Useful Idiots or Intentional Allies?

Exhibit A: Useful Idiot

I don’t often point to Margaret Sullivan in the WaPo (I mean, does anyone?), but she listened to a passage from Fiona Hill’s testimony and highlights it:

But it was another part of that long interview that I found almost as arresting. Hill described how Putin, as he reaches for domination, relies heavily on his skills at the influence-and-information game.

“What happens in a Russian ‘all-of-society’ war, you soften up the enemy,” she told her interviewer, Maura Reynolds. Hill named some names: “You get the Tucker Carlsons and Donald Trumps doing your job for you.”

And now, after a few years of their apologetic rhetoric on behalf of Russia, Putin “has got swaths of the Republican Party” and “masses of the U.S. public saying ‘Good on you, Vladimir Putin,’ or blaming NATO, or blaming the U.S.” for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, she added.

This is definitely true and falls into Driftglassprogrammable meat puppets  theory of the Republican base. Sullivan continues:

That Russian state TV has repeatedly played clips of Carlson’s rants, complete with Russian subtitles, is a tribute to just how well-received his rhetoric has been by Putin and his allies.

Laura Ingraham’s show was a big help late last month as she trashed a speech by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as “really pathetic” and brought Trump on as a guest. The former president’s analysis: His strongman idol would merely have taken over two regions in eastern Ukraine but went further because “he sees the weakness and the incompetence and the stupidity” of the Biden administration.

This is a former president siding with an enemy of our country against our country and the current president. You think this apologia will not be broadcast in Mother Russia? Hair Füror knows that and is glad to be contributing to the cause, as it were.

It’s cheap and easy to dismiss Lord Damp Nut’s rhetoric to having Daddy Issues (but also true), but what about Tucker, or Ingraham? I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to say they are actually True Believers when it comes to fascism. And as members of the media, they know damn well that there remarks are getting airplay in Russia. That’s not even questionable.

The old phrase of useful idiots seems dismissive in this context as all of these people are savvy media performers, so the real question is of intent. When people tell you who they are, believe them the first time.

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8 Responses to Useful Idiots or Intentional Allies?

  1. MDavis says:

    Ingraham? Ingraham a True Believer when it comes to fascism? She of the nazi salute, the literal Heil salute during a trump rallye?
    Shocked, I’m shocked to hear she may (!) believe in fascism.

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  2. Jimmy T says:

    Useful idiots they may be to the Russian dictator. The term may have originated with Lenin, but has persisted. Most scissorheads know the meaning, but I’ll restate it from Wikipedia “a useful idiot is a term for a person perceived as propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the cause’s goals, and who is cynically used by the cause’s leaders.” Seems to fit the Faux Snooze conspirators, and the Murdoch empire’s business model. Too bad they can get on board for a better America, but I’m supposing they get paid well enough for their efforts the traitorous bastards…

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    • I honestly don’t think tuckums or she-wolf “[don’t] fully comprehend the cause’s goals” because Putin wants an internally divided, authoritarian US on his side, and Tuckums **wants* an authoritarian white supremacist theocratic US where half or more of the population is considered the despised Other, and wil side with Putin and his white supremacist theocratic regime.

      They have consistently sided with him for years.

      They are fascists, period, full stop. None of this ‘Oh he’s just doing it for the entertainment value’ or ‘She’s just cynically adopting that pose for ratings’.

      As the saying goes,:

      We have a name for people who sided with the fascists for personal gain, or out of economic anxiety, or fears that a changing social and demographic world that will make them less dominant.

      The word is “fascist”.

      They long ago showed us who they are; lets stop pretending we don’t know.

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  4. H-Bob says:

    Fox news – Russia’s favorite network!

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  5. saveusfrompotus says:

    Their behavior SHOULD be illegal

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  6. DK says:

    Trump Republicans are just plain old traitors. Carlson, Ingraham, Suzanne Fox and the whole Fox News lot should be sent to Moscow. Along with Dementia Donald himself.

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  7. pagan in repose says:

    As I’ve said before: “They all should just move to Russia as they all seem to think of it as their idea of paradise on Earth. I’m sure ‘ole’ Putin would be “more than happy” to let them in.” Then they can quit fucking with the citizen’s of this fledgling Democracy and go play “Tiddly Winks” with Putin, their Dictator of choice.

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