Putin Orders Russian Media To "Cut Back" On Positive Trump Coverage

Tyler Durden's picture

Trump's honeymoon with capital markets is on the rocks, kept alive only by the occasional soundbite about "massive" or "phenomenal" tax cuts; it now appears that the US president's - until recently - amicable relationship with Russia is also quickly souring.

According to Bloomberg, the Kremlin has ordered Russian state media to cut "way back" on their fawning coverage of President Donald Trump, in what three sources told BBG is a "reflection of growing concern among senior Russian officials that the new U.S. administration will be less friendly than first thought."

The Russian president has defended his decision saying it is the result of declining interest among the Russian viewers in Trump's rise to power, but Bloomberg adds that some of the most popular TV segments on Trump touched on ideas the Kremlin would rather not promote, such as his pledge to “drain the swamp."

The suggestion is that since Trump is looking to end governmental corruption, the "authoritarian" Putin should be worried; and yet instead of "draining the swamp" Trump has filled it by surrounded himself with precisely those bankers he used as populist examples of all that is wrong with the government. As such, Putin should greet Trump's failed "swamp draining" although that part did not make it into the Bloomberg report.

Putin's decree comes at a time of rising anti-Russian sentiment in Washington, where U.S. spy and law-enforcement agencies are conducting multiple investigations to determine the full extent of contacts Trump’s advisers had with Russia during and after the 2016 election campaign.

According to Bloomberg, the order marks a stark turnaround from just a few weeks ago when Russia hailed Trump's presidential victory as the beginning of a new era of cooperation between the former Cold War foes. "Trump’s campaign was watched with rapture as news anchors gushed over the novelty of hearing an American presidential candidate praise Putin. But the wall-to-wall coverage went too far for the Kremlin’s liking." In January, Trump reportedly received more mentions in the media than Putin, relegating the Russian leader to the No. 2 spot for the first time since he returned to the Kremlin in 2012 after four years as premier, according to Interfax data."

That said, there has certainly been a chilling in relations between Trump and Putin. In recent weeks, numerous White House officials, including Trump, have criticized Russia for its annexation of Crimea and the subsequent violence in Ukraine. Trump on Wednesday accused Putin of seizing Crimea from Ukraine in a series of Twitter posts that were delivered amid a flurry of allegations that his team has ties to Russia.

"Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?" the U.S. president tweeted.

As Bloomberg concludes, Russian officials, who had readily commented to local media on earlier news from Washington, suddenly became less talkative after the Crimea comment.

And so, with Trump-Putin relations suddenly in purgatory, and Trump's domestic "Russia-facing" exposure in chaos, it is now unclear how Trump will pivot away to restore what many had hoped would lead to a restoration in normal relations between the two countries.

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DeeZ_nutZ's picture

no russian newspapers for the trumpon in jail.  only shapchat.

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) DeeZ_nutZ Feb 16, 2017 1:48 PM

Trump must've stopped calling

Insurrector's picture

Yea, Putin's strings to the Duck puppet are being cut one by one.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Great, a brigade of trolls to start this thread off.

Come on Tyler.

DeeZ_nutZ's picture

did you see snapchat's valuation?  the trumpon would love that shit!

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) DeeZ_nutZ Feb 16, 2017 2:11 PM

and the Neocon Democrats cheer "Lets get that war going!"

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Note that the Bloomberg article itself doesn't cite any sources for this story.

Not a single one.

Fake news.

froze25's picture

I bet that Putin is helping Trump by starting to publicly "hate" him. time will tell.

Shropshire Lad's picture

Putin has stated clearly that Russia is not worried about the sanctions, which are inflicting far more damage on Europe than on Russia itself.

svayambhu108's picture

Putin, is one wake motherfucker, he knows US' strategy, trying to enstrange China from Russia, at the same time trying to keep the sanctions in place. Which are not lethal but are debilitating, ask any russian especially about their Rouble

Nobody For President's picture

That thought crossed my mind too. "Hey, let's ease up on the bromance for awhile, OK?"

Bavarian's picture

Great catch.  Like so many, I'm conditioned to believe what I read without scanning for sources.  There should be a media accountability agency that such articles would have to pass through before being released to the public.  This is crap.  Pure crap.  A bunch of speculation and innuendo.  That's not journalism.  More fake news.

More accurately, fake country.

Nobody For President's picture

No. We don't need a 'Media Accountability Agency" - MAA would wind up being just another fucked up, corrupt bureacracy that we wouldn't trust.

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

Stopped reading after "According to Bloomberg...."


bluez's picture

Soros commanded them to write it.

alangreedspank's picture

I've always wondered what is this fascination lefties have with Russia. They loved Stalin's Russia after all...

Time for Titus's picture

It's simple. The neocons are Trotskyites. They love Soviet Russia, hate Christian Russia.

Raffie's picture

This is all political.

Russia stated they FEAR President Trump being assassinated. This alone is reason to do this act since they want to redirect the eyes of the Deep State off of President Trump to have good relations with Russia buying time for President Trump to lock down the evil and denying them Russian political ammo they are using right now.

