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MSM Pundits Push Idea That Criticizing US Policy On Russia Makes You A Russian Agent

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One thing I’ve been meaning to write about these last few days has been the way mass media pundits have been insinuating or outright asserting that Fox News host Tucker Carlson is literally an agent of the Russian government.

Carlson has been accused of promoting Russian propaganda by mainstream narrative managers for frequently criticizing the Biden administration’s hawkish posture toward Russia regarding the entirely unsubstantiated claim that Moscow is preparing to launch an unprovoked military invasion of Ukraine. We’ve been seeing things like Anderson Cooper innocently musing that “It is striking how neatly Kremlin propaganda seems to dovetail with Carlson’s talking points” and this CNN segment from December with Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter and tinfoil hat Russiagater Julia Ioffe wondering aloud about why Russian state media seem to be so fond of Carlson. By mid-January, Democratic Party operatives were openly demanding that Carlson be investigated for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

“This isn’t journalism, it’s an ongoing FARA violation. Tucker Carlson needs to be prosecuted as an unregistered agent of the Russian Federation and treason under Article 3, Sec. 3, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution for aiding an enemy in hybrid warfare against the United States,” tweeted former DNC official Alexandra Chalupa, best known for colluding with the Ukrainian government in 2016 on opposition research against Donald Trump.

The accusations and insinuations increased, eventually leading to Carlson outright denying being a Russian agent in a recent interview with The New York Times saying, “I’ve never been to Russia, I don’t speak Russian. Of course I’m not an agent of Russia.”

As you would expect, this denial was then spun by the same demented mainstream pundits who’ve spent the last five years being wrong about Russia as evidence that Carlson is a Russian agent.

“Tucker Carlson told The New York Times he’s not a Russian agent amid controversy over his pro-Kremlin stance,” blares a headline by Business Insider.

“What would a Russian agent say if asked if they were a Russian agent?” tweeted former FBI special agent Clint Watts in response to Carlson’s denial.

“Tucker Carlson Denies Being Russian Agent After Taking Kremlin’s Side,” says a viral tweet by former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi.

“Narrator: After he helped destroy American Democracy, it turned out he was, indeed, a Russian agent … though a rather silly one,” added MSNBC’s cartoonish “intelligence” expert Malcolm Nance.

“Tucker Carlson is walking proof that you don’t need to be an agent to be a useful idiot,” former FBI agent Peter Strzok told MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace, apparently less willing to commit to the bit than his FBI peers.

“Why hasn’t Tucker Carlson registered as a foreign agent?” reads a viral tweet from the notorious Lincoln Project.

I’ve never gotten used to the insane McCarthyite accusations which US liberals will hurl without a second thought at anyone who disagrees with them. Every time it happens it startles and alarms me, and this latest trend of claiming that opposition to US military posture toward a nuclear superpower constitutes evidence of being a treasonous foreign intelligence operative is a marked uptick in the madness.

I’m highlighting this deranged behavior not to defend the odious Carlson, but to point out that it works very much in the US empire’s favor to have a bunch of influential narrative managers aggressively manufacturing the consensus that anyone who criticizes America’s posture toward Russia is suspicious and untrustworthy.

The mass media, whose primary job is to propagandize the masses and who have an extensive history of lying to the public to manufacture consent for war, are not pushing the belief that Tucker Carlson is suspicious and sinister for questioning the official narrative about Russia. They are pushing the belief that anyone is suspicious and sinister for questioning the official narrative about Russia. That’s the message that people are receiving from this line that’s being pushed by narrative managers and ex-federal agents. Anyone who is successfully indoctrinated with this belief will become inoculated against wrongthink about that nation because they will reflexively distrust the motives of anyone who says anything that differs from the officially authorized line.

That’s the real value of this framing for the imperial propagandists. They don’t care about Tucker Carlson, who serves their agendas more often than not. They care about making sure that current and future establishment narratives about Russia will be swallowed hook, line and sinker by the mainstream public without the slightest twinge of gag reflex. You don’t even need to silence dissent if you can simply render it impotent.

