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Fri May 19, 2017, 11:16 AM

U.S. 'Propaganda' Influenced Russian Elections, Putin's Party Claims

Source: Newsweek



BY JASON LE MIERE ON 5/19/17 AT 11:01 AM


After months of reports and investigations into Russia’s potential attempts to sway the direction of the United States presidential election, Vladimir Putin’s ruling party struck back with an accusation of its own Friday. The U.S. media, according to a member of the United Russia party, used “propaganda” to try to influence Russia’s 2016 parliamentary elections.

The accusation came in a report commissioned to examine U.S. media influence in the elections. Presenting the report to lawmakers, Leonid Levin, chair of the legislative Committee on Information and Communication, said there is a “large-scale system the U.S. (used) to influence domestic politics in Russia,” according to The Moscow Times. He pointed to the U.S.-government-funded media outlets Voice of America and Radio Liberty, as well as CNN as being part of the effort.

“During the parliamentary election campaign last year, radio stations funded from the U.S. state budget, under the pretext of performing journalism, carried out propaganda and distorted the election process in Russia,” Levin said, reported Russia’s state news agency Tass.

In the elections, United Russia won a majority in parliament, or Duma, with 54 percent of the vote. At the time, Putin said his party had “achieved a very good result.” Levin, however, said U.S. media coverage in the country had not only clearly favored rival parties but also called into question the “democratic nature” of the elections by suggesting the results had been predetermined. Turnout for the elections was just under 48 percent—a record low.


Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/russia-election-us-media-influence-612354

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 11:27 AM

1. I find Putin's claim hard to believe.

The American election process is a mess between gerrymandering, voter suppression efforts and Russian interference. We can't find our collective asses with both hands right now. Even if we succeed in winning back the house in 2018 and/or the WH in 2020. We will still be under attack. I don't think the evil is going away for the foreseeable future. Doesn't mean we shouldn't fight like hell, however.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 11:27 AM

2. Pfft. Russian journalists "called into question the democratic nature of the elections" as well.

In other news, a recent poll showed that 23% of Russians are willing to sell their vote because they don't believe that their vote matters anyways. Might as well make some money with it.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 11:30 AM

3. The U.S. has about as much influence on Russian elections as Mexico on Chinese elections

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 11:34 AM

4. Ill believe Russia has elections they day Putin and his chosen candiates...

stop winning landslides

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 11:38 AM

5. he's joking, right?

he's joking

(in russian accent)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 11:49 AM

6. Hey Putz:

"U.S. media coverage in the country had not only clearly favored rival parties but also called into question the “democratic nature” of the elections by suggesting the results had been predetermined."

This is the United States, where we have a free and independent press.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 11:52 AM

7. You know what would Influenced Russian Elections ? A Tomahawk up putins ASS...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 12:17 PM

8. Putin shamelessly accuses others of his own misdeeds, much like Republicans do. nt

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #8)

Fri May 19, 2017, 12:26 PM

9. He and lil donnie are so much alike.

Thuggish greedy oligarchs raping their countries and ultimately the world for their own personal profit and pleasure.

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Response to lark (Reply #9)

Fri May 19, 2017, 12:30 PM

10. Yup. But Putin is smarter than lil donnie. nt

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #10)

Fri May 19, 2017, 12:34 PM

11. One is definitely the puppet and the other the puppeteer.

Orange assface isn't the former.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 12:40 PM

12. It's like the whole political world

has been reduced to 8 year old mentality. Heads of state saying, "what you say is what you are".

In politics, there are no adults in the room anymore.

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