Accuracy in Media

You know the terms “left” and “right” are losing meaning when left-wing websites are praising the Republican presidential candidate and attacking the Democrat, and Russia seems to be intervening in favor of the GOP.

The Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA), which has been pulling for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race, has sent out an advisory entitled, “What Trump is Right About: NATO.” On the other hand, Mrs. Clinton’s pick for her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), has been depicted by the same group as a creature of Wall Street.

The IPA is not alone. Journalism Professor Jeff Cohen, co-founder of and communications coordinator of the Bernie Delegates Network, has been quoted as saying that Kaine is a “corporatist,” or stooge of Big Business. Cohen’s colleague, Norman Solomon, calls Kaine a puppet of the “oligarchy.”

At the same time, WikiLeaks has released an email database from the Democratic National Committee, demonstrating that the DNC intervened in the primary contest against Sanders and in favor of Clinton. Since Russian hackers obtained the DNC emails, it means that Moscow wants to cause mischief on the Democratic side just as Hillary is getting the presidential nomination this week in Philadelphia.

An explanation for this interesting series of events may be found in the IPA news release on Trump and NATO, quoting Professor David N. Gibbs as saying that “Trump’s recent criticisms of the NATO alliance are reasonable.” He adds, “Trump is right to question NATO’s value in promoting U.S. security, and also to raise the issue of the enormous financial cost of this alliance to the U.S. taxpayer.” Gibbs has appeared on RT, the Russia Today propaganda channel.

Trump’s pro-Russian outlook has caused great consternation among conservatives who see the Vladimir Putin regime as the aggressor in Europe and interfering in the Middle East. Trump’s allies vetoed tough language in the Republican platform urging heavy weapons for Ukraine to fight Russian aggression. Instead, the Trump forces inserted language about providing “appropriate assistance” to Ukraine.

By contrast, the Democratic platform is tough on Russia and attacks Trump’s position on NATO. It says, “Russia is engaging in destabilizing actions along its borders, violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and attempting to recreate spheres of influence that undermine American interests. It is also propping up the Assad regime in Syria, which is brutally attacking its own citizens. Donald Trump would overturn more than 50 years of American foreign policy by abandoning NATO partners—44 countries who help us fight terrorism every day—and embracing Russian President Vladimir Putin instead. We believe in strong alliances and will deter Russian aggression, build European resilience, and protect our NATO allies.”

These words sound great, except for the fact that, as secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton had an opportunity to be tough with the Russians and blew it. Her Russian reset led to the invasion of Ukraine. It also masked the uranium deal highlighted in the movie “Clinton Cash,” based on the book, a deal in which the Russians bought 20 percent of America’s uranium production as millions of dollars flowed to the Clinton Foundation and hundreds of thousands of dollars went to Bill Clinton personally.

Has Hillary Clinton changed her mind on Russia? That’s what the platform would suggest. If so, it would be a big opening for Trump to pounce on her flip-flops. But he hasn’t done so. Instead, he refuses to take on Russian aggression in Europe or the Middle East.

In his speech, however, Trump openly appealed to Sanders supporters, saying they “will join our movement, because we will fix his biggest issue: trade deals that strip our country of its jobs and wealth.”

Trump’s appeal to Sanders supporters is based on trade. But it appears that his pro-Russian foreign policy has some appeal to them as well. If the Sanders supporters perceive Hillary Clinton to be a hawk on foreign policy, as Sanders himself suggested during the campaign, it’s possible they could either sit out the race or vote for the New York billionaire.

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  • RMThoughts

    Liberal/Leftist/Neocon elites are finally waking up to the fact that their game plan of eternal dominance is crumbling. The plan was quite simple: use a coalition of unionised Whites and ethnic minorities to dominate enough big states like California and those in the North East to control the Electoral College, and then to use the office of President to ignore the border and pack the Supreme Court.

    But then Trump happened. Unlike all the other Republican candidates, Trump saw the weak spot of the Left—namely it’s betrayal of the White working class—and, as his acceptance speech demonstrated, he clearly knows how to exploit this.

    #neverTrump neocons and “movement” conservatives have a real reason to be afraid of Trump. Trump represents a pretty complete divergence from the conventional Republican platform. He causes indignant punditry from neocons and neoliberals alike to panic because they are losing control of the Republican Party.

    For the last 30 years the neocons have made the Republican the party of the “democratic” intervention, color revolutions and Arab Springs as the NWO hegemon. We were the party of global corporatist neo-liberal economic send-the-jobs-overseas-working-class-be-damned free traders.

    Trump is reversing that. Trump is effectively rebuilding the Republican Party as the voice of the dis-enfranchised middle class, which means the death of the globalist, neo-conservative, the corporatist, the Victoria Nuland foreign policy, anti-labor pro job sucking trade treaties, open borders to serve the donor class, Republican Party.

    The pancake flipped. The Democrats are now the party of the corporatist, war-mongering, open border, neo-liberal free trader and globalism. Are we surprised the neocons are going back home to the democrat.

  • Francis

    “Trump represents a pretty complete divergence from the conventional Republican platform.”

    Yeah. He’s a divergence from TRUE Conservatism and TRUE patriots and Constitutionalists. Trump is a Democrat. NO true Conservative would ever push for universal/single-payer/government-controlled healthcare. THAT is what Trump wants. And it’s the same Socialistic NIGHTMARE that Clinton and Sanders want. The ObamaDon’tCare SCAM is bad enough. Trump’s “healthcare” will put the final nail in the coffin. Trump isn’t rebuilding the Republican Party, he’s trying to TOTALLY DESTROY it.

  • Steven Barrett

    Nothing like another DC-based conspiracy theory piece of nonsense to toss on the fire for the “inside the beltway insider beltway bullshiters” to gab on and on and on … over a story with little or no basis in fact. As for all those so-called Bernie supporters pouting in today’s march in downtown Philly, Lord help ’em. Their brains must’ve been as cooked as the meat needed for a Philly Cheesesteak to have spoken to accompanying television reporters taking their “oh so serious” threats to vote for Trump seriously at all. If they go for Trump, well, as Secretary Albright famously said recently, “there are places in hell reseverved” for these sad folks. Philly today was pretty close, though.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Trump is a Democrat who reregistered Republican out of expediency.

    “In many cases, I probably identify more as a Democrat,” Donald Trump told CNN in 2004.

    In the same interview, he said: “It just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans.”

    2007 Donald Trump said, “Hillary’s always surrounded herself with very good people. I think Hillary would do a good job,” as he praised her ability to negotiate and ultimately handle a deal with Iran.

    Trump praised Obama in his 2009 book, Think Like a Champion. Trump wrote that he felt what Obama “has done is amazing” in becoming the first African American president, adding, “the fact that he accomplished what he has—in one year and against great odds—is truly phenomenal.”

    Trump said he believed Obama had “the mark of a strong leader with an understanding of the economy. He wrote:

  • Erudite Mavin

    Democrat Trump and Socialist Bernie share their anti war, love of Putin and Russia, destruction of NATO and the list goes on.
    The general public who voted for Trump in the primaries thinking he is a Conservative Republican have No clue about Politics, History, or just common sense.
    The Trump enablers are No different than the blind followers of Obama 08 & 12 thinking he loves America and will do well.