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Fox News anchor reveals media duplicity about Russian ‘election meddling’ (VIDEO)

For the media, the main attraction of the now 15 month old ‘scandal’ is the need to drive a narrative…ANY narrative

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In all the potpourri of news media networks covering the day-to-day activities of President Donald Trump, the one major news network that is relatively positive about Mr. Trump as President is Fox News.

Seen largely as a – no, the – conservative leaning news network, several anchors and guest analysts are usually quite positive about President Trump and his work. However, even here there is a lot of dissent in terms of how to handle the now 15-month-old pseudo-scandal regarding the notion that the Russian Federation somehow meddled with the American nation in the 2016 election.

As has been stated countless times, this is an allegation for which there has been shown ZERO proof of effect, and ZERO proof that the campaign to elect Donald Trump colluded in any way with Russian agents, knowingly or unknowingly. (It further is often stated that collusion itself is not even a crime, so the nothing-burger here is quite large and vacuous.)

But is truth enough for even Fox to drop this silly narrative? Apparently not. Watch.

Fox News’ Shepard Smith does make an important distinction that we must acknowledge. There are two issues regarding Russia. One is election meddling, and the other is campaign collusion.

Mr. Smith correctly states that the collusion matter is the subject of one investigation, and that the meddling issue is different, and being investigated differently. Both topics tend to run together, and President Trump himself has run the two together in his tweets, which were the subject of Shepard Smith’s rather tough-sounding address.

However, it seems that it is important to stop and take a few deep breaths, maybe have a cup of good old Russian black tea… and think.

The issue of “meddling” is absolutely moot. This can be stated with absolutely no worry of having to apologize for it later.

Why is this so?

There are several reasons. First, the American people are not incapable of using their brains. The 2016 campaign was malreported by almost all media sources, including Fox News, save for the steadfast honesty of a few reporters who never wavered on their stance about Mr. Trump or anyone else. The American people were treated to a constant narrative on all networks of, at best “the two most disliked candidates in modern election history…” regarding Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton.

But this was not true. And not only is it not true, the Hillary people as well as the Trump people had huge numbers of very ardent supporters. They still do. If it were not the case, Hillary would have crashed and burned so badly on her victimhood book tour for What Happened that she would have seen it coming herself and never taken such a bold chance. She has not disintegrated because many people love her beyond reason.

A similar (but not necessarily the same) factor operates for Mr. Trump. Now, Hillary’s appeal to her base was largely emotionally based and full of reference to identity politics as befits the Democrat Party today. She was not policy-rich, and in fact, there was no significant policy move she is remembered for campaigning on.

Candidate Trump was extremely policy-rich, releasing his list of prospective Federal court nominees, proposing the border wall in no uncertain terms, campaigning to repeal and replace Obamacare, that disastrous and expensive weight around so many American necks, and also to make a major tax cut. These policy descriptions were so powerful that many Americans who were not enthusiastic about Mr. Trump did have to admit the man had ideas they could agree with, and it was either him and some change, or her, and none.

How could Russian agencies interfere or meddle with that?  With 3,000 Facebook ads?

And further, the MSM had the narrative – all across the board – for Hillary (again, including most of Fox News) and yet, due to skillful targeting, the Trump team pulled off a strong electoral victory. How does any foreign agent “meddle” in such a situation?

That has never been explained. Nor will it.

But there is still another aspect to this. America meddles with Russia policy as well. Not only does America do this with some success, George Soros and Co. does it with great success. Russia Today (RT) is seen as a pro-Russia (policy) network. But in this report on the Syrian / Afrin / Turkey affair, every interviewed person was either a Marxist or a Soros-related operative. And this in regards to a network that tries to represent the views of a nation in which George Soros and his Open Society Foundation is banned from entering.

Further, every world power has its own set of opinions about how things should be done, and they make free use of their own resources to express those opinions, and to try to convince others to see things from their point of view. How is that wrong? How is it even something that can or should be stopped?

Apparently for American politicians and political operatives the rule is “It’s okay if I mess with you, because I know better what is good for you… but you are not allowed to mess with me…”

James Woolsey, who was interviewed by Laura Ingraham, seems completely self-assured that the USA is right and the Russians are wrong. By definition. It is worth consideration that Ingraham’s questioning “what about China?” was brushed aside by Woolsey more than anything. This suggest that Mr. Woolsey has it in for Russia at all costs.

This is a problem with many people in the US government and former government apparatus, sometimes called the “deep state.” These people seem to be functionally unaware that the Cold War and Communism are over. They also seem to be determined, as Mr. Woolsey says in his own words, to “put Russia in its place.”  They also, in sometimes stunning examples of doublespeak simultaneously call Russia a Third World country and yet they act like the Russians are the most sophisticated spies and criminals on the planet.

