With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there has been a great amount of misinformation coming from Russia, Ukraine, US, and Western media. It is difficult to unwind what is true and what is not. But one thing we know – the ‘Ghose of Ukraine’ didn’t recently die. We know this because he never lived.
We’ve seen great thinkers like Adam Kinzinger get embarrassed by the information coming out of Ukraine. Kinzinger was fooled into believing that the name of the ‘Ghost of Ukraine’ was revealed and it was none other than Samuyil Hyde (an Internet meme).
Kissinger famously fell for an internet prank back in February.
But the real problem with Kinzinger’s identification of the Ghost of Ukraine, is that this fearless fighter is not real. Kinzinger was fooled here as well. The Gateway Pundit identified parts of the imagery used in this story were from a 2019 article published in Ukraine at Censor.net. Other parts of the imagery come from a video game.
But the story of the Ghost of Ukraine lives on.
Sadly, the Ghost of Kiev reportedly died in March. The London Times reported that Major Stepan Tarabalka died in March during a dog fight with Russians. Daily Caller reported:
Taiwan’s government-funded Chinese Television System (CTS) accidentally broadcast a running news ticker on Wednesday morning falsely declaring Chinese forces had launched a military invasion of New Taipei City, the Taipei Times reported on Thursday.
The Taiwanese public broadcaster CTS allowed mock alerts intended for an upcoming disaster drill in New Taipei City to enter its text feed for a running news ticker at the bottom of its 7:00 a.m. news bulletin on April 20. The text included alarming messages, such as, “Communist forces strike New Taipei City with guided missiles.”
“Naval vessel explodes, facilities, ships damaged at Port of Taipei,” read another false update.
“Arson and explosives placed by suspected special forces at Banqiao [train] Station, no casualties,” CTS’s news ticker further claimed.
“The CTS chyron had also warned that conflict with China was ‘in danger of breaking out,’ and that New Taipei officials had established a command and control center,” Newsweekreported on Wednesday. “‘Chinese Communists make preparations for war, [Taiwan] president declares state of emergency effective 8 a.m. March 6,’ the text read.”
CTS’s accidental broadcast of the mock alerts caused several residents of New Taipei City to phone the local government and inquire about the messages on Wednesday. In response, CTS pinned the following statement to the top of its YouTube live stream later Wednesday, “The news ticker content shown earlier was part of a disaster prevention video created by the New Taipei Fire Department. Today, due to incorrect settings, the content of yesterday’s video was mistakenly inserted. Please don’t panic! We hereby clarify and apologize!”
CTS issued a more detailed explanation of the incident later on April 20, writing:
We were tasked by the New Taipei City Government to shoot a disaster drill video, with the script provided by the New Taipei City Fire Department. The news producer who recorded the video used a horizontal screen layout with news tickers, which was done through a change in the path of a text file link. However, the producer did not restore the file link path after completing the recording on Tuesday [April 19], resulting in the error in the morning news program.
Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) launched an investigation into the CTS news ticker fiasco on April 20. The NCC suspects CTS may have breached Article 21 of Taiwan’s Radio and Television Act, which bans programs that “disrupt public order or adversely affect good social customs.”
“TV stations that breach the article face fines of NT$200,000 to NT$2 million (US$6,838 to US$68,378), with the minimum raised to NT$400,000 if it is deemed a major offense,” NCC representatives said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Longstanding political tension between Taipei and Beijing has increased in recent months, placing Taiwan on high alert for a possible act of military aggression from China. Beijing considers Taiwan a Chinese territory and has repeatedly threatened to “reunify” the island nation — which is located off China’s southeastern coast — with “the mainland,” or China. In line with this belligerent stance, China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has ramped up air sorties that penetrate Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in recent months.
Warner Bros. Discovery has suspended all external marketing spend for CNN+ and has laid off CNN’s longtime chief financial officer as it weighs what to do with the subscription streaming service moving forward, five sources tell Axios.
