New York Times critic Alessandra Stanley–whose work has been regularly featured in the paper’s Corrections box–doesn’t think much of WikiLeaks‘ Julian Assange’s new TV show, which debuted on the Russian-backed RT cable channel.
Stanley takes her shots–the channel has a “zesty anti-American slant,” she writes, then crudely notes: “A few correspondents can sound at times like Boris and Natasha of Rocky & Bullwinkle fame.” OK.
Stanley runs down the various controversies swirling around Assange, then presents his response: “Mr. Assange tells reporters that he is being persecuted for political reasons, which, even if true, doesn’t exactly help his case.” I’m not even sure how to make sense of that.
The part that jumped out at me, though, was this:
To some he was a hero, to others a spy, but nowadays he is most often portrayed as a nut job.
I guess that’s supposed to diminish Assange. But it tells me little about Julian Assange–and plenty about the corporate media.