It’s worth considering the possibility that all the artificially manufactured Russia hysteria we’ve seen over the last five years has been geared toward building public support for the exact escalations we are seeing today. After all, it says a lot that Russiagate began with unevidenced claims by US intelligence agencies who have an extensive track record of lying, resulted in the reignition of a new cold war against a nation long targeted for destruction by the US intelligence cartel, and now there are tons of weapons being flown in to Ukraine and US troops are being moved to Eastern Europe in response to a threat we’ve still seen no evidence is actually real.

Whoever controls the narrative controls the world. If you can control what people believe about a certain thing, then you can control what they will do and what they will allow in response to that thing. Controlling people’s beliefs about reality is controlling their reality. If you can convince people that anyone who disputes what you’re saying about a government you don’t like is suspicious and not to be trusted, then you can keep them believing everything you say about that government.

It’s clear that it is very, very important to the narrative managers that we believe what we are told about Russia. Now we’re just waiting to find out toward what specific end that agenda is being driven.

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  • Same old, same old :

    “Atrocity propaganda is how we won the war. And we’re only really beginning with it now! We will continue this atrocity propaganda, we will escalate it until nobody will accept even a good word from the Germans, until all the sympathy they may still have abroad will have been destroyed and they themselves will be so confused that they will no longer know what they are doing. Once that has been achieved, once they begin to run down their own country and their own people, not reluctantly but with eagerness to please the victors, only then will our victory be complete. It will never be final. Re-education needs careful tending, like an English lawn. Even one moment of negligence, and the weeds crop up again – those indestructible weeds of historical truth.” – Sefton Delmer, 1904-1979, former British Chief of Black propaganda, said after the German surrender, in 1945, in a conversation with the German professor of international law, Dr. Friedrich Grimm

  • Funny that someone on CNN is doing this. I just saw one of their hosts ‘interview’ our CIA Russian station manager and gasped, ‘what’s the point in having a free press if all they are going to do is do PR work for or govt?’
    She gave him air time to call the Ukrainian President a liar for not agreeing to our narrative for the sake of his economy. The idea that the U.S. might have an ulterior motive wasn’t even considered. The U.S. use Ukraine as canon fodder to harm Russia? No way, we are the good guys.

    Even if you hate Russia, an interviewer could at least ask good questions in that context like … ‘if Putin is trying to destroy Ukraine’s economy, what are we doing to help them, wouldn’t sending economic aid be more useful?
    or …
    Why did we confront Russia so publicly, didn’t that harm Ukraine’s economy, couldn’t we have tried to engage Russia quietly?

    No … the houseplant did her job.

    • I’ll interpret it this way-

      If you do not believe the lies of your government, you are an enemy. Russia has done more for peace in the Middle East than the USA could ever dream about!

  • I must have been transported into some strange parallel universe. People are seriously accusing Tucker Carlson of being a Commie, Pinko, Russky, supporter. And the entire world isn’t falling over in laughter.

  • A very interesting take.

    Does this make one a Russian stooge?

    https://les7eb.substack.com/p/western-manufactured-ukraine-crisis

  • Be like Putin. Get vaccinated.

  • These attacks are such infantile, puerile, juvenile elementary school playground taunts that it is time for adults to take control of “Western Christian Capitalist Antidemocratic Civilization” from the second graders and transform it into authentic anti Imperialist democracy.

    Otherwise, no hope exists … for honest authentic narrative or rescue from Christian Capitalist Imperial nukular war, climate crisis or looming lurking EuGenocidal AI super totalitarianist transhumanism or the bio security state.

    READ: Robert F Kennedy Jr’s book “The Real Anthony Fauci.”

    WATCH: “JFK Revisited” by Oliver Stone now in Showtime. It was NOT an assassination, it was a COUP.

    • I think the appearance of a desperate McCarthyism in the last five years, purveyed by the Democratic Party and public liberals so-called, show that things are fairly close to the end. It’s probably not going to be a nice end.

    • It wasn’t an assassination? It WAS and it was also a coup! All pretty obvious if people take the time to educate themselves! The US educational system is still teaching kids that Mr. Oswald was the “lone nut assassin” just like they’re lying that “face masks will protect you” and “the vaccine is safe and effective”! This is a LIE-ocracy that we live in!

  • Thou shall not bear false witness.

