Steven Bannon is rapidly emerging as the most complex and compelling character in global politics. He speaks frankly, he speaks off-message, he does not seem to shovel clear bullshit, and there is something endearing about it. But, let’s be under no illusions: Steve Bannon is a bad guy. Anyone who is the architect of Breitbart news is a bad guy. This is a news organisation which literally must, somewhere in its HQ, have a document explicitly stating that their MO […]
The largely uniform tone of disparaging mockery that underpins much of the agenda of the Russian foreign language media has its roots in the Russian state’s fear of satire and mockery. Now it seeks to wield this weapon against its adversaries.