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SEPTEMBER 2020

Breaking News: Trump Coordinates His Efforts to Discredit Mainstream Media with Kremlin

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US President Donald Trump and the Russian Foreign Ministry have simultaneously accused US media of publication of the fake news.

Breaking News: Trump Coordinates His Efforts to Discredit Mainstream Media with Kremlin

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On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump has once again slammed “fake news media,” after a number of them, such as the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN, reported that Trump’s advisors allegedly communicated with members of the Russian intelligence a year before the presidential elections in the US. At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry has also accused US media of creating fake news. Maybe, next time, CNN will tell us about coordinated efforts of Trump and the Kremlin to discredit US media? This development seems enough possible in the current situation.

In his first tweet, posted on Wednesday, Trump criticized MSNBC and CNN, however, at the same time, he noted that Fox News’s ‘Fox & Friends’ is “great!”

In his next Wednesday’s tweet Trump also said “this Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.”

The US President also blasted the continued “illegal leaks”, saying it was “just like Russia.”

At the same time, official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that instead of fighting against fake news, in many cases US media themselves are authors of such news.

“One example: as you know, recently, US media reported, citing its sources, that Russian special services, the Russian side, have allegedly expressed its readiness to extradite a former employee of the NSA, Snowden, as a gift to the US President. This is not the first time, when US media publish these citations on some unnamed sources. And we have already given our comments on them,” Zakharova said at a briefing.

She emphasized that in all these cases nobody addressed to the Russian side for confirmation or refutation of this information before its publication.

Zakharova also responded to criticism from British media in regard to the Sputnik news agency. According to her, it was a coordinated action. Zakharova said that several leading British newspapers simultaneously accused Sputnik of publication of false information.

“[They] branded Sputnik with all possible colorful epithets, such as ‘the Kremlin’s Soviet-style misinformation machine’,” spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry gave an example.

According to Zakharova, people, who organize and implement such actions, “do not really understand that it is clear,” as well as “people, involved in information technology and information,” keep a close watch and see “traces of how an information campaign has been launched.”

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