I was surprised to see an old photo going around late last week … …
The photo in question, of course, was taken long before Americans were being told every single day by every talking head on TV that the Russian president was someone they’re supposed to hate and fear. It was taken in 2015 when Stein took a trip to Moscow to attend an event at which Putin spoke, during which, as the phenomenal Glenn Greenwald reported last year, she made a video in which she “criticized Russia for diverting scarce resources into military spending while its people suffered.” This somehow got twisted into an act of treason in which Americans were duped into imagining that Russia was a nation they’d considered an enemy back in 2015 in an incredible feat of revisionist Orwellian doublethink.
“At no time in history have more people with less knowledge, and greater outrage, opined on the subject of Russia’s president.”
~ Keith Gessen
The photo went viral in August 2016, and last week Rachel Maddow resurrected it on Viceland’s “Desus and Mero” program for no other reason than to keep kicking the former Green Party candidate for daring to run against the Dempublican one-party extortion scheme and criticize a warmongering corporatist who literally campaigned on a pledge to shoot down Russian military planes over Syria, risking a world war with a nuclear superpower and its allies. Stein led the charge in drawing attention to the potentially world-ending implications of Clinton’s unbelievably warlike rhetoric toward a nation most Americans had hardly ever thought about until that time, and, despite the fact that she was 100 percent correct and that she herself only received one percent of the popular vote, Maddow has never stopped blaming Stein for Clinton’s spectacular failure of a presidential campaign.
You’d think a week-old clip featuring a 2015 photo of a presidential candidate who got one percent of the vote would quickly fade from public interest. You’d think … … MORE