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John Rash

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John is an editorial writer and columnist. His weekly Rash Report column analyzes media news and trends. His focus on foreign policy as an editorial writer has taken him on reporting trips to China, Japan, Turkey, Rwanda, Kuwait and Kazakhstan. John was the recipient of a 2014 Society of Professional Journalists Page One Award for editorial writing. John's commentary can be heard Fridays at 8:20 a.m. as well as weekly on "Playing Politics," a podcast from the Editorial Board and WCCO-AM (830), the CBS radio affiliate in the Twin Cities. Prior to joining the Editorial Board, John was a senior vice president, director of media analysis for Campbell Mithun, a Minneapolis-based national advertising agency. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and has been an adjunct faculty member at the U's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He lives in St. Louis Park with his wife and two children.
Recent content from John Rash
Rash Report: Steve Sack on his 'little piece of real estate in the paper'

Rash Report: Steve Sack on his 'little piece of real estate in the paper'

A book and a "Talk of the Stacks" event reflect remarkable career of the Star Tribune cartoonist.
Rash Report: More-amorphous security threats worry world the most

Rash Report: More-amorphous security threats worry world the most

New Pew poll points to ISIS, climate change, cyberattacks, global economy and refugees.
Rash Report: A wild week in Washington by any standard

Rash Report: A wild week in Washington by any standard

Distractions and disconnects in the White House and Congress.
Rash Report: What 'Dunkirk' displays about Britain, then and now

Rash Report: What 'Dunkirk' displays about Britain, then and now

A temporary retreat from a hostile continent during wartime to a permanent Brexit divorce from today's welcoming Europe.
Rash Report: Gulf diplomatic strife engulfs Al Jazeera, too

Rash Report: Gulf diplomatic strife engulfs Al Jazeera, too

The dispute between Qatar and four nations led by Saudi Arabia threatens regional stability.
Rash Report: Why Trump's — and America's —international image matters

Rash Report: Why Trump's — and America's —international image matters

A new Pew poll reports low global confidence in the president, which may make diplomatic efforts more difficult.
Rash Report: NATO 'obsolete'? Minnesota National Guard proves that's not the case

Rash Report: NATO 'obsolete'? Minnesota National Guard proves that's not the case

A training exercise takes our soldiers to Lithuania for on-the-ground experience in an area that (one never knows) they might be called upon to defend.
Rash Report: There's consensus on one president, at least

Rash Report: There's consensus on one president, at least

Russian interference in America's democracy should inspire the pursuit of the truth.
Rash Report: Unity on Manchester, but British divisions define election

Rash Report: Unity on Manchester, but British divisions define election

On June 8 U.K. voters will decide whether Prime Minister May's "safe pair of hands" will still guide Great Britain.
Star Tribune Globe to spin again as world news comes full circle

Star Tribune Globe to spin again as world news comes full circle

International news events echo the original unveiling of the globe in 1951.
Comey controversy means difficult diplomacy ahead

Comey controversy means difficult diplomacy ahead

For U.S. envoys, a tougher task of projecting America's model of democracy amid disarray at home.
A French election with continental consequence

A French election with continental consequence

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen offer France dramatically different visions for their country's future.
Rash Report: Colombia makes the case for foreign-policy resolve

Rash Report: Colombia makes the case for foreign-policy resolve

Chronic crises elsewhere shouldn't preclude proactive Latin America efforts.
Rash Report: A march for science — and society

Rash Report: A march for science — and society

The United States could use a new "Sputnik moment" that rallies around scientists and other learned experts.
Rash report: International film festival reflects global, and local, passages

Rash report: International film festival reflects global, and local, passages

Among the notable films is an Egyptian drama, "Clash," that examines the deep divisions that spiraled Cairo into chaos.
Rash Report: A century on, World War I-era debates reverberate today

Rash Report: A century on, World War I-era debates reverberate today

Upcoming Minnesota History Center exhibit and PBS documentary recall America's entry into World War I.
Rash Report: PBS a value, and invaluable to American society

Rash Report: PBS a value, and invaluable to American society

Citizens and Congress could rescue the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from the president's proposed cut.
Rash Report: Three key 2017 elections will reflect, shape Europe's future

Rash Report: Three key 2017 elections will reflect, shape Europe's future

Amid populism, politicians who still back the European Union.
Rash Report: Viewership of Academy Awards, Trump's address to Congress reflect divisions

Rash Report: Viewership of Academy Awards, Trump's address to Congress reflect divisions

As the world watches U.S. turmoil, Americans with opposing viewpoints may be looking past each other.
Rash Report: The international impact of Trump's 'enemy' tweet

Rash Report: The international impact of Trump's 'enemy' tweet

Presidential pressure on press freedom, reporter safety is at risk.
Rash Report: At Camp Ripley training, 'NATO is standing together'

Rash Report: At Camp Ripley training, 'NATO is standing together'

For the 44th year, Minnesota National Guard and Norwegian Home Guard troops train together.
Amid award season in U.S., global art 'under threat'

Amid award season in U.S., global art 'under threat'

