Biden Press Sec Pick Says Photo of Her in Communist Gear is Russian Propaganda
(photo via Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Obviously. But not the way she means it.
After a photo of Jen Psaki, Obama's disastrous WH Communications Director, and Biden's Press Secretary pick, posing with Russian officials while wearing a Communist hat went viral, media fact checkers rushed to fact check the photo claiming that it lacked "context".
And Psaki retorted on Twitter, that she is the target of "Russian propaganda" whose goal is to "discredit powerful messengers and to spread misinformation to confuse the public."
She falsely claimed that, "anyone who repeats it is (unwitting or not) simply a puppet of the propaganda machine."
No one would confuse Psaki with a "powerful messenger" and she chose to party with Russian officials, the successor ruling class of a Communist state, while wearing Communist headgear. The Russian propaganda here was created by her. Now, in Psaki's mind, it might have been a goofy joke, but there's a history of Obama communications people with Communist iconography.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and his family are featured in a worshipful profile in this month's Washingtonian magazine.
But keen observers may notice the kitchen decor in the photo: Soviet propaganda posters. They really are the perfect pop of color whether you are the dour and sincere Nikita Khrushchev or the cheeky press-wrangler for a president who is constantly accused of being a socialist himself.
The Russians know their customers and they know American lefties love Communist iconography for its kitsch and its revolutionary messages. Psaki would never have posed with Merkel while wearing a Swastika. But there's zero penalty on the Left for Communist signage.
And that is a huge problem. That's what the Psaki photo conveys, the trivilization of tyranny and genocide, and the ideological solidarity that would never be shown to the Nazis.