By Joe Concha in the USA – 03/20/18 10:18 AM EDT:
Liberal documentarian Michael Moore slammed heavy “corporate media” coverage devoted to “Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia” and adult-film actress Stormy Daniels on Monday, calling the stories “shiny keys to distract us.”
The commentary from the “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11” director came during a livestreamed town hall event featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders (Independent-Vermont) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Democratic-Massachusetts) in Washington on Monday night.
The three prominent progressives lamented the lack of national media coverage around a recent teachers strike in West Virginia that resulted in a 5 percent pay increase …
“Bernie, I didn’t see hardly anything in the corporate media about this, on any of the networks, even some of the networks that we watch were you know — Russia, turn the channel, Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia”, the Oscar-winning director said. …
“These are all shiny keys to distract us. … We should know about the West Virginia strike. What an inspiration that would be around the country“, added Moore.
“But they don’t show this, Bernie, because, what would happen if they did?”
So, now Michael Moore should prepare for being smeared by the establishment as a ‘tool of Putin’. Whether one is Labour party Leader Corbyn in Britain, whether one is Green party leader Jill Stein in the USA; former United States Democratic party chair Donna Brazile; a Black Lives Matter protester against a police killing in Wisconsin, USA; or a Canadian First Nations person and/or Canadian environmentalist; the political establishment claims they don’t have actions and ideas of their own, but only move if Putin in the Kremlin pushes buttons to make them move.
What did I say? Michael Moore should ‘prepare’? No, that smearing had already started before Michael Moore spoke on 20 March. On 19 February 2018, extreme right nut job Michelle Malkin had already accused Moore of being a Russian spy; because he had participated in what Malkin’s Fox News bosses called a ‘Russia sponsored anti-Trump rally‘. Trump-loving Fox News is owned by warmonger-in-chief, burglar-in-chief and phonehacker-in-chief Rupert Murdoch.
If you are Donald Trump, then corporate Democrats and Republican warmongers like John McCain will attack you, not for your warmongering, not for your racism and xenophobia, not for your anti-poor and anti-middle class policies, not for your homophobia and transphobia; but for supposedly being a Russian agent; instead of the reality of being an agent for the billions of dollars owned by yourself and for roughly half of United States Big Money oligarchs.
This craziness is so reminiscent of the Cold War 1950s, when Republican far-right Senator Joe McCarthy claimed the United States State Department and Pentagon were Russian spies. And when the extreme right John Birch Society claimed that Republican President Eisenhower was a Russian spy.
Democrats escalate anti-Russia witch hunt with lawsuit linking Trump and Assange as Russian agents: here.
Jared Kushner became “agitated” and “infuriate[d]” when a meeting arranged with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in 2016 ended up focusing on U.S. sanctions rather than promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton, a friend of the Trumps who helped set up the meeting testified to Congress: here.
US sells Poland Patriot anti-missile system amid continued campaign against Russia: here.
Both sections of the US ruling class—gripped by an increasingly violent factional frenzy—are deeply reactionary. The Republican Party upholds the authoritarian and anti-democratic drive of the Trump White House. The Democratic Party opposes Trump by aligning itself with sections of the military-intelligence apparatus that reject his foreign policy as erratic and insufficiently confrontational towards Russia: here.