Locklear helps ‘LAX’ go for the dark laughs
If nothing else, the pilot for LAX proves one thing: Heather Locklear does romantic comedy as well as anyone on television this side of Debra Messing in Will & Grace.
But, while that was perfect for her role in ABC’s Spin City sitcom, is that a good thing given that her new NBC series about backstage life at Los Angeles International Airport is supposed to be a drama – particularly, a drama that opens with the suicide of the airport manager in the series premiere (tonight at 10 on WBAL , Channel 11)?
Improbably, the answer is yes – well, make that a qualified yes. Think of LAX as light drama intended to be a suitably escapist companion to NBC’s Las Vegas series on Monday nights, and you understand that the network is not looking for Locklear to be Lady Macbeth.
The model here is more along the lines of Cybill Shepherd’s Maddie Hayes in ABC’s Moonlighting (1985-89). Sexy, headstrong and more than capable of standing love-hate-love-hate, toe-to-toe with her leading man, Locklear as airfield chief Harley Random carries the hour.
Furthermore, Blair Underwood, while he’s no Bruce Willis, does manage to hold his own as terminal manager Roger De Souza, Random’s colleague, sparring partner and one-time lover. The opening suicide – with the manager standing on a runway late at night in the very spot on which a 747 jumbo jet is about to land – sets up tonight’s central story line with Random and De Souza battling to become his successor.
The tone for the suicide and the ensuing grab for power is intended to be offbeat and darkly comic, but it’s a very tough tone to hit. Think of LAX as kind of darkly comic – what white chocolate is to Hershey’s cooking chocolate.
That is Locklear’s metier – a little deeper and darker than standard network-sitcom humor, but not so deep or dark as to scare anyone into thinking existential thoughts. Better to keep the viewer’s mind on how great Locklear looks.
Will she, with a bit of help from Underwood, be enough to make LAX fly? Only if the producers do a better job of figuring out what notes they want to hit and then staying within that range. They are all over the place tonight.
LAX needs to settle down and find a comfortable voice, one with less Love Boat and more of the oddball Moonlighting sensibility. That is not an easy task. But there is already a lot to like in LAX with Locklear.
ABC almost got it right. In the wake of the phenomenal success of NBC’s The Apprentice last spring, the Disney-owned network wanted a reality TV series with a rich guy, too.
They got a rich guy in Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team. Unfortunately, by the standards of prime-time television, he’s a stiff.
Donald Trump might be an obnoxious phony with bad hair, but when viewers see him on the small screen, they tend to react with admiration or disgust. That makes for compelling TV.
This is not the case with Cuban or the show’s game. Sixteen contestants arrive via limousine at a Dallas mansion hoping to be the one who walks away with $1 million from Cuban. But, first, they have to undergo a series of tests, one of which includes an interview tonight with Cuban. That might not sound like much of a test, but The Benefactor is not much of a show.
Forget the contestants; any viewer who can last longer than 15 minutes looking at Cuban with the same unchanging, stupid-looking grin on his face deserves the million-dollar prize.
Who ever thought that saying someone is no Donald Trump would be a criticism?
When: Tonight at 10
Where: WBAL (Channel 11)
In brief: Heather Locklear brightens an uneven airport drama.
When: Tonight at 8
Where: WMAR (Channel 2)
In brief: The show that proves being rich is not enough — even for reality TV.
CBS allegedly ignored internal complaints of racism, abuse
Gripped by scandal in the summer of 2018, CBS came up with a way to contain the crisis.
The television giant’s board hired two outside law firms to investigate sexual misconduct claims against its longtime leader, Leslie Moonves, and to scour the company for traces of a toxic atmosphere.
Lawyers with those high-caliber firms promised “a thorough and independent inquiry.” They invited CBS employees to report “sexual harassment, retaliation or the unfair treatment of women,” according to their Aug. 15, 2018, email.
Margaret Cronan said the message filled her with “tremendous relief.” A year earlier, she had walked away from a prestigious, high-paying position running the newsroom at CBS’ Philadelphia TV station — a job she loved but could no longer stomach.
“The horrific behavior would finally be exposed,” Cronan thought.
The veteran news executive was among five women interviewed by The Times who sought investigators’ help to end alleged mistreatment at CBS’ TV stations. Cronan and the others alleged that CBS Television Stations President Peter Dunn and a top lieutenant cultivated a hostile work environment that included bullying female managers and blocking efforts to hire and retain Black journalists.
A Times review of court filings, CBS’ internal communications and interviews with two dozen current and former CBS television station employees found that many were troubled by the outcome of the investigation and questioned the company’s commitment to cleaning up its culture. Dunn and another senior executive remain in their jobs, they say, despite allegations of serious misconduct.
Marty Wilke, former general manager of CBS’ Chicago TV station, was among the senior executives who shared information with investigators. Like Cronan, Wilke contends that CBS was so focused on uncovering incriminating information about Moonves that it gave short shrift to the alleged abuses in the TV stations.
“What was that whole investigation about? Was it just for show?” Wilke asked. “The culture starts and stops with Peter Dunn.”
The company, in a statement, said it looked into the allegations about Dunn.
“CBS is committed to ensuring an inclusive and respectful work environment for all its employees,” the company said. “In response to a CBS investigation in early 2019, senior management at the time addressed the situation with Mr. Dunn, and the company has not received any complaints about his conduct during the period since then.”
Covington & Burling, one of the law firms that investigated CBS’ culture, declined to comment. The second firm, Debevoise & Plimpton, did not respond to requests for comment.
Dunn declined to comment on the allegations made against him.
CBS has taken steps to reform. Moonves and other top executives are gone. Newsman Charlie Rose was fired three years ago amid allegations of sexual misconduct, and the company forced out the powerful chief of “60 Minutes” and a prominent producer of “Hawaii Five-O” and “MacGyver” following allegations of abusive behavior.
The network, once criticized for its lack of diversity, now offers programs that prominently feature Black characters, including “All Rise” and an upcoming drama, “The Equalizer,” starring Queen Latifah. A veteran female producer runs CBS News, and she picked Norah O’Donnell to anchor “CBS Evening News.” In November, CBS named a Black executive to oversee local news at KCBS-TV Channel 2 and KCAL-TV Channel 9 in Los Angeles, making her the only Black local news director within the CBS stations group. And beginning Feb. 1, an award-winning Black journalist will manage “CBS This Morning.”
George Cheeks was appointed to run the CBS Entertainment Group.
(Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
Since December 2019, CBS has been part of ViacomCBS, which is led by Bob Bakish — a Viacom veteran who has worked to change the culture. He hired George Cheeks, a former NBCUniversal executive who is biracial, to run the CBS Entertainment Group, which includes the TV stations.
“We are committed to making our company a place of inclusion that reflects, celebrates and elevates the diversity of our audiences,” ViacomCBS said last month.
Still, one unit has remained largely unchanged. Since 2009, Dunn has run the chain of 28 CBS-owned TV stations that employ 2,800 workers, the company said, and contributed an estimated $1.6 billion a year in revenue, according to a document filed in a Pennsylvania legal proceeding. CBS would not confirm the revenue estimate.
Dunn, 61, maintains a tight grip on the stations and has final say over which local anchors and reporters appear on CBS, according to current and former employees and court testimony. It’s a powerful role, because the stations shape local news for millions of viewers in L.A., San Francisco and other cities where CBS owns a TV station.
CBS’ reforms come after years of complaints about its treatment of minorities and women. The Rev. Jesse Jackson led a 1986 boycott after CBS’ Chicago station demoted a legendary Black anchor. In 2000, the company paid $8 million to settle a landmark case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agency found that women at six CBS stations, including KCBS in Los Angeles, faced a hostile environment that included sexual harassment and retaliation for complaining.
Last summer, CBS settled an EEOC age discrimination case after managers failed to consider a then-42-year-old traffic reporter, Tammy Dombeck Campbell, for a full-time role at its Dallas station. Instead, the job went to a 24-year-old former NFL cheerleader. CBS admitted no wrongdoing but paid Dombeck $215,000 in “backpay and all other damages,” according to the settlement.
Only three of CBS’ 17 local station general managers are women. Two are people of color: Tom Canedo, a Latino executive who runs the Atlanta CW station, and Brandin Stewart, a Black executive who joined CBS in 2019 in Philadelphia. Six of 11 local news directors are women.
Philadelphia is the nation’s fourth-largest TV market, and CBS’ station there — KYW-TV Channel 3 — has long trailed rivals ABC and NBC.
Black residents would derisively refer to KYW’s newscasts as “White-Witness News” because, historically, many of the on-air journalists were white — in a county where 44% of the population is African American.
