The big news story this week from the mainstream media was that Russia was caught cheering when Donald Trump won the US election. The news created a firestorm on social media as liberals fell over themselves to prove that Russia cheering Trump was evidence that the president-elect couldn’t be trusted.
But these same mainstream media talking-heads forgot one very important detail: They ran the exact same story 4 years ago when President Obama won re-election. But that time, they cited Russian cheering of the president-elect as a very good thing.
Did the media just forget that the American people have access to the internet and can go look these things up?
Liberals will pretend like this is some new phenomena. “The Kremlin cheers Trump’s election!” making the news over and over again draws attention to what Trump critics think of as a special event.
They have either forgotten history, or they want you to forget it.
ABC News reported in 2012, “Kremlin Cheers Obama’s Re-Election.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a congratulatory note to President Obama after his re-election Tuesday, his spokesman said
Putin is also expected to call Obama personally “in the near future.”
“In general, the Kremlin took the news about Barack Obama’s victory in the elections very positively,” spokesman Dmitri Peskov said, according to the Interfax news agency.
Putin, a man bent on drawing closer and closer to dictatorship, congratulated Obama’s win? He must think America is taking a step in his direction. At least, that’s what liberals are saying now that the same thing is happening again, but with a Republican taking office.
ABC News continues:
“Obama is an understandable and predictable partner,” Medvedev added.
“There have been both successes and failures in the reset of Russia-U.S. relations, and this policy should be carried on,” he said, suggesting that now U.S.-Russian relations will “be basically normal.”
In an interview with the Moscow News today, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow is prepared to cooperate with the Obama administration, saying “We are prepared to go as far as the U.S. Administration is prepared to go on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and mutual respect.”
So, taking steps to improve relations with Russia is good when Democrats are perceived to do it, and bad when Trump does.
That’s a convenient spin for the media to take.
Here’s what they’re doing now, to make Americans believe Trump just loves Putin, and Putin loves Trump, and this is unique to our new President-elect. This is just a short list of media focus on the Kremlin “celebrating” Trump’s victory:
Washington Post: U.S. Intercepts Capture Senior Russian Officials Celebrating Trump Win
CBS News: Russians rejoice in Trump’s win, but America’s allies are anxious
Buzzfeed: Senior Russian Officials Reportedly Celebrated Trump’s Win
NPR: Trump Supporters in Moscow Bar Cheer Next U.S. President
Yahoo: Senior Russian Officials Cheered Donald Trump’s Win in Intercepted Communications
Note when reading through these stories that if it feels like the media is misleading you, it’s because it is.