Vlad’s Vacay: Virile, Viral

It’s not just cable. The international media, say what else you will about their commitment to covering the intricacies of an increasingly globalized political world, have done a phenomenal job of staying, uh, abreast of at least one matter of state: the Worldwide Summit Otherwise Known As Vladimir Putin’s Brawny-Nude Man-Chest.

Yes. As a result of the media’s dedicated coverage of that event, the world now has in its possession (per, in this case, Foreign Policy’s Passport blog)…


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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.