Why it matters: Inside CNN, executives think the launch has been successful. Discovery executives disagree.
CNN+ has roughly 150,000 subscribers so far.
Warner Bros. Discovery wants to eventually build one giant service around HBO Max.
New leadership has replaced CNN CFO Brad Ferrer with Neil Chugani, Discovery’s current CFO for streaming and international, as part of a broader finance team restructuring.
Other high-level positions at WarnerMedia across different business functions are likely to be eliminated to cut costs and streamline leadership in coming weeks.
What to watch: Sources say a plan is being considered to replace Chris Cuomo’s 9:00pm EST primetime slot with a live newscast, instead of personality-driven perspective programming.
Executives are frustrated that new leadership is moving quickly to dismantle what they see as an eventual lifeline for the cable network.
A profitable service would’ve diversified CNN’s revenue long-term around a digital asset outside of its website, increasing its valuation and potential, executives believe.
CNN+ launched on Roku last week, which should’ve prompted a subscription boost. But with marketing around the service suspended, there are concerns that growth will be short-lived. A point of pride amongst CNN staffers is how smoothly the app’s rollout has been technologically.
Executives believe that if the service wasn’t being knee-capped, its growth rate would’ve rivaled other print news outlets like The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post — which have 2.9 million and 2.7 million digital subscribers, respectively.
Yes, but: That analogy, some argue, assumes customers would get the same product on CNN+ that they do with CNN’s linear channel, which isn’t the case.
Internal data shows that the shows that do well are the ones that mimic live TV programs, like “5 Things with Kate Bolduan” and “Reliable Sources Daily” with Brian Stelter.
Inside Warner Bros. Discovery
Discovery executives are frustrated that the service launched. If CNN held off launching CNN+ until after the merger, it would have been easier to pivot the company’s efforts towards something better aligned with Discovery’s goals.
Discovery’s experience launching niche subscriptions services, like GolfTV and its Food Network Kitchen App, has informed its strategy to focus on one scaled general entertainment offering around HBO Max, instead of more niche services that have to compete with big apps for subscriber cash.
Warner Bros. Discovery executives see an opportunity to possibly include some CNN+ content on CNN’s app and make that video available for free and supported by ads, according to one source. Other CNN+ programming could live within HBO Max.
It sees potential in leveraging the already massive reach of CNN.com and CNN’s main app to drive its digital growth long-term, as opposed to another subscription outside of linear TV.
Discovery executives are focused mostly on returning CNN to its journalistic core, a point Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav reiterated in a town hall last week. That includes less of a focus on primetime perspective programming, and more of a focus on hard, breaking news. CNN+ features an array of soft news content, which doesn’t align with Discovery’s broader vision for CNN.
By the numbers: Last year, CNN brought in roughly $1 billion in profit, with a large portion from long-term distribution contracts for its live TV network, according to two sources.
Warner Bros. Discovery executives are willing to forgo some of CNN’s short-term profit growth from linear TV advertising to ensure the network focuses on hard news over ratings, according to one source.
CNN+ executives were originally hoping to attract 2 million subscribers in the first year and 15-18 million over four years, as Axios has previously reported.
Around $300 million has been spent and hundreds of jobs have been created to support the service.
The big picture: Blame bad timing, limited communications and misaligned incentives for how CNN and Discovery got strategically misaligned on such a massive product rollout.
Fearing regulatory scrutiny, former WarnerMedia former parent AT&T and Discovery avoided direct communication about CNN’s strategy until the deal officially closed.
While Discovery executives felt they made their priorities publicly clear, CNN executives didn’t feel corporate pressure from WarnerMedia to pause the rollout, according to four WarnerMedia sources.
Former CNN head Jeff Zucker’s sudden exit in early February didn’t help solve for some of those communications issues.
CNN’s new leader, Chris Licht, doesn’t officially begin until May 2nd, but has joined Zaslav on meetings.
