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What passes for 'objective information' in the Western media
Much of the West has been informed that Russia is responsible for the migrant crisis, for corruption of the Olympic games, for meddling in American democracy, for killing Syrians, and whatever else crosses the disturbed minds of the Western criminal elite. And, of course, point by point they are all lies. CNN delivered their 'lite' version of the West's paranoid hate-propaganda this week when on August 9th they published an interview with 'Platon,' the man who took the picture of Putin for his Time Magazine special:

The photographer relates a wonderfully schizoid version of Russia under Putin worthy of his self-description as a 'story-teller'.
"As you arrive you see this giant, high, security wall covered in snipers. And then at gun-point I'm led into the building. And then Putin walks in, and he's surrounded by his translators, his team of advisers, and about ten body guards. It was pretty intimidating. And I said to him, "I'm a massive Beatles fan. Are you?" He speaks to me and he says, "I love the Beatles." So I said "What's your favorite Beatle?" and he said "Paul". And I said what's your favorite song? And he said, "Ah, Yesterday." Think about it.
Now, even disregarding the rest of 'Platon's' nonsense about Putin's face being the symbol of authoritarianism, that's just good old fashioned Cold War paranoia. We have giant walls covered in snipers, poor little photographers being shuffled about at gun-point (seriously, did he have a gun trained on his head?! I highly doubt it), and the scurrilous skewing of Putin's response about his favorite Beatles song - 'Yesterday' - to suggest that he secretly wants to reinstate the Soviet Union or some such nonsense. Maybe his second favorite Beatles song is 'Lenin in the sky with Diamonds'? This is the hysterical bogeyman mentality that the anti-Russian elite want the public to believe, and, if we believe Gallup polls, it's largely working. From 1989 to 2016 the percentage of the US public who saw Russia 'mostly favorable' has fallen from 55% to 25%.