Located in Philadelphia’s Center City, KYW is one of the world’s oldest TV stations and the birthplace of the “Eyewitness News” format. According to a former journalist, Black residents would derisively refer to KYW as “White-Witness News” because, historically, many of the on-air journalists were white — in a county where 44% of the population is African American, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Dunn managed KYW from 2002 through 2004, before returning to New York. In April 2015, he dispatched a veteran general manager, Brien Kennedy, to bolster KYW’s performance. Kennedy had orchestrated a successful turnaround of CBS’ station in Minneapolis. In interviews with The Times, Kennedy said he immediately recognized that KYW needed greater diversity in prominent roles and more local flavor. When Kennedy arrived, the main anchor team included two white journalists from Arkansas.
“We were never going to compete if we had anchors with no ties to Philadelphia,” Kennedy, 60, said.
Kennedy began a major overhaul that included ousting about a dozen people, including the news director and one of the anchors from Little Rock. A July 2015 cover story in the Philadelphia Daily News tabloid called him “Fire Man.”
CBS 3 Philadelphia news anchor Ukee Washington.
(Gilbert Carrasquillo / Getty Images)
His first major move was to install a hometown hero, Ukee Washington, as lead evening anchor. Kennedy said the promotion of Washington — a Black journalist who has been with KYW more than 30 years — was long overdue. Washington started at KYW in 1986 as a sports anchor and, a decade later, became morning news anchor, where he remained for 19 years.
Kennedy’s ambitious turnaround plan, and his elevation of Washington, persuaded Cronan to return to TV news, she said. The Philadelphia native and former KYW producer had managed newsrooms in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Baltimore before becoming chief marketer for a Philadelphia law firm. In September 2015, she rejoined KYW as vice president for news, overseeing a staff of nearly 100.
Cronan described Washington — a distant cousin of actor Denzel Washington — as a beautiful writer who brought warmth and authenticity to KYW’s newscasts.
Dunn knew Washington from his KYW days and approved the promotion, but Kennedy said in an interview that Dunn frequently disparaged Washington, calling him “just a jive guy.”
“Peter would say: ‘All he does is dance … dancing, dancing,’” Kennedy recalled in an interview.
Washington was popular in the community. For several years, the alum of the famed Philadelphia Boys Choir led children in a group dance at a Catholic school fundraiser. He created an on-air segment called “Brotherly Love” to highlight heartwarming stories. In one such segment, Washington visited a 5-year-old boy with cancer, and they played video games. KYW featured the clip in a promotional spot. Kennedy said that whenever Dunn saw that promo, he would send Kennedy an email with the word “DANCING.”
In a 2016 budget meeting, Dunn asked about Washington’s transition to lead anchor.
“He’s not doing that ‘jive talking’ anymore? Sometimes, he’s just not speaking my language.”
Margaret Cronan recalls Peter Dunn saying in a meeting.
“He’s not doing that ‘jive talking’ anymore? Sometimes, he’s just not speaking my language,” Cronan recalled Dunn saying in the meeting, which was attended by several people. Kennedy separately recalled the incident.
“I was shocked that a corporate head would use words like that to describe an African American,” Cronan said. “Besides, Ukee was such a valuable asset to viewers and internally to our team. I couldn’t believe Peter Dunn would even be questioning his performance.”
In a separate 2016 incident, Kennedy emailed Dunn and his lieutenant David Friend in New York to share encouraging ratings. In an email reply viewed by The Times, Friend responded: “Guys Your late news retention is the worst in the [CBS station] group.” Dunn, in an email reviewed by The Times, wrote: “Maybe it’s the dancing!”
Washington did not respond to requests for comment.
In April 2016, KYW’s late local news retained 83% of the audience from the 10 p.m. show. By that summer, KYW had improved its performance, according to documents shared with The Times.
CBS Television Stations President Peter Dunn in 2017.
(Andy Kropa / Invision)
With Washington’s move to evenings, KYW managers needed to retool the morning show.
Cronan said she had a taste of what was to come. She recalled that during an early meeting with Dunn, he asked her whether one of the anchors under consideration was “too gay for Philadelphia.” Cronan said she was startled but responded: “Philadelphia can handle it.”
Dunn rejected KYW managers’ initial choice for co-anchor: a Black female journalist with CBS News, Kennedy and Cronan said. By late 2015, KYW had reached out to Brooke Thomas, a TV news anchor from Oklahoma who was then working in Dallas. Thomas, who is Black, flew to Philadelphia to interview, and she impressed the team.
“At CBS in Philly, we needed some personality, we needed some bravado, and Brooke had all of that,” Kennedy said.
They waited for a green light from Dunn and Friend, senior vice president for news for CBS-owned stations since 2010. Friend and Dunn have a close working relationship, and their directives are often intertwined, agents and CBS insiders said.
Brooke Thomas, now an anchor with the Fox Soul streaming network, attends a February 2020 event in Beverly Hills.
(Michael Tran / Getty Images)
“Neither David nor Peter liked her,” Cronan said of Thomas. “But they finally, begrudgingly, gave us the thumbs-up.”
The morning show reboot took on huge importance. The network companion, “CBS This Morning,” was gaining in the ratings, and KYW saw an opening for its local newscast. The station created a marketing campaign, and Cronan, Thomas and co-anchor Jim Donovan spent days in the studio rehearsing.
The show launched April 4, 2016. Former KYW employees described the mood in the station that day as electric. Cronan said she was certain the debut had gone well.
But the following day, Cronan said, she received an angry call from Friend.
“It was just immediate screaming on the phone, not constructive criticism — just venom and profanity.”
“It was just immediate screaming on the phone, not constructive criticism — just venom and profanity,” Cronan said. “He screamed: ‘Tell her to shut the [expletive] up,’” in reference to Thomas. “I was flabbergasted,” said Cronan, who kept her notes from that conversation, which The Times has examined. “I’ve never witnessed that type of behavior in the workplace.”
Friend followed up with an email, also reviewed by The Times: “Can you please tell her to stop shouting, stop talking in a fake Southern accent and stop sucking the air out of the show,” Friend wrote.
Kennedy separately described messages he received from Dunn. According to Kennedy, the first of several emails from Dunn began arriving one morning that week shortly after 4:30 a.m., when the newscast began. Kennedy said each message contained one word: “Unwatchable.”
Cronan and Kennedy were stunned. The new anchors had been on the air just two days.
A couple of weeks later, Dunn told KYW managers he was sending Friend to Philadelphia to discuss a “coaching plan” for the anchors, Kennedy and Cronan separately recalled.
“Literally two minutes into the meeting, David said that Brooke had to be terminated as soon as possible,” Cronan said. “He said to stop all of the promotions for the morning show. … After all that time, energy and money — we had to pull all of it.”
The meeting lasted about 30 minutes, according to Cronan. Both Kennedy and Cronan recounted how, at the conclusion, Friend turned to Cronan, who had been KYW’s news director for seven months. “He looked straight at me and said: ‘You’re running out of time,’” Cronan recalled. “That’s when I thought, ‘Wow.’”
During her tenure as news director, Cronan said, she witnessed racism and experienced verbal insults.
During her tenure as news director, Cronan said, she witnessed racism and experienced verbal insults. At one 2016 meeting, with several executives in attendance, Cronan said Friend asked her: “What are you, a [expletive] idiot?”
Kennedy confirmed the episode. A third former CBS executive told The Times that Cronan was treated abusively. Four other current and former female CBS executives, who were not authorized to comment, also described instances in which they said they were bullied by Dunn between 2017 and 2019.
KYW’s early newscasts with Thomas made audience gains. In a September 2016 sales blast to advertisers, CBS touted a 20% ratings increase. A month later, Thomas was summoned into Kennedy’s office, where Cronan told her “things weren’t working out. ” Now in L.A., Thomas declined to comment for this story.
CBS defended its inclusion efforts at KYW, saying 45% of the station’s on-air reporters and anchors are Black, Indigenous or other people of color.
“I believe that I — and our stations — have a strong track record of hiring, supporting and placing women and BIPOC journalists in important roles as anchors, reporters and news directors,” Friend said in a statement to The Times. “These comments I may have made about our employees or prospective hires were only based on performance or qualifications — not about anyone’s race or gender.”
Margaret Cronan left her job as news director at CBS’ KYW Channel 3 in Philadelphia in July 2017. “I no longer could tolerate a culture in which I was expected to defend corporate decisions that I found offensive,” Cronan told The Times.
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Improving ratings can be difficult because viewers tend to be loyal to their favorite station. KYW made slight gains in several newscasts, including the 11 p.m. news with Washington. However, the progress was uneven, and KYW remained stuck in third place in advertisers’ preferred category of viewers ages 25 to 54. In the May 2019 sweeps, KYW delivered a disappointing performance, ranking third or fourth in that key demographic.
