"We Are At War" - Morgan Freeman Is The Face Of The New "Committee To Investigate Russia"

Imagine this movie-script: a former KGB spy, angry at the collapse of his motherland, plots a course for revenge... narrates the ominous sounding voice of Morgan Freeman. 

The hysteria continues, and this time Hollywood has been enlisted. No this is not The Onion, but yet another serious committee for serious people. Meet the "Committee to Investigate Russia" which launched on Tuesday and immediately garnered broad coverage in pop-culture and entertainment news sites for its release of a short Morgan Freeman narrated video which aims to "tell us the truth" about Russian meddling in the US election. “We have been attacked,” Freeman says in his familiarly reassuring voice while gazing into the camera. “We are at war.”

Not only did the video burn up social media on Tuesday, but the founders of the lobbying group behind the production, barely one day old, were given substantial air time on cable news from CNN to MSNBC. Of course, it helps that actor, director, and lifelong Democrat Rob Reiner is behind it - he's teamed up with neocons David Frum, Max Boot, and national security insiders like James Clapper.

Similar to other recently launched 'Russiagate' campaigns and organizations we've profiled, the initiative is enjoying fawning mainstream media coverage from the very start. And apparently the historical irony is completely lost on Hollywood, a town which itself fell victim to the original McCarthyite witch hunt and its celebrity 'blacklist'.

Meanwhile, it appears the "Committee to Investigate Russia" is designed to appeal especially to the popular masses and consumers of pop media and celebrity culture magazines. For example, the following gushing roll out coverage from entertainment news site PopSugar reads like the "famed" Max Boot himself is on a hollywoodesque mission to save the world from an 'EVIL' cabal bent on total world domination:

The group's advisory board is a who's who of the most outspoken individuals in America today: former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, award-winning actor and director Rob Reiner, former George W. Bush aide and current Atlantic editor David Frum, AEI scholar Norm Ornstein, famed military historian Max Boot, and popular conservative pundit Charlie Sykes. And their mission? To educate the public on the threat that we face from Russia and to serve as a central location for updates, news, and information on all things related to the issue.

But like most commentary on the so-called 'Russian connection' there is one important caveat which appropriately skeptical readers will be sure to notice:

While we still don't have definitive answers on much of what elapsed during the lead-up to the election — or, frankly, have a plan for what we can do to prevent this sort of thing going forward — what we do have is an issue that individuals on both sides of the aisle are desperate to get to the bottom of.

This of course translates to "well we know there's a lot of smoke and no answers, umm... evidence" - but hey, Morgan Freeman's noble and venerable wisdom-from-the-heavens-sounding voice will make it all true. Reiner told the Daily Beast that Morgan Freeman was chosen as spokesman due to the “weight and gravitas” of his voice. Reiner further explained the purpose as, “We’re trying to break through and explain to people why this is important and that there is a serious problem here that people don’t seem to really grasp.”

While the public has been assured the committee is stacked with bipartisan experts, it would help if there were any actual... Russian experts. As one Al Jazeera journalist who covers Russian affairs pointed out, the advisory board is made up of the following "experts" (in their respective order):

  • a neocon blogger
  • a perjurer
  • wonk with no Russia background
  • the director of When Harry Met Sally
  • right-wing talk radio guy

In spite of all the immediate positive media coverage the Committee to Investigate Russia ran into some embarrassing problems the moment its website went live. Actual Russian experts identified a glaring error. According to the independent Russian language news site Meduza:

The committee even ran into trouble when trying to identify General Valery Gerasimov, the author of an alleged hybrid military doctrine that some analysts treat as the blueprint for Russia's “information warfare” against enemies like the U.S. and Ukraine. When the committee first launched its website, it accidentally posted a photo of Gerasimov's predecessor, General Nikolay Makarov. The group eventually corrected its mistake, but not before Russian media expert Alexey Kovalev called them out, highlighting the rather obvious dangers of taking on “Russia” without Russian expertise.

As with Hamilton68 before it, this new project will likely become a go-to source of information for mainstream media which similarly lacks in real expertise. Apparently the two-minute Morgan Freeman video is now being roundly mocked in Russian state media, presumably for its ultra-simplistic reading of the fall of the Soviet Union and Putin's rise to power (Morgan Freeman assures us it was all about "revenge"). Perhaps one of many lessons here is this: you'd better divert some funds toward consulting real Russian experts and journalists before hiring a big-moneyed celebrity to "educate" the masses.

Comments

knukles Gaius Frakkin'… Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:10 Permalink

It's Progressive tripe exactly like this that is destroying America.The left is fucking with Democracy.Methinks they've No Idea where this ultimately leads.The NWO is happy.  The conservatives are not, nor will the Progs when the dust settles.  They want totalitarian rule, they'll get it.Just not on their terms on the Deep State's terms.Which they will not like and blame somebody else, which will result in more oppression.One does not trifle with Democracy.

