automobile accident, their hearts should be buried in the ground or burned.” Intolerance toward gays is in the spotlight ahead of the Sochi Olympics, set for February, after Russia in June passed a law banning gay “propaganda.” Protesters in the country who advocate gay rights have faced violent attacks—but don’t expect to hear much about them from Rossiya Segodnya.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:10 AM   #31
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:18 AM   #32
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I did read through a few of them. I didn't see an examples of what you claim.
I'm not searching for them, but I recall several expressing admiration for Putin and what a strong leader his is. And how he would beat up Obama in a fistfight if that should ever come up.

I'm pretty sure there was a poll of some kind about Putin as well.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:24 AM   #33
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I'm not searching for them, but I recall several expressing admiration for Putin and what a strong leader his is. And how he would beat up Obama in a fistfight if that should ever come up.

I'm pretty sure there was a poll of some kind about Putin as well.
There's a lot of "Putin schools Obama" comments, but I wouldn't call that admiration of Putin but rather disdain for Obama.

I don't recall or see a poll thread.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:24 AM   #34
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How's frazod doing? Haven't heard much from him lately on here and I know you two are very close.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:26 AM   #35
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There's a lot of "Putin schools Obama" comments, but I wouldn't call that admiration of Putin but rather disdain for Obama.

I don't recall or see a poll thread.
I'm 99% sure there was a poll. Something like who would you prefer as leader.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:28 AM   #36
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:32 AM   #37
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Here it is:

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Old 12-11-2013, 11:32 AM   #38
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:33 AM   #39
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The question is just a tiny bit different than what you wrote above, however.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:35 AM   #40
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The question is just a tiny bit different than what you wrote above, however.
Well, I said "something like." It was over 4 months ago. I was pretty close.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:40 AM   #41
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Well, I said "something like." It was over 4 months ago. I was pretty close.
No, you weren't.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:49 AM   #42
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No, you weren't.
"Something like 'who would you prefer as leader'" vs "Who do you respect more as a leader?" isn't close? Geez, donger
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"Something like 'who would you prefer as leader'" vs "Who do you respect more as a leader?" isn't close? Geez, donger
No. Read the thread.

Who do you respect more as a leader?

One can respect a foreign leader's ability to run his country without preferring him for ours.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:58 AM   #44
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No. Read the thread.

Who do you respect more as a leader?

One can respect a foreign leader's ability to run his country without preferring him for ours.
I didn't say "the same." I said I was close. You're worse than patteeu.

As for the actual question, there is a difference between "respect" and "prefer", but as a practical matter, I tend to doubt people think about the distinction much when answering a CP poll.

While I acknowedge the difference, the result would be that people prefer the person for whom they have less respect.
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I didn't say "the same." I said I was close. You're worse than patteeu.

As for the actual question, there is a difference between "respect" and "prefer", but as a practical matter, I tend to doubt people think about the distinction much when answering a CP poll.

While I acknowedge the difference, the result would be that people prefer the person for whom they have less respect.
Sorry, but I don't think it's close either.
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