Monday, September 25, 2017

Citations Needed News Brief: Morgan Freeman vs. Putin Almighty

On the latest Patrons-Only Citations Needed News Brief, Adam and I look at the embarrassing launch of a new Red Scare group called the Committee to Investigate Russia (CIR). Their inaugural video features an extremely earnest Morgan Freeman fear-mongering about the Russian "attack" on Amurica and the necessity to now "save democracy."

The CIR Advisory Board boasts at least four hard-right, pro-Iraq War, pro-torture Bush flunkies, alongside other assorted neoconservative ghouls. And also Rob fucking Reiner, for some weird reason. Oh right, because for lifelong Clintonites, any excuse to absolve the 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate of responsibility for losing the most winnable election of all time will receive full-throated support.

The whole thing is a shameful mess of propaganda.

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Citations Needed is a media criticism podcast, hosted by Adam Johnson and Nima Shirazi, political commentators and media analysts working to call bullshit on (usually corporate) media’s ubiquitous reliance on and regurgitation of false and destructive narratives, tropes and stereotypes.


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