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    RT and Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan gave the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) sarcastic recommendations on how to ensure that the public opinion of Russia does not change.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — RT and Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said Sunday that the Western establishment considers Russia "abnormal" by default and gave CIA some caustic advice on how to prevent Russia from being perceived as "normal" in the West.

    "For the majority of the Western establishment, the idea that Russia is normal is as wild as the suggestion that the Earth is square… Everyone stopped caring about facts long ago. There is a conclusion that Russia is abnormal with all that follows. Facts have to be adjusted to fit the conclusion," Simonyan wrote in her blog.

    According to the RT editor-in-chief, part of the establishment's dislike for US President Donald Trump stems from his seeming willingness to review the relationship with Russia.

    Simonyan gave a few acerbic recommendations to the CIA on how to ensure that the public opinion of Russia does not change, including constant reminders about hackers and Trump's relations with Moscow.

    "Remind people about the cunning of RT and Sputnik. Use the most fear-inducing vocabulary. There is no need to look for a newsworthy event, the people are used to it," Simonyan wrote.

    She cited the example of NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu calling Sputnik "part of propaganda machine" in an interview with UK BBC broadcaster.

    Simonyan added sarcastically that a political assassination of a prominent activist or a politician would be a fail-safe way to avoid the normalization of Russia's reputation and suggested that the CIA arrange that, noting that the suggestion was made "in ironic context" and is in no way an actual call for action.

    On January 6, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a report saying US intelligence agencies, including CIA, had a high degree of confidence that Russia meddled in the US presidential election.

    On January 7, Simonyan said that the report was poorly prepared and jokingly offered some facts CIA could use in the future.


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      " Everyone stopped caring about facts long ago. There is a conclusion that Russia is abnormal with all that follows. Facts have to be adjusted to fit the conclusion...."

      I am reminded of this every time Jaz-unreal shows up..."Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!"
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      Childish and very unprofessional on the part of the Sputnik and RT Editor-in-Chief. That kind of conversation is immature and it suits opposite side without any real effect. Rather than that should be written as a open and very mature challenge to CIA operating with facts rather than lowering the bar of journalism on the childish level. That would be acceptable from tabloids or less prominent media.

      Editor-in-Chief comments do not reflect seriousness and deep professionalism which are trademark of Russian diplomacy and foreign politics. Dignity, truth and respect is their motto, not as in US State Department and other government agencies where words dignity respect and truth have been erased from their vocabulary.

      Editor-in-Chief should rather very clearly and unambiguously list whole list of CIA blunders and advocate them that hard and very clear evidence is expected from such important agency unless they are so deep in crime that no one pays attention to meaning of truth.

      Attacking them with clear evidence and demanding answers supported with real evidence not a (now would be a time for humiliation) immature, brainless and outright un-intelligently stupid explanation which are worst than vacuum.

      It would be advisable to use such a harsh and as much as possibly humiliating language clearly indicating that it will be applicable only if they do not produce genuine and verifiable evidence. All of these calling unnamed sources is equal to schizophrenic claiming that god spoken to him and ordering him to murder people.

      There is no difference between such idiotic schizophrenic claim of gods voice and CIA's claim on unidentified source. Only someone who is brainwashed would believe to such accusations. It is clear that such challenge has to be made and wait for them to give answer and constantly remind CIA to your request and after two failure to produce answer calling them liars and all other stuff.

      Doing so would trigger reaction in USA public as many of them would start to understand that CIA was undeniably laying and possibly will start to make waves in demand for changes. This chosen sarcastic method will be interpreted by those who are blinded and brainwashed as Russian attempt to water down seriousness and turning it in joke. Only when demands are clear and unambiguous they will produce expected reaction and effect.

      We lawyers are used to make such demands and we know how to tear witness or accused on a pieces if the answer we made has not been answered correctly. Point is that you cannot ever stop drill the hole and expand it when you realise that witness or accused are lacking confidence and arguments. We used to say do not allow wound to heal but permanently keep it open and add more and more salt on it.

      Sputnik, I mean Editors and Journalists, stop to behave as immature children and do the job as we your public are expecting it from you. Never forget that we foreigners are the best ambassadors you can have but all you need to do is to give us right tools so that we know how and whom to fight and spread the truth.
    • Drain the swamp
      simonyan is fast asleep, the CIA has infiltrated jew "fake news" moderators at BOTH Sputnik and RT !!
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      According to the RT editor-in-chief, part of the establishment's dislike for US President Donald Trump stems from...
      What source does Sputnik and RT's dislike, hatred, for Trump stem from?
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      jasin reply toDrain the swamp(Show commentHide comment)
      Drain the swamp, She's not asleep. She in it up to her hairline. She used to publish and broadcast harassment of Putin and the Church until the 2013 reorganization of Russian media helped stop it.
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      Lighten up people. she was writing from her own blog. Unlike the MSM editors, Sputnik allows some humors so that their employees can weather the daily lies, factfree accusations, horrific sufferings of millions under the US hegemony since WW2...
    • 2007harleydavidsonsgin reply toslimyfox(Show commentHide comment)
      slimyfox, Two thumbs up for slimyfox! When I first started reading Sputnik by accident, I was and still most interested in reading opposing points of view and still do. Many people are reading your heart felt convictions! Your combined commintary is most educational and relevant! Sputnik is providing a international forum unlike no other! PS. I do like the trending hot ladies pics, so cool.
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      many thanks for the link to her blog.
    • BlueStar
      If other news outlet want to test their integrity, let them allow a portal for readers to leave comments, just as Sputnik have. Simple
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      Antares Primein reply toBlueStar(Show commentHide comment)
      BlueStar, Oh but they couldn't do that, as they would be flooded with people like us who would call them out on their backwards priorities and other garbage they spew out every day. We'd make minced meat out of it! Can't have that! Bad for credibility, ya know.
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