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Megyn Kelly on Thursday filed her first report for NBC News, appearing on the ”Today" show from Saint Petersburg, Russia, to announce a one-on-one interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"This will be the first time that he'll be taking questions from an American journalist since the special council was appointed in the United States to look into allegations of Russian interference in our election," said Kelly, a former Fox News host.

"Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" premieres Sunday at 7 p.m.


http://thehill.com/media/335905-megyn-kelly-makes-nbc-debut-announces-putin-interview

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Telstar wrote:Megyn Kelly on Thursday filed her first report for NBC News, appearing on the ”Today" show from Saint Petersburg, Russia, to announce a one-on-one interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"This will be the first time that he'll be taking questions from an American journalist since the special council was appointed in the United States to look into allegations of Russian interference in our election," said Kelly, a former Fox News host.

"Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" premieres Sunday at 7 p.m.


http://thehill.com/media/335905-megyn-kelly-makes-nbc-debut-announces-putin-interview

This is perfect. I saw a tiny clip of Putin and Kelly together yesterday. He is a normal male and is effected by her loveliness. She must still have somewhat of a Fox News following, which means more right wing eyeballs. Kelly is a serious journalist and not afraid of asking hard questions. She knows what she's up against. It should be quite interesting. Bet Trump will watch!

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That'll be interesting. I don't know how much good it does to interview a notorious liar -- I don't trust KGB Putin any more than I do his puppet-boy Trump -- but, it'll be compelling, none the less.

I'm not sure Megyn Kelly is really all that serious of a journalist (she did waste a lotta time arguing over Santa Claus being white or black once), but, she does have some things to prove now, and an axe to grind, so it'll be interesting to see what she does.

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Agreed... he could easily pass a polygraph and be spewing propaganda. I wouldn't give him the platform.

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He is a normal male and is effected by her loveliness.

Oh, no, you DIDN'T say that!

And what, pray tell, is a "normal" female? A desirable, slender, young nymphet who uses her physical attributes to seduce men or the fat, wrinkled, cellulite-ridden harpy she becomes who drives men into early graves from despair?

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othershoe1030 wrote:
He is a normal male and is effected by her loveliness.

Oh, no, you DIDN'T say that!

And what, pray tell, is a "normal" female? A desirable, slender, young nymphet who uses her physical attributes to seduce men or the fat, wrinkled, cellulite-ridden harpy she becomes who drives men into early graves from despair?

What? Just stating facts. Putin will not be able to push her around. She is a combination of skill and grace. He will have to be on his best game to put one over on her. She does her homework.

Did you see her this morning interviewing Putin and the Pres. of India at the summit in Russia? She is calm and good and thinks on her feet. It will be a very interesting show. She gets under his skin. He was asked about a serin gas attack and he became very defensive.  

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You say that like there's something wrong with it. (to del)

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I saw her in an interview with Dr. Oz talking about the last time she saw her father. She was 16 and wanted an upgraded class ring which would have cost more money. Her father put his foot down and said the family could not afford it. She had a little bit of a hissy fit, and her father walked away from her and went into the living room and sat down staring into space. She walked by him without saying a word in protest and went upstairs. She was told by a sister that Dad just had a heart attack, and he later died. Her last memory was arguing with her father about a class ring. I felt her honesty and pain about that incident. She also was the target of bullies in junior high as she was over weight and had a bad complexion. She told the story of being isolated by other girls who made fun of her and never included her in parties. You could still feel the pain from this period of her life. I think she sold a bit of her soul marching to the Fox dictates, but within that context she did try to be truthful and was not afraid to tell Karl Rove WTF in 2012. I look forward to the real Kelly making it .

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2seaoat wrote:I saw her in an interview with Dr. Oz talking about the last time she saw her father.  She was 16 and wanted an upgraded class ring which would have cost more money.  Her father put his foot down and said the family could not afford it.  She had a little bit of a hissy fit, and her father walked away from her and went into the living room and sat down staring into space.  She walked by him without saying a word in protest and went upstairs.  She was told by a sister that Dad just had a heart attack, and he later died.  Her last memory was arguing with her father about a class ring.  I felt her honesty and pain about that incident.  She also was the target of bullies in junior high as she was over weight and had a bad complexion.   She told the story of being isolated by other girls who made fun of her and never included her in parties.  You could still feel the pain from this period of her life.   I think she sold a bit of her soul marching to the Fox dictates, but within that context she did try to be truthful and was not afraid to tell Karl Rove WTF in 2012.  I look forward to the real Kelly making it .