Cronan said she felt as if the bosses in New York were trying to undermine KYW’s turnaround efforts. She pointed to Dunn’s and Friend’s blocking of attempts to hire Black journalists, including Evan Lambert, an Emmy-nominated reporter now in Washington, D.C., and Frank Holland, who at the time was with NBC in Boston and is now an anchor with CNBC. (An email exchange reviewed by The Times showed that Cronan’s lobbying to recruit Holland was rebuffed by Friend.)
KYW has lost several prominent Black journalists. In 2015, a rising star, Steve Patterson, left the station for NBC News. In 2016, Justin Finch, at the time the station’s only Black male reporter, joined an NBC station in Washington. Both declined to comment.
Rahel Solomon, a Philadelphia native and the daughter of Ethiopian immigrants who had replaced Thomas as KYW’s morning co-anchor, also exited. Kennedy said he pressed Dunn for months to extend Solomon’s contract, but during a two-hour-plus phone call to discuss the matter, Kennedy said Dunn raised “bizarre objections,” such as saying, “I hate her face.” (Kennedy described the episode in a July 2019 document, reviewed by The Times, that recounted instances of race and sex discrimination he said he witnessed.) Solomon, who declined to comment, joined CNBC in 2019.
The Times spoke with four Black journalists who worked at KYW. None agreed to an on-the-record interview, citing fear of reprisal. But in conversations, several relayed instances of unequal treatment and racist comments. They described the CBS station as “hostile” and “dysfunctional.” Some expressed frustration with what one called a “cookie-cutter approach” to local news.
“It’s like they have no idea who should be telling the stories,” said one Black journalist, formerly of KYW. “They thought I was disposable, and in that kind of environment, you become an ornament. That happens a lot in the industry — but especially at KYW.”
After failing to win approval to offer a job to another promising Black anchor, Stewart Moore, who works in Orlando, Fla., Kennedy said he became increasingly vocal, telling Dunn that KYW had “a diversity problem.”
The issue came to a head during KYW’s coverage of Bill Cosby’s 2018 rape trial. The story was big in Philadelphia, where Cosby lived. When jurors reached a verdict, KYW had to scramble to get its news anchors on the air. Kennedy said Washington arrived quickly, but his usual co-anchor, a white woman, wasn’t immediately available, so Washington helmed the live coverage with another Black anchor, Natasha Brown.
Kennedy said he soon got a call from Dunn, who was watching KYW’s live feed. “You do have a diversity problem,” Dunn allegedly said, according to Kennedy.
Kennedy said he angrily replied: “Peter, I want you to know that I’m not OK with that.”
Brien Kennedy, the former general manager of CBS’ Philadelphia station, has filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission alleging that he was fired in retaliation for cooperating with an internal review into alleged misconduct by his boss, Peter Dunn.
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
CBS’ 2018 investigation into Moonves and the company’s culture uncovered numerous complaints about the treatment of women in the TV stations group, according to six people familiar with the matter.
Cronan — who now works as a media consultant and runs a fitness apparel company — said she called investigators in September 2018. “Corporate HR was well aware of the behavior and did nothing to stop it,” Cronan, now 56, said. She left CBS in July 2017.
“I no longer could tolerate a culture in which I was expected to defend corporate decisions that I found offensive,” Cronan said.
Wilke, the former head of CBS’ Chicago station, reached out to investigators on Nov. 9, 2018, to ask whether CBS was waiving nondisclosure agreements to allow women to speak freely. She said she was told hers would be waived. Wilke said she began her December 2018 conversation with investigators by saying: “My goal is to change the culture for the benefit of so many good people still at the company.”
When Wilke announced her retirement in 2018 after six years at CBS, it struck some as odd that a 53-year-old woman would retire at the peak of her career. She was a battle-tested manager who had previously run the iconic WGN station in Chicago during a turbulent time — the corporate bankruptcy of its parent, then known as Tribune.
Wilke, in an interview, said she was forced out by Dunn after the two repeatedly clashed. After she left, nearly all the senior female executives in Chicago that Wilke had championed were driven out, she and others said.
But the 2018 investigation sparked hope.
CBS’ board vowed on Dec. 17, 2018, that improving “the working environment for all employees” would be “a high priority.”
Lawyers with the outside firms in early 2019 asked the women for permission to forward their complaints to CBS’ board, four women said. They were encouraged to attach their names to their complaints, and they did.
Cronan said she was assured that CBS would keep her name and experiences confidential. But soon, Cronan said, she heard from CBS colleagues who knew the details.
Wilke said a CBS attorney called her in February 2019, and they eventually spoke for about 40 minutes. But Wilke questioned the thoroughness of the internal investigation, saying she never heard from the lead CBS investigator, even though she had been one of the highest-ranking female executives in the TV station group.
An excerpt from a Jan. 10, 2020, complaint filed by Brien Kennedy, the former manager of a CBS TV station in Philadephia, with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.
Kennedy said he got a call in February 2019 from the lead attorney, Mark Engstrom, who was then CBS’ associate general counsel. Kennedy said Engstrom asked him to assist with an internal review into alleged misconduct by Dunn. Kennedy said he initially refused because he feared retribution from Dunn, but in April 2019, he agreed to cooperate after being reassured that he would not face retaliation.
Engstrom could not be reached for comment.
On July 22, 2019, Kennedy was summoned for a lunch with Dunn at Butcher and Singer, a tony Philadelphia restaurant that offers porterhouse steaks for $68.
Kennedy arrived early, and Dunn and a finance executive soon joined him. Kennedy said that as a waiter poured glasses of water, Dunn told him: “You’re not going to want to stay for lunch.”
Kennedy said Dunn fired him, citing “poor performance.”
Kennedy was gutted. He’d long been one of CBS’ leading general managers. He said he had received a positive performance review in early 2019 and 110% of his target bonus based on his above-average results for 2018.
An excerpt from a Jan. 10, 2020, complaint filed by Brien Kennedy, the former manager of a CBS TV station in Philadephia, with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.
Kennedy said Dunn told him to return to KYW and “make up a story” about why he had been let go, which he refused to do. On a cab ride back to the station, Kennedy said he looked at his company-issued phone and watched as his emails were being deleted.
On Jan. 10, 2020, Kennedy filed a discrimination and retaliation complaint against CBS and Dunn with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. The complaint, which has been reviewed by The Times, alleges that Kennedy was fired because he cooperated with CBS’ review of “possible unlawful discrimination and executive misconduct” by Dunn.
The complaint also claims that Dunn engaged in “a pattern of discriminatory behavior through the instruction of others regarding hiring, firing, promotion and pay setting of employees based on race, gender and sexual orientation.”
CBS Television Stations said its response to the commission “disputes Mr. Kennedy’s claim of retaliation and establishes that he was fired for performance.”
Kennedy and his attorney said CBS has so far refused demands to provide key personnel records or copies of emails.
“I’ve always been respectful of my chain of command, but I’m not going to lie about my career,” said Kennedy, who now manages a CBS affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y., for Nexstar Media Group. “I was truthful in the investigation, and I will continue to tell the truth.”
Read the first part of the Times investigation into the CBS TV stations group here.
7,000 Hours Across 8 TV Channels And Digital – The Hollywood Reporter
With the Tokyo Olympics still on the schedule to kick off in late July, NBCUniversal is outlining its coverage plans for the games, totaling some 7,000 hours of programming between two broadcast networks (NBC and Telemundo), six cable channels (USA, CNBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel, Golf Channel, and Universo) and multiple digital platforms.
Among the notable programming moves this time around: NBC will broadcast the opening ceremony live for the first time in the early morning of July 23, to be followed by the Today show. The network will air the ceremony again in primetime.
The primetime show will be live across every time zone: Similar to the 2018 Winter Games, the primetime and late night programming will be live in every time zone, with a special Prime West edition for the West Coast.
NBCSN will get an Olympic-size sendoff: Earlier this year the company said that it would shut down NBC Sports Network by the end of 2021, moving most of its programming to USA Network and the Peacock streaming service. However, NBCSN will go out on a high note, televising more than 440 hours of live events, more than any other channel in NBCU’s stable. Coverage will include soccer, softball, equestrian, fencing and beach volleyball.
The Olympic Channel adds live coverage: The Olympic Channel, a joint venture between NBCU and the U.S. Olympic Committee, will air live coverage of the games for the first time. The channel will air some 242 hours of live programming, and will be the home of tennis and wrestling coverage during the games (some key matchups and medal matches may air elsewhere, as usual).
Peacock’s push: NBCUniversal is planning to use the games to promote its Peacock streaming service, including four exclusive studio shows. There will also be live coverage, though details on those plans will be released at a later date.