There’s an old idiom, “The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence.” It cautions against making an envious and perhaps mistaken comparison between a current situation and a potential new opportunity.
Veteran news anchor Chris Wallace must have forgotten that nugget of wisdom. In December 2021, Wallace left his secure position at top-rated Fox News and joined the failing “competitor” CNN.
Now, rumors suggest Wallace is unhappy and insecure in his new gig.
Journalist Jon Nicosia, a former managing editor of Mediaite and current president of News Cycle Media, shared the story on Twitter.
“SOURCE: Chris Wallace is ‘having daily breakdowns’ over the ‘miserable launch’ of CNN+. Wants a ‘CNN show or is threatening to walk’ they go on,” Nicosia wrote. “‘He is having staffers count how many times a day his promo is playing.’”
The irony is the new CNN+ service just had a titanic failure of a launch in March. There are already discussions of company layoffs happening as soon as May.
It seems not many customers want to pay for the type of programming they were not even watching when there was no extra cost for it.
The supposedly seasoned news veteran Wallace, 74, staked what remains of his career on this shaky proposition.
It was assumed Wallace would have his own show on the streaming service. It’s also assumed CNN paid him generously to switch. Wallace had been with Fox 18 years, and the Los Angeles Times estimated his annual salary there to be at least $5 million.
Wallace wasn’t gracious about leaving Fox either.
Besides making the announcement abruptly, Wallace trashed his former network in a New York Times interview published in March.
He sneered at the integrity of the network and its viewers, saying about his long tenure on Fox: “But I can certainly understand where somebody would say, ‘Gee, you were a slow learner, Chris.’”
Now Wallace is left griping about his diminished options as the CNN brand is in freefall.
Having his staff track make a daily, strange ritual of monitoring and recording the number of times his promotional clips are played suggests Wallace is paranoid about his stature at CNN, even as the network has struggled with multiple scandals.
In fact, Maria Bartiromo, a Fox News and Fox Business Network host, has twice called out the former anchor for running interference for Joe Biden in this infamous exchange from the first presidential campaign debate on Sept. 29, 2020. Wallace was the debate moderator:
When the Hunter Biden laptop surfaced in a bombshell New York Post report two weeks later, it would almost certainly have been taken with more credibility if Wallace had not interfered like that. Maybe Twitter and Facebook, not to mention the mainstream news media, would not have felt as safe squelching the story if it had been treated more seriously on a national stage by a well-known newsman.
Despite being on Fox, Chris Wallace was never a conservative, or even an objective journalist. He was always a part of the establishment media, concerned with advancing the establishment’s narrative, not delivering the news.
At least with him on the sinking ship of CNN, a lot fewer people will be exposed to Wallace’s brand of bias.
National Public Radio (NPR), which infamously tweeted in October 2020 that they didn’t want to waste listeners’ time on a non-story, has not apologized, but one of its reporters is calling the company out for ignoring the discovery of Hunter Biden’s laptop at a repair shop and its hard drive that linked Joe Biden to his son’s influence peddling.
“Why haven’t you seen any stories from NPR about the NY Post’s Hunter Biden story?” Terence Samuel, acting vice president and executive editor at NPR, tweeted. “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions.”
Laura Sullivan, a reporter with NPR, responded to an April 6 tweet from journalist Glenn Greenwald that said, ”Twitter founder Jack Dorsey apologized and admitted it was wrong for Twitter to have censored any mention of the story. The [Washington Post] this week called for a media ‘reckoning’ over what they did. Beyond those 2, they all let their lie stand to this day.”
“Add @NPR to the list,” Sullivan tweeted on Thursday. Newsroom editors called it ‘not a real story.’ The ‘Hunter Biden laptop’ investigation may end up being a tax case, a hill of beans, or something else. But what it’s always been is a story.”
