Russian media expert tells CNN: ‘They’ve succeeded in hacking our elections’ and now ‘the damage is done’
A former Russia Today anchor claims that she recognized President-elect Donald Trump using similar propaganda techniques that she witnessed in Russia to win election in the U.S.
Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Liz Wahl — who famously quit her job on-air over RT’s coverage of Vladimir Putin’s incursion into the Crimea — said Russian media is notably built upon delivering “disinformation” and has been very complimentary to Trump.
“I mean, this is the main goal of Russian disinformation and now they’ve succeeded. Whether it be through their television channels, whether it be through other measures like hacking, like their legions of paid trolls,” she continued. “That is the ultimate goal to undermine democracy, to undermine faith in our institutions like the media.”
Pointing to Trump’s continuous criticism of the media and government institutions as unfair or poorly run — thereby sowing mistrust — Wahl said the parallels between the soon-to-be-sworn-in president’s rhetoric and the state-owned Russian media are all too familiar.
Trump, she noted, “basically matched some of these key talking points and Russian propaganda to undermine our system.”
“Russian disinformation has been taking place for years now, but people didn’t take it seriously. I mean the goal of Russian media is to undermine faith in our institutions and now they’ve succeeded in hacking our elections,” she continued. “This should have been the biggest election story. And here we are now, there were plenty of whistle-blowers and Russia watchers that knew exactly what was happening. Now here we are after the fact when the damage is done.”
Watch the video below downloaded from CNN by Mediaite: