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Ed Driscoll

Actual CNN Caption: ‘Putin Bullying Obama?’

March 1st, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Imagine you’re a backroom boffin in Vladimir Putin’s Russia assigned to monitor all of the news media out of the West that references Russia and your boss. Imagine the chuckle you know Putin’s going to get when you show him the following screen capture from CNN:

“Well, that’s it,” Putin is surely thinking. “It’s hands off the Ukraine, now, lest anyone think that I would bully that nice Barry Obama fella! It’s a good thing Stalin isn’t still alive to see this. I know he’d be ever-so-shocked if he were accused of bullying anyone.”

For reasons known only to themselves, “bullying” is one of those words that burrowed itself deep into the collective psyche of those working at CNN, in much the same way that words such as “tolerance” and “diversity” were omnipresent amongst those on the left in 1990s. I’m not sure if “bullying” appears in Jonah Goldberg’s 2012 book The Tyranny of Cliches, but surely the etymology of how “bullying” and its “we’re all victims now” mindset became a popular trope among the left in recent years should be added to a later edition. CNN’s Anderson Cooper was particularly enamored of the word in 2011, running shows titled “The Roots of Bullying,” even as his fellow anchors such as Piers Morgan delighted in bullying their guests, hence the title of Ben Shapiro’s book last year on the topic.

It’s probably for the best though that CNN wasn’t around during World War II; we were spared the following Chyron graphic:

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And while the American television networks were in their infancy during the early days of the Cold War, liberalism was made of much sterner stuff back then, which is why we never saw this graphic either:

stalin_bullying_truman_cnn_3-1-14

As John Nolte writes, “NEVER change, CNN. Don’t ever g**damn change.” Personally though, I’d love to see CNN change, but that would require growing a spine — and a cranium capable of acquiring a set of morals atop it, which isn’t likely to happen anytime soon, as a once great TV network continues to auger further into the ground.

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More than likely, CNN expects Putin to fold under cries of "raaaaacism." Little do they comprehend, unlike Republicans, no one else in the world gives a damn about what a two-bit seldom-watched has-been "news" network thinks about someone dissing their sort of god Obama.
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I don't care if Putin is trying to bully Obama. That is life it happens all the time. I do no not care if CNN runs that caption.

What I do care is if Obama caves into bullying and I really care if a large bloc of voters and politicians say "There there now are you hurt"

Obama unilaterally and foolishly ended sanctions against Iran. What kind of world should we have expected afterwards?
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I'm waiting for this headline:

"Putin withdraws American ambassador; Obama unfriends Putin"
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I understand the ACLU is looking into the bullying charge.
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my best friend's step-sister makes $78 every hour on the internet . She has been fired for 9 months but last month her pay was $17444 just working on the internet for a few hours. straight from the source>>>>>> http://financiallife.biz/?bo0337
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this is real life, and not academia, where people like B.O. who never could exist in the real world, think about things and put out opinions that have no basis in reality and think because they are so smart people should listen to them.

Yup, they get college profs and libs to listen to them, as they drive them into the ditch because those that exist in the real world like Putin, don't give a rat's rear end about their opinions, their beliefs, unless it coincides with theirs.

And besides B.O. already gave away the keys to the fortress when he told Putin after the election he would be more flexible.
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Stalin did not bully FDR & Truman. He did not need to as he had communist spy's placed highly in our government. FDR just did Stalin's bidding coming from people like Harry Hopkins et. al. We lost our moral compass when FDR recognized USSR as a co-equal government in 1933. After that, we could not protest the murders in the Gulags etc because we had co-opted our character and forever had to "go along" with whatever USSR did. America fallen.
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"a once great TV network continues to auger further into the ground"

Perfect description! Guess who they had on this morning. Albright and Brzezinski. Talk about tired retreads of failed policies!
20 weeks ago
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Here is my idea:
Go to UN, request that Russia be expelled from UN for aggression
If UN refuses, US leaves the UN
In this case, I would rather the US got out of the UN, but both would be good results.
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Patton: [referring to Rommel's book, 'Infantry Attacks' or 'Infanterie greift an'] Rommel... you magnificent bastard, *I read your book*!

I guess Putin read Obama's college paper on the Soviet Union
20 weeks ago
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Putin plays a disgusting song.
Our President is his instrument.

I can't plug my ears enough to block the noise but Vladimir seems to like wretched music. Obama doesn't seem to mind being a tool for the devil.
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And then disrespected and dismissed by the bad man, little Barry went and cried himself to sleep.
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Am I the only one who thinks the headline is justified? One could kill or torture or assassinate or defeat FDR or Truman, but I don't see how anybody could *bully* them. Obama, on the other hand, can bully but xan also be bullied. In fact, he *is* a bully: pouncing on weakness and retreating hastly before strenght, morals or justice be samned.
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and like most bullies, when someone stands up to him, he'll either cave, or become the other bully's lackey.

He'll be a more flexible lackey.
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How loud do you think Putin will laugh when this headline appears in the New York Times?:
"PUTIN'S ACTIONS AGAINST OBAMA
IS IT RACIALLY MOTIVATED?"
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