Fox News reported it’s not the first time Sullivan has called out her employer of 18 years:
Back in October 2020, when the New York Post originally reported on Hunter’s laptop, NPR was part of the cadre of social media and news organizations that ignored the story.
In response to the public editor posting the message on Twitter, Sullivan tweeted on October 23, 2020, “Really love it when managers make our jobs harder. I don’t know if that’s #HunterBiden’s laptop or what’s on it, but it’s certainly not a ‘waste of time’ to find out. @NPR managers better hope that laptop was built out of an old Russian blender in Ukraine.”
Fox said, “Along with calling the story a waste of time and distraction in fall 2020, NPR also came under fire for falsely claiming in March 2021 it had been ‘discredited by U.S. intelligence and independent investigations by news organizations.’”
As CNN slips further and further into disgrace, Brian Stelter steps firmly into it.
Between CNN President Jeff Zucker’s resignation, triggered from a further investigation into the Cuomos’ sex scandals, and Hunter Biden’s Laptop, CNN can’t catch a break–and that’s just fantastic. But not if you’re a compulsive liar Brian Stelter.
“Hey, just curious, when did I claim ‘Hunter Biden’s laptop emails were likely Russian propaganda? Can you send me the quote?” he sent in a direct message on Twitter to this reporter, a reference to a Thursday Breitbart News article in which he was listed along with 14 others in establishment media for falsely suggesting the laptop was Russian propaganda and disinformation.
Yep, when called on his lies, Scumbag Stelter is now claiming that he never called Biden’s emails Russian disinformation, which, we can clearly see here that he did:
The full clip from Stelter’s show, published on CNN’s website on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, right before the election, shows Stelter going through a rant for three full minutes on live television about this matter. In it, after making the case that the whole storyline was “created” in order to help then-President Donald Trump engage in what he called “whataboutism” with the media and left and Democrats, Stelter then cites his own outlet to say, “U.S. authorities are seeing if those emails we just talked about are connected to an ongoing Russian disinformation effort.”
Throughout his initial tirade back before the stolen election, Stelter repeatedly claims that the entire laptop is “disinformation” and “a classic example of the right-wing media machine,” without a single trace of irony. Now, he asks Breitbart to show him the “quote” where he makes such claims.
Damning screenshots from a conversation between Stelter and a writer for Breitbart reveal how the thin-skinned CNN host reacts when he appears to have his back against the wall. The fake news CNN host appears to leave the conversation offering no response to the question about his involvement in a possible coverup, given his close relationship to the disgraced former CNN President Jeff Zucker.
All of this comes not only from the laptop scandal but also from Stelter’s reported closeness to former CNN president Zucker, who is under investigation. Additionally, Stelter refuses to answer questions about other accused CNN creeps and scumbags such as Don Lemon, nor will he answer questions about the investigation more broadly.
Spies who lie:The New York Post cover today says it all. We can no longer trust the intelligence community in this country. They are liars and political operatives for the Democrat Party. Our intel communities are lost. It’s over.
They are the supposed nonpartisan group of top spies looking out for the best interest of the nation.
But the 51 former “intelligence” officials who cast doubt on The Post’s Hunter Biden laptop stories in a public letter really were just desperate to get Joe Biden elected president. And more than a year later, even after their Deep State sabotage has been shown again and again to be a lie, they refuse to own up to how they undermined an election.
The officials, including CNN pundit and professional fabricator James Clapper — a man who was nearly charged for perjury for lying to Congress — signed a letter saying that the laptop “has the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”
What proof did they have? By their own admission, none. “We do not know if the emails . . . are genuine or not,” the letter said. They’re just “suspicious.” Why? Because they hurt Biden’s campaign, that’s evidence enough.
Keep in mind this was written Oct. 19, 2020, five days after The Post published its first story. Neither Joe Biden nor Hunter Biden had denied the story, they simply deflected questions.
The dishonest men never should have held positions of such high authority. They are incapable of being honest with the American public.
