The other day, a friend shared the details of a conversation he had with a group of millennials, all currently college students at a prominent northeastern university. What stood out in my mind was two things:
1) They relied upon RT (Russia Today, Multimedia arm of RIA Novosti) as a legitimate source for "honest" news coverage
2) They were all supportive of Bernie Sanders' Presidential run
Of course I wasn't shocked that, as watchers of RT, they support Bernie Sanders, as I have already noted RT's advocacy for Bernie Sanders. But I was shocked that they somehow thought RT could in any way be considered reliable, since it is no secret that RT is Russian state media.
However, this mystery was solved for me this evening in an interaction I had with the Bernie campaign, themselves, on Twitter. Here's how it went:
It all started with a comment made by a Twitterer using the moniker "stop", who's apparently an avid Bernie Sanders supporter...
"stop" is 1/2 right. Putin DID essentially endorse Trump, as I pointed out the other day. But here's the problem...
The Russians are NOT Communists, as I have pointed out before. The Russians are NEOFASCISTS. Here is the man behind Russia's foreign policy, Aleksandr Dugin...
I encourage you to consider the similarities between the flag of Dugin's National Bolshevism and that of another flag you may remember:
The "other" flag:
Incidentally, I didn't just come up with this idea on my own...
Honestly, it's become pretty common knowledge that the Russians are governed by Fascists.
So, I tried to educate a little:
Yeah, I know, a little opinionated, but you tell me what Trump is, then. And don't forget this one.
That didn't seem to convince people:
So I explained it a bit more:
But, oh boy, look what happened:
If you've ever watched RT, you know that they tend to focus on social issues that mostly interest the American political leftwing. So, if you only watched RT, but had no understanding of contemporary Russian politics, you could easily convince yourself that Russia is leftwing and not rightwing.
In fact, as the creators of America's "Occupy" movement, Russia even uses this angle to their advantage with regard to their OWN INTERNAL PROPAGANDA.
The Bernie Sanders campaign is DELIBERATELY leading their own constituency to believe that the Russians are leftists rather than ultra-ULTRA-rightwing Nationalists.
Do you know why I believe they're doing this?
BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE DOZENS OF TELEVISION SEGMENTS ON BERNIE SANDERS ON RT (RUSSIA TODAY) HAS BEEN AN ENDORSEMENT!!!