Exposing The Slimy Business Of 'Russia-Gate' (What The Mainstream Media Doesn't Want You To Know)

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Robert Parry via ConsortiumNews.com,

As the U.S. government doles out tens of millions of dollars to 'combat Russian propaganda', one result is a slew of new 'studies' by 'scholars' and 'researchers' auditioning for the loot...

The “Field of Dreams” slogan for America’s NGOs should be: “If you pay for it, we will come.”

And right now, tens of millions of dollars are flowing to non-governmental organizations if they will buttress the thesis of Russian “meddling” in the U.S. democratic process no matter how sloppy the “research” or how absurd the “findings.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, following his address to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 28, 2015. (UN Photo)

And, if you think the pillars of the U.S. mainstream media – The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN and others – will apply some quality controls, you haven’t been paying attention for the past year or so. The MSM is just as unethical as the NGOs are.

So, we are now in a phase of Russia-gate in which NGO “scholars” produce deeply biased reports and their nonsense is treated as front-page news and items for serious discussion across the MSM.

Yet, there’s even an implicit confession about how pathetic some of this “scholarship” is in the hazy phrasing that gets applied to the “findings,” although the weasel words will slip past most unsuspecting Americans and will be dropped for more definitive language when the narrative is summarized in the next day’s newspaper or in a cable-news “crawl.”

For example, a Times front-page story on Thursday reported that “a network of Twitter accounts suspected of links to Russia seized on both sides of the [NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem] issue with hashtags, such as #boycottnfl, #standforouranthem and #takeaknee.”

The story, which fits neatly into the current U.S. propaganda meme that the Russian government somehow is undermining American democracy by stirring up dissent inside the U.S., quickly spread to other news outlets and became the latest “proof” of a Russian “war” against America.

However, before we empty the nuclear silos and exterminate life on the planet, we might take a second to look at the Times phrasing: “a network of Twitter accounts suspected of links to Russia.”

The vague wording doesn’t even say the Russian government was involved but rather presents an unsupported claim that some Twitter accounts are “suspected” of being part of some “network” and that this “network” may have some ill-defined connection – or “links” – to “Russia,” a country of 144 million people.

‘Six Degrees from Kevin Bacon’

It’s like the old game of “six degrees of separation” from Kevin Bacon. Yes, perhaps we are all “linked” to Kevin Bacon somehow but that doesn’t prove that we know Kevin Bacon or are part of a Kevin Bacon “network” that is executing a grand conspiracy to sow discontent by taking opposite sides of issues and then tweeting.

The New York Times building in Manhattan. (Photo credit: Robert Parry)

Yet that is the underlying absurdity of the Times article by Daisuke Wakabayashi and Scott Shane. Still, as silly as the article may be that doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous. The Times’ high-profile treatment of these gauzy allegations represents a grave danger to the world by fueling a growing hysteria inside the United States about being “at war” with nuclear-armed Russia. At some point, someone might begin to take this alarmist rhetoric seriously.

Yes, I understand that lots of people hate President Trump and see Russia-gate as the golden ticket to his impeachment. But that doesn’t justify making serious allegations with next to no proof, especially when the outcome could be thermonuclear war.

However, with all those millions of dollars sloshing around the NGO world and Western academia – all looking for some “study” to fund that makes Russia look bad – you are sure to get plenty of takers. And, we should now expect that new “findings” like these will fill in for the so-far evidence-free suspicions about Russia and Trump colluding to steal the presidency from Hillary Clinton.

If you read more deeply into the Times story, you get a taste of where Russia-gate is headed next and a clue as to who is behind it:

“Since last month, researchers at the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan initiative of the German Marshall Fund, a public policy research group in Washington, have been publicly tracking 600 Twitter accounts — human users and suspected bots alike — they have linked to Russian influence operations. Those were the accounts pushing the opposing messages on the N.F.L. and the national anthem.


