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Where did they come up with it? If not indirectly through Sputnik or directly from a Russian propagandist — the live feed for #PodestaLeaks2 on Twitter?
Can you imagine if anyone who wasn't a clown and didn't have such a hardcore base of fact-phobic robots failing that hard? We're not talking about a single line. It wasn't a gaffe. It was a couple minutes of him spewing something that was utterly and completely false. He even tried to correct the author! Who he believed was Syndney Blumenthal. When he was done he tossed the paper in a sort of "mic drop."
So no, not conclusive (though suggestive) of Russian influence but the alternative really ain't much better is it?
Ockham's razor - Trump has no ties to Russia and he took a Russian article at face value to his embarrassment.
originally posted by: ghostrager
a reply to: Phage
Occams' razor says Trump is an unwitting stooge. Ok.
No. It doesn't.
If it did you would have bared burden of proof on how Sputnik was a Russian propaganda tool - which you didnt.
How do you propose it would turn out after four years if Trump was elected as apposed to Hillary?
You just said it does.
What makes you think that Sputnik speaks for Russia?
Simonyan, now 34, bristles at suggestions that her media empire is not editorially independent. Is it possible, for instance, that someone from the Kremlin might call her up and demand that she not broadcast a particular story? “How can you imagine such a thing?” she asks, looking genuinely hurt.
And yet on her desk sits an old yellow telephone, a government landline, the sort with no dial pad, the sort usually seen in the offices of senior Russian officials. It is her secure connection, she admits, directly to the Kremlin. What’s it for, then, if not to talk shop? “The phone exists,” she says, “to discuss secret things.”
So Blumenthal writes a quote.
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: ghostrager
You sort of miss the point. It doesn't really matter who Russia said the source is. They "leaked" it.
The point is that Trump ate it up. No extreme extreme extreme vetting. No vetting.
Ok, he's not a knowing Russian pawn. He's a Russian stooge. Much better. Much. Beautiful.
I was reading an interview with Margarita Simonyan somewhere and she was going on about how she has complete editorial discretion but then admitted that she does in fact have a red phone on her desk with no dial pad. A red phone that connects to the Kremlin.