A report from the advocacy group Freemuse states that 'artists continue to be silenced all over the world.'
Rash Report: Worldwide migration crisis sparks fundamental questions

Rash Report: Worldwide migration crisis sparks fundamental questions

Oscar-nominated documentaries "Fire at Sea" and "4.1 Miles" give context to what's at stake regarding refugee resettlement.
Rash Report: 'Alternative facts' and the power of words

Rash Report: 'Alternative facts' and the power of words

The press reacts to — and is targeted by — the Trump administration in the week after the inaugural.
Rash Report: Europe on alert for Kremlin's election meddling

Rash Report: Europe on alert for Kremlin's election meddling

Consequential elections amid an "information war" and "amplification vortex."
Rash Report: Eras diverge in a week of defining media moments

Rash Report: Eras diverge in a week of defining media moments

Dramatic differences in policy, personality await the nation.
Rash Report: 2017's geopolitics may turn even more turbulent

Rash Report: 2017's geopolitics may turn even more turbulent

Analysts add the transition to Trump to the list of world uncertainties that may herald a "geopolitical recession."
Rash Report: Past is prologue in cultural and news narratives

Rash Report: Past is prologue in cultural and news narratives

The 2016 election, enduring world conflicts, a new Pew poll, and the compelling film "Jackie" all prove William Faulkner prescient.
Rash Report: As with Fidel, media freedoms elusive under Raul Castro

Rash Report: As with Fidel, media freedoms elusive under Raul Castro

Further engagement, not renewed estrangement, is still the best U.S. strategy.
Rash Report: Brexit not an exit of U.K. creativity

Rash Report: Brexit not an exit of U.K. creativity

The British Arrows Awards, now screening at the Walker, show Britain's international cultural impact.
Rash Report: A Canadian view of America's election

Rash Report: A Canadian view of America's election

In Winnipeg, expressions of concern, insight and affection for America's turbulent politics.
Rash Report: Robert Redford's prescient '70s films speak to 2016's politics

Rash Report: Robert Redford's prescient '70s films speak to 2016's politics

What "The Candidate" and "All the President's Men" can tell us about today's divisive environment.
Rash Report: Media mega-merger plan raises political eyebrows

Rash Report: Media mega-merger plan raises political eyebrows

Expect extra scrutiny reflecting concerns over concentration.
Rash Report: 'Madaya Mom,' Marvel's super Syrian hero

Rash Report: 'Madaya Mom,' Marvel's super Syrian hero

Realistic comic strip goes where cameras can't.
Rash Report: 'Command and Control' should spark a debate

Rash Report: 'Command and Control' should spark a debate

'Techno-horror-thriller' documentary depicts a danger that's domestic as well as international.
Rash Report: Unreal presidential race has little to offer a world of real trouble

Rash Report: Unreal presidential race has little to offer a world of real trouble

Debates not only need fact-checking, but should have future-checking, too.
'Gridiron Glory' exhibit shows NFL's hold on U.S.

'Gridiron Glory' exhibit shows NFL's hold on U.S.

Despite its challenges, the league will likely endure.
Rash Report: Will 'Snowden' renew the surveillance debate?

Rash Report: Will 'Snowden' renew the surveillance debate?

As global leaders gather, the diplomatic focus likely will be dominated by multiple security concerns.
Rash Report: Barack and Michelle, before president and first lady

Rash Report: Barack and Michelle, before president and first lady

Newly released film "Southside With You" depicts a relatability mostly missing this election season.
Rash Report: 'Average Mohamed' story is everything but average

Rash Report: 'Average Mohamed' story is everything but average

Minneapolis' Mohamed Amin Ahmed creates a cartoon counternarrative to extremism.
Great Decisions: Minnesota-based institutions, individuals can be key to countering extremism

Great Decisions: Minnesota-based institutions, individuals can be key to countering extremism

Upcoming summit will explore and emphasize peacebuilding.
Rash Report: 2016 campaign narrative defies expectations

Rash Report: 2016 campaign narrative defies expectations

Like the primaries and the impact of media, the DNC hack is just the latest story to morph in a different direction than anticipated.
Rash Report: From 1968 to 2016 ... Trump, Nixon, and Ailes

Rash Report: From 1968 to 2016 ... Trump, Nixon, and Ailes

History comes full circle for the three during the week of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Rash Report: Voters' interest intense in presidential race

Rash Report: Voters' interest intense in presidential race

Electorate is riveted but disappointed as consecutive conventions kick off in Cleveland and then Philadelphia.
Rash Report: 'Zero Days' shines light on shadowy cyberwarfare

Rash Report: 'Zero Days' shines light on shadowy cyberwarfare

Documentary depicts how Stuxnet virus impacted Iran.
Rash Report: 'Brexit' both inward and international in scope

Rash Report: 'Brexit' both inward and international in scope

Officially, membership in the European Union was on the ballot, but British identity was seemingly at issue, too.
Rash Report: Pressure is needed to keep Kenyan refugee camp open

Rash Report: Pressure is needed to keep Kenyan refugee camp open

State's congressional delegation, Somali citizens among many advocating for Dadaab.
Rash Report: 'Weiner' documentary depicts indiscreet era

Rash Report: 'Weiner' documentary depicts indiscreet era

Cinematic scrutiny also focuses on Clinton confidant Abedin.

