June 5, 2017
Everyone should watch this. It’s amazing.
I don’t generally hope people fail. Megyn [sic] Kelly is an exception.
And I don’t generally like world leaders. Vladimir Putin is an exception.
So this event was especially meaningful for me.
Megyn Kelly launched her new magazine at NBC Sunday, and the stakes couldn’t have been much higher for either. Kelly, now among the highest paid personalities on network news (nearly $20 million per year), left Fox News for the network earlier this year, and will most likely secure another role on the morning schedule later this year, in addition to this one.
But first, she had to get through “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly,”
Her lead-off piece was about the second most famous leader on the planet, Vladmir Putin. For her, the results were mixed. For Putin, the result was a slam dunk.
In a wide-ranging interview that led Kelly’s inaugural broadcast, Putin spoke at length and unchallenged — and even appeared to have mastered a skill that American pundits spend years developing, the “pull-out quote,” AKA the memorable soundbite:
“You people are so creative over there,” he quipped. “Good job. Your lives must be boring.”
Then, this one: “Have you all lost your senses over there?”
Good job, indeed. Maybe Putin missed his calling — as a U.S. cable news primetime host.
The best part of Kelly’s inaugural “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” began in the opening moments, with Kelly moderating a panel at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Cue to a tight shot of Kelly, who explained that the “normally wonkish” discussion became “heated” when she asked Putin about cyber interference in the U.S. election: “I saw what was happening,” he said, via the translator. “It was a big surprise for me too. What they are saying is just nuts. I never know where people spreading disinformation is coming from.”
The one-on-one followed. Kelly asked the right questions — Russian cyber interference, former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and so on — and he overwhelmed her with word clouds. “What fingerprints or hoof-prints or horn-prints? What are you talking about? IP addresses? They can be invented, you know? There are a lot of specialists who can even make it so it comes from your home IP address as if your 3-year-old daughter carried out the attack.”
Kelly stared at him, and no followup came, despite an obvious one: What the heck is a “horn-print?”
A Russian idiom that doesn’t translate well.
As is often the case with idioms, especially Russian ones.
“I will tell you something you already know,” he prefaced one answer.
His interpreter — who sounded indignant — located an occasional colloquialism, like “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”
Putin, or his translator, was dismissive of every question: “[American] presidents come and go . . . we know more or less what’s going to happen.”
Kelly soldiered on: “Do you have something damaging on our president?”
Putin volleyed: “Load of nonsense . . . ”
Not once did Kelly interject, not once did she tell him that what he was saying was a load of nonsense.
She got brutalized.
Very happy about it.
Putin even flirted with this bitch, made her look like a schoolgirl – through a translator.
When she got back to the US, before the piece aired Sunday, she actually admitted on TV that she was charmed by him off camera.
I have no idea why she thought she would be able to handle this man.
She later went back and inserted her jabs in the narration. There is no raw version of the interview or complete transcript available online that I can find. But even the version aired makes Putin look fantastic, and makes the US government and the kookspiracy insane.
The best part is when he says “you [the media and establishment] created the lie to fight your President.”
I am very happy Putin has Trump’s back.
It doesn’t mean much in the larger scheme of things, necessarily, but it does speak to the fact that Trump is indeed genuine. Something which I haven’t really had much question about since the Comey firing, but have been hesitant to state on this site, as I don’t want to give people false hope.
In the end, there is nothing much to hope for. He is almost certainly going to get beat by the system. But it is comforting, on a emotional level, to know that he was real during the campaign, and he did mean to do what he promised to do. That period in American history was not fake.
That was real life.
Here’s the full forum video (the full part with Putin, rather).