“Of 80 news stories promoted last week by those accounts, more than 25 percent ‘had a primary theme of anti-Americanism,’ the researchers found. About 15 percent were critical of Hillary Clinton, falsely accusing her of funding left-wing antifa — short for anti-fascist — protesters, tying her to the lethal terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 and discussing her daughter Chelsea’s use of Twitter. Eleven percent focused on wiretapping in the federal investigation into Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, with most of them treated the news as a vindication for President Trump’s earlier wiretapping claims.”

The Neocons, Again!

So, let’s stop and unpack this Times’ reporting.

First, this Alliance for Securing Democracy is not some neutral truth-seeking organization but a neoconservative-dominated outfit that includes on its advisory board such neocon luminaries as Mike Chertoff, Bill Kristol and former Freedom House president David Kramer along with other anti-Russia hardliners such as former deputy CIA director Michael Morell and former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers.

Neoconservative pundit William Kristol. (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

How many of these guys, do you think, were assuring us that Iraq was hiding WMDs back in 2003?

This group clearly has an ax to grind, a record of deception, and plenty of patrons in the Military-Industrial Complex who stand to make billions of dollars from the New Cold War.

The neocons also have been targeting Russia for regime change for years because they see Russian President Vladimir Putin as the chief obstacle to their goal of helping Israel achieve its desire for “regime change” in Syria and a chance to bomb-bomb-bomb Iran. Russia-gate has served the neocons well as a very convenient way to pull Democrats, liberals and even progressives into the neocon agenda because Russia-gate is sold as a powerful weapon for the anti-Trump Resistance.

The Times article also might have mentioned that Twitter has 974 million accounts. So, this alarm over 600 accounts is a bit disproportionate for a front-page story in the Times, don’t you think?

And, there’s the definitional problem of what constitutes “anti-Americanism” in a news article. And what does it mean to be “linked to Russian influence operations”? Does that include Americans who may not march in lockstep to the one-sided State Department narratives on the crises in Ukraine and Syria? Any deviation from Official Washington’s groupthink makes you a “Moscow stooge.”

And, is it a crime to be “critical” of Hillary Clinton or to note that the U.S. mainstream media was dismissive of Trump’s claims about being wiretapped only for us to find out later that the FBI apparently was wiretapping his campaign manager?

However, such questions aren’t going to be asked amid what has become a massive Russia-gate groupthink, dominating not just Official Washington, but across much of America’s political landscape and throughout the European Union.

Why the Bias?

Beyond the obvious political motivations for this bias, we also have had the introduction of vast sums of money pouring in from the U.S. government, NATO and European institutions to support the business of “combatting Russian propaganda.”

President Obama in the Oval Office.

For example, last December, President Obama signed into law a $160 million funding mechanism entitled the “Combating Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act.” But that amounts to only a drop in the bucket considering already existing Western propaganda projects targeting Russia.

So, a scramble is on to develop seemingly academic models to “prove” what Western authorities want proven: that Russia is at fault for pretty much every bad thing that happens in the world, particularly the alienation of many working-class people from the Washington-Brussels elites.

The truth cannot be that establishment policies have led to massive income inequality and left the working class struggling to survive and thus are to blame for ugly political manifestations – from Trump to Brexit to the surprising support for Germany’s far-right AfD party. No, it must be Russia! Russia! Russia! And there’s a lot of money on the bed to prove that point.

There’s also the fact that the major Western news media is deeply invested in bashing Russia as well as in the related contempt for Trump and his followers. Those twin prejudices have annihilated all professional standards that would normally be applied to news judgments regarding these flawed “studies.”

On Thursday, The Washington Post ran its own banner-headlined story drawn from the same loose accusations made by that neocon-led Alliance for Securing Democracy, but instead the Post sourced the claims to Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma. The headline read: “Russian trolls are stoking NFL controversy, senator says.”

The “evidence” cited by Lankford’s office was one “Twitter account calling itself Boston Antifa that gives its geolocation as Vladivostok, Russia,” the Post reported.

