Paul McGeough Senior Washington journalist at the Sydney Morming Herald. An emo left-wing Donald Trump attack-dog. getting shut out of Washington for being a biased emotional blinded bigot. Doesn’t know what impartial rational journalism looks like. Doomed to fail. Should be sacked.

Washington: In describing how nasty the Washington-Moscow relationship has become, analysts are reaching back a full century, to the Bolshevik Revolution and the ensuing Russian Civil War, when the US embassy in Moscow was shuttered for 15 years.”

Paul McGeough rewrites history in the article below.

 

Paul McGeough was born in 1958, so he should know how chill things were between Russia and America during the Cold War.

There is no comparison between the Cold War and current US-Russia relations, which aren’t exactly cosy, but they’re nothing like the situation during the Cold War.

Sometimes I really wonder about Paul McGeough. He’s become the Mr Magoo of Australian journalism. A man who is accident-prone and incident-prone, and who is prone to get almost everything wrong about everything,

 

Paul McGeough, the Mr Magoo of Australian journalism

 

I’ve read that Paul McGeough has been cautioned to ease up on his anti-Trump rants by his superiors at Fairfax media, the owners of the Sydney Morning Herald.

I think Paul McGeough needs a holiday. A kind of a Trump withdrawal combined with a R & R.

 

“Newly-appointed national editor James Chessell, who is still the Australian Financial Review’s Europe editor based in London (and expounded on the snap UK election this week), contacted the chief foreign correspondent of the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, Paul McGeough, in Washington last week and told him his commentary on US president Donald Trump was “too anti-Trump”, according to some Fairfax sources. This view, aired regularly in the pages of News Corp’s Australian newspaper, is said to be shared by Fairfax bosses Greg Hywood and Sean Aylmer.

Other Fairfax insiders say McGeough, a former editor of the SMH and veteran frontline war correspondent from Baghdad to Afghanistan, has been told to change from non-stop commentary and analysis and become more of a conventional foreign correspondent. That means more news feature writing and even the odd non-Trump story. He, like other correspondents, has been urged to be careful with emotive language too; although he’s been told he can still be critical of the president when necessary.

Chessell said: “We think Paul is an excellent journalist and columnist, awarded over many years, and we are pleased he works at Fairfax.””

Amanda Mead writing in The Guardian Australia in an article “Fairfax correspondent under the pump over Trump”- the “Fairfax correspondent” is Paul McGeough.

Sydney Morning Herald

Moscow, Washington take down guard rails in bilateral relationship

Paul McGeough

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Washington: In describing how nasty the Washington-Moscow relationship has become, analysts are reaching back a full century, to the Bolshevik Revolution and the ensuing Russian Civil War, when the US embassy in Moscow was shuttered for 15 years.

The Cold War imposed a manageable, if at times frightening, diplomatic dynamic.

Russia to expel 755 US diplomatic staff

But Moscow’s weekend confirmation that the US must cut its embassy staff by 755 comes as the two powers butt heads in the Middle East, as tension mount on the Korean Peninsula and the Ukraine crisis festers. All are unfolding with none of the guard-rail certainty that endured for more than four decades after World War II – and with both countries led by unpredictable, headstrong presidents.

As Vladimir Putin warned of possible further Russian measures against the US, the Trump administration was flexing is military muscle over the Koreas – flying two supersonic B-1 bombers over the peninsula with Japanese and South Korean aircraft along for the ride, at the same time as the US responded to a new North Korean missile test with its own missile defence test over the Pacific – which it claimed was a success.

The US embassy cuts and the closure of two American diplomatic facilities in Russia were a delayed response to the Obama administration’s order in December for Moscow to reduce its US-based diplomatic staff by 35 and the seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds – one near Washington, the other near New York.

But acting days after the US Congress hardened the sanctions regime on Moscow and humiliated Trump with a legislative rider that forces him to seek congressional approval before lifting any of the sanctions, Putin said that Russia had run out of patience waiting for relations with the United States to improve under Trump.

And because Moscow’s options for further action against the US in Russia are limited, it’s likely that those other global crises could be the theatres in which Putin seeks to test or wrong-foot Washington.

But he added: “We were waiting for quite a long time that maybe something would change for the better, were holding out hope that the situation would change somehow. But it appears that even if it changes someday, it will not change soon.”

In its formal announcement of the cuts at the US embassy, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned that if Washington retaliated with further Russian expulsions from the US, Moscow would match them.

 

On Sunday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos: “I think retaliation [was] long, long overdue. [The new sanctions decision by Congress is a] completely weird and unacceptable piece of legislation – it was the last drop.”

Russian journalist Andrei Kolesnikov, who is close to Putin, described the imposition of new US sanctions as “a landmark moment” that would unleash Putin. He told The Washington Post: “[Putin’s] patience has seriously run out, and everything that he’s been putting off in this conflict, he’s now going to do.”

 

This is not where Putin and Trump expected to be at this stage of the new US administration. Campaigning through last year, Trump boasted of his ability to get along with Putin, and even talked of easing or lifting the sanctions on Russia.

They were first imposed after Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 – and later were stiffened in retaliation for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election campaign.

 

Trump’s reluctance to accept the finding by US intelligence agencies that Russia did meddle in the election, with the objective of helping Trump to win, drove his Republican allies in both houses of Congress to corner him with a tougher sanctions regime and to block any unilateral decision by the White House to lift or ease the sanctions – despite heavy lobbying by the administration.

As recently as a week ago, Trump’s pugnacious new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, restated the President’s scepticism on Russian election meddling, explaining that Trump cannot separate the intelligence agencies’ conclusion from an emotional sense that “this Russia thing” is being used by his opponents to cast doubt on the legitimacy of his election victory.

 

 

And that makes things a bit tricky for Vice-President Mike Pence, who is now touring the Baltic states, hoping to assure them of American support amidst their angst over Russian expansionism.

Despite Trump’s vacillation, Pence told reporters in Tallinn, the Estonian capital: “The President has made it very clear that Russia’s destabilising activities, its support for rogue regimes, its activities in Ukraine are unacceptable. As we make our intentions clear, we expect Russian behaviour to change.”

That remains to be seen.

On Saturday, the Russia embassy in Washington tweeted: “Washington still doesn’t get the fact that pressure never works against @Russia, bilateral relations can hardly be improved by sanctions.”