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(Washington Post)   Columnist explains why he ambushed Russia's news network with rainbow suspenders. "Because I'm an attention whore" mysteriously missing   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 46
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2013-08-23 07:17:46 PM
A guy has got to advertise
 
2013-08-23 07:19:08 PM
Goddamit, Mork.
 
2013-08-23 07:20:17 PM
The rainbow suspender ambush being the most dangerous of all ambushes.
 
2013-08-23 07:26:21 PM
Of course he did it in a neutral country. Ooh, so edgy.
 
2013-08-23 07:28:23 PM
Right, Subby.

Nobody should ever take a stand in support of something they believe to be right, or against something they believe to be wrong. Anyone who does that is an attention whore.

Let me know when you're ready to move to the big-people's table for your holiday dinner.
 
2013-08-23 07:31:02 PM

brainiac-dumdum: The rainbow suspender ambush being the most dangerous of all ambushes.


RELEASE THE TIGER!
 
2013-08-23 07:32:24 PM
I'm pretty sure the secret police ambush will be worse..
 
2013-08-23 07:38:26 PM
I'm not sure I understood the running part. What were the Russians going to do inside a Swedish TV studio? Get into fisticuffs?
 
2013-08-23 07:38:38 PM

bojon: Of course he did it in a neutral country. Ooh, so edgy.


Might not have been edgy, but better boring and alive, than edgy and smearing the front end of a Russian police cruiser.
 
2013-08-23 07:39:16 PM

lostcat: Nobody should ever take a stand in support of something they believe to be right, or against something they believe to be wrong. Anyone who does that is an attention whore.


^^^This^^^

Douchemitter.
 
2013-08-23 07:43:56 PM

chaosweaver: bojon: Of course he did it in a neutral country. Ooh, so edgy.

Might not have been edgy, but better boring and alive, than edgy and smearing the front end of a Russian police cruiser.


Free Tibet...
 
2013-08-23 07:44:43 PM

bojon: Of course he did it in a neutral country. Ooh, so edgy.


Perhaps you've not been paying attention to what's been happening to Russian journalists who publicly disagree with current government.

A handy list
A recent incident
 
2013-08-23 07:45:53 PM

brainiac-dumdum: The rainbow suspender ambush being the most dangerous of all ambushes.


is that like a secret attack?
 
2013-08-23 07:47:32 PM

fusillade762: brainiac-dumdum: The rainbow suspender ambush being the most dangerous of all ambushes.

RELEASE THE TIGER!


tiger me up, baby
 
2013-08-23 07:50:18 PM
While I have no qualms surrounding his protest of Russia's anti-gay laws, I find his tirade against RT as a propaganda machine mendacious at best - Kirchick has written for Radio Liberty in the past, which is the US' s respective propaganda service for audiences overseas funded by the BBG. He can't have his cake and eat it too.
 
2013-08-23 07:52:09 PM
... because repeatedly throwing out the same criticisms in multiple submissions is totally not a cry for attention or anything.
 
2013-08-23 07:54:33 PM
I have a feeling that there will be lots of hi-jinx during Sochi by pro-lgbt athletes. Part of me is hoping for a nostalgic display of human rights (holding up a single rainbow glove ala the 68' games), the other part is just hoping for two women making out.
 
2013-08-23 07:59:58 PM
He did this in Sweden.  Real courageous.
 
2013-08-23 08:08:08 PM

chaosweaver: bojon: Of course he did it in a neutral country. Ooh, so edgy.

Might not have been edgy, but better boring and alive, than edgy and smearing the front end of a Russian police cruiser.


He wouldn't have been smeared.  Maybe injected with plutonium or something along those lines.
 
2013-08-23 08:15:27 PM

Babwa Wawa: bojon: Of course he did it in a neutral country. Ooh, so edgy.

Perhaps you've not been paying attention to what's been happening to Russian journalists who publicly disagree with current government.

