MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2021
The dumbness of the tribe: CNN's Brian Stelter is a Baltimore area / Towson State guy. In our own past, we have a major Towson State tie.
(Today, it's known as Towson University.)
Brian Stelter seems like the nicest guy in the world. That said, we just watched the bulk of yesterday's Reliable Sources program on CNN. It was one of the dumbest hours you'll ever see on your TV machine when you aren't watching Fox.
The program featured long, virtually incoherent interviews with Professor Jay Rosen and with Russia specialist Julia Ioffe. Most remarkably, Stelter even played Rachel Maddow's astonishing "Vlad the Great" card!
In fairness, it was the briefest of plays. Sadly, it went like this:
STELTER (12/12/21): You know, I mentioned earlier, Chris Wallace has been, you know, increasingly a man on an island at a network that has become more and more radical. I guess we will find out from him if that's why he decided to leave.
But it is so striking to see how figures like Tucker Carlson and others on Fox are rootin' for Putin.
This week, Newsmax ran a cover story titled "Vlad The Great." And Tucker seemed to be justifying a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine. Shows across Fox, OAN, and Newsmax keep serving up anti-Biden, pro-Putin messages on the regular...
It went on from there. And yes, he actually said it—he actually said, rhymin' Simon style, that the various individuals and orgs he named have been "rootin' for Putin."
That said, also this:
Just as Rachel did last week, Stelter showed the Newsmax magazine cover with the eye-catching teaser, "Vlad the Great." Just like Rachel, he didn't quote a single world of what the actual cover report actually says.
As you may know, Newsmax is one of the louder and nuttier of the major far-right "news orgs." But are they really "rootin' for Putin" in their "Vlad the Great" cover report?
Newsmax magazine requires a paid subscription. But you can go to the Newsmax web site, as we did, to see their own account of that cover report. Here's the copy you will find, under a double headline:
Putin’s War on The West
The Russian leader exploits every opportunity to weaken the U.S. and its allies.
He’s evil, he’s cunning, and he’s the most powerful man in the world.
And now, the December issue of Newsmax Magazine takes you into the secretive, sordid, and sometimes frightening world of the man who’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants — Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In our explosive cover story, “Vlad the Great: Putin’s War on the West,” investigative reporter and bestselling author Kenneth R. Timmerman explores Putin’s beginnings and his goal of exploiting every opportunity to weaken the United States and its allies.
From his days as a cutthroat KGB spy stationed in East Germany to his power-hungry ascension to the presidency of Russia, Putin has given the U.S. and the world unending headaches with his nonstop amassing of nuclear weapons, incessant saber-rattling, and deadly espionage plots.
The iron-fisted tyrant kills his enemies without remorse, invades surrounding regions such as Crimea and Georgia, and works 24/7 to shut down America via sophisticated cyberattacks.
In addition, Putin has had an ongoing flirtation with China and Iran to form an axis to destroy the free world. “Putin has managed to expand Russia’s sphere of influence dramatically, while insulating the Russian economy from any serious impact from U.S. and international sanctions,” Timmerman writes.
In addition, Newsmax exposes Putin’s private life—from his secret girlfriend to his love children, to his favorite books and pop group. And you’ll learn why, incredibly, he has become a sex symbol in Japan!
Newsmax Magazine brings you Vladimir Putin as you’ve never seen him before—and it will change the way you look at one of the world’s most feared superpowers.
You can’t afford to miss “Vlad the Great: Putin’s War on the West”—only in Newsmax Magazine. (Page 54)
Tell the truth! Does it sound like Newsmax is using its Vlad the Great cover report as a way of—pause for entertainment—"rootin' for Putin?"
It doesn't sound that way to us! But first, the ridiculous Maddow said it. Then, CNN's media reporter decided to follow suit!
Our deeply self-impressed liberal tribe is, in fact, remarkably dumb and increasingly propagandistic. The problem starts with a certain self-adoring cable Rhodes Scholar. It goes all the way down from there.
Go ahead—click that link! Is the site really "rootin' for Putin?" Because that's what CNN said!