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A one-president show2010-01-20 17:18
Almost every day the Georgian government confirms its mastership in the field of advertising and propaganda. Practically all the steps and statements made by President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili are inseparable from PR. PR is the basis of his visits to the regions of the country that he has been paying rather often lately. The Georgian TV companies accompanying the president in his trips prepare detailed and lengthy reports on this topic, running them in all the newsreels within the day and the next morning as well. The visits of the president to the regions are never announced in advance and the journalists of the rest of the media come to known about them from the news releases
broadcasted by the central TV companies a few hours before the visit.
Meanwhile, the regions get ready for such visits rather meticulously. Only the reliable and well-prepared persons are allowed to the meeting with the president. One of such Mikhail Saakashvili's visits became the topic of a program prepared by the Kavkasia TV company journalist Nana Lezhava, whose latest Sunday Report revealed the background of the Kalandoba holiday arranged in Guria, in which the president also took part. As was reported earlier by GeorgiaTimes, Mikhail Saakashvili visited Georgia on the Old New Year eve (on January 13, the New Year day celebrated according to the Old Style calendar) when the local residents were celebrating their traditional holiday of Kalandoba.
According to the central Georgian TV companies, the companies controlled by the authorities and according to the president's press-service, Saakashvili has visited the family of Salukvadze in the village of Tsremliskhidi and met with other local residents. The TV companies demonstrated a luxurious tableful and showed the peasants making their well-known Guria cakes and helping the president to the home-made wine. The back regions were groaning with provision, including sausages, kupaty (a kind of Georgian green sausages) and ham. The president tried all the food and promised the Gurians to repair the roads, although none of the TV channels showed the current state of these roads.