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Liberal Globalist Establishment Has No Alternatives to 'Russia Did It' Narrative

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For seemingly the umpteenth time, the latest issue of Time magazine features an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the cover story yet again devoted to the Kremlin's dastardly plot to 'hack the US election'. RIA Novosti contributor Igor Pshenichnikov says America's corporate media appears to have become the victims of its own agitprop.

The new Time magazine cover, featuring a pixelated image of the Russian president's head composed of a mass of grey figures, is accompanied by a cover story titled 'The Secret Plan to Stop Putin's Election Plot'. The story is yet another elaborate, long-winded anti-puff piece about the Kremlin's alleged tampering in the 2016 US presidential elections, 'the enemy within' (Donald Trump, naturally) and Obama-era intelligence officials efforts to stop Vladimir Putin's dastardly scheme.

© Photo : TimeTime magazine's July 30 cover, featuring a pixelated image of the Russian president.
Time magazine's July 30 cover, featuring a pixelated image of the Russian president. - Sputnik International
Time magazine's July 30 cover, featuring a pixelated image of the Russian president.

Commenting on the zeitgeist behind the image and the story, journalist and RIA Novosti contributor Igor Pshenichnikov quipped that of naturally, there was "no point hoping that the Russian president would be praised" in the Time piece. The story is part of the same narrative that's been spun and overanalyzed to no end since the 2016 election took place.

"The American man in the street has no doubt in his mind: the Russians 'hacked' into the US presidential elections, and brought Donald Trump to power. And President Putin is behind it all." "But how can it be otherwise," Pshenichnikov asked, if the website of the New York Times, America's traditional newspaper of record, features an entire subsection in its U.S. section called 'Russian Hacking and Influence in the US Election'? 

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"This heading is like a pop-up reminder window," the journalist wrote. "Like now for example, when a new scandal is being inflated – this time around the 'secret' meeting between Trump and Putin during the G20 dinner." 

"Among the main materials of this section is a chart called 'Following the Links From Russian Hackers to the US Election.' One doesn't need to read further – even the blind can see that the Russians have hacked the whole of America," Pshenichnikov noted.

© AFP 2021 / SAUL LOEB US President Donald Trump (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shaking hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017
US President Donald Trump (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shaking hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017 - Sputnik International
US President Donald Trump (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shaking hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017

"But if one reads closer, the explanations in this chart consist exclusively of phrases in the style of 'maybe' and 'it seems to me' – phrases like 'American intelligence officials have said they believed,' 'hacking group possibly linked to the [FSB], the main successor to the KGB,' 'investigators believe that the GRU, or a hacking group known as Fancy Bear,' 'intelligence officials assess with high confidence', etc."

"Not a single piece of evidence," Pshenichnikov wrote. "In the First Moscow Medical Institute there once was a professor who told students during the exam: 'Don't guess. Know.', and put a failing grade in students' grade book" if they didn't know the answer. "But in America, it seems, there is no one who could objectively evaluate everything and, on occasion, give a failing grade. In the minds of the overwhelming majority of Americans, a hallucinogenic child from the media is mixed with local reality, which in itself is often surreal."

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And if it were only the New York Times, that would be one thing, the journalist noted. "Similar 'reminders' of 'Russian interference' are posted across the entire website of the US's main television mouthpiece – CNN. Here, they are presented as permanent banners." 

The banner headlines alone say everything that needs to be said: 'The Russia investigation: Everything you need to know and 'Who's who in Trump-Russia saga'. 

"It's clear of course that the main character in this 'investigation' and this 'saga' is Vladimir Putin. The first banner has been blasting the eyes of CNN site's visitors since June 7, the second since May 28. This is already part of 'objective' reality," Pshenichnikov added.

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"All of us, of course, would be interested to learn when this will all end," the journalist noted. "But here's the thing: the global liberal establishment which finances and oversees the leading American and Western European media has used these media to give rise to a kind of 'collective intelligence' of a collective West. A distinctive feature of this collective intelligence is that it is tied to liberal catechism."

"With regard to Russia, the dial is configured to only one setting: Russia is evil (because it does not fit into the liberal system of values); liberal values themselves are good. And even if the curators of the Western media wanted to broadcast on a different wave, they would not be able to – the wave's not right. Turning the dial is useless – it's been broken off and lost."

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Accordingly, Pshenichnikov noted that "there are serious concerns that the degradation of this 'collective intelligence' has already passed a point of no return. The trouble is that the organizers of this psychological violence over Western society through the media are themselves part of society. Therefore, they themselves are victims of their own agitprop.  They are not able to offer anything different. The liberal-globalist establishment lives in a state of paranoia and psychosis."

"And apparently, it will continue along the same lines, until it devours itself, all the while convinced that it is consuming us," the journalist concluded.

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