Bit of a smoke screen that is going on.

ImGumbydmmt's picture

Wow, looks like it took them almost a full month before they could show Trump the standard incoming POTUS "Zapruder Film Briefing".

That must be a WhiteHouse record for the most days in offce of any Potus since JFK without the official "got you and your loved ones by the balls" memo.


The earlier Article cited that as Mike Flynn goes so goes the entire shabang for Trump Foreign policy.

Deep state fully entrenched.

All thats left is submission or pitchforks folks. But between snoflakes and noecons there's precious few of us who have this Kabuki Charade dialed in..

Cursed that Doug Casey may be right about getting hell out of dodge, I'm finally all set up here darn it.

It was a bad day already, just a  stinker now.


kenlej's picture

There's more whitehats in the government now. Flynn and Trump knew exactly what they were doing. it's called a canary cage trap and a lot of journalists broke the law writing about it. Do u really think Flynn as one of the top intelligent agents in the military would be so stupid as talk about sanctions if it wasn't a setup?

The central planners's picture

You can easily earn millions selling that movie.

kenlej's picture

That's exactly why it's happening and that's why Trump is talking about Russia giving back Crimea. They want the heat off while Trump keeps on the offensive instead of the defensive. Two chess masters on their game and watch out Killary, he's going to put u in prison. 

Krungle's picture

It's really pointless too. These IC trolls and their Soros/Brock/et al. handlers have access to the data and they can plainly see that their trolling isn't a successful demoralization strategy. Like oh, some paid troll wants to trigger me, I think I'll feed them. Come on guys. Do you think we're all going to jump back into the embrace of CNN?

The central planners's picture

Its not a brigade its just one troll with no life and multiple accounts. 

highly debtful's picture

Putin Orders Russian Media to "Cut Back" on Positive Trump Coverage

Doesn't that title frighten you somewhat, especially those first four words? I thought Zerohedge was all about independent thinking, that's why we are so critical of what the likes of CNN tend to feed us, remember? 

If Putin can "order" Russian media, he's not my friend anymore than those MSM in the service of the establishment are. 

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Doesn't that title frighten you somewhat, especially those first four words?

Not when I know it's another unsubstantiated smear job.

If Putin can "order" Russian media

He can't.

On the other hand, the US government pays Russian journalists to criticize Putin.


Carl Spackler's picture

It can mean a lot.

Does it mean that Putin is "zero hedging" his bets?

Shropshire Lad's picture

What is the point of posting "bloomberg" made up stories on Zerohedge?  I have understood that Zerohedge aimed to provide alternative and truthful perspectives for both investment and life decisions.

Insurrector's picture

This is why Trump fawns over and idolizes old Vladdy - he wants the same power over the press and message, a zero friction channel for building his brand.

Davy Crockett's picture

He doesn't have to look to Putin.  He only has to look to Obama for a home grown example of power of the press and message.

Too bad he'll never get it with them.  Hard to save a country when half of them are trying to thwart your every move.  Probably impossible, actually.  Back to prepping I guess.  Fuckers won't be happy till they tear the whole thing down.  I bet my family survivies better than theirs does though.

detached.amusement's picture

makes me recall a few years ago with one of those o'amin sycophants talking about how well they were able to "own the message"

Stan522's picture

I'm sure Trump wishes he had the same kind of influence for US media....

GreenEggsNSpam's picture

He doesn't? Ha! You could have fooled me! I ONLY watch the news for all of the the US coverage on Trump.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Well, with guys like Mattis, McCain, Graham, etc.... throwing gas on the fire we shouldn't be surprised.

DeeZ_nutZ's picture

the trumpon brought Mattis in, you monkey butt

Dominus Ludificatio's picture

Trump,we now know is spineless.Three weeks in and he is flip flopping , on his knees to appease his masters.The foreign policy master can no longer even bark.Now he worries about loosing the White House.

chunga's picture

According to Bloomberg...lol!

roadhazard's picture

I got down voted for breaking that news an hour ago or more. As I said, Trump would love to have Pootins power.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


I got down voted for breaking that news an hour ago or more.

Congratulations on breaking an unsourced Bloomberg fake news story.

Yars Revenge's picture

Trump must end hostilities towards Russia.

Otherwise his Presidency will be all for not.

bluez's picture

Trump and Putin both fully understand the political necessity for Trump to distance himself from Russia now.

Spungo's picture

How sad is this. Relations are too good, so there's fear that someone will do something aggressive just to prove a point. If Trump is seen as too peace-loving or too anti-war, Americans will rise up and throw him out of office. He needs to look like he hates Russia and wants nuclear war, but he chooses not to go war because he cares too much for life... or something.

This country is fucking retarded. This happens to every democrat in office. The right will say someone is weak on defense, so that democrat feels obligated to kill a few hundred thousand children to prove a point.

Libtard's picture

I think my last shred of hope for Trump just disolved during this presser. Hes a bumbling idiot.

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) Libtard Feb 16, 2017 1:58 PM

This is awful

chunga's picture

What makes you say that?

AlexCharting's picture

MSM's strategy is now bearing fruits....