By Thursday, Twitter had suspended the Boston Antifa account, so I couldn’t send it a question, but earlier this month, Dan Glaun, a reporter for Masslive.com, reported that the people behind Boston Antifa were “a pair of anti-leftist pranksters from Oregon who started Boston Antifa as a parody of actual anti-fascist groups.”

In an email to me on Thursday, Glaun cited an interview that the Boston Antifa pranksters had done with right-wing radio talk show host Gavin McInnes last April.

And, by the way, there are apps that let you manipulate your geolocation data on Twitter. Or, you can choose to believe that the highly professional Russian intelligence agencies didn’t notice that they were telegraphing their location as Vladivostok.

Mindless Russia Bashing

Another example of this mindless Russia bashing appeared just below the Post’s story on Lankford’s remarks. The Post sidebar cited a “study” from researchers at Oxford University’s Project on Computational Propaganda asserting that “junk news” on Twitter “flowed more heavily in a dozen [U.S.] battleground states than in the nation overall in the days immediately before and after the 2016 presidential election, suggesting that a coordinated effort targeted the most pivotal voters.” Cue the spooky Boris and Natasha music!

Boris and Natasha, the evil spies from the Rocky and Bullwinkle shows.

Of course, any Americans living in “battleground states” could tell you that they are inundated with all kinds of election-related “junk,” including negative TV advertising, nasty radio messages, alarmist emails and annoying robo-calls at dinner time. That’s why they’re called “battleground states,” Sherlock.

But what’s particularly offensive about this “study” is that it implies that the powers-that-be must do more to eliminate what these “experts” deem “propaganda” and “junk news.” If you read deeper into the story, you discover that the researchers applied a very subjective definition of what constitutes “junk news,” i.e., information that the researchers don’t like even if it is truthful and newsworthy.

The Post article by Craig Timberg, who apparently is using Russia-gate to work himself off the business pages and onto the national staff, states that “The researchers defined junk news as ‘propaganda and ideologically extreme, hyperpartisan, or conspiratorial political news and information.’

“The researchers also categorized reports from Russia and ones from WikiLeaks – which published embarrassing posts about Democrat Hillary Clinton based on a hack of her campaign chairman’s emails – as ‘polarizing political content’ for the purpose of the analysis.”

So, this “study” lumped together “junk news” with accurate and newsworthy information, i.e., WikiLeaks’ disclosure of genuine emails that contained such valid news as the contents of Clinton’s speeches to Wall Street banks (which she was trying to hide from voters) as well as evidence of the unethical tactics used by the Democratic National Committee to sabotage Sen. Bernie Sanders’s campaign.

Also dumped into the researchers’ bin of vile “disinformation” were “reports from Russia,” as if everything that comes out of Russia is, ipso facto, “junk news.”

And, what, pray tell, is “conspiratorial political news”? I would argue that the past year of evidence-lite allegations about “Russian meddling” in the U.S. election accompanied by unsupported suspicions about “collusion” with the Trump campaign would constitute “conspiratorial political news.” Indeed, I would say that this Oxford “research” constitutes “conspiratorial political news” and that Timberg’s article qualifies as “junk news.”

Predictable Outcome

Given the built-in ideological bias of this “research,” it probably won’t surprise you that the report’s author, Philip N. Howard, concludes that “junk news originates from three main sources that the Oxford group has been tracking: Russian operatives, Trump supporters and activists part of the alt-right,” according to the Post.

The Washington Post building in downtown Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Washington Post)

I suppose that since part of the “methodology” was to define “reports from Russia” as “junk news,” the appearance of “Russian operatives” shouldn’t be much of a surprise, but the whole process reeks of political bias.

Further skewing the results, the report separated out information from “professional news organizations [and] political parties” from “some ‘junk news’ source,” according to the Post. In other words, the “researchers” believe that “professional news organizations” are inherently reliable and that outside-the-mainstream news is “junk” – despite the MSM’s long record of getting major stories wrong.

The real “junk” is this sort of academic or NGO research that starts with a conclusion and packs a “study” in such a way as to guarantee the preordained conclusion. Or as the old saying goes, “garbage in, garbage out.”

