News Release

Effects of Russia Demonization

The Washington Post reports: “Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier.” Maggie Haberman of the New York Times tweeted: “Folks involved in funding this lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year.” See by Robert Parry: “Forgetting the ‘Dirty Dossier’ on Trump.”

JAMES CARDEN, jamescarden09 at gmail.com
Carden’s articles and essays, many focusing on Russia, have appeared in The American Conservative, The National Interest and The Nation. He recently wrote “The Fallacies of the ‘Russia-Truthers.’”

He just wrote the piece “Getting the Left to Embrace U.S. ‘Exceptionalism’” for Consortium News, which states: “Since Trump’s victory nearly a year ago, the major American media has often reprised the Obama-Clinton messaging that America is already great as though Trump, the most unabashedly jingoistic president since perhaps Ronald Reagan, needs reminding.

“Yet in Trump’s Washington, where the bipartisan foreign policy consensus is wrongly perceived to be under attack, the Establishment has been circling the wagons in order to fend off what is viewed as Trump’s frontal assault on the core tenets of American exceptionalism.

“Soon after the election, political and media elites, particularly those within Democratic Party circles, began to express their dismay at Trump’s seeming disregard for what, to their way of thinking, America represents to the rest of the world.”

Carden criticizes writers at The Atlantic, The Intercept, Slate and The New Republic, writing: “By this point it should be clear that what these worthies are doing is conflating a vision of a liberal, tolerant America with American hegemony; their concerns always come back to their quite unfounded worry that Trump is in the process of repudiating the unipolar fantasy that they themselves buy into and seek to perpetuate.”