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 Post subject: Branding Putin
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:46 pm 
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Great piece in the WaPo about how they set up Putin to be a hero to the right. I got sick of everyone on the right acting like they'd vote for Putin over Obama, and how a KGB goon can become a hero to the party that acts like they worship Ronald Reagan. You guys on the right have been played.

Check it out:

In Vladimir Putin’s push to build Russia’s global influence, one of his most potent weapons is his own image.

Two decades of efforts by Kremlin specialists have chiseled an international icon of inscrutability and might out of a former municipal bureaucrat who wore ill-fitting suits. Russia’s allure no longer revolves around Tchaikovsky and Tolstoy; today, the attraction centers on a squinting, clenched-jawed and occasionally shirtless president.

When Putin ascended to leadership on New Year’s Eve in 1999, he was succeeding an aging Boris Yeltsin in running a country that had yet to find a sense of direction after the Soviet collapse.

“We intensified Putin’s mystery on purpose,” said political strategist Gleb Pavlovsky, a key architect of Putin’s public persona until he feuded with and cut ties to the Kremlin in 2011.

In a weak state, Pavlovsky said, “you need to create an image of power.”

The Russian president’s stone-faced visage on TV screens and in Instagram memes channels the world’s grievances — against the United States and political establishments in general. He deploys a finely tuned likeness signaling decisiveness and strength that has taken on a life of its own in social media and pop culture. He is keenly aware of the power of images and has excelled in the tough-guy photo ops his team has been staging since the first months of his presidency.

In the United States, in Europe and across the developing world, Putin’s brand recognition has given Russia the sheen of a force to be reckoned with anew — and approval ratings that in many countries are growing.

The Putin ethos gives Russia political drawing power that overcomes language barriers, national borders and criticism in the mainstream news media in the West. It bolsters the country among populist politicians and their supporters — from Southeast Asia to the Middle East, in Europe’s far right and in the White House in Washington — and provides Moscow a point of entry into the politics of other nations.

Putin was the world’s first modern “strongman,” his longtime spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview, specifying that he saw that word in a positive light.


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 Post subject: Re: Branding Putin
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:04 pm 
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Great article that I agree with and the line about of former leaders wearing ill fitted suits made me think of Sanders. Or how so many here will roll up their sleeves like a guy getting ready to change a tire. Imagery is so much of politics it is crazy. I guess it has always been that way and for the future will remain so.

I guess that is one reason women have such a hard time breaking through nationally, because of image. There is a reason the tallest of the two candidates win nearly every election for decades. There is a reason why the guy who wins generally is the one you would most like to have a beer with and a reason why pollsters ask which candidate is most like you.

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 Post subject: Re: Branding Putin
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:11 pm 
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Great article that I agree with and the line about of former leaders wearing ill fitted suits made me think of Sanders. Or how so many here will roll up their sleeves like a guy getting ready to change a tire. Imagery is so much of politics it is crazy. I guess it has always been that way and for the future will remain so.

I guess that is one reason women have such a hard time breaking through nationally, because of image. There is a reason the tallest of the two candidates win nearly every election for decades. There is a reason why the guy who wins generally is the one you would most like to have a beer with and a reason why pollsters ask which candidate is most like you.

Nice deflection from the actual point of the article. I'm betting if I did a search, you probably praised Putin in his actions against Obama.

The reason women have a problem breaking through is because of misogynist attacks from guys like you.


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 Post subject: Re: Branding Putin
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:55 pm 
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Yep! I KNEW it! Back in January 2017, before you went full-blown Trumper, you knew:

The reason Putin helped Trump become President is because he knows it will be bad for the USA and thus good for Russia.

But now that you support Trump and use his talking points, you say that Putin wasn't helping Trump, nor did he want to. He was just trying to weaken Hillary.

The Donald would be proud of you. Of course, he also holds you in contempt, as he does all his sheep.


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 Post subject: Re: Branding Putin
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:09 pm 
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Putin benefits from 100 years of Russia, especially as the USSR, being essentially the propaganda state. They are really, really good at it, and I wish Americans would get hip.

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 Post subject: Re: Branding Putin
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