  • ……stephen morrell…….i too agree 100%……great information…thank you…..the great problem i see with amerikkkants is the consumption based narrative immersed so deeply into the social fabric…..that narrative, or spectacle, as i like to name it, has quite an ability to negate or
    compromise critical thought……no unity in the working class due to the distractions of social media/internet fetishism….beyond labor there is no unity on any of the challenges we face today….revolutionary conscience?…..politics have brands…..demoborgs and their legions of liberdroids “compete” with republitrons and their legions of conservabots in “the marketplace of ideas”……the spectacular illusion is designed and evolving as consumption continues, and so it continues….burger and fries?…or….vaccine?…..oil change or human rights?….it seems to me that so far, the diffuse spectacle the amerikkkants live in is working quite well……

  • I listen to and own all the material(music mp3’s) from the Russian progressive duo-ensemble, “iamthemorning”, and the solo albums from pianist, Gleb Kolydin, and vocalist, Marjana Semkina. I used to follow Russian chess during the end of the Cold War 80’s. So I reckon I’m a “sleeper” KGB agent myself. Wake me up and prove it! The pro-war, corporate(MSM) media is steering us into a war no one really wants if they had some truthful facts. Screw them!
    I want peace. The Ol’ Hippy

  • ‘Poor’ Tucker. Who knows why he’s been given some leash, but Rupert Murdoch in his younger student years actually had a bust of Lenin on his mantlepiece. It might comfort some to think that perhaps in his senile dotage he’s harkening back to some of Lenin’s thinking, about imperialism particularly. But Murdoch also knows that Carlson is the most popular and lucrative cable television commentator because he strikes a nerve with many US cable viewers keenly aware that the only viable industry remaining in the US is armaments. Murdoch is allowing not so much an ‘anti-imperialist’ voice to be heard but a nationalist one that harkens back to when the US had manufacturing base to its economy. With Clinton, the Democrats ditched the industrial bourgeoisie in favour of the Republicans’ base, finance capital. The decline of US industrial capital, particularly small to medium enterprises, has a voice in Carlson. And this is where this notion of ‘narrative’ should be broached.
    .
    “Whoever controls the narrative controls the world” is a meaningless mantra and explains nothing. Why? First, the notion that there’s a single narrative rather than a current, dominant ruling class one, which moreover must continually seek to maintain, renew and reassert itself, is false. Consequently, many differing ‘narratives’ exist (really worldviews and ideologies) that reflect the consciousness and interests of the different strata of society which only gain social traction when seized by a stratum to best serve its interests. As in the social strata themselves, such ‘narratives’ compete against one another, and against the current dominant ruling class ‘narrative’ itself, in jockeying for position, power or hegemony. Briefly, the ascendancy or otherwise of ‘narratives’ reflect material and historical forces, the actual ascendancy or decline of classes or strata whose interests they best serve.
    .
    Historical instances include: (i) protestantism, its purest form being Calvinism glorifying thrift, ascetism, etc, which reflected the aspirations and interests of an ascendant bourgeoisie whose mission was primitive accumulation over the waste and idleness of decaying feudalism and absolutism; (ii) protectionism, the dominant ideology of rising manufacturing and industrial bourgeoisies confined to nation states (US isolationism reflected this); (iii) with the preponderance of finance capital in the imperial centres, came ‘narratives’ of ‘spheres of influence’ and eventually the untrammeled right of capital to flow any time to anywhere on the planet (ie, ‘globalisation’, remember that one?) — reflecting competing national bourgeoisies whose capital can longer be accommodated by a single nation state. Each ‘narrative’ has given way to the other, each has reflected changes in underlying material, productive and social forces that have impinged on the ruling class.
    .
    Ruling class ideologies usually begin to fray at the edges, crumble and lose their binding force when they can no longer explain away or provide solutions to a deep social and/or economic crisis, especially to the ‘satisfaction’ of the intelligentsia and through the latter to the ruled. Sections of the ruling class itself begin to question it, and propose outlooks to replace it. Inevitably they propose reform ‘narratives’ to renovate a decrepit system, and often lean on the ‘narratives’ of the oppressed and the ruled to help in their mission — as, for example, the currently ascendant and noxious ideology coming out of COP26 exploiting COVID and global warming to further tighten the grip of the tiny capitalist class in the imperial centres on all planetary natural resources in the name of ‘fighting climate change’.
    .
    In the face of this, the lack of a powerful counter-‘narrative’ simply reflects the very unfavourable balance of forces that has ensued over the last 40-50 years: with full connivance of its own misleaders, the organised working class in the imperial centres has been reduced to a shell of its former self, and in the wake of COVID is only beginning to come out its coma. What ‘narrative’ will arise from this is anyone’s guess, but if there are no ‘outside agitators’ with a program of revolution to take workers consciousness, in the heat of class battles, beyond ‘trade unionism’, ‘economism’ and reformism to realising the necessity of taking power, then the ruling class and its ‘narrative’, will never be supplanted. If the main contending classes which hold actual social power over the means of production and distribution are engaged in direct class conflict, then everyone else will take one side or the other. And whichever class comes out on top will impose (or re-impose) its narrative and all the rest will accommodate to it, as always.
    .
    Right now, many are questioning the ruling ideas because they’ve proven themselves to be bankrupt. Many are even adopting various forms of ‘socialism’, ‘co-operativism’, mutual aid, environmentalism and other ‘alternative’ ideologies to the current ruling ideas. Yet many of these ‘alternative’ notions will be incorporated and co-opted, if only temporarily, into new ruling ideas and ‘narratives’ to overcome the current crisis, ultimately to stave off the prospect of revolution. This has happened before of course (eg FDR’s New Deal, European welfare states, etc), and inevitably will happen again. Especially if enough reformists and other do-gooders can promote these ‘alternative’ ideas to keep the ‘sweaty masses’ in check.
    .
    From the perspective of the oppressed and exploited, of all those subject to the petty tyrannies of capitalism, it’s not simply waking up ‘one sunny morning’ with a new ‘narrative’ to replace another and the world somehow becoming better place. Rather than ‘narrative’, it’s a practical program that can lead from today’s issues and consciousness inexorably to the forceful replacement of a bloody and entrenched ruling class with rule by the vast majority. In essence the task boils down to socialising all the privately owned productive resources, and rationally planning their use for the benefit of all. Above all, this is about propaganda, agitation and organisation for power, with ‘narrative’ and ideology coming up the rear (primarily for all those so inclined to pondering the rationale, ‘philosophy’ and ‘ideology’ of social and historical change). It’s thus not “Whoever controls the narrative controls the world”, but rather “Whoever controls the world controls the narrative”.

