On Tuesday, in a segment that can only be described as some of the most crass propaganda ever put on television, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace argued that former President Donald Trump is to blame for the ‘ravages of the world’ for being ‘in bed with Putin.’
Wallace’s guest Democratic Congressman Jim Himes, with seemingly no self-awareness whatsoever, followed that up by claiming that former President Donald Trump calling the press “fake news” was a litmus test of ‘authoritarianism.’
Himes made his remarks during an interview on MSNBC’s “Deadline” hosted by Nicolle Wallace.
Using comments made by author Sebastian Junger in a previous segment, Wallace said to Himes, “He said that ‘anyone who describes journalists who are shining a light on the abuses in Ukraine and all around the world the enemy of the people is in bed with Putin, is in bed with other dictators and authoritarian leaders.'”
“How much of these sort of ravages of the world have their origins in the people Donald Trump lifted up and the allies he didn’t help?” Wallace asked.
Readers may recall that Wallace helped sell the disastrous Iraq War to the American people as a member of the George W. Bush administration and 2004 re-election team.
Himes took the Soviet-level propaganda in stride, saying, “You know, it’s a litmus test, Nicolle, of authoritarianism.”
“You know, as an elected official, I’m the first to say that the press, which is there to hold people like me accountable, will sometimes be really annoying, sometimes they will get the story wrong, but it’s practically a mathematical litmus test,” the Democrat added.
Himes continued, “The more you rail against the press, the more you rail against the media, the wronger you are. That’s why there is no media in North Korea, and that’s why there is a media in the West.”
He added, “Russia is not North Korea. There is no way that you can cut off Russians from access to their cousins, their friends, their business associates around the western world.”
Himes then compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to Trump.
He said, “So you know, the story will get told inside Russia, and of course, you made the comparison to Donald Trump. You can count on Putin and his people saying, this is fake news.”
Wallace chimed in, “Literally the same words.”
Watch, beginning around the 2:55 mark:
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