For months, the mainstream media have told us that Russia is not to be trusted. That everything they say is a lie and that they are intent on subverting America at every opportunity.
So it’s amazing then, that they are so quick to take the word of the Russians over President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The meeting, at the G-20 summit in Germany, between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump was supposed to last a half-hour, but it took more than two hours.
Right out of the gate, Trump brought up Russia’s meddling in the American election process. Putin denied it, and Tillerson – who was also in the meeting – said that Trump “pressed” Putin on the issue “on more than one occasion.”
“They had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject,” Tillerson said. “The President pressed President Putin on more than one occasion regarding Russian involvement. President Putin denied such involvement, as I think he has in the past.”
At some point – probably seeing no point in continuing down that path, the two moved on to discuss other things.
Of course, that’s not the way the mainstream media sees it. They’re leading with the comments of Putin’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who claimed Trump “accepted” Putin’s denial of any Russian involvement.
“President Trump said he’s heard Putin’s very clear statements that this is not true and that the Russian government didn’t interfere in the elections and that he accepts these statements. That’s all,” Lavrov said.
One headline read, “Trump accepts Putin’s claims that Russia did not meddle in US election.” Another reads, “Spotting Trump’s vulnerability, the Russian account made the US president seem pliant—and Tillerson duplicitous.”
MSNBC crowed “Trump meeting ‘Everything Putin could have asked for’.”
The media can’t have it both ways. They can’t tell us that the Russians are our arch-nemesis who will stop at nothing to thwart American interests, then take their word over the word of our leaders when it comes to a face-to-face meeting.
It’s hypocritical, but we’re used to that now from the mainstream media, aren’t we?