    • “Rather than ‘narrative’, it’s a practical program that can lead from today’s issues and consciousness inexorably to the forceful replacement of a bloody and entrenched ruling class with rule by the vast majority. In essence the task boils down to socialising all the privately owned productive resources, and rationally planning their use for the benefit of all. Above all, this is about propaganda, agitation and organisation for power, with ‘narrative’ and ideology coming up the rear (primarily for all those so inclined to pondering the rationale, ‘philosophy’ and ‘ideology’ of social and historical change). It’s thus not “Whoever controls the narrative controls the world”, but rather “Whoever controls the world controls the narrative”.
       
      As usual, great comment, Stephen. I agree 100%.

    • Yes there are always multiple competing narratives even in the ruling economic billionaire class but technology has been able to amplify ruling class narratives to the point of spew— vomit— 24/7.

      Anti communism, anti homos, anti women anti Russian, anti China, anti Iran to pro capitalism (esp adverts) pro military pro police pro consumerism and Fear Porn about everything from communists to Covid — the point is to do constant battle to deconstruct and destroy these ruling class narratives — all this ruling class spew — by any means necessary in every media possible.

    • ” In essence the task boils down to socialising all the privately owned productive resources, and rationally planning their use for the benefit of all.”
       
      Again, yes. Now, what are the exact steps to socialize “all the privately owned productive resources and rationally plan their use for the benefit of all”?