As for the rest of the company’s coverage plans …
NBC will air 250 hours of coverage, including most of the top events and medal matches (think swimming, track and field, and diving), with Mike Tirico leading primetime coverage. Telemundo Deportes will lead Spanish-language coverage in the U.S. with more than 300 hours of coverage between Telemundo and Universo.
USA Network will run more than 388 hours of coverage, including top events like swimming, basketball, beach volleyball and soccer.
CNBC will air live coverage in primetime after its dayside market coverage ends. Coverage will include diving, archery, rugby, rowing, and new Olympic sport skateboarding.
Golf Channel will have wall-to-wall coverage of the Olympic golfing events.
On the digital side of things, NBC Sports Digital will offer more than 5,500 hours of live coverage to pay-TV subscribers that authenticate their subscriptions with the company. The Tokyo Games will also mark the return of the Gold Zone feed, a whip-around show that showcases interesting moments from live events. There will also be a “Team USA Tracker,” allowing users to follow competitors in select events (i.e., following a gymnast from apparatus to apparatus).
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What time and channel to watch Game 6 Wed. night
How to watch Game 6 of the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA Western Conference Finals?
Nervously, if you’re a Suns fan.
But of course you have to watch, even if it’s between your fingers like a late-night screening of “The Exorcist.” That’s a given. The Suns could clinch their trip to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993.
Or they could play like they did on Monday — poorly — and wind up tied 3-3 in a best-of-seven series.
Either way, no self-respecting basketball fan could think of missing this.
Remember, it can be agony to watch a great drama, whether it’s a movie or TV. The hero has to get into some trouble, face a little danger and then overcome it for a truly satisfying experience.
Devin Booker, it’s time to be a hero. And you’ve already got a villain — the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, last seen dancing like a marionette whose strings were cut after a foul on Chris Paul and practically begging for boos. (Suns fans obliged.)
How this plays out is going to be thrilling. Just hope, if you’re a Suns fan, that it’s not heartbreaking.
What channel and time to watch Suns vs. Clippers Game 6
Game 6 tips off on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Arizona time on ESPN. Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson will call the game; Rachel Nichols will report.
Momentum may be swinging toward the Clippers. Still, the Suns have history to conquer. But they’ve been good in a pinch. They finished off the Utah Jazz, the top seed in the Western Conference, by winning the last two games of their seven-game series without their best player, Kawhi Leonard, who injured his knee.
Then he missed Sunday’s game. Then Tuesday’s. Then Thursday’s. Then Monday’s. Now Wednesday’s as well.
The Suns missed Paul for the first two games of the series, as he was placed in the NBA’s COVID-19 protocol. And make no mistake, to that point, Paul had been great in the playoffs this season. But before that, he was known as a chronic playoff underachiever. It looked as if, health status notwithstanding, he was shaking that reputation.
Leonard, though, is one of the all-time great playoff performers. His last-second buzzer-beater to win Game 7 over the Philadelphia 76ers when he played for the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2019 was one of the best things on TV that year, and surely one of the great shots of all time.
And the Clippers got it done against the Jazz without him. Getting past the Suns without him may prove tougher, though the Clippers have been in an 0-2 hole before.
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No Kawhi Leonard? No problem. This is still can’t-miss TV
So wait a second. One of the sport’s greatest players missing another game? Doesn’t that take this series down a few notches on the must-see-TV list?
The NBA is a star-driven league. We watch for much the same reason we watch blockbuster movies — to see famous people do the thing they’re good at (and get paid astronomical amounts of money for doing it). Take out the major stars, you’d think, and the show would suffer.
But it doesn’t really happen that way in sports. Not always.
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For one thing, there are other players to watch. There’s Booker, of course — he can score from anywhere, and always seems to be around the ball, which is a mark of a great player. And he can come back from a smashed-up nose.
Ayton has improved a lot, and he took a huge step forward with that game-winning dunk Tuesday, It was the cap on a great overall game.
For the Clippers, Paul George is not Kawhi-level great. Who is? But he is really good and on a tear of late. A notch below are Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris.
Someone is going to step up, again. It may be someone we don’t expect, like Cam Payne for the Suns in Game 2. Or someone else. After all, Terance Mann playing great like he did for the Clippers to close out the Jazz is sort of like Ant-Man saving all the other Avengers and the world while he’s at it. Not how you thought things would play out, maybe, but sometimes the unexpected is the best reason to watch.
This is one of those times.
Suns-Clippers NBA Western Conference Finals complete schedule
- Game 1: Sunday, June 20, Clippers at Suns, 12:30 p.m., Channel 15 (ABC).
- Game 2: Tuesday, June 22, Clippers at Suns, 6 p.m., ESPN.
- Game 3: Thursday, June 24, Suns at Clippers, 6 p.m., ESPN.
- Game 4: Saturday, June 26, Suns at Clippers, 6 p.m., ESPN.
- Game 5: Monday, June 28, Clippers at Suns, 6 p.m., ESPN.
- Game 6 (if necessary): Wednesday, June 30, Suns at Clippers, 6 p.m., ESPN.
- Game 7 (if necessary): Friday, July 2, Clippers at Suns, 6 p.m., ESPN.
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Subscribe to azcentral.com today. What are you waiting for?90,000 Trump on horseback, weak Biden and the failure of capitalism. World media column overview
New York Times columnist Thomas B. Edsall discusses continued support for Donald Trump in American society. According to Edsall, Trump continues to set the tone for GOP politics even after leaving the presidency. His ideology, which is focused on “deniers of the truth, conspiracy theorists, anti-democratic people, white voters”, continues to find support from the Republican elite. Edsall quotes Joanna Ray Wallhard, a professor of psychology at Clark University, who is convinced that Trump’s electorate are “contrived victims” who do not understand the real state of affairs in the country. However, it should be borne in mind that there are a lot of such supporters of the ex-president among American citizens. Trump remains at the very heart of the Republican Party, despite a failed fight with Biden, the NYT columnist stresses.
Fox News journalist Liz Peak in the author’s column notes the fall in the rating of President Biden amid the fight against COVID-19.Peak believes that the “liberal media” are trying to convince Americans that the president’s support is great, and that his domestic political decisions are extremely positively perceived by citizens. However, according to opinion polls by the Gallup Institute, 67% of Americans are not satisfied with the current state of affairs in the United States, the Fox journalist recalls. According to Peak, voters are rather “cold” about the new Biden administration. The journalist criticizes the president for overturning all Trump decisions, as well as inconsistency in the fight against illegal immigration. In addition, Peak notes Biden’s “weakness” in influencing the party. “Trump led both the country and the party,” however, as the Fox columnist writes, the current American leader cannot even cope with the Democrats.
The editorial staff of Israel’s largest English-language newspaper Jerusalem Post calls on the country’s leadership to recognize the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire. According to journalists, the Israeli policy towards Turkey and Azerbaijan turned out to be unconstructive. Attempts to maintain relations with both Ankara and Baku, establishing trade ties in the field of arms, did not lead to the expected results. JP editors emphasize that Jerusalem was engaged in the supply of military equipment to Azerbaijan, which used weapons in the recent war with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh. As a result, Israeli politicians actually helped Baku in the war with Yerevan. Journalists cite the example of US President Biden, who kept one of his campaign promises and recognized the Armenian genocide. Israel must do the same so that things like the Holocaust never happen again, JP concludes.
British Guardian columnist Larry Elliott is convinced that the idea of creating a European Football Super League has failed due to market failure. Elliott recalls how leftists in the USSR criticized the Kremlin for misunderstanding socialism. Now, the journalist is sure, the same thing is happening, but on the part of the right-wing liberals, who opposed the creation of the Super League, as this is “an incorrect form of capitalism.” However, Elliott believes that the very creation of a separate championship “for the elite” is in principle contrary to the principles of the “free market”, which implies free competition for new products and the absence of regulation. The journalist calls the owners of the leading clubs in Europe “capitalists-rentiers” who, if the Super League is created, will live on the money of all other championships, oppressing the middle peasants.
Columnist of the Spanish newspaper El País Jimenez Enoa believes that the departure of the Castro brothers from leading positions in Cuba does not mean the end of political pressure on dissidents. According to Enoah, in the next five years, the government will continue to suppress any manifestations of opposition. “The regime has made it clear that the change of generations in the Communist Party does not mean a change in the country’s political course,” the journalist emphasizes.
Columnist for the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post Jason Wordy talks about the immigration of residents of the special administrative region of the PRC in connection with the recent internal political upheavals and the gradual integration of Hong Kong into mainland China. Many citizens face a natural question – to stay in their home country or try to leave? Wordi believes that the Hong Kong people faced this problem 200 years ago. Today’s rapid merger of two different systems – the British legal and political system with the Chinese communist one – is forcing people to make a choice: stay in Hong Kong and live in new realities or leave for free countries, the SCMP journalist is sure.