Another day, another bombardment of information meant to target and hijack your central nervous system via psychologically induced biohacking. We are moving on from one manipulative bonanza to another, trading in our COVID Deathcounts and dancing ICU nurses for models brandishing airsoft guns and video game clips presented as raw war footage.
Though there is a very real and grave situation escalating in Ukraine, a lot of what we are being sold about the conflict appears to have been a nicely packaged bag of goods, sufficiently tinkered with by the modern press wizards and decades of propaganda by their predecessors. As was done with COVID-19, the establishment and its myriad tendrils are now stoking the fires of war to elicit a specific reaction in those who still cling to the narratives crafted by the corpocratic uni party.
The biggest question, perhaps, is whether or not the military-industrial complex (MIC), the criminal Deep-State, and the international western intelligence apparatus have their own uses for this incursion, and if so, how are they using the fog of war to their advantage? What picture are they trying to paint for us and to what ends? We may never know the full truth of why things are playing out the way they are, but we can at least come to certain conclusions about how the same media and ruling class (that consistently got things wrong all throughout the pandemic) are trying to frame the conflict in Ukraine to suit their needs.
Below are several examples of dubious narratives that have emerged and been subsequently scrutinized:
Videos popped up on Facebook and TikTok claiming that 13 soldiers stationed on Snake Island were killed after a Russian Warship attacked the island. This story had all the trappings of war-time propaganda. Surrounded and outnumbered good guys. Larger, more powerful, and lethal bad guys. Courage until the very end. No surrender. It’s the type of stuff that makes legends of soldiers and provides both a morale boost and reinvigorated sense of purpose back in the barracks. If they can do it, then so can I. The lies went so far as to find themselves in a speech given by President Volodymyr Zelensky himself, who said that the thirteen Heroes of Snake Island would even be awarded the highest possible honor posthumously. The mainstream media wasted no time whipping up headlines. It was later revealed that the soldiers were, in fact, alive and well. The verdict is still out as to whether or not they surrendered peacefully, as Russian sources claim, or if they were taken captive by force.
Supposedly a Russian tank ran over a civilian car with an elderly man still inside, but several journalists and open source researchers claim that the armored vehicle is a Strela-10, an air defense system used by the Ukrainian military.
There are other clues that suggest the vehicle is Ukrainian. For example, there is no letter “Z” painted on the side of the tank, something the Russian military has used since the start of this conflict as a distinguishing mark to differentiate their equipment from similar Ukrainian models.
It is yet unknown why this Ukrainian armored vehicle ran over a civilian car, but other videos shot moments earlier provide some potential answers. As per Observers France 24:
Why did this Ukrainian armored vehicle run over a civilian car in this part of Kyiv? Other videos shot a few moments earlier provide some answers to this question. We have chosen not to publish them, due to their shocking nature. It shows soldiers dressed in Ukrainian uniforms chasing and shooting at the driver of a military truck (in red below) seconds before the armored vehicle crushed the car.
The man driving the military truck was also wearing a Ukrainian uniform, but soldiers who could be heard speaking in the videos explained that he was suspected to be a “Russian saboteur disguised as a Ukrainian soldier”. A few minutes before the incident occured, Ukrainian Deputy Defence Minister Anna Maliar posted a message on Facebook saying that “the Russian army has seized Ukrainian army vehicles and is headed towards Kyiv”.
In several videos, the Ukrainian soldiers nearby do not attack the armored vehicle after it runs over the car, nor does the vehicle flee. This is why several journalists claim that the driver of the Strela-10 was not one of these saboteurs, but rather a Ukrainian soldier who was thrown off by the shooting that had taken place nearby. They said the collision between the car and the Ukrainian armored vehicle was accidental and caused by the fighting.
