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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: 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.
For Francis and Xi, contrasting styles of statecraft and stagecraft

For Francis and Xi, contrasting styles of statecraft and stagecraft

World leaders differ in style, substance, intended audiences and impact.
So far, a 2016 race of insurgent candidates and evolving media

So far, a 2016 race of insurgent candidates and evolving media

Money still matters in this Citizens United era, but citizens uniting does, too.
Even in the video age, still images move

Even in the video age, still images move

A now-famous photograph of a drowned 3-year-old Syrian boy finally gets the world to take notice of the migration crisis.
How the gridiron and TV undergird each other

How the gridiron and TV undergird each other

An NFL "marketing machine" with deep media ties faces a film, and facts, about concussions.
Seeing the best of America — and immigration — from India

Seeing the best of America — and immigration — from India

The impact of immigration — an issue vexing multiple countries — depends on a nation's perspective.
An uneven Brazilian and Olympic metamorphosis

An uneven Brazilian and Olympic metamorphosis

Selection of Rio and Beijing suggest transformation in the Olympic movement, too.
On superheroes, social media and society

On superheroes, social media and society

"Batkid Begins" documentary depicts Americans eager to see, and do, good.
Rash Report: Media tech is increasingly used to carry out and combat human rights violations

Rash Report: Media tech is increasingly used to carry out and combat human rights violations

State Department finds tech is both a weapon and a tool to combat violations.
Ever the statesman: Walter Mondale on media and politics

Ever the statesman: Walter Mondale on media and politics

Key issues are campaign finance and a vigorous press.
World Refugee Day — and decade

World Refugee Day — and decade

A new U.N. re­port de­scribes a re­cord exo­dus across count­ries and con­ti­nents.
Debate over debate should favor voters

Debate over debate should favor voters

The 2016 presidential race is too consequential to arbitrarily limit the first GOP candidate debate to the top 10 in national polls.
Privacy in the digital age: Coming to terms with Big Brother

Privacy in the digital age: Coming to terms with Big Brother

Events lead to U.S., European divergence on balance between security and privacy.
Periscope ups the ante for sports, media and politics

Periscope ups the ante for sports, media and politics

Live-streaming apps are just the latest digital disruption to upend established models.
Rash Report: Nepal news coverage 'vital' to recovery

Rash Report: Nepal news coverage 'vital' to recovery

Journalists spur worldwide interest, international aid, and long-term follow-through.
Missing the depth(s) of Jacques Cousteau

Missing the depth(s) of Jacques Cousteau

Adventure-learning media is more relevant than ever at a time of increasing environmental and climate concerns.
There are multiple factors driving complex Mideast conflicts

There are multiple factors driving complex Mideast conflicts

Sectarian dynamics are not solely responsible for region's wars.
Rash Report: The pope, pop culture, billboards and Armenian Genocide

Rash Report: The pope, pop culture, billboards and Armenian Genocide

On its centenary, the "forgotten genocide" gets global attention via a variety of political, religious and media measures.
Pop Art, 'Mad Men' and an enduring era

Pop Art, 'Mad Men' and an enduring era

Walker's "International Pop" shows links between art, advertising and society.
'Timbuktu,' as movie and metaphor

'Timbuktu,' as movie and metaphor

Challenged but promising, a complex continent needs more foreign policy focus.
Editorial cartoonists draw scrutiny (and security)

Editorial cartoonists draw scrutiny (and security)

After attacks, challenges mount for "the ever more dangerous profession."
The Clinton e-mail controversy in context

The Clinton e-mail controversy in context

Governance, diplomacy, journalism and the public's right to know all require openness and transparency from public officials.
Amid world turbulence, a #peaceitforward campaign

Amid world turbulence, a #peaceitforward campaign

Nobel Peace Prize Forum aims to get individuals to "tell the world how you build peace."
The information counterrevolution

The information counterrevolution

Two recent reports document a worldwide decline in freedom of information.
Amid big history movies. a smaller work of fiction feels real

Amid big history movies. a smaller work of fiction feels real

Academy Award contender "Boyhood" connects in a year of controversy over how Hollywood portrays history.
Domestic dynamics behind Russia's foreign policy

Domestic dynamics behind Russia's foreign policy

Public opinion polls offer a "leeway" and a "limit" on backing Ukrainian separatists.

Skyway diplomacy, thanks to the Brits

You can learn about more than the Beatles and Mr. Bean at "Pop-Up Consulate" in Minneapolis.
The extraordinary nature of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

The extraordinary nature of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Harper Lee stuns the literary — and wider — world again with news of her "new" novel.
The Walker's WPA roots are still relevant today

The Walker's WPA roots are still relevant today

A legacy of civic leadership and citizens willing to invest in public access to art endures.
'Leviathan,' black swans and Russia

'Leviathan,' black swans and Russia

Amid the country's deepening crisis, this lauded film depicts a cynical society.
Geoeconomics, culture make Germany widely admired

Geoeconomics, culture make Germany widely admired

The country offers a template on how to reckon with and rebuild from an infamous era.
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