Illustrating the BBC’s seamless fusion of journalistic commentary with propaganda, Cromwell and Edwards refer to the contention of Mark Mardell, the BBC’s North America editor that:

Putin and Obama are such different characters. One is a small, strutting hard man with a passion to re-create an old empire, the other the professorial president – concerned not to repeat the mistakes that happen when America behaves like an empire – ever-hesitant to use the massive brute force his country can muster.