Yet, it’s also clear that if you generate “research” that feeds the hungry beast of Russia-gate, you will find eager patrons doling out dollars and a very receptive audience in the mainstream media.

In a place like Washington, there are scores if not hundreds of reports generated every day and only a tiny fraction get the attention of the Times, Post, CNN, etc., let alone result in published articles. But “studies” that reinforce today’s anti-Russia narrative are sure winners.

So, if you’re setting up a new NGO or you’re an obscure academic angling for a lucrative government grant as well as some flattering coverage in the MSM, the smart play is to join the new gold rush in decrying “Russian propaganda.”

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
HopefulCynical's picture

tl;dr - the usual suspects are looting the country...

...at some point, we really need to have had enough of this.

Slippery Slope's picture

Every notice that the worst “Russia-phobes” are Jewish-Russian-Americans?

People like Julia Iouffe, Leonid Bershidsky, Bill Browder, Garry Kasparov, Marsha Gessen?

These “useful Russian idiots” really hate the idea of a strong Russia, with a growing influence of the Russian Orthodox Christians.

yomutti2's picture

Consortium News is a Russian propaganda site. Why does ZeroHedge publish them?



SoDamnMad's picture

Anybody notice that Russia never attacked anyone during Zapad 2017. Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland never got attacked.  Was this because we had a couple of platoons of soldiers there.  Whoop de doo.

Escrava Isaura's picture

HopefulCynical: the usual suspects are looting the country...


Americans, compared to other nations, are the biggest beneficiaries of neoliberalism (financial strangulation) and Neoconism (brutal force).

Stop complaining, because once this social contract fails, you’ll be much worse off.


jeff montanye's picture

i profoundly disagree that "americans" or even u.s. citizens are the biggest beneficiaries of neolib or neocon.  the biggest bene is israel and its sayanim here.  mic, banksters, deep state, clandestine services, war party (lots of overlap) second most.

for instance take the "german marshall fund" mentioned above as funding some of the false news on russiagate.  it was established in the seventies by the german government to "thank" us for the marshall plan.  it's now run by karen donfried about whose religion and politics i can find little definitive but i would bet serious money that she is both cia and a zionist jew.  here's what i did find (wiki) and note she worked for both bush and obama.  those that think the problem is partisan are fooling themselves.  trump may be an exception but he is an exception from the truth that it is a bipartisan problem:

Donfried served for ten years as a European specialist at the Congressional Research Service.[2] She joined the German Marshall Fund in 2001.

From 2003 to 2005, Donfried worked for the U.S. State Department's Policy Planning Staff. In 2005, she returned to the German Marshall Fund to serve as senior director of policy programs and later as executive vice president until 2010.[2]

Afterwards, Donfried worked as the national intelligence officer for Europe on the National Intelligence Council. At NIO, she directed and drafted strategic analysis for senior policymakers.[2]

After NIO, Donfried worked at the National Security Council as a Special Assistant to the President, and as the director of European affairs.[4][2][5]

In April 2014, Donfried became the first female president of the German Marshall Fund.[6][7]

Donfried is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Council on Germany, and the Foreign Affairs Policy Board.[8][9]

BennyBoy's picture


Wait, was this article about political "science" or climate "science"?

The Alarmist's picture

Russia probes, etc. are what the neocons and NWO types effect through their NGO and think-tank apparati to keep us distracted from the mass migration they also effect through their NGO apparati to drive down the wages of the middle and lower classes to line their plutocrat oligarch wallets and turn the West into a series of New Brazils.

In fact, isn't NGO something of an oxymoron, since they appear to be NGINO?

skbull44's picture

'Patriotism' is constantly being manipulated by the State to help sustain its criminal behaviour. 



SWRichmond's picture

Kill moose and squirrel.

StychoKiller's picture

Fearless Leader:  "How many times have they foiled my plans with their bungling interference?"

Boris:  "Um, 28?"