And most of the listening public buys it at some level. That is why this talk of meddling is able to continue for fifteen months… because the narrative attracts viewers, readers, and listeners. It is not very well-played drama, but it is still drama for consumption.

The one effect it does have though, is to partially tie President Trump’s hands. Granted, he has gone much further than any conservative has in fighting fire with fire and denouncing his opponent’s lies and slander. He is very skilled at it, and in the longer run he always turns out correct. But at the same time, he is slowed down a bit from making the relationship change from a semi-hostile point of view towards Russia, based purely on nonsense and conjecture, to a cooperative stance based on the simple fact that Russia is the Great Power in the Eastern hemisphere, more so than China, and that Russia is actually trying to do right by other nations while preserving her own sovereignty.

In other words, Russia is practicing the “Trump Doctrine” in effect better than the USA is. And such a nation is a valued and valuable partner in helping things in the world. Why wouldn’t the USA want this kind of alliance?

This is the real question, and it is interesting to consider who is meddling with this process and preventing it from happening. One hint: It is sourced a lot closer to Washington, D.C. and New York than Moscow.

In further pieces, we hope to explore more of this why behind the what regarding American hysteria (mostly media and political hysteria) towards the Russian Federation. There is a clear set of reasons for this, but for now it is enough to consider that the real meddling is not coming from Russia, and the real meddling IS destructive.

 

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Constantinople: Ukrainian Church leader is now uncanonical

October 12 letter proclaims Metropolitan Onuphry as uncanonical and tries to strong-arm him into acquiescing through bribery and force.

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The pressure in Ukraine kept ratcheting up over the last few days, with a big revelation today that Patriarch Bartholomew now considers Metropolitan Onuphy “uncanonical.” This news was published on 6 December by a hierarch of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (running under the Moscow Patriarchate).

This assessment marks a complete 180-degree turn by the leader of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople, and it further embitters the split that has developed to quite a major row between this church’s leadership and the Moscow Patriarchate.

OrthoChristian reported this today (we have added emphasis):

A letter of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine was published yesterday by a hierarch of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in which the Patriarch informed the Metropolitan that his title and position is, in fact, uncanonical.

This assertion represents a negation of the position held by Pat. Bartholomew himself until April of this year, when the latest stage in the Ukrainian crisis began…

The same letter was independently published by the Greek news agency Romfea today as well.

It is dated October 12, meaning it was written just one day after Constantinople made its historic decision to rehabilitate the Ukrainian schismatics and rescind the 1686 document whereby the Kiev Metropolitanate was transferred to the Russian Orthodox Church, thereby, in Constantinople’s view, taking full control of Ukraine.

In the letter, Pat. Bartholomew informs Met. Onuphry that after the council, currently scheduled for December 15, he will no longer be able to carry his current title of “Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.”

The Patriarch immediately opens his letter with Constantinople’s newly-developed historical claim about the jurisdictional alignment of Kiev: “You know from history and from indisputable archival documents that the holy Metropolitanate of Kiev has always belonged to the jurisdiction of the Mother Church of Constantinople…”

Constantinople has done an about-face on its position regarding Ukraine in recent months, given that it had previously always recognized the Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate as the sole canonical primate in Ukraine.

…The bulk of the Patriarch’s letter is a rehash of Constantinople’s historical and canonical arguments, which have already been laid out and discussed elsewhere. (See also here and here). Pat. Bartholomew also writes that Constantinople stepped into the Ukrainian ecclesiastical sphere as the Russian Church had not managed to overcome the schisms that have persisted for 30 years.

It should be noted that the schisms began and have persisted precisely as anti-Russian movements and thus the relevant groups refused to accept union with the Russian Church.

Continuing, Pat. Bartholomew informs Met. Onuphry that his position and title are uncanonical:

Addressing you as ‘Your Eminence the Metropolitan of Kiev’ as a form of economia [indulgence/condescension—OC] and mercy, we inform you that after the elections for the primate of the Ukrainian Church by a body that will consist of clergy and laity, you will not be able ecclesiologically and canonically to bear the title of Metropolitan of Kiev, which, in any case, you now bear in violation of the described conditions of the official documents of 1686.

He also entreats Met. Onuphry to “promptly and in a spirit of harmony and unity” participate, with the other hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in the founding council of the new Ukrainian church that Constantinople is planning to create, and in the election of its primate.

The Constantinople head also writes that he “allows” Met. Onuphry to be a candidate for the position of primate.

He further implores Met. Onuphry and the UOC hierarchy to communicate with Philaret Denisenko, the former Metropolitan of Kiev, and Makary Maletich, the heads of the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate” and the schismatic “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church” respectively—both of which have been subsumed into Constantinople—but whose canonical condemnations remain in force for the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The hierarchs of the Serbian and Polish Churches have also officially rejected the rehabilitation of the Ukrainian schismatics.

