For the last four years, the mainstream media have scapegoated Russia, the Kremlin, and President Vladimir Putin for the implosion of the political arena in Washington. The neo-McCarthyist movement painted its wall-to-wall coverage with Russia, accusing the country of nefarious and clandestine subversion of U.S. elections by tapping into Pokémon Go and creating tacky social media memes that looked like they were produced on Microsoft Paint. The American people have been told not to believe anything that emanates from Moscow, especially if it places the Democrats in a negative light. But the latest narrative suggests it is okay to believe Russia again because Putin uttered comments that support former Vice President Joe Biden and the questionable developments with his family.
Pivoting Press Pushes Putin Pronouncement
According to Reuters, Putin stated that he did not see anything criminal in Hunter Biden’s past business associations with Russia or Ukraine, officially rejecting President Donald Trump’s assertions on the 2020 election campaign trail. Putin made the comments during an appearance on Russian state television:
“Yes, in Ukraine he (Hunter Biden) had or maybe still has a business, I don’t know. It doesn’t concern us. It concerns the Americans and the Ukrainians. But well yes he had at least one company, which he practically headed up, and judging from everything he made good money. I don’t see anything criminal about this, at least we don’t know anything about this (being criminal).”
Putin also denied any knowledge regarding the commercial relationship between Hunter Biden and Elena Baturina, one of Russia’s richest women and the widow of ex-Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov.
The story was run by multiple news outlets, including NBC News.
NBC was among the evening newscasts that spent more than 2,600 minutes covering investigations into alleged Russia collusion and obstruction of justice in the first 31 months of President Trump’s time in the White House, according to the Media Research Center. NBC spun a conspiracy theory that Trump was indebted to Russia, while also writing this piece late last week: “How evidence-free allegations of child abuse leveled at Hunter Biden went from the fringes of the internet to the mainstream.” The network further stated that Moscow was spreading disinformation regarding Biden’s declining cognitive health. A simple Google search of “NBC News” and “Russia disinformation” will yield dozens of articles discussing how Russians are using fake news to interfere in the 2020 election.
Is the US Media a Russian Asset?
Since the Hunter Biden story was reported by the New York Post, and covered by a plethora of news organizations, the left-leaning Fourth Estate has hurled multiple explanations at the wall to see what might stick. It is the same playbook that leftists have used for the last four years: Any story that portrays the Democrats as antagonists and President Trump as a protagonist is due to Kremlin interference – or something. If you disseminate this information, you are a Russian asset.
Does this mean that the mainstream press is working for Putin? When you absorb the media’s pretzel logic, this is the only logical deduction you can make. By regurgitating the Russian government’s statement, it proves you are on the Kremlin’s payroll. Or, at least, that is what you conclude by channeling activist reporters’ vast wisdom. Of course, NBC News and its sister station, MSNBC, will report on Putin’s comments as definitive proof that Biden and his family are innocent.
Even Vladimir Putin says … yada yada yada.
What would have happened if Putin had averred that he suspected wrongdoing in the Biden affair? Well, that is a softball for you to decide.
The O’Brien Media
The media have engaged in behavior that would make O’Brien, the iconic figure from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, blush. The Fourth Estate has made doublethink a chief tenet of both its business model and guiding principles – if it possesses any. The American people have seen this time and again, and not just for the last four years. From war to political theater, the media have been gaslighting their news consumers for decades. Russia was not a major foreign policy threat until it was. Putin should not be believed unless he makes supporting comments for Biden. Perhaps it is time to merge the alphabet soup of cable news networks into one conglomerate: The O’Brien Broadcasting System.
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