The Voice of America radio station (recognized by the Russian Ministry of Justice as acting media-foreign agent) draws attention to the situation with freedom of the press in Belarus. Now local journalists can break the law if they publish an interview with the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya or any other opposition politician, the radio station notes. Voice of America emphasizes that in this way Lukashenka is fighting against freedom of speech in order to strengthen his position. The authorities refer to such materials as “Prohibited Information”.However, in reality, independent media in Belarus are oppressed for their professional activities.
Author – Leonid Pasternak
TV channel TV-3. Official siteepisode 40:19
Unknown 2 series
The special bureau is trying to find out why the urn with the remains of a general of the armed forces gives an incredible background radiation.Shagin recalls the details of his past and tries to make out the meaning of the numbers on the bracelet. Zhenya is ready to help him in his search. Suddenly, Shagin’s case is handed over to a new investigator, who considers him a suspect …To the project page release 17:15
Draw Fairy Tales Season 2 10 Issue
A good storyteller draws a cartoon of his dreams with the child.The storyteller learns about the child’s imaginary friends and, together with the little author, comes up with the story and adventures of this character. This season, a section from Soyuzmultfilm is added, in which a plot is filmed about how cartoons are drawn, voiced and decorated (within the walls of Soyuzmultfilm).To the project page 60:00
Doctors 4 Issue
42-year-old Svetlana Sidorova from Volgograd lived an ordinary life – a loving husband, two sons, one serves, the other is a schoolboy Ivan, 12 years old.Everything was fine until one day, a beautiful day, Svetlana had a severe headache. By the time the ambulance arrived, Svetlana was already unconscious … / In January 2014, a 36-year-old resident of Voronezh, Mikhail Dibtsev, caught a cold and suffered a cold “on his feet.” And already in 2015, the man was diagnosed with idiopathic myocraditis. Then, in 2014, Mikhail got an infection in the heart …To the project page episode 46:13
Unknown 3 series
The special bureau faces a new level of street crime: someone sells a poisoned drug on the streets, and teenagers become victims.Wife manages to formally arrange Shagin as a consultant in the Special Bureau. However, not everyone likes it. Not only Kravtsov, but also Telegin is now opposed to Shagin.To the project page release 17:32
We draw fairy tales 2 season, 9 issue
A good storyteller draws a cartoon of his dreams with the child.The storyteller learns about the child’s imaginary friends and, together with the little author, comes up with the story and adventures of this character. This season, a section from Soyuzmultfilm is added, in which a plot is filmed about how cartoons are drawn, voiced and decorated (within the walls of Soyuzmultfilm).To the project page release 46:00
Returnees 7th issue
Vladimir Shatygin went with friends for berries.In the forest, they scattered in different directions and agreed to meet at the agreed place at the exit from the forest, everyone came except Vladimir. For only 15 minutes, the uncle of 5-year-old Zarina Avgonova was distracted from the girl. This time was enough for her to leave her house in a village near Diveyevo and disappear.To the project page release 17:35
We draw fairy tales 2 season, 8 issue
A good storyteller draws a cartoon of his dreams with the child.The storyteller learns about the child’s imaginary friends and, together with the little author, comes up with the story and adventures of this character. This season, a section from Soyuzmultfilm is added, in which a plot is filmed about how cartoons are drawn, voiced and decorated (within the walls of Soyuzmultfilm).To the project page episode 45:08
Unknown 4 series
Shagin meets with a person who knew him in the past.Kravtsov finds out about this. Shagin suspects that Kravtsov searched his apartment, the key to which, besides himself, only Zhenya has. Zhenya herself is absorbed in a new business: the search for a murderer obsessed with revenge. This case reminds Zhenya of a dramatic event in her life.To the project page release 17:01
Draw fairy tales 2 season 7 issue
We draw fairy tales 2 season, 6 issue
The Last Hero.Champions Vs Rookies Issue 14. Inside the last herorelease 90:00
The Last Hero. Champions Vs Rookies 13 Issue
The most popular TV-3 project, 4 finalists, a coveted prize and a final that everyone is waiting for. Which of them will be the very last hero? Watch the FINAL of the show “The Last Hero.Champions Vs Rookies “Now!To the project page release 17:05
We draw fairy tales 2 season, 5 issue
Doctors 16 Issue
Elena Klimova On July 6, 2014, a 35-year-old resident of Krasnoyarsk, Elena Klimova, was electrocuted at 27,000 volts.However, the woman remained conscious! When Elena was brought to the hospital, everyone gasped: there was no living space on her – burns with an area of almost 90%, but she was breathing, her heart was beating! / Lera Ryabova from Oryol was born on November 21, 2015. Upon arrival home, the parents immediately noticed that the child’s right handle is slightly larger than the left. A month later, the stomach began to swell …To the project page issue 51:50
Doctors 15th edition
At the age of 20, Anton Belkov from Tula suddenly began to lose his leg, then severe dizziness and visual impairment began.Doctors diagnosed multiple sclerosis … / In February 2019, 13-year-old Natasha Demidenko developed a rash on her legs, her temperature rose to 40. Natasha was taken to the hospital with a diagnosis of urticaria. However, despite the treatment, the temperature was kept, Natasha was getting worse every day …To the project page release 60:00
Doctors 14 issue
On May 5, 2018, 31-year-old Arina Rychkina developed a high temperature.Then it became hard to breathe. The doctors suggested that Arina had pneumonia, but the examination revealed that the girl had bronchial cancer. This is one of the most popular cancers, but it affects male smokers, not young nonsmokers … / 12-year-old Yegor fell down while riding a scooter in the park at 12 noon on September 12 at 12 noon. A friend called an ambulance …To the project page release 60:00
Doctors 13 issue
In May 2019, a long-awaited son was born in the Netsvetaev family from Kopeysk.When the baby was 3 months old, the mother noticed that the baby’s leg was trembling. Mom turned to the regional clinic, the neurologist, having looked at the baby, urgently sent him to the Chelyabinsk Regional Children’s Hospital … / On December 30, 2018, 49-year-old Valery Martynov from the city of Kansk came to the garage for pickles. There was a severe frost outside and Valery turned on the heating boiler. Suddenly the boiler exploded …To the project page release 60:00
Doctors 12 Issue
On the evening of May 7, 2019, Oksana Endaltseva from Snezhinsk went to work at the store.Dad stayed at home with 4-year-old Sasha. Dad played with Sasha and sent his daughter into the room to change for bed. After a couple of minutes, dad entered the room and saw that the child was not in the room. The window was open … / 42-year-old Andrei Aralov suddenly had a pain in his right side. He turned to the district polyclinic, where an ultrasound scan revealed a stone in his gallbladder. Andrey was treated, but the pain did not go away …To the project page issue 51:18
Doctors 11 issue
In the spring of 2019, parents began to notice that 12-year-old Maxim Popov from Kopeysk began to tire quickly.During an ultrasound examination, in a district clinic, the doctor discovered an abdominal mass in the boy … / In the summer of 2019, 48-year-old Elena Moreleva from the village of Sikterme-Khuzangaevo suddenly began to feel unwell. Elena’s belly began to rapidly increase in volume, the skin turned yellow, weakness appeared …To the project page issue 52:37
Doctors 10 Issue
In May 2020, 15-year-old Marya Palenova fell ill.At first they thought of a common cold, but then Marya’s leg suddenly became swollen. Then there was a fever and joint pain. Marya was admitted to the District Hospital. First, the girl was diagnosed with pneumonia. However, Marya’s treatment was getting worse … / 14-year-old Daniil from St. Petersburg, together with his dad, took a taxi on New Year’s Eve on December 30, 2020. Suddenly the taxi driver fell asleep at the wheel and a terrible accident happened.To the project page release 60:00
Doctors 9th edition
In the summer of 2019, four-year-old Musa Suleimanov from Chechnya developed a strange rash all over his body.Local doctors began to treat prickly heat, but the rash did not go away. Then the mother and son were sent to the regional hospital, but even there the doctors did not understand what Musa was sick with. Meanwhile, the boy’s condition worsened every day … / In April 2012, 64-year-old Tatiana Shapovalova from Bataysk became ill. It grabbed my back, but so hard, as if an arrow had been stabbed into it. Relatives took Tatyana Ivanovna to the regional hospital …To the project page release 85:00
The Last Hero.Champions Vs Rookies 12 Issue
One step away from the final, the participants are expected: a surprise from Yana Troyanova, a test that could be the last for any of the “heroes”, the last immunity and the last advice of the tribe.To the project page episode 17:11
Draw Fairy Tales Season 2 4 Issue
Doctors 8th edition
Nastya Lugovoi was 2 months old in 2017 when her mother noticed that her skin began to turn yellow.Mom was worried and asked her husband to take them with her daughter to the clinic for tests. A few days later, Nastya fell into a coma … / When Ivan Shevelev was 7 years old, he suddenly felt bad. It turned out that Ivan only had one kidney and that it was not working well. The doctors said that at the age of 12 a transplant will be needed. But Ivan lived with one kidney until he was 16. At 16, serious irreversible complications began …To the project page movie 90:00
