People choose what they want to hear, especially when it bolsters what they want to believe. The media has a responsibility to put it all out there so The People can make up their own minds. But when the media chooses sides, they can disseminate and omit whatever they want talked about or kept out of conversations.
The latest is a June 19, 2029 interview Oliver Stone conducted with Russian president Vladimir Putin. The interview transcript was released by the Russian government. The American media has seen fit to only release a short segment off the interview; the part regarding the 2016 presidential election….
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With few exceptions, the media is selectively picking from the part of the interview where Stone and Putin discuss the 2016 elections, and how the Russians helped Donald Trump steal from Hillary Clinton. You’d figure that would be the subject of headlines….
Oliver Stone: Yes. So recently, you know Russia has been obviously accused and accused over and over again of interference in the 2016 election. As far as I know there is no proof, it has not turned up. But now in the US there has been an investigation going on about Ukraine’s interference in the election. It seems that it was a very confusing situation, and [Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko seems to have been very strongly pro-Clinton, anti-Trump.
Vladimir Putin: Yes, this is no secret.
Oliver Stone: Do you think there was interference?
Putin: I do not think that this could be interpreted as interference by Ukraine. But it is perfectly obvious that Ukrainian oligarchs gave money to Trump’s opponents. I do not know whether they did this by themselves or with the knowledge of the authorities.
Oliver Stone: Where they giving information to the Clinton campaign?
Putin: I do not know. I am being honest. I will not speak about what I do not know. I have enough problems of my own. They assumed Mrs Clinton would win and did everything to show loyalty to the future US administration. That is nothing special. They wanted the future President to have a good opinion of them. This is why they allowed themselves to make unflattering statements about Trump and supported the Democrats in every possible way. This is no secret at all. They acted almost in public.
Oliver Stone: You do not want to go any further on that because you do not have any information?
Putin: You know, this would be inappropriate on my part. If I said something more specific, I would have to put some documents, some papers on the table.
Oliver Stone: You understand that it has huge implications because Mr Trump would be very grateful?
Here’s where most of the American media begins to pull their quotes….
Putin: I did not interfere then, I do not want to interfere now, and I am not going to interfere in the future.
Oliver Stone: But that is a noble motive. Unfortunately, the world has degenerated in these two years, with all this backbiting and accusations, dirty fighting. Anyway…
Putin: There are no rules at all. It is no holds barred.
Oliver Stone: Well, you have rules. You say no interference.
Putin: I have principles.
Oliver Stone: Ok. But you seem to have rules based on those principles.
Putin: Well, yes.
Oliver Stone: Ok. Well, you are fighting with one hand tied behind your back.
Putin: Why? You mean, because of these principles?
Oliver Stone: Yes. If you knew something about the election, it would tilt the balance in a very weird way.
Putin: I think this is simply unrealistic. I have said so many times.
Oliver Stone: What is unrealistic?
Putin: To change anything. If you want to return to US elections again – look, it is a huge country, a huge nation with its own problems, with its own views on what is good and what is bad, and with an understanding that in the past few years, say ten years, nothing has changed for the better for the middle class despite the enormous growth of prosperity for the ruling class and the wealthy. This is a fact that Trump’s election team understood. He understood this himself and made the most of it.
No matter what our bloggers – or whoever’s job it is to comment on the internet – might say about the situation in the US, this could not have played a decisive role. It is sheer nonsense. But our sympathies were with him because he said he wanted to restore normal relations with Russia. What is bad about that? Of course, we can only welcome this position.
The following is what you won’t find too many American media outlets repeating, if at all… for reasons that are obvious.
Oliver Stone: Apparently, it excited the Clinton people a lot. The Clinton campaign accumulated the “Steele dossier.” They paid for it. It came from strange sources, the whole “Steele dossier” issue. Some of it comes from Ukraine. They also went out of their way, it seems to me, with the CIA, with Mr Brennan, John Brennan, and with Clapper, James Clapper, and Comey of the FBI. They all seem to have gotten involved, all intelligence agencies, in an anti-Trump way.
Putin: They had levers inside the government, but there is nothing like that here. They applied administrative pressure. It always gives an advantage in countries such as the USA, some countries of Western Europe, about 2 percent on average, at a minimum.
Oliver Stone: Well, you are not disagreeing. You are saying that it was quite possible that there was an attempt to prevent Donald Trump from coming into office with a soft, I will call it a soft coup d’état?
Putin: In the USA?
Oliver Stone: Yes.
Putin: It is still going on.
Oliver Stone: A coup d’état is planned by people who have power inside.
Putin: No, I do not mean that. I mean lack of respect for the will of the voters. I think it was unprecedented in the history of the United States.
Oliver Stone: What was unprecedented?
Putin: It was the first time the losing side does not want to admit defeat and does not respect the will of the voters.
Putin’s last few sentences pretty much sums up why we’re STILL where we’re at today.
Seriously, why would Vladimir Putin need to meddle in our process and sow seeds of discord when our own Democrat Party (led by sore-loser Hillary Democrats, their media, and those higher up in the federal government) is doing more than any potential enemy of the United States could dream of.
And for lot cheaper than a paid Facebook ad.