Oh, please! Her father died when she was 16 and she got picked on in high school. Big deal, boo-hoo-hoo. I can't think of anyone I admire or respect who had a painless childhood and adolescence.

She should be ashamed of herself for putting her "pain" out there. She was a pampered white female who grew up never really lacking for anything in a safe, wealthy country. In other words, SHE HAD A BETTER CHILDHOOD THAN 90% OF THE HUMANS WHO EVER LIVED!

She's a crybaby with absolutely NO perspective or appreciation for the real suffering of the vast majority of people in this or any other country.

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2seaoat wrote:I saw her in an interview with Dr. Oz talking about the last time she saw her father.  She was 16 and wanted an upgraded class ring which would have cost more money.  Her father put his foot down and said the family could not afford it.  She had a little bit of a hissy fit, and her father walked away from her and went into the living room and sat down staring into space.  She walked by him without saying a word in protest and went upstairs.  She was told by a sister that Dad just had a heart attack, and he later died.  Her last memory was arguing with her father about a class ring.  I felt her honesty and pain about that incident.  She also was the target of bullies in junior high as she was over weight and had a bad complexion.   She told the story of being isolated by other girls who made fun of her and never included her in parties.  You could still feel the pain from this period of her life.   I think she sold a bit of her soul marching to the Fox dictates, but within that context she did try to be truthful and was not afraid to tell Karl Rove WTF in 2012.  I look forward to the real Kelly making it .

Oh, please! Her father died when she was 16 and she got picked on in high school. Big deal, boo-hoo-hoo. I can't think of anyone I admire or respect who had a painless childhood and adolescence.

She should be ashamed of herself for putting her "pain" out there. She was a pampered white female who grew up never really lacking for anything in a safe, wealthy country. In other words, SHE HAD A BETTER CHILDHOOD THAN 90% OF THE HUMANS WHO EVER LIVED!

She's a crybaby with absolutely NO perspective or appreciation for the real suffering of the vast majority of people in this or any other country.



But...but...maybe she's right about that Santa thing.

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2seaoat wrote:I saw her in an interview with Dr. Oz talking about the last time she saw her father.  

The Dr. Oz show. Why doesn't that surprise me?

Were you wearing a dress while you were doing it?*

The Dr. Oz show, geez!

*Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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2seaoat wrote:I saw her in an interview with Dr. Oz talking about the last time she saw her father.  

The Dr. Oz show. Why doesn't that surprise me?

Were you wearing a dress while you were doing it?*

The Dr. Oz show, geez!

*Not that there's anything wrong with that.




Is it true that Dr. Oz and Jeffrey Tambor are twins? Hey Now!

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2seaoat wrote:I saw her in an interview with Dr. Oz talking about the last time she saw her father.  She was 16 and wanted an upgraded class ring which would have cost more money.  Her father put his foot down and said the family could not afford it.  She had a little bit of a hissy fit, and her father walked away from her and went into the living room and sat down staring into space.  She walked by him without saying a word in protest and went upstairs.  She was told by a sister that Dad just had a heart attack, and he later died.  Her last memory was arguing with her father about a class ring.  I felt her honesty and pain about that incident.  She also was the target of bullies in junior high as she was over weight and had a bad complexion.   She told the story of being isolated by other girls who made fun of her and never included her in parties.  You could still feel the pain from this period of her life.   I think she sold a bit of her soul marching to the Fox dictates, but within that context she did try to be truthful and was not afraid to tell Karl Rove WTF in 2012.  I look forward to the real Kelly making it .

Oh, please! Her father died when she was 16 and she got picked on in high school. Big deal, boo-hoo-hoo. I can't think of anyone I admire or respect who had a painless childhood and adolescence.

She should be ashamed of herself for putting her "pain" out there. She was a pampered white female who grew up never really lacking for anything in a safe, wealthy country. In other words, SHE HAD A BETTER CHILDHOOD THAN 90% OF THE HUMANS WHO EVER LIVED!

She's a crybaby with absolutely NO perspective or appreciation for the real suffering of the vast majority of people in this or any other country.

There's nothing wrong w/ acknowledging pain in your life.I don't know where you get off putting somebody down for that? Yeah some people have more pain that others but she certainly has a right to talk about it. Good grief!

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2seaoat wrote:  I think she sold a bit of her soul marching to the Fox dictates, but within that context she did try to be truthful and was not afraid to tell Karl Rove WTF in 2012.  I look forward to the real Kelly making it .