      • Historically, changes in property relations, driven by the inexorable growth of productive forces, have always required the forcible expropriation of the defunct owning/ruling classes. The capitalist class is no exception. Routinely, every day, it uses its state machine of repression and violence to ‘legally’ defend its property. The capitalists will never peacefully surrender their property unless forced to, unless overwhelming force is used to threaten their very lives, to ‘make them an offer they can’t refuse’.
        .
        To socialise the means of production and distribution, revolutions are the only way achieve the expropriation of the capitalist class. And revolutions are brought about by economic classes with social power, with an actual relationship with the means of production, not just by anyone on the streets. And today the class with the wherewithal, but not yet the consciousness of the power it possesses, is the working class.
        .
        The ‘exact steps’, none easy, boil down to:
        1. Build a party of professional revolutionaries along the lines that Lenin outlined — democratic centralist, comprising the most class-conscious elements — one that can intersect class struggles with a program to win them.
        .
        2. Such a program necessarily comprises ‘transitional’ demands that bridge today’s consciousness and issues with the need to take state power. These centre on turning ordinary prosaic economic demands like wage rises to match inflation or reducing workweeks with no loss in pay to counter unemployment by sharing the work around, and so on, into something more. In actual struggles for these (and also other elementary economic demands), which the revolutionaries continually stress and imbue in the workers that capitalism can never satisfy, the workers come to realise the necessity to be rid of the capitalists completely.
        .
        3. All revolutionary parties start as study circles and some become propaganda groups. To become parties, the latter typically recruit advanced class-conscious workers and students from universities initially, grow roots in the working class by turning these recruits into cadre and implanting them into strategic centres of the economy with large concentrations of (preferably unionised) workers in extremely powerful positions to ‘shut shit down’.
        .
        4. Through consistent and exemplary work in the workplace, often under very dangerous and arduous conditions, the implanted cadre earn the respect of their workmates and most importantly recruit those natural militantly minded worker leaders to their program for revolution. The overall aim is to replace the sellout misleaders of the union with a viable revolutionary alternative by exposing their sellouts in the heat of class battles.
        .
        5. The party organisation itself grows principally through splits and fusions with other left groups, often through using united front-like tactics over one issue or the other and exposing them.
        .
        6. When class battles break out, the implanted trade union fractions can use their influence in key workforce sectors to bring them out in support of whatever struggles are occurring elsewhere. Such solidarity can be contagious, especially when the rulers respond with repression to stir up the hornets nest.
        .
        7. All the middling layers of society will take a side in major class battles, and when the influential intelligentsia takes the side of workers who have shown steely determination to win which mesmerises temporising middling layers, then the middle classes will be split from the tiny class of capitalists. And when the military are likewise split along class lines, then begins a period most favourable to revolution.
        .
        Trotsky said somewhere that it’s much harder to build a party from a study circle or propaganda group of 50 members to 1,000 than it is to grow from 1,000 to one million. Guess where everyone is at now. But it needs to be stressed that this side of a revolution, by definition, a revolutionary party need not be popular for very long — or for too long!

  • Brian Stelter denies being a potato head!

  • Hating on Russia is the American way. Pick up trucks are not named for Russian cities. Macy’s stole the red star. The American proletariat is hoodwinked and know nothing about the country they hate.

  • What the War Party media is doing to Tucker Carlson is a classic of character assassination that was first conceptualized by Nazi Reichsmarschall, Gestapo founder and war criminal Hermann Göring: “Of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. But after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is in a democracy or a dictatorship. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peace makers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.” During the last presidential campaign, the same smear was used against Sweet Tulsi by the Wicked Witch of the East and Dubya had this famous related catchphrase in 2001 (probably penned by his speechwriter David Frum who also gave us the indispensable “axis of evil”): “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists”. Now power junkies have two principles: 1/ might is right and 2/ the end justifies the means. Of course character assassination as well as guilt by association rank high in their list of means. However, moralist La Rochefoucauld held that “all that is excessive is insignificant”. And calling Tucker Carlson a Russian agent definitely qualifies as excessive. It’s probable that even among these power junkies’ own audiences, nobody believes it. So why do they do it? Speculation (in absentia of an available logical explanation): it’s a fact that the Covid narrative is on its last leg with Israel, the most vaccinated and boosted country in the world, being also day after day the one with the greatest number of new cases per capita:
    https://vasko.substack.com/p/israel-a-profile-in-vaccine-failure?token
    We’re heading for Pearl Harbor here: the day of reckoning is near with Bojo lifting Covid rules because of “official figures” and some “scientists” admitting to the British press that they used “totalitarian tactics” to scare people into getting jabbed. There will be blood – with possibly some Nuremberg trial 2.0 for the prohibition of cheap treatments in order to provide emergency use authorization for Big Pharma’s lucrative vaccines. A smokescreen is badly needed. A surrealistic Ukraine war scare and related scandals seem perfect for the job until all this settles down. The funny thing being of course that the Ukraine war scare is sold by the same people with the same fallacious arguments that they used for the Covid scare to discredit those getting in the way of the 5M (Military Medical Mainstream Media Mafia) and people will go along with it just the same out of fear of being attacked – even if they don’t buy the Carlson hoax -, proving Göring right :o)

