It will take more than a TV show to convince people of that.
Courtesy of the Moscow Times:
Russian state television started a new weekly show devoted to Vladimir Putin, lauding the president’s leadership qualities, physical energy and attentiveness to public needs.
The first hour-long episode of “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin” broadcast in prime time on Rossiya-1 TV on Sunday featured breathless commentary on Putin’s meetings and visits in the past week, including footage of him on vacation in Siberia and meeting with students in Sochi. A discussion on a controversial pension reform that has dented Putin’s popularity praised the president’s sense of responsibility in tackling the issue, while failing to mention protests attended by thousands of Russians in major cities.
“Putin doesn’t only love children, he loves people in general,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told host Vladimir Soloviev during a segment on the president’s attitude to Russia’s young. “He’s a very human person.”
(Anytime you have to proclaim that somebody is “very human” you know they are in trouble.)
Peskov, who also said that Putin, 65, exercises for 90 minutes daily, said the program would attempt to show how the president’s week went. The new addition to the program schedule appeared even as state TV’s daily news broadcasts are already dominated by coverage of Putin’s activities. It debuted as Putin’s popularity has slumped to its lowest in seven years over the proposal to raise the pension ages for men and women.
Of course, Putin is stealing this idea from Donald Trump who already had a show on TV to convince people that he was both human and competent, it was called “The Apprentice.”
And apparently, it worked with a certain segment of the population who still cannot see what a fraud he is in real life.
Maybe if Putin were to have a couple of affairs and a handful of out of wedlock children, that would help him as well.
Because it certainly did not hurt his puppet.
At least not yet.