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Georgia: "Wag the Dog"-Style TV Report Has Mixed Political Impact

The panic over Imedi TV's phony Russian invasion report may be gone, but questions remain about its long-term effects on popular support for Georgia's government and opposition.

The answer to those questions could prove critical on May 30, when voters head to the polls for the first direct election of the mayor of Tbilisi.

No public polling data has been released that measures the March 13 report's impact on viewers, but many observers believe that it was intended to smash support for opposition leaders Zurab Noghaideli and Nino Burjanadze. [For details, see the Eurasia Insight archive.]

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Editor's Note: Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance reporter based in Tbilisi.

Georgia: "Wag the Dog"-Style TV Report Has Mixed Political Impact

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