    • This is very funny: “American CDC strongly recommends Russia invade Ukraine.”
      Sorry for posting a CNN link:
      https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/30/media/snl-cold-open-biden-ukraine-russia/index.html

    • Anti-war group CodePink will lead a coalition in a public action in Washington, D.C. Monday morning (Jan 21, 2022) to demand the Biden administration prioritize delivering much-needed support to working families and communities across the U.S. instead of threatening military action and punishing sanctions against Russia amid the Ukraine conflict.

      The groups, which also include SPACEs In Action and Arm in Arm for Climate, will gather in Black Lives Matter Plaza to demand President Joe Biden “use the power of his office to pass the healthcare, child care, climate, and anti-poverty programs that our communities need” within the Build Back Better Act.

      1) no Tucker Carlson viewer or Trump supporter will be found in that group.

      2) very little mainstream media coverage will occur (including Fox News)

      • OOPs that’s JAN 31, 2022

      • I am not a Trump supporter, but I have seen some interesting interviews with Tucker Carlson; ie. Tulsi Gabbard, the late Stephen Cohen, and Glenn Greenwald. These are all people who I would expect to see at an anti-war demonstration. Tucker is wrong on a lot of issues, but he is the only talking head that occasionally brings on alternative anti-empire voices.

        • Only Trump supporters watch Tucker Carlson, so you must be a Trump supporter. Only Russian agents watch Tucker Carlson, so you must be a Russian agent. See how easy that is. MSM knows the drill.

  • …..candy……after all the mythological bullshit about political, religious, and philosophical “foundations” of who we think we are begin to accelerate in collapsing as a result of said bullshit, 2 or 3 generations might be a fair assessment as to how long it just might be…..climate change anyone?…..destiny/fate has always ensured that everyone’s ass is up for grabs…look back…..look around…..the crystal ball is full of cloudy, murky, radioactive, plastic filled water……

  • “if you control the narrative you control the world”
    – if you control the *world’s* narrative

    unfortunately for the narrative spinners, it doesn’t matter what the average US Joe is led to believe if the rest of the world isn’t fooled by the theater.
    The US is incapable of carrying out what’s implied in all the yelling and chest beating. So the theater is for the folks in the US Empire only. It makes no difference at all in the real physical zone of action.

  • LOL; how do you figure that it doesn’t? LOL.

  • ….marryann….2 or 3 generations to go and that’s all folks…..they won’t laughing…….

  • ………..the amerikkkants are coming!!!!!….the amerikkkants are coming!!!!….emertgency!!!!……emertgency!!!!!!……everyone to get from street!!!!!!…..

  • We all know by this time (or should know, unless we are pseudo-left liberals) that the likes of Anderson Cooper, et al., are well-paid liars for empire. The most odious of these remains Rachel Mad Cow, who only got to her position through being a lesbian, and therefore adored by the identity politics crowd. These “news people” are millionaires who work for the U.S. oligarchy like faithfull sheep dogs, keeping any potential wanderers in line. They are vile and nobody should waste time on them.

  • Two minute hate brought to you by the socialists/progressive humanities grads who’ve taken your daughter’s reproductive rights while the online left was trying to get a pap smear and prostate check at the same appointment.

    Clowns. You’ll be laughed at for generations.

  • It’s only partially about belief, some citizens will actually believe as told. For most, it’s fear of reprisals. So, it’s tricky psyops backed by a big stick. It seems to be a winning formula. It only works as long as everyone has the basics and a lot of distraction. Starvation and exposure changes the equation.