Fearless Leader: "QUIET, IDIOT!"

new game's picture

thanks jeff m. - the swamp is further defined and a very extensive network.

bannon says 20 years to unravel. hmmm, i say ongoing and will NEVER be unravelled. 

just ongoing forces of gov.org vs the people.

the pendulum swings back and forth...

Escrava Isaura's picture


How did the US economy grow its manufacturing, highways, and two car garages in the 50’s and 60’s?

By printing lots of money (neoliberalism) and buying European assets to the point that the US run out gold and started having high inflation and stagnation in the 70’s.

So, what did the US do?

In 1973 US made a (neoliberalism dollarization) deal with Saudi Arabia to sell their oil only in dollars for all other nations and having Saudis buy US military equipments (Neoconism) with those dollars. That dollarization lead the world to trade most of the food in dollars. Kissinger in 1970 “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”

1980’s economy still too slow. What was the solution?

Government expenditures. Reagan run a deficit almost 3 times the US GDP.

1990’s and 2000’s solution?

Deficits, service, and consumption economy (neoliberal) by issuing loans ‘deficit’ while having the foreigners sending their cheaply manufactured products as well theirs resources and dollars back to finance US lifestyle.

I don’t know about you as a conservative but, as a liberal, I am impressed.

I just wished they would have taxed these big winners a little more and had invested in some blue color entrepreneurs and not only in tech.

If the democrats had done that, they would be kicking ass now, because the conservatives are incapable of managing such complexity. It’s just not in your conservative gene such confusion.  


shovelhead's picture

I just wished they would have taxed these big winners a little more and had invested in some blue color entrepreneurs and not only in tech.

Solyndra and it's kind being a shining example of Blue/Green investment.

TheReplacement's picture

Thanks to the one party system we have the Federal Reserve, the individual income tax, and the IRS to enforce it.

Before the one party system brought this upon us we were the most prosperous nation on earth and we did it with the gold standard.

Since then the purchasing power of the FR Dollar has lost all but 5% of its original power.

The American people have been enslaved to the financial system TPTB are using to build a one world government.

The American people have been deceived and fed into the war machine for decades.

The American people have been the subjects of vile experiments and illicit drug networks run by the government.

Meanwhile the banks and industries that cooperate in the operation have grown rich, fat, and powerful.

Meanwhile, a small country on the Med has prospered beyond expectations or realistic hopes.

Billions of people or more across the world see the American people the way you do and cannot wait for them to suffer for it.

Probably less than a billion see the real culprits and feel pity for what is coming to the American people.

Tell me again how great this has been for the American people.


Escrava Isaura's picture

we were the most prosperous nation on earth and we did it with the gold standard.

Not gold. You did that with coal, oil, and exporting the dollar.

Brazil, as a reference point, didn’t have the coal and the oil. Ethanol is acquired by harvesting sugar cane. It’s intensive labor, I read. Electricity is by hydroelectric, meaning, expensive and sometime not enough.

Brazil could have compete with the US if we lived in a rural/agro society, not industrial, even that Brazil produced the first airplane engine running on ethanol.

Anyway, industrial society overwhelms rural/agro society and small business, if ones bother to look at it carefully.

Industrial society can’t die soon enough if humanity is to survive.

But I think is too late for both.  

“I do not think what we face is a problem. It is a predicament. And predicaments do not have solutions.” — Greg Machala 


land_of_the_few's picture

The real purpose of the platoons is to boost local demand for potato chips, beer, tow-truck diesel and mosquito repellent, a kind of mini-Marshall Plan. If there were any actual battles this economic strategy would fail quickly.

shovelhead's picture

Everything is a Russian Propaganda site.

Putin is hiding under your bed.

Sigh.'s picture

If all you want to read, and all that matters to you are the Main Stream Media sources favoring the two congenially-corrupt political Parties that are favored by fat, dumb and happy American citizens, why have you left the comforting confines of Huffington Post, CNN and FOXNews ?

07564111's picture

Strong both externally and probably more importantly internally. Much of this BS is just an extension of the internal power struggles. Expect this brown noise to increase as the elections approach.