I too am looking forward to it and think she will do a great job. Let's see what the reactions are after we watch it. Who would you rather have doing the interview, Hannity? How would a Trump supporter hit the hard questions without embarrassing 45? Who would ask Putin why are we finding a Russian under every rock we turn over in the Trump administration?

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del.capslock wrote:
2seaoat wrote:I saw her in an interview with Dr. Oz talking about the last time she saw her father.  She was 16 and wanted an upgraded class ring which would have cost more money.  Her father put his foot down and said the family could not afford it.  She had a little bit of a hissy fit, and her father walked away from her and went into the living room and sat down staring into space.  She walked by him without saying a word in protest and went upstairs.  She was told by a sister that Dad just had a heart attack, and he later died.  Her last memory was arguing with her father about a class ring.  I felt her honesty and pain about that incident.  She also was the target of bullies in junior high as she was over weight and had a bad complexion.   She told the story of being isolated by other girls who made fun of her and never included her in parties.  You could still feel the pain from this period of her life.   I think she sold a bit of her soul marching to the Fox dictates, but within that context she did try to be truthful and was not afraid to tell Karl Rove WTF in 2012.  I look forward to the real Kelly making it .

Oh, please! Her father died when she was 16 and she got picked on in high school. Big deal, boo-hoo-hoo. I can't think of anyone I admire or respect who had a painless childhood and adolescence.

She should be ashamed of herself for putting her "pain" out there. She was a pampered white female who grew up never really lacking for anything in a safe, wealthy country. In other words, SHE HAD A BETTER CHILDHOOD THAN 90% OF THE HUMANS WHO EVER LIVED!

She's a crybaby with absolutely NO perspective or appreciation for the real suffering of the vast majority of people in this or any other country.

There's nothing wrong w/ acknowledging pain in your life.I don't know where you get off putting somebody down for that? Yeah some people have more pain that others but she certainly has a right to talk about it. Good grief!




At least nobody called her as "snowflake", nyet. Laughing

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There's nothing wrong w/ acknowledging pain in your life.I don't know where you get off putting somebody down for that? Yeah some people have more pain that others but she certainly has a right to talk about it. Good grief!

PAIN? What pain? She grew up in white upper-middle class suburbs. She attended nice white suburban schools. It's not like she's ever been through any really hard times.

She's just another pampered, self-indulgent white female who thinks a broken nail or a screwed-up lunch order is serious trauma.

In her recent crybaby book, Settle for More, she describes her humiliation at being asked to make copies at her first law firms despite the fact that she was an actual lawyer.

What an outrage! The horror, the horror!

Here's part of a review of her book in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

That’s what’s weird about this memoir: It’s full of self-reflection without a lot of self-awareness. She repeatedly writes as if she’s giving herself a pep talk, inventing drama where there really isn’t any, and rationalizing or glossing over areas that could have benefited from more careful analysis. And due to its publication date, we have no idea how Ms. Kelly feels about one of her former harassers being the president-elect.
http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/books/2016/12/04/Settle-For-More-Megyn-Kelly-s-bio-lacks-details-and-self-awareness/stories/201612040034

There's a lot of serious journalists out there who put themselves in harm's way to "get the story". These, for instance:

A total of 115 journalists died in 2016 simply for doing their jobs, according to the annual report compiled by the International News Safety Institute (INSI), Killing the Messenger.

The year began and ended with mass tragedies involving media workers – in Afghanistan, Colombia and Russia. An attack in January by the Taliban on Tolo TV, one of Afghanistan’s largest entertainment channels, claimed eight lives in a direct assault on press freedom.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2017/jan/09/115-journalists-killed-in-2016-simply-for-doing-their-jobs

She hasn't earned the right to complain. About anything.

She's the very definition of white privilege.

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I am in New Orleans and have been seeing promos for this Sunday night broadcast for several days. This evening we turn on the TV and see some show about KENYA AND ELEPHANTS! They showed like the last minute and a half of Kelly's program. UGH. If anyone knows of a way I can access it via Sling TV, Netflix, Amazon etc. etc. I would appreciate it. No doubt there will be clips shown in the days to come but...dang.

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othershoe1030 wrote:I am in New Orleans and have been seeing promos for this Sunday night broadcast for several days. This evening we turn on the TV and see some show about KENYA AND ELEPHANTS! They showed like the last minute and a half of Kelly's program. UGH. If anyone knows of a way I can access it via Sling TV, Netflix, Amazon etc. etc. I would appreciate it. No doubt there will be clips shown in the days to come but...dang.




