[Marxism] Fwd: I pretended to be a Trump supporter on Russian TV - Salon.com
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Wed Apr 27 05:46:36 MDT 2016
We then chatted a little bit about how Russia’s just about the only
country that wants Trump to become president and the reporter pointed
out that it makes sense, since Trump is one of the only pro-Putin
politicians around. I pointed out that the candidate I actually
preferred, Bernie Sanders, would probably be “the Pussy Riot candidate,”
which provoked some laughter from the Russians. I offered to re-do the
interview with them if they wanted one with less stammering and awkward
pauses, but the reporter again complimented my “acting” and said it
would work fine.
The fact that these TV journalists were so willing to go along with that
they knew was a prank and pass it off as reality was, of course, totally
insane from an ethical point of view. I acknowledged as much when I
wrote the comment “#russianjournalismethics” on the Facebook post I put
up a few minutes after the interaction ended.
The whole affair was so patently farcical that I didn’t think I would
ever actually end up on TV. In fact, I didn’t even know how I could
check if I did make it on the air, since I don’t speak Russian, I didn’t
know the name of the TV station involved, and I have no clue how to type
in Cyrillic. So imagine my surprise when a Russian-American friend of
mine found the news story featuring my interview on the website of St.
Petersburg’s Channel 5 the next day! There I was, saying “Donald Trump
all the way!” in English before the voice dubbing me into Russian
drowned me out. According to a Russian-speaking friend, what my Russian
self said was: “Donald Trump — no question. He’s awesome as a showman,
and I’ve loved watching him on TV. He’s a good developer and knows how
to handle money. He’s the only one who’ll make America even greater.”
Pretty accurate, all things considered!
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