When it comes to a few important journalistic new media skills, such as speed of posting information online and use of social media, U.S. State Department's public diplomacy is leagues ahead of U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA).
Two days after one of her colleagues criticized Russia's military intervention in Ukraine, RT anchor Liz Wahl resigned on-air, citing the Kremlin-funded network's "whitewashing" of Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions.
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Four days ago former Beatle Paul McCartney urged President Putin to free the so-called Arctic 30, and Monday two members of Greenpeace, part of the imprisoned group of 30 people have been released on bail by a Russian court.
Speaking on the Russia Today television network, comedian and community activist Roseanne Barr sought to rekindle the guillotine, insisting the ultra-rich should be beheaded for not giving up their wealth.
In what reminds one of the 'Cold War' days, although it is more sophisticated in this century, the pro-Putin news outlet 'Russia Today' displays rather philosophical ads right now on UK roads and at some US airports.