WOW, Pooty even brings up the CIA killing JFK. Pooty should talk to Russian puppet #45 about that. Russian puppet #45 already spilled the beans that old man Cruz was behind the Kennedy killing.




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Telstar wrote:
othershoe1030 wrote:I am in New Orleans and have been seeing promos for this Sunday night broadcast for several days. This evening we turn on the TV and see some show about KENYA AND ELEPHANTS! They showed like the last minute and a half of Kelly's program. UGH. If anyone knows of a way I can access it via Sling TV, Netflix, Amazon etc. etc. I would appreciate it. No doubt there will be clips shown in the days to come but...dang.




WOW, Pooty even brings up the CIA killing JFK. Pooty should talk to Russian puppet #45 about that. Russian puppet #45 already spilled the beans that old man Cruz was behind the Kennedy killing.



OH WOW! Thanks so much!! cheers  cheers

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Telstar wrote:
othershoe1030 wrote:I am in New Orleans and have been seeing promos for this Sunday night broadcast for several days. This evening we turn on the TV and see some show about KENYA AND ELEPHANTS! They showed like the last minute and a half of Kelly's program. UGH. If anyone knows of a way I can access it via Sling TV, Netflix, Amazon etc. etc. I would appreciate it. No doubt there will be clips shown in the days to come but...dang.




WOW, Pooty even brings up the CIA killing JFK. Pooty should talk to Russian puppet #45 about that. Russian puppet #45 already spilled the beans that old man Cruz was behind the Kennedy killing.




OH WOW! Thanks so much!! cheers  cheers




Anything for the good guys. Smile



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othershoe1030 wrote:
Telstar wrote:
othershoe1030 wrote:I am in New Orleans and have been seeing promos for this Sunday night broadcast for several days. This evening we turn on the TV and see some show about KENYA AND ELEPHANTS! They showed like the last minute and a half of Kelly's program. UGH. If anyone knows of a way I can access it via Sling TV, Netflix, Amazon etc. etc. I would appreciate it. No doubt there will be clips shown in the days to come but...dang.

OH WOW! Thanks so much!! cheers  cheers

Anything for the good guys. Smile

Good of you to post the interview, Tel. Do wonder from her wording whether or not othershoe realizes the "some show about KENYA AND ELEPHANTS" was one of the segments of Kelly's program as well. The Putin piece was only the first bit tonight. I actually found the drug company expose' piece more interesting. Sounds as if she has quite a few more interesting reports coming up over the summer, so I'll likely watch, even though I found Kelly herself a bit stiff and flat tonight. Maybe she always is -- haven't really ever watched much of her other than in the debates.

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Vikingwoman wrote:There's nothing wrong w/ acknowledging pain in your life.I don't know where you get off putting somebody down for that? Yeah some people have more pain that others but she certainly has a right to talk about it. Good grief!

Viking, haven't you realized yet that del.caps' opinion is PLATINUM on this forum?  His analysis and judgment on any and all matters big and small is absolute and beyond reproach.  His knowledge -- nay, his 'rightness' on every topic -- is far superior to any other person's here.   May as well accept it - no one will ever best him.  He's already the best, the greatest, the most perfect, the all-seeing, the...every superlative in the book.  I actually think he must be a god, if there ever were one.  A mean-spirited, vitriolic, woman-hating god, to be sure, but a god nevertheless.

And here you and Joani thought I was the arrogant, prideful one. Nope, I bow to the KING of arrogance and pridefulness, and no longer even attempt to converse with him, much less challenge him; anyone who does must necessarily be an emotional masochist looking for a major put-down.  Beware and be wary, as broadcast barbed riposte is this man's specialty -- his apparent great joy in life -- and remember this: HE IS NEVER WRONG.  Don't waste your time even attempting to imply otherwise; it's a loser's game.

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Vikingwoman wrote:There's nothing wrong w/ acknowledging pain in your life.I don't know where you get off putting somebody down for that? Yeah some people have more pain that others but she certainly has a right to talk about it. Good grief!

Viking, haven't you realized yet that del.caps' opinion is PLATINUM on this forum?  His analysis and judgment on any and all matters big and small is absolute and beyond reproach.  His knowledge -- nay, his 'rightness' on every topic -- is far superior to any other person's here.   May as well accept it - no one will ever best him.  He's already the best, the greatest, the most perfect, the all-seeing, the...every superlative in the book.  I actually think he must be a god, if there ever were one.  A mean-spirited, vitriolic, woman-hating god, to be sure, but a god nevertheless.