    • Yep. And you can’t underestimate debt slavery and the ‘dream’ of climbing the dizzying heights of the social ladder if you work hard enough, as other obvious stock standard control mechanisms. There are so many control mechanisms when you start to think about it and how they contribute to people believing or fearfully following whatever the current narratives might be.

  • Well if the Russians can instigate and coerce 50000 truckers to drive a convoy across Canada, then I guess Tucker Carlson can be a deep state Russian agent. It amazes me we can look back on the era of communist hysteria during the Age of McCarthyism but cant see we are doing the same thing today. Guess the saying ” A fool is born every minute” is still valid.

    • It is a sucker that is born every minute.

  • Let’s not get all big-eyed and weepy for the Tuck, who is a conspirator for the establishment of overt Trump 2.0 fascism in the USA. If you think the world’s a mess now, it’s much scarier with Orange Don wearing jackboots. He’s nuts. Putin and the Tuck loved Don, as he’s the pathway to destroying the US in its current form, which the Russians want, out of revenge for being internationally sodomized for twenty years. The West had its chance to stabilize the world with peace and decency, electing instead to cornhole the ex-USSR. Alea iacta est, and Russia has resentment and revenge on its mind. But why risk war in Ukraine when the US is on the verge of suicide? Vlad and Russia are just as vicious as China and Britain and the US, and the rest of the world is in terror. Don’t think the Tuck is a Ron Paul rightie, wanting the US out of the empire biz. He wants Don. That’s scary. He just wants Americans treated like the rest of the world is treated by the empire. That solves nothing.

    • Caitlin is not defending or supporting Carlson. What she is saying is that the paid agents of empire (i.e., “mainstream media”) are accusing anyone who doesn’t believe their lies of being a “Russian agent”. This is McCarthyism rebooted in service of the megalomaniacal capitalist war machine.

      • Worked before so why not try it again.

  • The US mainstream media hookers want to kill one of the last real journalists in the US: Tucker Carlson. Relaying on CNN sources is a joke; it’s a propaganda outlet of the Democratic Party and the Deep State. What CNN is airing comes out of the CIA’s devil workshop. MSNBC and the so-called opinion leaders are no better. Tucker Carlson should have never given the fake newspaper, The New York Times, an interview. Any journalist knows that he who excuses accuses himself. Tucker should just have laughed about this nonsense. Even the dubious and crooked Peter Strzok opened his mouth again should tell any observer what crap it is. Why don’t all the mainstream media prostitutes register as agents of the Deep State? The US is in the midst of a new McCarthy area. The defaming of Tucker Carlson is the continuation of the Russian hoax, which started with the election of US President Donald J. Trump. It serves as a pretext to keep the European minions aligned with US expansionism and aggression.

    • Correction, my friend. The mainstream media speaks for empire and empire only. The Democrats are a part of that capitalist empire and therefore just as guilty.

      • Correct Carolyn!

    • Opinion purveyor Tucker Carlson is a journalist? Tell that to Shepard Smith – who left Fox after 23 years because of clowns like Tucker Carlson.

  • Tucker still looks like he did 20 years ago and they’re all jelly!

  • Sounds like a bit of a witch hunt to me, if the man is trying be fair and logical about what’s really going on with Russia this puts a bit of dent in the official narrative, especially so if the guy appears on tv, and he could actually get some Americans thinking for themselves and saying wait a minute that’s not right. Un-American activities it would appear for this guy anyway is not to follow the line that Russia is bad.

    Meanwhile it would appear that the US and the UK are the only two countries that are desperately pushing for war via Ukraine even the Ukrainian president Zelensky doesn’t want it, and US/UK propaganda might backfire on them.

    “KYIV, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Former Ukrainian lawmaker Yevhen Murayev derided British allegations that he could be installed as leader of a Kremlin puppet government in Kyiv, and told Reuters in an interview that he was considering legal action.
    Britain’s foreign ministry said on Sunday that Moscow was considering Murayev as a potential candidate to lead Ukraine if Russia launched an invasion, and said Russian intelligence officers were in contact with several other former Ukrainian politicians about planning an attack.”