Chernobyl: Exclusion Zone.The final. Other version
The finale will put an end to the story of five teenagers who tried to prevent the world’s most famous man-made disaster. They will have to return to where it all began – to Chernobyl, in order to unravel the mystery of the origin of the Exclusion Zone.To the project page movie 60:00
Chernobyl.Exclusion Zone. Final
The finale will put an end to the story of five teenagers who tried to prevent the world’s most famous man-made disaster. They will have to return to where it all began – to Chernobyl, in order to unravel the mystery of the origin of the Exclusion Zone.To the project page release 90:00
The Last Hero.Champions Vs Rookies 11 Issue
In Zanzibar, the fate of the entire season is being decided: who brought Nadezhda Angarskaya to tears, what caused a split in the tribe, and who challenged the leading one? Find out in the new episode of The Last Hero: Champions vs. Newbies.To the project page release 22:42
New day 5 season, 11 issue
Each participant in the show will make her own list of 10 cherished desires and, together with the main fairy of the project, will choose exactly the one that will give her a boost on a new day.Our in-house astrologer will analyze the heroine’s card, find out her strengths and weaknesses and give her own recipe – what exactly needs to be done to make the dream come true!To the project page issue 24:14
New day 5 season, 10 issue
Each participant in the show will make her own list of 10 cherished desires and, together with the main fairy of the project, will choose exactly the one that will give her a boost on a new day.Our in-house astrologer will analyze the heroine’s card, find out her strengths and weaknesses and give her own recipe – what exactly needs to be done to make the dream come true!To the project page release 30:00
New Day Season 5, Issue 9
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On June 3, 2020, a strong hurricane began in the city of Nazran.Salaudi and Zalina Akhmatovs were at home at that time. The wife hosted the kitchen, the husband looked at the raging nature on the loggias. At some point, Zalina heard a strong explosion. The woman ran into the room and saw her bloody husband on the floor … / Olga Lazareva from Pavlovsky Posad is happily married. Olga became pregnant, and suddenly she was informed that twins would be born. At the 18th week of pregnancy, Olga felt unwell, it became difficult for her to walk …To the project page release 30:00
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Denis and Tatiana want to become parents, but the spouses’ cherished dream is not fulfilled in any way.One day Tatyana hears a five-year-old girl calling her husband dad, and realizes that Denis has been deceiving her for many years.To the project page 90,000 A new bus of Belarusian production will enter the streets of Krasnodar
The new model of the Belarusian bus plant was delivered to the regional center for testing in real urban conditions.The bus is air-conditioned and generally meets modern requirements.
The director of the Krasnodar tram and trolleybus department Alexander Grachev spoke about the new unit of transport. He noted that the city enterprise gladly agreed to take this bus for trial operation.
“I hope that it will be even more modern, even more comfortable and even more equipped with all possible convenient means for both passengers and drivers,” said Alexander Grachev.
The new bus will be in operation for three months. During this period, it will be possible to understand all the strengths and weaknesses of this machine.
As a reminder, two more trams from the 2021 batch arrived in Krasnodar. The 14th and 15th carriages were unloaded at the Eastern tram depot. According to the press service of KTTU, trams do not differ from each other. They will enter the line after the commissioning.
Earlier, in Krasnodar, route bus No. 106A “Balneotherapy – NST” Dubki “is planned to be launched from 15 April.The start of work has been delayed due to road conditions. This was announced at the main city planning meeting on March 29 by Evgeny Belyakov, Deputy Director of the Department of Transport and Roads.
Also, the first trolleybus assembled in Krasnodar is planned to be launched on the line by April 13. The car that is assembled at KTTU is 90% ready. This was announced at the city planning meeting at the mayor’s office by the deputy head of Krasnodar for transport and road facilities Artem Doronin. According to him, the trolleybus was planned to be launched on the line by March 31.However, the deadline had to be postponed due to a delay in the supply of seats and an information system.
Russia 1 TV channel asked viewers to help our little ward
Report about Polina’s friendly family: http://dontr.ru/vesti/obshchestvo/zhitelej-rostovskoj-oblasti-prosyat-pomoch-malen-koj-poline- mihajlove /
“Great difficulties fell to the lot of a little girl from Dubovsky
district of Rostov region. She was born with two rarest and 90,318 incurable diseases at once.The baby has weak muscle tone – by the age of 90,318 she does not even hold her head, besides Polina’s bones are bent by
arthrohyposis. But the daughter’s character gives her parents hope. And they also hope
for help from viewers of “Don-TR”.
The journalists found the baby and her mother getting ready for a walk. For
little Pauline, this usual procedure is a whole test. What
most children at her age do involuntarily, she is unable to do
Weak muscle tone.And arthrogrippus – that’s why our bones are so bent
, legs and arms do not straighten to the end. We don’t hold our heads –
these are weak muscles, ”explained Polina Mikhailova’s mother Svetlana
The girl has two rare congenital diseases at once – myopathy and
arthrogryposis. Simultaneous muscle atrophy and joint deformity.
Polina’s mom says: until the birth of her daughter, neither she nor the
doctors suspected about the disease. Now her child is a regular patient of 90,318 medical schools in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
“Now we are going in June, they will give an accurate diagnosis. They will take a biopsy of
muscles and make an accurate diagnosis, ”says Svetlana Mikhailova, mother of Polina Mikhailova
However, for all, to put it mildly, the complexity of the situation, the family has not lost hope, they are full of optimism.
She instills confidence in us. Looking at her oneself one wants to live and enjoy
. She is a sunny, positive child with us, ”says Galina Mikhailova, grandmother of
And this is not blind optimism.Little Pauline, despite all the hardships – and
her illnesses are considered incurable – without exaggeration,
can be called a grandiose example of love for life and internal energy, which should be learned by many healthy people
“What is surprising, given her illness, she loves life very much,” says the father of Polina Mikhailova, Konstantin Mikhailov.
“Our girl is very cheerful, she loves music, dance, play,
is drawn to children,” says Svetlana Mikhailova, the mother of Polina Mikhailova … ”
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Potential consequences for world politics.News. Channel One
Our Ambassador Anatoly Antonov has returned to Moscow from Washington today. He was invited to discuss the further development of Russian-American relations, which have reached a dead end due to the fault of official Washington. Many ordinary Americans object to this. Our embassy is receiving letters in which they apologize for the remarks that Joe Biden allowed himself this week.
Some political observers also consider them unacceptable, even in America itself.They previously expressed concerns about the state of health, including the mental state of the new American leader, and now they have another weighty reason.
Biden’s thesis “time did not spare” does not seem so absolutely accurate. For example, his head of hair now looks even more luxuriant and neat than 33 years ago, when he represented the United States at the talks in Moscow. And the fact that his manners have become worse since then can be explained by the merciless time – a person simply forgets about the rules of decency, health fails.And if this is really senile dementia, then after all, it can not be so bad.
It is necessary to decipher not only Biden’s statements, but also take into account his facial expressions and even individual sounds. And now the experts are breaking their spears, trying to answer what lies behind this “yeah” – a doubt, how to answer, or a painful reaction that occurs in a situation when he forgot what was asked a couple of seconds ago, and it is already easier to agree with any nonsense, how to remember – what is it about?
The Fox News presenter demonstrates where he has already heard this inimitable “uh-huh”.Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev asks to change his glasses so that it is better to see which text to read.
Biden’s mental health is one of the hottest topics in America. Often it turns out to be even more important than what he actually said during the two months that he was president.
“He looks very weak, confused, often confused. And yes, he’s mentally unwell. It’s obvious, ”said Fox News anchor Sean Hannity.
Newsweek magazine cites opinion polls: “On February 22, a poll by Business Insider and SurveyMonkey showed that more than 33 percent of Americans were unhappy with Biden’s sharpness of mind.In a Rasmussen poll conducted from March 3-7, 50 percent of people said they were “not sure” that Biden was “physically and mentally ready for work.”
And here are the typical comments of Americans on social networks regarding Biden’s agreement with the assumption that the president of Russia is a hitman:
– Joe Biden is mentally retarded and does not understand what he is saying, he is not suitable for the presidency.
– Whoever Biden’s curators are, they need to start working overtime to remedy this situation.
– Okay, grandpa, maybe you should tell Vladimir that you will deal with him in the “rocking chair”? Someone put the pudding spoon back in Biden’s mouth.
