This is what can happen when a Russian “journalist” is permitted to ask questions in the White House briefing room.
Andrei Sitov, the Washington bureau chief for ITAR-Tass, is usually fairly well behaved, asking things that might normally be expected of a Russian correspondent were the Russian media not under the thumb of its authoritarian government.
But today, Andrei unloaded with a “question” that could have been written by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who has you know as spent the last decade easing freedom out the door in Russia while his thugs bully and kill reporters who try to conduct themselves as actual journalists.
Here’s what Andrei wanted to know. Please tell me whether you think this question was NOT written in the Kremlin.
But this is what I was talking about, exactly this. This is America — the democracy, the freedom of speech, the freedom of assembly, the freedom to petition your government.
And many people outside would also say, and the, quote/unquote, “freedom” of a deranged mind to react in a violent way is also American. How do you respond to that?
You Americans and your freedom. What’s the matter with you? I assume Russians will be treated to this exchange 24-7 on the television.
And good for Gibbs. He started answering calmly, and then became visibly angry, and ended the briefing once he was finished.
We had people whose lives will be changed forever because of the deranged actions of a madman.
Those are not American. Those are not in keeping with the important bedrock values by which this country was founded and by which its citizens live each and every day of their lives in hopes of something better for those that are here.
Andrei has been around for years. But this is a new low. Andrei’s dual role is as a journalist and a propagandist. I’m not sure what he’s doing in the White House briefing room.