Widespread outrage erupted after a story broke claiming that Russia bombed the Holocaust Memorial Center in Babyn Yar, even Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky himself tweeted out about the memorial being destroyed. However, on March 2nd, New York Times correspondent Nadav Gavrielov posted this clarification:
“The Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center was not directly damaged during a nearby strike in Kyiv on Tuesday that the Ukrainian authorities said had killed five people, according to Ruslan Kavatsiuk, the deputy chief executive of the center. He said there was damage to a building that the center plans to use for a museum”.
It was claimed that Russia shelled the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. On March 4th, Euronews and Reuters covered this story, which went on to make global headlines and generate fear of potential nuclear catastrophe. After injecting their coverage with psychologically manipulative verbiage, the articles provide this clarification:
“The fire at the Zaporizhzhia compound was in a training center and not at the plant itself. An official at Energoatom, the state enterprise that runs Ukraine’s four nuclear plants, said there was no further fighting, the fire was out, radiation was normal and Russian forces were in control”
Several photos of Zelensky in military garb circulated recently that were actually from 2021, these images show President Volodymyr Zelensky during military exercises last October in the disputed Donbas region in Eastern Ukraine, months before Russia’s invasion. These photos have been used to promote the image of an engaged and courageous Zelensky, standing side by side with his troops and fighting the evil Vladimir Putin. It’s David Vs. Goliath. For instance, one of the aforementioned Twitter clowns proclaimed, “Unlike [Putin], Ukraine’s president is on the front lines fighting for his people. This is a leader!” This information isn’t meant to downplay the heroism of those who are actually defending their homes in Ukraine, rather, we mention this to draw attention to the way our Media operates. The Western Establishment wants you to believe a particular narrative and it will break all ethics codes to do so. THAT is the story, not that you should pick sides.
The Ghost of Kiev. Not long after the invasion began, rumors and reports began to circulate that one of their pilots, flying an MiG-29, had shot down six Russian aircraft (some reports claim as many as 21 confirmed aircraft kills). The tall tale combined with the mystery surrounding the identity of this pilot created the perfect storm of intrigue, catapulting the nameless fighter known colloquially as the Ghost of Kyiv to hero status. Military.com added their own spin on the make believe war hero, giving those who pushed the false claim a pass and claiming that the stunt was fine because it was good for morale. The video footage originally circulated claiming to be raw war footage of the “Ghost of Kyiv” was determined to have actually come from a video game.
It is very easy to become a victim of psychological warfare intended to manipulate our opinions.
And then we come to the things that were actually real but labeled as false by the mainstream media, its fact-checkers, and even the White House press secretary. Namely the presence of US-funded Biolabs lining the border of Ukraine and Russia. To put the severity of this in context, just imagine if Vladimir Putin had placed a series of Biolabs in Mexico along our border.
“Days after Twitter suspended an account for the high crime of accurately reporting that BioLab facilities in Ukraine match up with Russian targets in their ongoing operations, the US Embassy in Ukraine appears to have scrubbed various PDF fact sheets and documents from their official site.”
The documents removed confirmed that, despite the fake news reported by Politifact, there are indeed Biolabs in Ukraine—at least there were.
Politifact, and several other mainstream media outlets, have attempted to debunk the claim that the US and Ukraine were working together to advance mutual interest in the domain of bioweapons production, saying that the facilities are part of the U.S. Department of Defense Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. In short, while the program identifies, collects, secures, and develops treatments for pathogens—according to official statements on the US Embassy site, these programs are not involved in bioweapons manufacturing.”
Unfortunately for Politifact and company, their credibility (whatever was left of it) was shredded when Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland testified before a Senate Foreign Relation Committee hearing that the State Department was concerned that Russian forces are trying to gain control of biological research facilities within Ukraine. The rest of the world took this as an admission from the United States that they did indeed have Biolabs in Ukraine.
Russia put out its own version of the story, but of course, we are supposed to believe that Russians are only capable of dangerous lies. ASB News, an organization that breaks news on Russia and its military, published documents Russia claims show biological testing in Ukraine near the Russian border.
