The gaslighting crusade of Fox News is still in full effect as they proselytize on behalf of Vladimir Putin while Russia is engaging in heinous war crimes in Ukraine. It is a mission that Fox has embraced throughout the Russian invasion of their peaceful neighbor.
On Sunday morning Maria Bartiromo did her part to blame – in the buzzwords of Donald Trump – America First. But what she offered was another crackpot conspiracy theory that maligned President Biden, the United States, and its allies in NATO and Europe. She began with some obviously concocted gossip about the “feelings” of what “some people” allegedly told her over the weekend…
“It seems that there is a predetermined outcome here in place. And that is a slow death to Ukraine and President Zelenskyy as the Russian forces continue to get closer. With all of these other fatalities that we’re talking about – and some people have told me over the weekend that they feel that, at the end of the day, this administration does not see Putin as the enemy, they see him as a partner on many issues. They see him as a partner on climate change. They see him as a partner on the Iran deal. When is this administration gonna get serious in telling Vladimir Putin ‘We are done with partnerships’?”
Fox's Maria Bartiromo: "Some people have told me over the weekend that they feel that, at the end of the day, this administration does not see Putin as the enemy, they see him as a partner!" pic.twitter.com/lkYddMlXUs
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) March 13, 2022
Coming from Fox News, the allegation that Biden sees Putin as a partner could not be more preposterous. The network has been championing Putin for weeks as his armies have devastated the cities of Ukraine. Bartiromo herself took the position that all the fuss about the invasion was really just a tactic to deflect from some bogus charges against Hillary Clinton:
“Was this a ruse? Was this whole thing an effort to take everybody’s attention away from what Hillary Clinton did, and what we know to be a complete hoax over this Russia investigation?”
Maria Bartiromo said this morning that the entire conflict between Russia and Ukraine was concocted by Jake Sullivan to distract from Hillary Clinton’s campaign spying on Trump. pic.twitter.com/JBaNwqNTiL
— Ron Filipkowski ?? (@RonFilipkowski) February 16, 2022
The biggest partner that Putin has is Fox’s own Tucker Carlson. He recently enumerated his reasons for why no one should hate Vladimir Putin. And he followed that up with a commentary pleading to keep Putin in power. Clips from his program are regularly replayed on Russian state TV. In fact, Mother Jones acquired memos from the Kremlin ordering them to “feature Tucker Carlson in their coverage of the #Ukraine war ‘as much as possible.'” The memos said in part that…
“It is essential to use as much as possible fragments of broadcasts of the popular Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who sharply criticizes the actions of the United States [and] NATO, their negative role in unleashing the conflict in Ukraine, [and] the defiantly provocative behavior from the leadership of the Western countries and NATO towards the Russian Federation and towards President Putin, personally.”
Likewise, Trump has been fulfilling his role as Putin’s partner. Along with efforts to weaken NATO and the EU (a primary foreign policy goal of Russia), Trump complimented Putin on his Ukraine invasion, calling it “smart,” “savvy,” and “genius.” And Trump refuses to ever criticize Putin, even after relentless coaching from Sean Hannity. Trump even literally partnered with Russia to hack the email of Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
For his part, Biden has been so forthright in punishing Putin and his Russian oligarchs that Fox News complained that the measures were to harsh. And yet, Bartiromo now has the audacity to suggest that it’s Biden who is Putin’s best friend? Clearly the determination by Fox News to disparage Biden and badmouth America has driven them into a state of severe delusional madness. Which, for them, wasn’t a very long drive.
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