Axe, Kremlin Shill: Behind the Scenes

26.09.08

Categorie: Personal, Reporters, Russia |

After I advocated taking a soft approach to handling a more “assertive” Russia, the country’s biggest (and mostly Kremlin-owned) TV news network, Channel One, sent a crew to interview me at my home in Columbia, South Carolina. We shot in my new (and currently half-furnished) apartment, and even sneaked into the bookstore of the nearby University of South Carolina for some B-roll. It all looked something like this:

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/1bVXltYSCW8" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

We talked mostly about propaganda, the role of journalists in wartime and Americans’ attitudes towards Russia. But who knows what the finished feature piece will look like. I don’t get Channel One — few Americans do — and I’m told it won’t be online. So I can only cross my fingers and hope that the nuance of my position survives the final cut.

Related:
Axe goes shilling
Axe = Kremlin shill
Axe debates on Russia
French scribe faked Georgia account?
Georgia’s propaganda war

|

2 Responses to “Axe, Kremlin Shill: Behind the Scenes”

  1. [...] Related: From Enemies to Friends in Just 180 Days: the Curious, Rapid Thaw of U.S.-Russian Relations Axe, Kremlin Shill: Behind the Scenes Axe goes shilling Axe = Kremlin shill Axe debates on Russia French scribe faked Georgia account? Georgia’s propaganda war No Comments so far Leave a comment RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI Leave a comment Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong> [...]

  2. Anton says:

    Hi David,
    Channel One showed the documentary in Russia last weekend. Here’s the video they posted, which features you (after 15:30). However, where you point at a photo of a young man wounded in combat the Russian narrator quotes you “This is a photo I made in Iraq”. This has caused a fury in russian blogs, because a journalist/photographer from Nezavisimaya Gazeta has immediately claimed that this is a photo he made (not you) and definitely not in Iraq. The big question in nthe Russian blogosphere now is – who is lying, David Axe or Channel One. I suspect Channel One, but would be interested in hearing from you.

    Anton

    P.S. link to the Channel One video:
    http://www.1tv.ru/promovideo/10263

Leave a Reply