Rash Report: Rising asymmetric threats may shift military's role

Sharp partisan divides on nation's place in the world.
Rash Report: How propaganda propped up China's Cultural Revolution

Rash Report: How propaganda propped up China's Cultural Revolution

Posters from a chaotic era depict China's descent into political, cultural calamity.
Rash Report: Obama's Hiroshima visit is about the future, not apology

Rash Report: Obama's Hiroshima visit is about the future, not apology

The president has made progress, but proliferation, terrorism and arsenals will test his successor.
Rash Report: Climate-conflict link should rally global action

Rash Report: Climate-conflict link should rally global action

Building "adaptive capacity" can mitigate the "fragility linkage" that imperils some societies.
Rash Report: Progress is possible on press freedom and journalist safety

Rash Report: Progress is possible on press freedom and journalist safety

World Press Freedom Day, arrest in Daniel Pearl case and push for U.N. action amid a bleak era.
Rash Report: A 1968 template to today's media-political nexus

Rash Report: A 1968 template to today's media-political nexus

Insightful documentary "Best of Enemies" is part of Walker's "Cinema of Urgency" series.
Rash Report: International Women of Courage Award winners offer Mideast hope

Rash Report: International Women of Courage Award winners offer Mideast hope

State Department honorees show how much Mideast stands to gain from fuller participation of women.
The Rash Report: Candidates, the president and the press

The Rash Report: Candidates, the president and the press

Donald Trump's approach to the news media is unacceptable, but President Obama should show improvements, too.
'Eye in the Sky' raises more drone questions than campaign

'Eye in the Sky' raises more drone questions than campaign

Riveting film explores unmanned warfare's many military, moral, legal and diplomatic dilemmas.
State stands to gain with global approach

State stands to gain with global approach

Minnesota International Center changes its name, but not its mission of engagement.
French, Lebanese and American diversity converge at Alliance Française events

French, Lebanese and American diversity converge at Alliance Française events

"Le Mois de la Francophonie" focuses on oft-forgotten Lebanon.
Oscar Sunday, Super Tuesday: Movies (and campaign) reflect a longing

Oscar Sunday, Super Tuesday: Movies (and campaign) reflect a longing

The themes of "returning" and "home" play out in Oscar Sunday and Super Tuesday races.
Culture has become a tool to challenge North Korea

Culture has become a tool to challenge North Korea

South Korea uses broadcasts, flash drives, to sway North Koreans.
An emerging generation considers campaign 2016

An emerging generation considers campaign 2016

"Generation Z" was shaped by Great Recession and diversity.
Iowa and the Super Bowl: Kicking off 2016's biggest games

Iowa and the Super Bowl: Kicking off 2016's biggest games

There are telling similarities — and a key difference — between mega events.
A Trump-less debate highlights a campaign heavy on politics, light on policy

A Trump-less debate highlights a campaign heavy on politics, light on policy

A split-screen between the Republican debate and a Donald Trump rally highlights the politics, but not the policy, of the 2016 race.
Despite dangers, getting the 'ground truth' compels journalists

Despite dangers, getting the 'ground truth' compels journalists

Brothers Charles and Richard Sennott are among those advocating for journalists' safety and the need for on-the-ground reporting.
'13 Hours' and the enduring Benghazi debate

'13 Hours' and the enduring Benghazi debate

New movie renews attention on the 2012 consulate attack at a crucial time for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
Sobering global events crash New Year's party

Sobering global events crash New Year's party

First week's market, martial and diplomatic turmoil matches many foreign-policy analysts' predictions of a sobering '16.
2015's politics, media set 2016 stage

2015's politics, media set 2016 stage

A "permanent campaign" and endless "election years" made the past year consequential for this year's vote.
China's internal, and international, tests

China's internal, and international, tests

The nation's remarkable economic, diplomatic and military rise also brings increasing domestic and geopolitical challenges.
Presidential rhetoric in times of crisis

Presidential rhetoric in times of crisis

Obama's words carry particular weight when it comes to crises in the Mideast and Europe as well as the diplomatic "pivot" to Asia.
'Spotlight' shines amid harsh glare on the press

'Spotlight' shines amid harsh glare on the press

New movie about the Boston Globe's investigation of the Catholic Church's abuse scandal shows the power and necessity of the press.
Protect the press to preserve democracy

Protect the press to preserve democracy

U.S. should back a call to create the position of special representative of the U.N. secretary-general for the safety of journalists.
Arts and human rights organizations form a strong Minnesota bond

Arts and human rights organizations form a strong Minnesota bond

Breadth and depth of local organizations with global impact is displayed in "Art Illuminating Human Rights."
For U.S. and Russia, a post-Cold War chill

For U.S. and Russia, a post-Cold War chill

New film "Bridge of Spies" recalls a taut time, but one with perhaps more geostrategic clarity than the current bilateral challenges.
Suburbia and modern media in symbiosis

Suburbia and modern media in symbiosis

New Minnesota History Center exhibit explores the symbiosis.
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