I am not updating this as often as I used to. Although I still speak on TV and Radio here and there, it has been getting increasingly hard, and even unpleasant, as with the US psychosis (for the lack of a better word) with Russia, I can’t quite participate in indiscriminately bashing my native country. Even if I agree with many allegations against — how shall I call it, the Kremlin’s “intelligence operation” in the West — I can’t condone the Russia-vilified tone of most discussions. When CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, after the USA beat Russian athletes in curling Feb 8 at the start of the 2018 Olympics, acrimoniously exclaimed, “Yes, crush the Russkies, it’s always a good thing,” it became clear — the new Cold War, aka the Frozen Peace, is getting increasingly nasty, irrational and more than just cold or frozen. And I thought she was one of the real journalists…
Either way, here are some from recent years. Some links may no longer work:
February 25, 2019, MSNBC with Ali Velshi, who is generally wonderful. We were supposed to talk about my new book (with Jeffrey Tayler) In Putin’s Footsteps, but what else, spoke about Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and North Korea instead. If only the news people can find time to have a normal conversation about Russia!
January 13, 2019, MSNBC on more of Putin and Trump.
July 26, 2018, News Rundown on Fox News Radio, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo testifies on Capitol Hill about the Helsinki Summit. Apparently, Fox doesn’t bother to list its “experts” by names.
July 15, MSNBC’s AM Joy on Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin meeting in Helsinki July 16 and the Department of Justice indictment of the 12 Russian operatives allegedly interfering in the USA 2016 elections; July 13, 2018, MSNBC news on Trump-Putin meeting; CNBC’s Squawk Box about Putin and Trump, too.
March 30, 2018 MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews more on the Skripals poisoning and diplomatic falling out; March 17, just for Russia’s re-crowning of Putin, interview with with Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan; March 8, 2018, MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, on the Skripals poisoning in London
September 6, 2016, CNBC’s Closing Bell–commenting for business people is such a breath of fresh air, they are wonderfully devoid of ideology; Sep 1, a town hall panel of the America Abroad, The Takeaway, WNYC/NPR
Putin just doesn’t give US and Western Europe a break, trying to sway more countries to his side, Greece being the latests: July 6 and June 19, 2015 on CNBC with with the very smart Kelly Evans. Per our conversation, a telling cartoon from a Russian newspaper.
June 11, on Putin’s visit to the Vatican and his charm offensive on Pope Francis, Al Jazeera America. Well, Putin was late for the meeting, as usual, but the gracious Pope absolved the charming Russian anti-Bond. June 9, Huff Post Live on G7 summit and what Putin is up to concerning the West and the un-West.
Sanctions are working (for the time being), G-20 is happening Nov 14 in Brisbane, and Putin is grandstanding to conceal his weak hand–weak states have weak liberties–so I was on MSNBC with awesome Joy Reid of the Reid Report, Nov 13, and on the same day on Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.
Talking with the knowledgeable Ian Masters about the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and about how Russia under Vladimir Putin has fallen back into the Cold War mode of anti-Western animosity on Background Briefing, Radio Pacifica, Nov 9. Interview with RFERL Power Vertical podcast “The World According to Putin,” Nov 7, on what used to be the main Bolshevik holiday. Holiday no more, yet Russia has changed little. Also The Fall of Nikita Khrushchev on BBC, Oct 14, 2014.
On Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan, Sep 20, and, of course, on MSNBC: with Jose Diaz-Balart, Sep 18, Daily Rundown, Sep 8, Melissa Harris-Perry Show, Sep 6, The Reid Report, Sep 3, also on CNBC’s Closing Bell, Sep 2. I love MSNBC, but it’s very refreshing to talk to the “money people,” they are very much to the point.
Always grateful to the remarkable Kathleen Parker for her appreciation of my clues on Vladimir Putin and for her Washington PostApril 18th suggestion that I should get the White House cubicle. FYI, the White House hasn’t yet called.
Since Crimean transfer to Ukraine in 1954 has been squarely blamed on my (great) grandfather Nikita Khrushchev, with the great Putin oh so unflinchingly usurping it back to Russia almost 60 years to the day I have been going through my own March Madness. Interviews among others are The Times (of London) (3/22/14) and a great honor from the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Kathleen Parker in Washington Post (3/18). She is brilliant and actually made me sound smart. Also a small thing in the Italian magazine L’Espresso (3/27).
I don’t post everything here (would be too redundant), but for good measure my Russia Today (March 9, 2014) battle against state propaganda. Must admit, RT is Orwellian of decent quality: Love is Hate, Truth–Lie, Weakness–Strength. The anchor who told me she was trained in the US–she learned her prop skills there, she meant–somehow had no idea that there is a difference between slanting truth (PR) and distorting truth (Propaganda). Young and vigorous, she sounded like Mikhail Suslov, chief Soviet propagandist of the old, who warned of class struggle and bad Western influences. For my show host, the fact that Vladimir Putin is popular is a mandate enough for him to do whatever. By that logic, since Ukraine’s Victor Yanukovich was unpopular he had to be overthrown. Yet this logic only works for the new “Soviet” propagandists when it suits them. I couldn’t even make my point–she had the final word. BTW, in American journalism schools students are taught that a guest speaks last, and the anchor doesn’t take last minutes to vent her views. Unless you are Fox New. What am I saying, RT is Fox News, equally “fair and balanced.” Well, RT wasn’t even professional enough to book their guest (me) a car, I had to take cabs there and back for the pleasure of being barraged by the Kremlin mouthpiece. Still, was well worth it for my own propaganda studies. Good to know that either Soviet or Russian, the Kremlin hasn’t lost its touch; regrettably, it further proves my Gulag of the Russian Mind theory.
I love you, Canada, not in the least because you seem to like me. On Mother Russia, Sochi Olympics and the Gulag of the Russian Mind: Interview with Q With Jian Chomeshi, CBC Radio, Feb 13, 2014; Guest on The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TV Ontario, Feb 12, 2014
More Sochi on my other very favorite show, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, All Eyes on Russia (and Putin), Feb 8, 2014
With suicide bombing explosions in Volgograd, Ukraine’s EuroMaidan, Victor Yanukovich’s balancing act between Russia and European Union, and Vladimir Putin’s amnesty to the Pussy Riot members and Yukos’ Mikhail Khodorkovsky after 10 years in prison these are a few of my many end-of-the-year news interviews: this clip is from the Brian Lehrer Show at WNYC, Dec 30, 2013 and another one is from Al Jazeera America, Dec 22, 2013
Guest on Power Vertical podcast with Brian Whitmore, Putin and Agitprop, Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, Dec 13, 2013