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There are two schools of journalism: the Russian and the Western (strictly speaking, American). According to the rules of the former, if you are interviewing a person or an audio comment, it is considered good form to first submit a draft of your statement processed for paper: oral speech is a specific thing;
But the Americans have a different approach. A journalist from the New York Times talks to you on the phone for half an hour; three times in different places in the conversation, as an FBI agent on the execution of a drug dealer, he repeats the same question (I am not exaggerating, I had such an experience myself) and then posts something “based on”. Like: if you say at the end of this interrogation: “I’m tired,” he will write: “The Russian creative class is tired of the Kremlin’s policies.” And if you think your words have been misrepresented, he sues. Having previously unleashed ten thousand dead raccoon skins on greedy lawyers.
Such precedents, by the way, are not uncommon: In 2019, the liberal media, led by the Washington Post (WP), aired a severely cropped recording of Trumpist teen Nicholas Sandman’s speech at a rally, which it emerged that he mocked. of those who went to the same street gathered by liberal activists. A huge scandal broke out, the guy was anathematized… before the full file was published, which shows that this conflict was actually started by his opponents. Nick filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against WP and naturally won.
Why this prologue? Plus, there’s a silver lining to that “Washington-style journalism.” If the local pen shark accuses some other American of terrible sins in his article, then, as a rule, the author concretely reinforces himself by trusting in his own righteousness. And then they will judge.
So when the conservative FoxNews runs an article with the explosive headline: “Study: George Soros Linked to 54 Influential Media Figures Through Projects Paid For By Liberal Billionaire,” then there’s no question. Here is pure truth.
And not that this was news to the Russian reader: it’s not clear how a wealthy tycoon bribes the media to push the right agenda; we went through this during the “compromise wars” in the 1990s. But put yourself in the shoes of some Americans who hold sacred their country as the “standard of democracy” and their newspapers as the “standard of honesty”…
The reality, as always, is ugly. Soros fellowship organizations partnered with figures like the aforementioned WP production editor, Sally Busby. Or the TV host of the popular “Evening News” show on the NBC channel – Lester Holt. Or Bloomberg News co-founder Matthew Winkler. Or CNN star Christiane Amanpour… In general, among the liberal media, it is almost impossible to find a person who does not have the moral right to turn to Soros with the question: “Where can I get my share?”
In all, in 2016-20, according to Fox News, the “granddaddy of global democracy” spent about $131 million working with 54 journalists and media managers from the biggest news outlets.
In addition, according to the laws of columnism, you need to be in a pose, as they used to say in the old days, of a “reasoner” – a moralist who threatens with his finger: and after all, the same media whims constantly accuse Russia from “problems with freedom of speech”, with such and such a record in its own eye.
But am I saying something new? The “World Toad” (liberal media machine) lied about “one million German women personally raped by Stalin,” lied about “Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons,” lied about “the oppression of homosexuals in Russia,” lied about ” Boeing”, lied about “Boeing”. about “poisoning the Skripals”, lied about “Trump’s conspiracy with the Kremlin”, lied about “doping of Russian athletes”, lied about the “mariupol theater bombing”, lied about Bucha, lied about “the atrocities of the Wagnerites in Africa” – and if she, the World Toad, did it for a reason, and for money – then, again, such news.
So I’ll do it a little differently. I’ll try… to understand old Soros. And other liberal idols, the Strugatsky brothers, will help me in this. Do you remember his novel It’s hard to be a god? Where Estorsky’s nobleman Don Rumata is forced to live in a typically traditional society, brimming (from the hero’s point of view) with savagery, inertia, and other “quilting.”
Then, gritting his teeth, he begins to make progress, influences local key figures, intrigues, tries to implant at least a little of the coveted “freedom” and start a revolution. The consequences, however, are sad for everyone, including their loved ones.
And Soros, 92, probably feels like a “noble progressive” as well. He chokes on the values he considers right—LGBT, 666 genders, and other aggressive liberalisms. But it is impossible to make society happy if you openly hate it. And he spits on the national and cultural characteristics that have developed over the millennia.
And you can spend millions of dollars on the best journalists who convince the herd that there is no “increase in the price of goods due to anti-Russian sanctions” and sodomy is the norm. Most importantly, don’t ask why nobody loves you or your White House, and according to recent opinion polls, only 46% of the country’s residents trust their own American media.