One document shows a list of the microbes being tested at the lab.
The documents were later deleted but they are still available on the Wayback Machine.
CNN continues to undergo massive changes coinciding with AT&T’s corporate handoff to new owner Discovery and the ouster of former company president Jeff Zucker. Zucker left, Chris Cuomo went, and sundry employees did the same as disgusting allegations of pedophilia came to light.
Ratings have been in a freefall ever since Brandon was inaugurated, and over-the-top, fake news about Donald Trump couldn’t be manufactured for its unthinking viewership anymore. Covid panic porn has likewise lost its luster. So, in a battle for survival, the “news” network’s owners are realizing that simply making up hysteria after hysteria might not be a viable long-term plan.
Sources close to the network are suggesting it seeks a transition to being a more reputable news source, which will inevitably and necessarily include a change to additional public-facing personnel. Who will go, and who will stay? This could get quite interesting. And entertaining.
Jon Nicosia has been following the story closely with some help from internal players. His revelations predict that the new controlling group is set on returning CNN to no-nonsense coverage and that such a realignment will require the release of prominent personalities that are far too married to bloviating opinionating.
Nicosia, under the handle of @NewsPolitics, shared a series of tweets breaking the story.
“SOURCE: John Malone, Discovery’s board member, will “play a huge role in the new organization’s plans to return @CNN to its news channel roots and dismantle the partisan organization Zucker shifted it into” They continue: “This will mean a large realignment of staff.”
“SOURCE: This ‘realignment’ will start with @CNN Anchors. One (who was very close with Zucker) and will have a hard time transitioning away from opinion will “be out by the end of Spring.”
The comment on the channel war between CNN and Fox is super intriguing. Obviously, both channels attract much different bases, but some folks over at CNN (see: Tater Stelter) operate entire programming and social media presences simply by commenting on what Tucker and friends are saying. It’s not interesting and reasonable people have been asking what seems like forever why Stelter continues to have a job. He is not intelligent, not interesting, extremely condescending, and in both listening and watching him, is neither pleasing to the ears nor the eyes.
The change in formatting is also welcome news – pun intended. Their coverage of Ukraine has been a disaster, but it’s hard to place that blame on CNN when everyone’s coverage of Ukraine has been a disaster. They have reporters on the ground trying to make sense of the situation, which is all anyone really asks of a news team. Go to the site, report live and share what you’re seeing and hearing.
Is that so hard? In a short time, we will find out.
US oil imports from Russia did in fact double over the past year as claimed by Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, but don’t expect left-leaning fact check site Politifact to give her credit.
Actually, they did the opposite – they dubbed her claims “mostly false,” while proceeding to admit she was totally right.
The fact check, published Monday, took on Bartiromo’s claims from a February 22 appearance on “Jesse Waters Primetime,” where she said, “We have doubled our (oil) imports from Russia in the last year.”
The United States is “reliant on Russian oil. We have doubled our imports from Russia in the last year,” Bartiromo said on Feb. 22. “No question why President Biden is begging OPEC and others to pump more oil.”
While the Fox Business host’s statements were given a “Mostly False” rating on Politifact’s Truth-O-Meter, a TLDR synopsis at the top of the article concedes she was right, stating, “The U.S. did double the amount of crude oil imported from Russia last year.”
Further in the article, Politifact acknowledges, “The U.S. more than doubled its crude oil imports from Russia, to about 208,000 barrels a day in the first 11 months of 2021, from 76,000 barrels a day in 2020.”
According to Politifact, however, Bartiromo’s still wrong because they disagree with the point of her argument.
But Bartiromo’s broader point was about the extent of U.S. reliance on Russian oil, which remains fairly modest. Russia accounted for only about 3% of overall U.S. crude oil imports in 2021 — a 2 percentage point increase from 2020.
Politifact was raked over the coals on social media for the overtly disingenuous fact check.
“As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity.” -Hunter Thompson