A handy list
A recent incident


Nice list, too bad you don't include the millions of people, including journalists who ended up in gulags or just taken out and shot. The Russians do not like dissent of any kind.
 
2013-08-23 08:27:02 PM
Is RT any worse than CNN, Fox, and MSNBC? They're all propaganda of some sort.
 
2013-08-23 08:30:28 PM
Enjoy your polonium
 
2013-08-23 08:30:34 PM

Babwa Wawa: bojon: Of course he did it in a neutral country. Ooh, so edgy.

Perhaps you've not been paying attention to what's been happening to Russian journalists who publicly disagree with current government.

A handy list
A recent incident


Yeah, those Russian journalists in Sweden are in so much danger.
 
2013-08-23 08:34:45 PM

Ryker's Peninsula: Enjoy your polonium

I laughed... but then again I am a sucker for any elemental punchline.
 
2013-08-23 08:41:02 PM
Submitter is a huge douche. How did this stupid shiat get greenlit?
 
2013-08-23 09:12:13 PM
Modern journalists are the intellectual meerkats of the human race.
 
2013-08-23 09:31:00 PM

berylman: Ryker's Peninsula: Enjoy your polonium
I laughed... but then again I am a sucker for any elemental punchline.


You must have an Fe constitution.
Au, give me back my gold watch!
Study the periodic table, and you will end up forever Aluminum, Oxygen, Neon.
 
2013-08-23 09:42:56 PM
fabulous!
 
2013-08-23 10:37:09 PM
This guy is great, and subby is a tool.

I find his tirade against RT as a propaganda machine mendacious at best - Kirchick has written for Radio Liberty in the past, which is the US' s respective propaganda service for audiences overseas funded by the BBG.

Because there's no difference between a democratic government and an authoritarian one. Got it.
 
2013-08-23 11:04:13 PM
Whatever. Submitter can rely on RT having a happy home here on Fark. They even get their own tag!
 
2013-08-24 12:17:07 AM

lostcat: Right, Subby.

Nobody should ever take a stand in support of something they believe to be right, or against something they believe to be wrong. Anyone who does that is an attention whore.

Let me know when you're ready to move to the big-people's table for your holiday dinner.


Subtard can EABOD. After his Cheetos and Mountain Dew, of course.
 
2013-08-24 12:26:29 AM

Your Average Witty Fark User: Subtard can EABOD.


They're loaded with vitamin C, man!
 
2013-08-24 12:55:41 AM

Lsherm: Yeah, those Russian journalists in Sweden are in so much danger.


What would one have to do in order to credibly speak against, oh hell, I don't know, female genital mutilation?  Perhaps his message would resonate more with you if he made it while arm-wrestling Putin?

The dude saw an opportunity and took it.  Given Russia's attitude toward dissident journalists lately, I don't blame him for going into semi-hiding afterward.
 
2013-08-24 01:07:09 AM

Babwa Wawa: Lsherm: Yeah, those Russian journalists in Sweden are in so much danger.

What would one have to do in order to credibly speak against, oh hell, I don't know, female genital mutilation?  Perhaps his message would resonate more with you if he made it while arm-wrestling Putin?

The dude saw an opportunity and took it.  Given Russia's attitude toward dissident journalists lately, I don't blame him for going into semi-hiding afterward.


He was in Sweden.  He's an American citizen.  He's in about as much danger as he would be if he railed against Russian policy on a taping of The View.
 
2013-08-24 01:17:53 AM

Lsherm: He was in Sweden.  He's an American citizen.  He's in about as much danger as he would be if he railed against Russian policy on a taping of The View.


So according to subby, he's an attention whore.  According to you, he's perhaps overly cautious?

As a result, the dissident message he sent directly to Russian citizens, is what, exactly?  Unworthy?
 
2013-08-24 01:29:13 AM

Babwa Wawa: Lsherm: He was in Sweden.  He's an American citizen.  He's in about as much danger as he would be if he railed against Russian policy on a taping of The View.

So according to subby, he's an attention whore.  According to you, he's perhaps overly cautious?

