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Kremlinology

My all-time-favorite condemnation of the Bush White House’s “openness” (or lack thereof) from a member of the media belongs to Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, who found himself in a tizzy a year ago after the Russian government released a statement describing a conversation between Bush and Putin (and the White House didn’t): “It may come as a surprise to some that the Kremlin, symbol of secrecy and repression, has become more transparent than the White House, symbol of freedom and democracy. But such experience has become routine.”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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