And here you and Joani thought I was the arrogant, prideful one. Nope, I bow to the KING of arrogance and pridefulness, and no longer even attempt to converse with him, much less challenge him; anyone who does must necessarily be an emotional masochist looking for a major put-down.  Beware and be wary, as broadcast barbed riposte is this man's specialty -- his apparent great joy in life -- and remember this: HE IS NEVER WRONG.  Don't waste your time even attempting to imply otherwise; it's a loser's game.

By Jove, I think she's got it!

P.S. I LOVE women, they're so easy to infuriate. Especially the ones that take themselves ever so seriously.

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RealLindaL wrote:
Telstar wrote:
othershoe1030 wrote:
Telstar wrote:
othershoe1030 wrote:I am in New Orleans and have been seeing promos for this Sunday night broadcast for several days. This evening we turn on the TV and see some show about KENYA AND ELEPHANTS! They showed like the last minute and a half of Kelly's program. UGH. If anyone knows of a way I can access it via Sling TV, Netflix, Amazon etc. etc. I would appreciate it. No doubt there will be clips shown in the days to come but...dang.

OH WOW! Thanks so much!! cheers  cheers

Anything for the good guys. Smile

Good of you to post the interview, Tel.   Do wonder from her wording whether or not othershoe realizes the "some show about KENYA AND ELEPHANTS" was one of the segments of Kelly's program as well.  The Putin piece was only the first bit tonight.  I actually found the drug company expose' piece more interesting.  Sounds as if she has quite a few more interesting reports coming up over the summer, so I'll likely watch, even though I found Kelly herself a bit stiff and flat tonight.  Maybe she always is -- haven't really ever watched much of her other than in the debates.

Thanks for clearing that up for me. You are right; I thought the entire show was going to be with Putin. Oh well. Glad I wrote a very polite email to the local NBC station expressing disappointment and asking when they might put Megyn on, lol. I was expecting more time for him considering all the interest we have in him these days for obvious reasons.

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Everything seems retro these days. Sean Hannity is the retro Joe McCarthy. Tucker Carlson is the retro Pinky Lee.  Keith Olbermann is the retro Dave Garroway and Megyn Kelly is the retro Marilyn Monroe with the interview skills of Fred C Muggs. NBC would have been better served if they hired Jeff Gannon to lob soft balls at Putin.

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Vladimir Putin Takes a Page From Trump’s Playbook With Megyn Kelly Interview

President Trump once protested that he was not the Russian leader’s ‘puppet,’ but on Sunday night, it was Megyn Kelly who seemed caught in Putin’s strings.

SCOTT BIXBY
06.05.17 1:00 AM ET

Megyn Kelly’s exclusive interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin may have been the inaugural sitdown of Kelly’s new show on NBC, but the format was old hat for the former Fox News star: Sit across from a strongman and be repeatedly lied to.

As an American special counsel attempts to cleave the Gordian knot of alleged links between Trump’s inner circle and top-tier members of Russian intelligence—and as Russia’s expansionist ambitions become increasingly overt—the stakes for Kelly’s interview were high. Fortunately for Putin, Kelly is apparently more adept at challenging the concept of a black Santa Claus than challenging a modern-day czar.

The Russian president boldly repeated demonstrable lies, decades-old conspiracy theories, and anti-journalist invective during the 11-minute interview—a strategy that might well have been cribbed from President Donald Trump’s media playbook. Kelly, who honed her interview skills as the smartest anchor at a cable network that airs Sean Hannity on a nightly basis, seldom pushed back against Putin’s assertions, including a bizarre suggestion that American intelligence services assassinated John F. Kennedy.

It was on the subject of Russian meddling in the U.S. electoral process, however, that Putin was at his most brazenly dishonest.
“I haven’t seen, even once, any direct proof of Russian interference in the presidential election in the United States,” Putin said at the interview’s outset.

Seventeen American intelligence agencies have concluded that the Russian government interfered with the election, with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence determining in January that Putin himself ordered an influence campaign with the goal of undermining public faith in the democratic process, denigrating then-Democratic presidental nominee
Hillary Clinton, and harming her electability and potential presidency.

The report also determined that Putin, for whom Trump has long expressed public admiration, had developed “a clear preference” for Trump, an allegation—in addition to numerous off-the-book meetings between Trump associates and Russian government officials—that has sparked months of speculation about just how close the two presidents really are.
Putin negated the idea that the Kremlin even has an opinion on who inhabits the White House.

