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Trump and Putin Joke About 'Getting Rid of Journalists' on Anniversary of Capital Gazette Shooting
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49295"><span class="small">Nick Martin, Splinter</span></a>   
Friday, 28 June 2019 13:23

Martin writes: "At the G20 Summit in Osaka, United States President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a nice hearty chuckle about ridding their countries of journalists. This happened to came on the one-year anniversary of the Capital Gazette shooting in Maryland, in which five journalists died."

Vladimir Putin. (photo: Dmiitry Lovesky/AP)
Vladimir Putin. (photo: Dmiitry Lovesky/AP)


Trump and Putin Joke About 'Getting Rid of Journalists' on Anniversary of Capital Gazette Shooting

By Nick Martin, Splinter

28 June 19

 

t the G20 Summit in Osaka, United States President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a nice hearty chuckle about ridding their countries of journalists. This happened to came on the one-year anniversary of the Capital Gazette shooting in Maryland, in which five journalists died. 

While the two leaders sat next to one another and gazed out among the press scrum—some time after Trump smiled and wagged his big doughy finger at Putin and told him, “Don’t meddle in our election”—they found some common ground in their detest for reporters who don’t come outfitted with marionette strings.

“Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn’t it? You don’t have this problem in Russia but we do,” Trump said, per The Guardian.

“We also have. It’s the same,” Putin reportedly responded.

Twenty-six journalists have been killed in Russia since Putin began his first stint as president since 2000, while 58 in total have been murdered since 1992. In America, reporters are regularly harassed and assaulted at Trump rallies, and also now have to fear for their lives while working in their offices. All the while, Trump has repeatedly referred to reporters as “the enemy of the people.”

But yes, by all means: ham it up, assholes.

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-7 # 1dfnslblty 2019-06-28 15:30
¿potus knows about problems in Russia?
Potus TELLS Putin about media in his own country and it becomes newsworthy.
Pablum for The Masses. Nothing more.
And rsn wants funding.
 
 
+6 # MikeAF48 2019-06-28 16:29
Mr. & Mr. Putin are happy enjoying and trading jokes after a long day at the G20 summit. Good looking couple.
 
 
-16 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-28 19:18
I think a joke about the media is pretty good. The media is a joke. It does not report news anymore. It publishes propaganda. Putin and Trump are right to hold the media with contempt.

The shooting at the Maryland news paper had nothing to do with this story. It was a personal dispute or vendetta. Linking the Maryland shooting to the idiotic comment of a journalists at the G20 is exactly what is wrong with the media.
 
 
+2 # BetaTheta 2019-06-29 15:01
Your lumping all "media" under one banner is either stupidly simplistic or diversionary. You thereby carry water for tyrants. There are plenty in the media who are digging into the slime surrounding both Trump and Putin, and reporting honest facts.
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-30 05:26
It is easy for you to make this blanket criticism. By "the media," I am referring to the media outlets and individual journalists who participate in the brainwashing of Americans or as named by Walter Lippman, a prominent writer for the NYTimes, the "manufacture of consent" among the masses for the policies desired by the ruling elites.

For nearly three years, very many journalists and media organizations have pushed the fake news story of Trump being Putin's puppet and the Russian interference in the 2016 election. Any small amount of research would have shown them that the story was false. Many knew it was -- remember the candid comment by a CNN commentator about Russiagate being a "nothing burger." And yet, CNN pounds this story day and night.

The net result is that the US is now well into a New Cold War. The US will spend something like $25 trillion over the next decade. This means the impoverishing of half of Americans, no infrastructure rebuilding, no universal healthcare. All will go into building weapons for the New Cold War. Any journalist who does not know this ought not to be in the business.

Both Putin and Trump are against the New Cold War. That's why the media in general is against them and calls them tyrants. You appear to be a New Cold War cheerleader; anything to justify a smear of Trump or Putin. Trump is a terrible president, but once in a while he does the right thing. That's just honest reporting.
 
 
+6 # thehodges1 2019-06-29 00:28
The only thing I have to say is something I read when he was running (by the fake media) ..."Say something often enough and people will believe it."
The only propaganda news media I have noted has been Fox news media.
 
 
-5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-29 08:54
All of this is a really serious subject. We know that the major media in the US lied us into a war against Iraq. That war killed possibly 2 million people and made another 6 million refugees. It destroyed the nation and Iraq will probably not recover for several generations.

The media played an essential role in this war. Had the media exposed the lies of the Bush administration or had educated Americans about the reality of the war, maybe there would not have been a war and 2 million people would not have lost their lives.

This author implies that there should be no consequences for journalists who murder by lying. We all understand mistakes or reporting incomplete information. But do journalists have a responsibility to find the truth no matter how long it takes? Should a journalist who gets it totally wrong resign and never write again?

I think it is time we started holding journalists responsible for their complicity in the major crimes of our times. I see no difference between denying the holocaust in Iraq or Palestine or Afghanistan or anywhere and denying the WW II massacre of Jews. No journalist would deny that holocaust, so why is it so easy and so free of consequences for them to deny American holocausts in the Middle East, Africa, or Latin America?

The major media in the US hyped Russiagate for two years. Now they know they were wrong. They need to be held accountable. They lied and they reported falsely.