– God, Biden is pathetic. With such conversations, he will drag us into the war. Even Americans laugh at Biden. Just imagine how other countries are reacting.
But in the hands of this person there is a “nuclear button”, and serious experts are already talking about this without a condescending grin.
“Now German and French journalists will ask a very simple question to both Angela Merkel and Mr. Macron: do you think Biden is right? Yes or no? What will Merkel answer? What will Macron answer? Imagine what difficult positions they are in now. If they say that they disagree with Biden, he is a complete fool. If they say that Biden is right, then they will cut off relations with Russia. A very difficult situation. Biden set up his own allies, ”said political analyst Alexander Rahr.
“I was shocked because this is a very strong statement. It is simply incredible that the head of one country speaks of the head of another in a similar tone. But, on the other hand, this is quite expected, because Russophobia has been spreading in the West for a very long time, ”said political analyst John Lockland.
Where can international relations lead a person who regularly forgets about the iron rule that was in effect even at the height of the Cold War – a direct dialogue between the leaders of the nuclear superpowers should always be maintained? Personal insults are definitely not conducive to this.
According to the French newspaper Le Figaro, “Biden went too far, contrary to all diplomatic principles. Especially when it comes to the leader of a great world power. ”
As the German newspaper Die Welt notes, “With verbal attacks like today’s, Biden will not induce Putin to even shake hands. Where it leads? Isn’t the new head of the White House depriving himself of the opportunity to enter into negotiations with Moscow? In the end, it will be difficult for the American president to sit down at the same table with the man whom he publicly calls a hitman. “
Naturally, everyone was waiting for the reaction of Vladimir Putin. She was like this:
“And what would I answer him? I would tell him “be healthy”. I wish him good health. I say this without irony, no jokes. This is the first thing. Second, if we speak more broadly on this topic, then this is what I would like to say. I remember that in childhood we were in the yard, when we argued with each other, we said this: whoever calls his name is called that. And this is no coincidence, this is not just a childish saying and joke. The meaning is very deep psychological in this.We always see our own qualities in another person and think that he is the same as we are, and based on this, we evaluate his actions and give an assessment in general. As for the American establishment, the ruling, ruling class, its consciousness took shape in well-known and rather difficult conditions. After all, the development of the American continent by the Europeans was associated with the extermination of the local population, with genocide, as they say today, direct genocide of Indian tribes. Then followed a very hard, long, difficult period of slavery, slavery, very cruel.All this goes through history, to this day accompanying the life of the United States.
Guided by such considerations, the ruling class of the United States decides both domestic and foreign policy problems. After all, the United States is the only country in the world that used nuclear, atomic weapons, moreover, against a non-nuclear state – against Japan, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, at the end of World War II. There was absolutely no military sense in this. This was a direct extermination of the civilian population.Why am I talking about this? Because I know that the United States, the leadership in the United States as a whole is determined to have certain relations with us, but on issues that are of interest to the United States itself and on its terms. Although they think that we are the same as they are, we are different people, we have a different genetic, cultural and moral code, but we know how to defend our own interests. And we will work with them, but in those areas in which we ourselves are interested, and on those conditions that we consider beneficial for ourselves.And they will have to reckon with it. ”
This calm response made an impression. Jonathan Steele is a British journalist and author of books on Soviet and Russian history.
“I like that Mr Putin responded with much more dignity. Rather, it reminds me of one response from Obama’s wife, Michelle, during the election campaign, when she said that “they are slipping lower and lower, and we will stay at the top.” I believe that Putin is at the top following Biden’s low comment, ”said Jonathan Steele.
And this is the opinion of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “Frankly speaking, Biden’s comment about Putin is an inappropriate statement for the head of state. It is really unacceptable to address the head of a state like Russia in this way. And it’s hard to swallow. I think Mr. Putin gave a very wise and very elegant answer to Biden. ”
Moscow is still ready for business contacts with Washington. The question is, in what physical and the same mental form is the one who is considered to be the main negotiator from the United States.After the inauguration, Biden was hid from the press and the public in every possible way, fearing a repetition of incidents such as when he, speaking, forgot the name of the person whom he had just appointed as defense minister. And it seems that it is not possible to save from this. Even a teleprompter does not help him to speak as written. While reading, Biden sometimes does not understand the meaning of what is being said. Here is an example – the president, reading, calls Kamala Harris the president, the mockers called it his resignation letter.
“When President Harris and I took a virtual tour of the vaccination center in Arizona not long ago, one of the nurses gave injections to people on that tour, and every time she did it, it was like giving them a dose of hope.” said Biden.
Many see a dose of hopelessness in what is happening.
“We know that Vice President Harris is making most of the phone calls for Biden right now, which is pretty scandalous. And, of course, such a proposal only underlines the understanding that Biden cannot function as an ordinary head of state, ”said Andrei Korobkov, professor of political science at the University of Tennessee.
Republicans seem to be holding back a lot to keep from laughing at the Democratic White House administration.They ask Biden to write a reminder on the cuffs: Kamala Harris is vice president, she is his subordinate.
“Everyone in Washington knows that every time Vice President Kamala Harris shakes Joe Biden’s hand, she checks his pulse,” said Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz.
Journalists often asked uncomfortable questions to Donald Trump. And then the former US president, unlike his opponent in the presidential election, did not “float”. Responding to the phrase “does he consider President Putin a murderer?” He presented himself as simply a beacon of diplomacy and sanity.
“In general, there are many killers. Do you think our country is so innocent? Look at what we have done in Iraq. There are a lot of mistakes. I was against this war from the very beginning. A lot of people have been killed, ”said Donald Trump.
Joe Biden is just a living confirmation that the United States is not an “innocent country” at all.
“I think Biden is responsible for the US invasion of Iraq. He was chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee at the time. He helped George W. Bush, created the conditions for an invasion and supported Bush’s policy in Iraq throughout.There are too many bloody deeds to get out of this situation without loss. And Biden will call someone else a hitman? ” Says Peter Kuznik, professor of history at the American University in Washington.
The history of the United States of the last decades is a lot of wars. Both announced and not announced, that is, mediated, led by someone else’s hands. Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, like Iraq, still cannot recover from them. Biden endorsed and supported wars, serving in various important positions.
After the tragic Ukrainian Maidan and the coup d’état, it was he, as the vice-president of the United States, who oversaw the leaders of this coup, who seized power in Kiev. Tens of thousands of people who died in the Donbas during the civil war unleashed there are a direct result of his supervision. Now in Ukraine, alarming expectations are again aggravated by Biden’s new mental problems.
“As a matter of fact, he lives in his own world. And in this world there is nothing that could stop one from rudeness and impudence in relation to even the leaders of the largest world powers.But most of all in this whole story, it strains me, I am afraid that our guys, who sleep and see how to join some kind of military operation in Donbass, in order to feel the support of the United States behind their backs, and not moral, but some- then real, military support, they can throw themselves into some kind of adventure, which will end badly, ”says Mikhail Pogrebinsky, head of the Kiev Center for Political Research and Conflictology.
There is a vivid example of how exactly it can “end badly”.In 2008, Saakashvili, fueled by stories of unavoidable military support from the United States, launched a military operation in South Ossetia, trying to force it back into Georgia. The result is known – South Ossetia and Abkhazia were recognized as independent republics, Saakashvili himself still cannot forget how he ran through the streets of Gori in panic and hid in fear under body armor from fighters.
A way out of the impasse into which the American establishment, inspired by the illusion of unipolarity, has driven the international community in recent decades, is nevertheless necessary to seek.That is why Putin chose to treat Biden’s attack with understanding and suggested the following:
“I want to invite President Biden to continue our discussions, but on the condition that we do this actually live, as they say, online. But without any delay, but right here in an open, direct discussion. It seems to me that it would be interesting for the people of Russia, and for the people of the United States, and for many other countries, bearing in mind that we, as the largest nuclear powers, have a special responsibility for strategic security on the planet. ” …
The proposal caused confusion on the American side. You may have to wait for the moment of mental enlightenment, but for now …
“They will look for all possible and impossible reasons not to go to such a format. And this means that they will be in the situation of a party who refuses to duel, who refuses to explain himself, who refuses to talk on equal terms. And this is always a sign of the weak, not the strong, ”said Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev.
Journalists, however, do not give up, they repeat the question. They caught the American president on his way to Georgia: “Mr. President, what will you answer to Putin? Will you meet him? ”
“I’m sure we’ll talk one day,” Biden said.
And this must happen – after this short dialogue, climbing the plane, Biden stumbled three times. A little more – and would have rolled head over heels down. Fortunately, nothing happened. The White House administration attributed the incident to windy weather.We checked – the wind speed at that moment was about six meters per second. This is what is commonly referred to as a “breeze.” The breeze is so breeze. The very fact that the State Department did not blame the Russians for what happened on the gangway is already pretty good news.