“Presidents come and go, and even the parties in power change, but the main political direction does not change. That’s why, in the grand scheme of things, we don’t care who’s the head of the United States,” Putin said, dubiously. “We know more or less what is going to happen. And so in this regard, even if we wanted to, it wouldn’t make sense for us to interfere.”
Nearly every round of questioning followed a similar trajectory: a vague, confusingly framed question that suggested a lack of research in the subject; an unabashedly mendacious response; concluding with a voiceover of Kelly setting up her next poorly articulated question.

Dubbed in nasally English by a translator who sounded more like a cast member of The Big Bang Theory than the former director of the dreaded FSB, Putin declared that “there were no meetings” between Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and members of Trump’s campaign and administration.

“There were no meetings. I, you understand, there were no meetings. When I saw this, my jaw dropped,” Putin said. That claim runs counter to admissions by the White House itself that multiple members of the administration met with Kislyak, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and senior adviser-slash-presidential-son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The Russian president then backtracked, saying he had “no idea” whether meetings took place. The contradiction went unchallenged by Kelly.
“I’m being completely honest with you—I don’t know,” Putin said. “Do you think that from all over the world, or from the United States, the ambassador reports to me every day who he meets with or what they discuss there? That’s complete nonsense! Do you even understand what you’re asking or not?”

When asked whether he was “interested” in what Kislyak might have discussed with Kushner—who reportedly pitched a back channel that would have protected discussions between the transition team and the Russian government from being monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies—Putin dismissively asserted that the conversation had been invented out of whole cloth by a “bored” American press.

“You created a sensation out of nothing. And out of this sensation, you turned it into a weapon of war against the current president,” Putin said. “You people are so creative over there. Good job. Your lives must be boring.”

But even the most bored journalist could not have crafted Putin’s most audacious supposition: that Russian interference in the presidential election was the result of an elaborate false flag operation conducted by a shadowy cadre of mysterious American intelligence agencies.

“Hackers can be anywhere. They can be in Russia, in Asia, even in America… They can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States who very skillfully and professionally shifted the blame, as we say, onto Russia,” Putin said. “By some calculations, it was convenient for them to release this information, so they released it, calling out Russia. Can you imagine something like that? I can.”

Here, Putin took the opportunity to demonstrate another shared bond with Trump: baselessly accusing his opponents of being connected to the murder of President Kennedy.

“Here’s a theory that Kennedy’s assassination was arranged by the United States intelligence services,” Putin said. “So, if this theory is correct and that can’t be ruled out, then what could be easier, in this day and age, than using all the technical means at the disposal of the intelligence services, and using those means to organize some attacks? And then pointing the finger at Russia?”

Perhaps overcome by the number of falsehoods in Putin’s response, Kelly did not correct the Russian president’s apparent subscription to the conspiracy theory that the CIA killed JFK. In a voiceover, Kelly noted that “for the record, U.S. intelligence has concluded Mr. Putin himself ordered the disruption of the election.”

The expression on Putin’s face indicated that even he was bored with the interview by the time of Kelly’s final question—which was, for many who have watched Russia’s slide into autocracy with a wary eye, its most disappointing.

“Many Americans hear the name Vladimir Putin and they think, ‘He runs a country full of corruption, a country in which journalists who are too critical could wind up murdered, a country in which dissidents could wind up in jail or worse.’”

To people who believe that, Kelly asked, “What is your message?”
Putin’s answer—that Americans have no right to “moralize” another nation, even one where critics end up in comas from unknown poisons and photoshopped images of Putin in drag are banned as “gay propaganda”—was as general as the question that prompted it.

“Putin's victims never get prime-time treatment by American TV,” said Maxim Eristavi, a writer and Atlantic Council fellow based in Eastern Europe. “Chechen gay men running for their lives from pogroms don't get featured slots, families of murdered Russian journalists never get them as well—you will never see stories of hundreds of thousands victims of Russian military aggression in neighboring states opening up Sunday prime-time shows in the U.S. But Putin regularly gets the privilege.”

If viewers were itching for a real fight between a prominent television personality and America’s toughest geopolitical foe, both came away from Kelly’s interview disappointed—none more so than journalists living under Putin’s thumb.

“Watching from Eastern Europe, this constant attempt to humanize Putin while downplaying atrocities of his regime seems bizarre,” Eristavi, who has written for The Daily Beast, said. “With this interview, voices of local independent journalists remained ignored.”




http://www.thedailybeast.com/vladimir-putin-takes-a-page-from-trumps-playbook-with-megyn-kelly-interview

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