Russian TV channel NTV is again in the center of controversy. This time they succeeded to piss off the American ambassador, Michael McFaul.
Michael McFaul: “This is wild country!”
Two days ago NTV journalists tried to interview the USA ambassador in Russia, Michael McFaul when the latter was visiting the human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov.
During this interview the visibly annoyed ambassador accused the journalists of impolite behavior and exclaimed – “This is wild country!”. He also added that Russia is the only country where journalists behave so unethically.
At one moment, McFaul suddenly became interested how the journalists got information about his schedule and suspected that in contradiction to Geneva convention someone was tapping his mobile devices.
Comments of Russian netizens
After its publication this video was widely discussed by Russian netizens.
Here are some of comments left on the official site of NTV.
Privalihin Vladimir: What did he think when he came to Russia? Damn, he even compares our great Russia to his country.
Yuriy Kuznetsov: So, NTV doesn’t show everything, they stock on him and then only show after [they] “already got on his nerves.” Just some cuts and not the whole text. What a disgrace!
Airwayves: Disgrace. Themselves dressed in jackets. I don’t care about McFaul. I’m more interested in what Putin talks with Abramovich about.
vpetrowi4: Haha, of course! The ambassador is used to meet only with specially selected journalists who don’t ask awkward questions; and here is such surprise…
Kljaver: I feel pity for you, Russians. Shame and disgrace in the eyes of the whole world.
oleg Belov (replying to the previous commenter): Kljaver, I am proud that you feel ashamed for your own weakness. You enslaved the whole world but still cannot take Russia!
Alexander Like: The disgrace is that Michael McFaul is calmly walking in my country. And NTV are doing a good job!
alister_com: It would seem that if the information was from the “open sources”, then it wouldn’t be a problem to disclose the link. But, apparently, the propagandistic “open sources” are from KGB tapping of ambassador’s phones.
For them – open, for others – not.
Alexey Paramonov: That’s indeed a wild country with wild laws.
Dikyi Alusch: Our NTVshniki are cool guys who know their work. It’s a pity that we have democracy… Otherwise, I wouldn’t let this American even come close to our borders. And I want to ask the likes of Navalny [ed: prominent Russian oppositioner]… Why do you lick [their asses] from here? Go there and continue “working”. And I’ll answer [why]. Because nobody there needs you. They have their own bastards, it’s only here that you are kinda “cool”. There nobody will even notice you, and here you are “opposition”. Go out from Russia. Life will be better without you.
Sergey Pavlov: Poor McFaul, they attacked him like dogs.
Mihail Simayev: For how long will we blame Americans for everything? We haven’t grown yet to their level of democracy and never will.
Bugayev Sergey Dmitrievich (replying to the previous comment): We haven’t grown yet to their level of falsifications in elections and never will :)
Mihail Ovchinnikov: In fact, our journalists should behave correctly and not be obtrusive in relation to official representatives of other countries. And actually to all people. This is because of such actions our country is called wild. But our Russia is not wild. It’s we who became wild because of all the terrible crimes. And this is what we have to fight with using all possible legal actions. As for Ambassador Michael McFaul – they have to apologize to him for the incident and resolve it in a friendly manner.
Roman Sidorov (replying to the comment above): Mihail, why do you care if our country is called wild or not? If you give the right to other countries and organizations to own the patent of civilization – then you are already their slave, since you have become completely dependent on their wishes and prejudices. And in order to be called civilized, you will do things in the way that those countries and organizations think to be right rather than you yourself. This is slavery.