Those outside Russia should note that President Putin has yet to formally put forward his name for the 2018 elections. most feel this is now just a matter of time. If he does and is successful ( also a mere formality ) this will be his last term as President and most likely his final term in the front line of the Russian political sphere He will, however, still be able to exercise much influence.

For those who hate the Man, beware, worse can and will follow. Not all are as willing AS Putin to turn the cheek and look for compromise.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Post collapse (2027/2032) the biggest problem for Russia and West Asia won’t be the US.



Versengetorix's picture

The Jews took control of Russia with their Bolshevik revolution.  They maintained control until the lied to Stalin regaridn grhe creation of Israel.  Once Stalin stated purging, they announced themselve to be "victims."  By that time the Zionists realized they could deceive and bribe the world into creating a new nation by theft - enforced by terroism, which Menachem Begin openly took credit for.  Inside the US they recognized that the country could be controled through owning the banking system and from that point taking over the levers of the I/C was a piece of cake.  Few even recognize the parasite that is in the body.

Giant Meteor's picture

While reading above , the phrase "usual suspect"s kept recurring in my own thoughts as well.

THEY themselves are taking the country down, and anyone speaking out against them, instantly becomes "un-american", or worse, a colluding, sympathizing terrorist, an enemy of the state. The list including those mentioned above, and many not mentioned is lengthly. All of these usual suspects need to one day answer for their own treason, crimes against humanity, 

At times, and  after posting a particularly long rant regarding the massive lies, manipulations, and systemic corruption, I sometimes question whether or not my own assessment of "the system" as it is presently configured, as well as my pet rants regarding it's various players, is sometimes a bit "over the top".  When I read about these fucks, constantly re-surfacing, perpetuallly re-inventing and stirring shit storms, I realize if anything, I don't go far enough  in my condemnation of them   .. .

redmudhooch's picture

I know we have a short memory here  in America, but for all of you who have already forgot, here it is.

This is a Jewish CIA agent telling you who is the fucking problem. Go ahead, call me anti-semetic, but what will you call her?


Valerie Plame bashed for tweet linking 'America's Jews' to wars, then apologizes



Jewish Former CIA Agent Says: America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars



Sorry, but you can't bullshit or buy your way out of this one Jewish Supremacists.

gherman's picture

Why no word on Russian managing the terrorist BLM campaign, Tyler? Why the double standard? Giving platform to pro-Russian articles and even outright Russian provocateurs and propagandists like that snake called The Saker, and no word on what everyone east of the Oder and west of Ukraine has been dealing with centuries: incessant Russian assault against the free Christian-European civilisation, via BLM, sexo-marxism, immigration, race-mixing. Are you black propaganda, Tyler?

11b40's picture

Wouldn't you be happier posting with the Tel Aviv Times?

Bendromeda Strain's picture

tl;dr tl;dr tl;dr tl;dr tl;dr tl;dr tl;dr tl;dr tl;dr tl;dr tl;dr tl;dr

C'mon, it wasn't even a long article - but it was a good one.

The neocons (fake patriots representing other interests) framing Russia in order to attack real Patriots.

Cabreado's picture

1) This is the rise of the Self-Absorbed -- the Narcissist and Sociopath -- to a critical mass of places of influence and control.

2) Pay attention to and denounce your more local/regional media -- they are in Control mode, operating in stealth mode, enabling the narrative, in self-preservation.

3) The People are failing.  There's no way to recover from that.

Killdo's picture

unless they unite like Frodo, midgets, humans did against Mordor in the Lord of the Ring

Taras Bulba's picture

The neo cons again!

They are like termites, they just never go away, but why worry, none of them will ever be held accountable-meanwhile, they are in the game, making tons.  what is not to like.

Some are also citizens of israel, chertoff for example.  I believe he also has a large security consulting firm;

"heh, here is my card, please call if you are worried about the iranian nuclear capability."

quadraspleen's picture

"Yes, I understand that lots of people hate President Trump and see Russia-gate as the golden ticket to his impeachment. But that doesn’t justify making serious allegations with next to no proof, especially when the outcome could be thermonuclear war."  