As a result, the dissident message he sent directly to Russian citizens, is what, exactly?  Unworthy?


He's a little bit of an attention whore, in that he wrote a two page article about crashing an interview on a Russian news affiliate in Sweden that made it sound like he was in danger.

His message is great, and it's good that it was broadcast in Russia.  But he wasn't exactly standing against a tank in Tiananmen square to deliver it.  He didn't break any laws, he won't lose his job (in fact it will garner him more visibility), and it didn't really put him out that much, if at all.  His worst offense was being impolite to the Russians at the station.  The horror!
 
2013-08-24 02:08:14 AM

Lsherm: His worst offense was being impolite to the Russians at the station.


Just a "station", eh?

It's fair to say that Russia is mainly stable, but you'd be silly to forget that it's under the thumb of a fairly ruthless dictator who has direct experience operating an extensive proactive foreign intelligence operation.   You'd be really silly if you forgot such a fact immediately after you went on Russia's primary venue for international propaganda hoping to make the country look foolish and backwards.

I think I can forgive a little paranoia here.
 
2013-08-24 02:28:16 AM

Babwa Wawa: Lsherm: His worst offense was being impolite to the Russians at the station.

Just a "station", eh?

It's fair to say that Russia is mainly stable, but you'd be silly to forget that it's under the thumb of a fairly ruthless dictator who has direct experience operating an extensive proactive foreign intelligence operation.   You'd be really silly if you forgot such a fact immediately after you went on Russia's primary venue for international propaganda hoping to make the country look foolish and backwards.

I think I can forgive a little paranoia here.


FOR fark'S SAKE, HE WAS AT THE SWEDISH AFFILIATE!  Staffed by mostly Swedes, piped to Russia.

Are you dense?
 
2013-08-24 02:55:42 AM

Lsherm: FOR fark'S SAKE, HE WAS AT THE SWEDISH AFFILIATE!  Staffed by mostly Swedes, piped to Russia.

Are you dense?


So now you want to turn up the jackass meter by doing the all caps thing.  Very suave.

What about this whole f*cking thing has you so angered?  He dedicated 60 out of 1093 words of the article to a paranoia about someone asking his location.  How are you coming to the conclusion that he's pretending to be a hunted man?
 
2013-08-24 03:06:06 AM

Lsherm: He did this in Sweden.  Real courageous.


I'm wondering if he posted the article from a Starbucks in Russia.
 
2013-08-24 03:55:51 AM
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Really, subby? You think the only reason he did it was to get attention?
 
2013-08-24 04:27:20 AM
Actually why don't all the farking people who are outraged at Russia also go after the 76 other countries who have policies and laws much more severe than Russia??

Oh yea.....yes attention whores
 Those "other" countries have no problems just eliminating any of their "problem"

Put your balls where your mouth is.
 
2013-08-24 04:31:34 AM

SweetDickens: Actually why don't all the farking people who are outraged at Russia also go after the 76 other countries who have policies and laws much more severe than Russia??


They don't currently have the Olympics and World Cup going on and aren't as large and high profile as Russia? It's not like people are all that stoked about the Qatar World Cup and what that means to players and fans.

/think, it ain't illegal yet.
 
2013-08-24 04:32:10 AM

TheJoe03: They don't currently have the Olympics and World Cup going on coming up.

 
2013-08-24 09:04:14 AM

Kunochan: This guy is great, and subby is a tool.

I find his tirade against RT as a propaganda machine mendacious at best - Kirchick has written for Radio Liberty in the past, which is the US' s respective propaganda service for audiences overseas funded by the BBG.

Because there's no difference between a democratic government and an authoritarian one. Got it.


Propaganda is propaganda. I'm not comparing the form of governments, but their external messaging to shape foreign worldviews - in that regard hes guilty of being a hypocrite by railing one propaganda organ while previously supporting another. And you're being willfully obtuse.
 
2013-08-24 09:19:20 AM
But did they dig his blender?
 
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