Russian Writer Tells US Reporters They Are ‘Doomed’ In Trump’s America

“It’s in this man’s best interests to pit you against each other, fighting over artificial scarcities like room space, mic time or, of course, his attention.”

“Congratulations, U.S. media! You’ve just covered your first press conference of an authoritarian leader with a massive ego and a deep disdain for your trade and everything you hold dear,” starts a letter on Medium.

Alexey Kovalev, a Russian writer, gives the heads up to his “doomed colleagues in the American media” by drawing a stark comparison between the upcoming president, Donald Trump and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin — and does not shy away from stating that since “Putin is probably a role model for Trump, it’s no surprise that he’s apparently taking a page from Putin’s playbook.”

The journalist referred to Trump’s press conference on Wednesday when he accused credible news channel of spouting “fake news” in order to undermine his presidency.

In Russia, Kovalev asserts, journalists have endured similar treatment for 12 years under Putin, who shares Trump’s contempt for the press.

Now that the boorish billionaire is going to be the leader of the free world, Kovalev is basically telling journalists to say goodbye to free speech, by stating a list of behaviors they can expect during their press coverage.

The journalist asserts that during Putin’s press conferences, the room is equally distributed with sycophants whose only purpose is to direct softball, meaningless questions at the president, shower him with praise and make him look like a lovable, benevolent leader. Those who do succeed in asking an actual question are either ignored, given a non-committal answer or are shouted down by Putin’s toadies. Apart from that, Putin also comes armed with unverifiable stats, empty platitudes and “straight undiluted bulls***” — all of this exacerbated by the fact that his fans do not care if he is baldly lying “to their faces.”

And seeing Trump’s own press releases, news conferences, interviews and the blank pile of papers next to him in a press conference, it seems the Russian journalist’s assessment is spot on.

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