“It would be better to be shot right away.” Two arrested Belarusian bloggers cut their hands
Photo author, Irina Kubaskova (RFE / RL)Photo caption,
Igor Losik was detained even before the presidential elections in Belarus
in Belarus, bloggers cut their hands in protest against the charges against them and the conditions of detention.One of them – Igor Losik – wrote the day before: “it would be better to be shot right away.”
Igor Losik cut his hands right in the office of the investigator, who last week brought new charges against the blogger. Prior to that, he had already been accused of organizing riots, although Losik, administrator of the opposition telegram channel Belarus Brain, was detained on June 25, long before the August presidential elections in Belarus.
The relatives do not know what the essence of the new charges is.The lawyer who was in the investigator’s office when Moosie cut his hands is bound by a nondisclosure agreement.
Igor Losik went on a dry hunger strike – and this is his second hunger strike behind bars, the first he held for more than 40 days.
A massive attack by the authorities on non-state journalists, opposition bloggers and authors of telegram channels has been going on since the beginning of large-scale protests against falsification of the presidential election results, in which, according to official data, Alexander Lukashenko won more than 80% of the votes.The presidential administration and the pro-government media are unable to compete with opponents on the Internet, media experts note, namely, the traditional audience of Lukashenka has recently turned to bloggers.
“I won’t give it to you”
Daria, Igor’s wife, posted an appeal to the authorities on YouTube. “My husband is not a weak person, but he will not allow him to endure bullying and common sense,” says Daria Losik, who is left with her two-year-old daughter.I am ready to meet and talk with anyone, including Alexander Grigorievich Lukashenko, I am ready to answer all questions, along the way getting an answer to my own. And to the main one – what is my husband doing in prison for 9 months? “
During all this time, Daria has not been able to get a meeting with her husband. From Igor’s letters she knows that he is deprived of the press, correspondence, was transferred to a basement cell with a neighbor with head lice.
“I do not feed on illusions, I think it will be five years, and there I will bend.There is no longer any desire to do anything, so much has been done, and everything is in vain, nothing affects anyone. To be honest, it is unlikely that anything will change. Everything will pass as always. Everyone will sit down, the rest will leave or calm down, Russia will help with money, and so on for several years, ” wrote Igor from the pre-trial detention center. “It would be better if they just shot it quickly and not see it all.”
Blogger from Brest Sergei Petrukhin cut his hands in Mogilev prison on February 25 – lawyer Irina Tochkar found out about this only on March 11, when she was able to meet with his client.He was transferred to a cell, where, as he told the lawyer, there was a not quite mentally adequate prisoner, and another was detained for sexual harassment of a minor.
Author of the photo, Nasha NivaCaption,
Alexander Kabanov and Sergei Petrukhin are accused of insulting the authorities and violating public order
Petrukhin was stitched and placed in a punishment cell. He and the Brest blogger Alexander Kabanov are accused of organizing and preparing actions that grossly violate public order, and of insulting government officials.Both are being tried in Mogilev, away from Brest, where bloggers are known and popular as opponents of the construction of a battery plant near the border regional center. They face three years in prison, but they will no longer be summoned to trial – the judge removed Petrukhin and Kabanov from the court before the end of the trial. The bloggers themselves insisted on this after the court rejected all the petitions they filed.
Protesting against the accusations and unfair, in their opinion, court decisions, the Belarusian arrested are increasingly choosing extreme forms that are dangerous to life and health.
Musician Igor Bantser is on dry hunger strike in prison. Natalya Hershe, an arrested Belarusian with a Swiss passport, was on hunger strike for 9 days. On March 11, Dmitry Furmanov, a defendant in the Tikhanovsky case, went on a hunger strike.
Sergei Tikhanovsky himself, the creator of the Country for Life telegram channel, was charged several days ago: organizing mass riots, inciting social hatred, obstructing the work of the Central Election Commission, organizing actions that grossly violate public order.
The punishment under the most severe of these articles is imprisonment for up to 15 years.
Tikhanovsky was going to run for the presidency of Belarus, but at the time of registration of candidates he was serving a term of administrative arrest, so his wife Svetlana Tikhanovskaya went to the polls instead. Sergei was detained at the end of May last year at a pre-election picket to collect signatures in support of his wife; since then he has been behind bars.
Photo author, AFP via Getty ImagesPhoto caption,
In the West, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has become the voice of the Belarusian opposition.In the photo she is with the Chairman of the German Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble
Power and bloggers: noose in the foreground
“The popularity of the” Country for Life “channel, created by Tikhanovsky, clearly aroused fears of the Belarusian authorities. This channel gave voice to those humiliated and offended in the Belarusian hinterland, which were practically not heard by the traditional media, “says media expert Pavlyuk Bykovsky.
Publicist Alexander Feduta is sure that the authorities “missed” the new format of communication with the audience and the bloggers turned out to be Lukashenka’s competitors in the struggle for the opinion of his traditional electorate.
“Trust in bloggers is higher than trust in traditional media, first of all, in the population group that traditionally supported Lukashenka. These are residents of small and medium-sized cities where there is no big industry, big banks, there is no opportunity to develop business, as, for example, in Minsk and Gomel. There the voice of a blogger is perceived as the voice of a neighbor. They see this person, they know that this is not a “journalist”, but a simple hard worker like them, “explains Feduta.
Photo author, TASS via Getty ImagesPhoto caption,
State television did not show the scale of the protests after the presidential election
“Country for Life” channel launched a meme “Stop cockroach! Stop cockroach!” “. Bloggers allowed themselves personal attacks against Lukashenka, not only criticism, but also insults – and this is when there is an article in the Belarusian criminal code for insulting the president,” says Bykovsky. immunity from prosecution, while bloggers and foreign media authors not accredited at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry are not.Therefore, they came for bloggers earlier. “
The Belarusian authorities, according to experts, have not yet succeeded in competing with opponents in the telegram space: bloggers with a” pro-government “point of view are hardly recognizable. The main mouthpiece of the presidential administration is still the state media. programs of “Capital Television”, criticizing opponents of Lukashenka, framed by a large rope loop addressed to opponents
Tragedies are inevitable
The authorities consider the bloggers-opponents to be organizers and coordinators of street protests.A number of telegram channels have been declared extremist in Belarus, access to them on the territory of the country is prohibited.
A few days ago, the prosecutor’s office opened a criminal case against blogger Anton Motolko – he went abroad after the arrest of his colleague Igor Losik, and it is not yet clear whether the Belarusian law enforcement agencies will be able to return him to the country and to prison.
Bloggers who are behind bars in Belarus have found themselves in a difficult situation, says publicist Alexander Feduta, who himself went through the KGB pre-trial detention center after protests of rigging the presidential elections in 2010.
Bloggers are not politicians, he explains. “They turned out to be not ready for a harsh risk. They did not expect what would happen to them. They did nothing criminal, and suddenly they turn out to be defendants, they are imprisoned only for expressing their point of view, the right to which they are guaranteed constitution “.
Photo author, AFP via Getty ImagesPhoto caption,
At the height of the protests, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Minsk
“This is stress that must be endured.But now they behave like the characters in the books they read about, – says Feduta. “But it doesn’t affect anyone within the system. The system is completely indifferent to these stresses. Are we going to starve? Well, starve, you are political prisoners, we have 280 of them. And the fact that loved ones and that part of society that is outraged by what is happening is perceived as a tragedy, the system is not perceived in any way. And that is why the situation is aggravated even more – a feeling of complete hopelessness is superimposed on it. Lukashenka has not disappeared – what to do? What is the meaning of life? Igor Losik’s behavior is the heroic behavior of a person who has lost the meaning of life.I am shocked that the young guy behaves like this, but it would be better if he didn’t behave like that – he is needed alive. ”
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who was forced to leave the country under pressure from the authorities in August in Lithuania. According to her, she continues to meet with European politicians in order to obtain sanctions against judges, prosecutors and prison authorities.
Miner Maccabi – experts analyzed the Europa League match
22:35, 25 February 2021
Miner continues to bring points to UkraineSergey Morozov
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Experts Shlyakh to Gdansk Sergey Morozov and Alexey Belik summed up the results of the confrontation between Shakhtar and Maccabi in the 1/16 finals of the Europa League
– Shakhtar played the weakest first half after the break.Cause? Underestimation, although what underestimation can a professional have? – asks the question Sergey Morozov.
– We have said on several occasions that players who come off the bench enhance the game. If we used to say that the coach guesses right, now it is difficult to talk about it.
Question to the coach: “ Why the same Tete and Fernando get little practice? “ They always come out and sharpen.I could only dream of such trust of the coach to Moraes , – summed up Alexey Belik.
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