  • “[Director Haspel] wants out of the war on terror,” the senior Pentagon official continued. “She thinks that takes the CIA away from its core mission of going after Russia and China. And it’s 20 years later, and we had to do [that] at the time, it’s 20 years now, and a shift has to be made.”
    https://theintercept.com/2020/12/19/trump-pentagon-cia-biden/

    Looks like Tucker Carson is going against the CIA’s core mission. Of course they will do a disinformation campaign against him, because they have all the tools handy.
    The MSM pundits are promoting a simple line that can be easily parroted and scaled up, and therefore is really useful for their new occupation of “information warfare”.
    What’s more interesting is that Federal Government, since Obama’s time, has become the biggest employer. So, one could argue that anybody paid by the US Fed Government is a Federal Agent. They do not have much choice but to support the official narrative (its their job!).
    “Russian Agent” is based on fear of Russia, and towards that end we have to listen to the CIA’s forecasts of Russia’s next aggressive action.
    Interestingly, Tucker has to say he has never been to Russia etc, why it would be really good for more Americans to visit Russia, so they can make their own judgements.
    Instead of fearing Russia, or China, etc., American public could pay more attention to their own government’s plans for nuclear war.
    What is immoral about developing and installing nuclear weapons around other countries (like Russia), is that their whole premise is threatening to kill hundreds of millions of civilians , so this is not a military on military attack. This is threatening to slaughter civilians whom their country’s military is sworn to protect.
    In reality, the militaries of nuclear nations train together at some “World Military Games”. Then go home, grab more of the Federal Budget, get more or bigger nuclear weapons to threaten civilians in other nations.
    And so, it is the civilians who should start paying attention to their nation’s nuclear plans.
    Now, what is worse, being called a Russian Agent, or experiencing a nuclear war?

    I can expect my Internet to go out now all day. That happens since I started to post on CJ.
    America has more Federal Agents than Broadband Internet.

  • Now, whatever would be the reason for Comcast, AT&T, Disney, Viacom, NYT, WaPo and virtually ALL liberal blog-aggregators shoving the majority US non-voting precariate into voting against “our” Democrat saviours? Who benefits from us being wrangled, terrorized and forked to Catastrophe Capitalism’s COVID caper feeding frenzy?

    • The wealthy and the arms manufacturers, that’s who.

  • Quoth Hunter S. Thompson:

    This is one of the oldest and most effective tricks in politics. Every hack in the business has used it in times of trouble, and it has even been elevated to the level of political mythology in a story about one of Lyndon Johnson’s early campaigns in Texas. The race was close and Johnson was getting worried. Finally he told his campaign manager to start a massive rumor campaign about his opponent’s life-long habit of enjoying carnal knowledge of his own barnyard sows.

    “Christ, we can’t get away with calling him a pig-fucker,” the campaign manager protested. “Nobody’s going to believe a thing like that.

    “I know,” Johnson replied. “But let’s make the sonofabitch deny it.”

    Notorious sow-sodomist Tucker Carlson should know better. “Of course I’m not a Russian agent”: Tucker Carlson Denies Being Russian Agent After Taking Kremlin’s Side. He’s been in the shit-slinging business for long enough to recognize this maneuver. Rupert must be ashamed, if that’s possible.

  • When did liberals become warmongers? There is nothing liberal about empire stooges aiding those who seek global domination. Putin tossed out the looters like Bill Browder, and he’s been the demon d’jour ever since. It’s that simple. Anyone who seeks a fair deal and tries to protect the welfare of their country’s citizens is an enemy. A true liberal wants to seek peace in a multi-polar world. These idiots are shills for those looking to loot natural resources and enslave and/or starve foreign populations. They are not liberals just because they’ve got LGBTQs flying our bombers; they’re fools and tools.

    • Ah, er… somewhere between Pontiac’s War, Bacon’s Rebellion and The Stamp Act?

    • Hear, hear. You are absolutely right.

    • Liberalism is historically supported imperialism, because capitalism, the economic system of liberalism, evidently requires it.

    • Simple, the elite are using controlled opposition B (Demon-Rats) this time for the war mongering, this gives controlled opposition A (Repugnant-cans) the rest break. First Good Cop/Bad Cop then Bad Cop/Good Cop, and so on.

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