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MillionDollarButter IntercoursetheEU Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:47 Permalink

Wall to wall anti-Trump hysteria from every news source during the entire election!  Documented media collusion!  We are supposed to believe the claim that the barely noticed, and arguably unbiased RT swung the whole thing.  If only there was an alternative media source to point out the Emperor's clothes on this issue.  All it would take is one source to stand up and say: "Did you even notice the Russian media presence?  Did you notice the lockstep trashing of Trump?"  But there isn't, which is why this whole bullshit Russia narrative is continuing even now.  Such fucking arrogance!

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Oh regional Indian MillionDollarButter Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:01 Permalink

So many shark jumping moments, beginning to lose count.Meanwhile, while low IQ fluffers up and down this thread are already snarking at Mexico and Illegals, look at the list of people involved with this shite.Look carefully at their last names and think.Your real enemy is slimey, wicked, relentless and they are not the poor brown skinned mexicans.Newcastle, your coals....

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Déjà view MillionDollarButter Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:26 Permalink

Move along...nothing new...Kim will be selling WAR BONDS-soon!

Hollywood helped win World War II — and by that, we don't mean John Wayne, but five of the country's most celebrated film directors, who went to work making films for the War Department that showed Americans at war, overseas and in the skies, living, fighting, bleeding and dying. Those films changed America — and deepened the men who made them, including John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, George Stevens, and Frank Capra.

http://www.npr.org/2014/02/22/280280913/hollywood-goes-to-war-in-five-c…

Always déjà vu...all over again...

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Shemp 4 Victory Déjà view Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:41 Permalink

One film from Frank Capra's "Why We Fight" series, even though it was nominated for an Academy Award, was withdrawn from circulation after the Second World War.I guess some of the quotes in the opening credits were no longer politically correct:"History knows no greater display of courage than that shown by the people of Soviet Russia..."Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of War"We and our allies owe and acknowledge an everlasting debt of gratitude to the armies and people of the Soviet Union."Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy"The gallantry and aggressive fighting spirit of the Russian soldiers command the American army's admiration."George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army"I join...in admiration for the Soviet Union's heroic and historic defense."Ernest J. King, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet"...the scale and grandeur of the (Russian) effort mark it as the greatest military achievement in all history."General Douglas MacArthur, Commander in Chief, Southwest Pacific Areahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrKDBFJoo2w

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Freddie Slammofandango Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:04 Permalink

Don't forget that the Norman Ornsteins and Rob Reiners are the same people who were Bolsheviks who murdered 25 million Russian Christians.They hate Putin because he and Russia are Christian.  They have been going after any Christians who are not sell outs around Trump - Bannon and Manafort.   Feinstein and others said Jared Kushner is totally clean.

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doctor10 Max Hunter Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:52 Permalink

When the liberal left suddenly starts sounding like Senator Joe McCarthy and Brother John Birch in the last 18 months-they're trying to start a war to cover up something damn good and ugly.

Pakistani spying on Congress since 2003 is prolly just the tip of a traitorous iceberg thats about to breach surface

It doesn't look as though the LOSERS of this election fully appreciate how unstable their positions in DC could yet become.

There remains a two party system in the USA.....US and THEM.

THEM is at most about 5000 people inside the DC Beltway-and about another 3000-5000K mostly in LA/Boston/NY.

THEM has no idea of the whoop-ass waiting for them if they
continue to ignore and impede the will of the American People -TEMPORARILY and at the MOMENT expressed through Donald Trump.

THEM clearly hasn't yet figured out that Trump is the symptom of their problems with US.

Trump is not their problem. Neither is Russia

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veritas semper… Ignatius Thu, 09/21/2017 - 00:20 Permalink

No.It has multiple meanings: it is the Royal color,the color of the 7th Chakra ,the Crawn Chakra,which symbolizes the bringing to us our Universal connection=all is one;it is also a merger of red and blue color,the traditional political parties' colors;purple is the color of spirituality.They are"enlightened" and we are not.  

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Reichstag Fire Dept. knukles Wed, 09/20/2017 - 18:02 Permalink

What part of the Democrat Party is not authoritarian?Also, I like how the video conains a few seconds of D-Day footage to try and draw in the right-of-centre fence sitters.They are literally doubleing down on the failed Russian hacker narrative.This is beyond a bad narrative...people who believe this after watching this video downright scare me.

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PrayingMantis Gaius Frakkin'… Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:13 Permalink

... "... Morgan Freeman was born June 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee. Although he loved acting, Freeman joined the Air Force after high school to become a fighter pilot. He later realized it wasn't what he'd wanted and thus, began his acting career. ... " >>> https://www.biography.com/people/morgan-freeman-9301982

... possible translation: Morgan failed the Air Force test ...

... I'd like to see Hollyweird's finest and their families to be first in line to sign up for war deployment ... that's when I'd believe they really believe to follow their own scripted crap propaganda...

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