Pat. Bartholomew concludes expressing his confidence that Met. Onuphry will decide to heal the schism through the creation of a new church in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church under Metropolitan Onuphry’s leadership is recognized as the sole canonical Orthodox jurisdiction in Ukraine by just about every other canonical Orthodox Jurisdiction besides Constantinople. Even NATO member Albania, whose expressed reaction was “both sides are wrong for recent actions” still does not accept the canonicity of the “restored hierarchs.”

In fact, about the only people in this dispute that seem to be in support of the “restored” hierarchs, Filaret and Makary, are President Poroshenko, Patriarch Bartholomew, Filaret and Makary… and NATO.

While this letter was released to the public eye yesterday, the nearly two months that Metropolitan Onuphry has had to comply with it have not been helped in any way by the actions of both the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Ukrainian government.

Priests of the Canonical Church in Ukraine awaiting interrogation by the State authorities

For example, in parallel reports released on December 6th, the government is reportedly accusing canonical priests in Ukraine of treason because they are carrying and distributing a brochure entitled (in English): The Ukrainian Orthodox Church: Relations with the State. The Attitude Towards the Conflict in Donbass and to the Church Schism. Questions and Answers.

In a manner that would do any American liberal proud, these priests are being accused of inciting religious hatred, though really all they are doing is offering an explanation for the situation in Ukraine as it exists.

A further piece also released yesterday notes that the Ukrainian government rehabilitated an old Soviet-style technique of performing “inspections of church artifacts” at the Pochaev Lavra. This move appears to be both intended to intimidate the monastics who are living there now, who are members of the canonical Church, as well as preparation for an expected forcible takeover by the new “united Church” that is under creation. The brotherhood characterized the inspections in this way:

The brotherhood of the Pochaev Lavra previously characterized the state’s actions as communist methods of putting pressure on the monastery and aimed at destroying monasticism.

Commenting on the situation with the Pochaev Lavra, His Eminence Archbishop Clement of Nizhyn and Prilusk, the head of the Ukrainian Church’s Information-Education Department, noted:

This is a formal raiding, because no reserve ever built the Pochaev Lavra, and no Ministry of Culture ever invested a single penny to restoring the Lavra, and the state has done nothing to preserve the Lavra in its modern form. The state destroyed the Lavra, turned it into a psychiatric hospital, a hospital for infectious diseases, and so on—the state has done nothing more. And now it just declares that it all belongs to the state. No one asked the Church, the people that built it. When did the Lavra and the land become state property? They belonged to the Church from time immemorial.

With the massive pressure both geopolitically and ecclesiastically building in Ukraine almost by the day, it is anyone’s guess what will happen next.

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Ukrainian leadership is a party of war, and it will continue as long as they’re in power – Putin

“We care about Ukraine because Ukraine is our neighbor,” Putin said.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has branded the Ukrainian leadership a “party of war” which would continue fueling conflicts while they stay in power, giving the recent Kerch Strait incident as an example.

“When I look at this latest incident in the Black Sea, all what’s happening in Donbass – everything indicates that the current Ukrainian leadership is not interested in resolving this situation at all, especially in a peaceful way,” Putin told reporters during a media conference in the aftermath of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This is a party of war and as long as they stay in power, all such tragedies, all this war will go on.

The Kiev authorities are craving war primarily for two reasons – to rip profits from it, and to blame all their own domestic failures on it and actions of some sort of “aggressors.”

“As they say, for one it’s war, for other – it’s mother. That’s reason number one why the Ukrainian government is not interested in a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” Putin stated.

Second, you can always use war to justify your failures in economy, social policy. You can always blame things on an aggressor.

This approach to statecraft by the Ukrainian authorities deeply concerns Russia’s President. “We care about Ukraine because Ukraine is our neighbor,” Putin said.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been soaring after the incident in the Kerch Strait. Last weekend three Ukrainian Navy ships tried to break through the strait without seeking the proper permission from Russia. Following a tense stand-off and altercation with Russia’s border guard, the vessels were seized and their crews detained over their violation of the country’s border.

While Kiev branded the incident an act of “aggression” on Moscow’s part, Russia believes the whole Kerch affair to be a deliberate “provocation” which allowed Kiev to declare a so-called “partial” martial law ahead of Ukraine’s presidential election.

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When Putin Met Bin Sally

Another G20 handshake for the history books.

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In the annals of handshake photo-ops, we just may have a new winner (much to the delight of oil bulls who are looking at oil treading $50 and contemplating jumping out of the window).

Nothing but sheer joy, delight and friendship…

…but something is missing…

Meanwhile, earlier…

Zoomed in…

And again.

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