There will be no nuclear war. All part of the kabuki theatre. Don't tell the peons though!

ebear's picture

Channeling Lyndon LaRouche....lol.

quasi_verbatim's picture

America is the failed false flag and Russia  the new shining lamppost on the dunghill. Get over it.

yomutti2's picture

C'mon jackass. At least try to pretend like you're not a Russian troll.


peddling-fiction's picture

Your lame butthurt is pathetic and whiny.

Are you getting paid for your crybaby posing?

This article is talking about you, being on the dole.

Russia does not need to pay me, because I will side with the more honest side.

dark pools of soros's picture

throw kristol into a vat of acid

runswithscissors's picture

The dumbmasses will not be able to follow whatever bullshit narrative the deep state invents to "prove" Russian collusion-hacking-global warming or whatever.

Bay of Pigs's picture

You and I have often disagreed here.

On this point, you are spot on.

jeff montanye's picture

some would say throwing is way to precipitous.  inch a day at the most.

Neochrome's picture

"seized on both sides of the [NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem] issue"


Because Americans are otherwise united in their positions on everything, but if some Russian tweets his oppinion he will sure sway the public.

Because "network" of US Senators is otherwise united  on the issue's, if not for those Russian tweets.

Because Russians as well as Americans are allowed to have only US government approved positions on issues. Fascist retards, both left and right.

Zorba's idea's picture

fucking good summation of camp swampy

land_of_the_few's picture

And, why no love for the usual verb, "to kneel" in English? Whose knee were they intending on taking, and where to?  Left knee or right knee, there is a choice of two? ....Worse, this also implies they don't read any history, ever, but they want to complain about history all the same. Do we say people who are going to be knighted "take a knee"? It would sound like it is being discussed by drunken schoolkids.

They also  don't seem to know what the rest of the world thinks is the meaning of kneeling - it's not exactly a gesture of power....they could ask ISIS?

jeff montanye's picture

well, if i may take up your questions, it's kind of like the distinction between "colored people" and "people of color", seemingly none but in fact immense.  "taking a knee" is far less submissive than "kneeling".  you are actually taking something; you are only one knee down, potentially ready to spring up and fight.  and it is the position of those being knighted, a temporary posture of the duteous, likely associated with valorous acts of combat justifying the knighthood, precisely the associations the nfl players want.  on the other hand, "kneeling" is the position to perform fellatio and one half of assuming the "bottom" position, probably not the impressions these nfl worthies are striving to give.

there is a reason.

land_of_the_few's picture

Yeah one knee down only isn't quite enough for taking one for the team, but the kneeling position while being knighted is submission to your own Sovereign that you are showing respect to their higher rank by kneeling down (lower than them) and thanking,  plus he or she could easily have some other idea of what to do with the sword if you got shirty :D

hooligan2009's picture

"bending the knee" is straight out of Game of Thrones.


Bemused Observer's picture

"Taking a knee"...it was an odd phrasing, I thought, but apparently it took off. Now it is ALL I hear, I never hear anyone say "they KNEELED", or any of the other usual ways it would have been said. It's always the specific phrase "TAKING a knee"...as if this act has ALWAYS been referred to in this way.


It is so obviously a form of brainwashing, this repetitive overuse of certain catchphrases, and they do it all the time. Just listen to the narrative  about anything these days...they find a short, catchy phrase, and just HAMMER you with it, all day.


My ears pick these up immediately, and just reject them outright. Mindless babble.

FixItAgainTony's picture

"Boots on the Ground" being another one as if that is the only way to require congressional approval for wasting taxpayer funds on drones, weapons and intel support for terrorists, and loads of propaganda.

Francis Marx's picture

Interesting that during the cold war it was all about communism in the US media.

Now... since there been so much socialism here, they don't use the commie card.

They still need a elusive enemy.

So today it is Russia. Next it will be the non-conforming religions.

See communism is based on materialism. Their view is that man is not a living soul and God does not exist.

Sounds alot like the USA the more forward we go..