The C in CNN should stand for Collusion (with Russia), since positively the whole lot presidential magnetically acquires an obsessed-with-Russia angle. This one is a standout: they infiltrated the National Prayer Breakfast! CNN.com reported “Big Russian delegation anticipated for prayer breakfast in Washington.” It’s probably not about prayer and breakfast, it is a “prime networking opportunity for Beltway insiders. But this year’s event is also an opportunity for dozens of Russians.”
The “big delegation” drew its personal scare tweet:
As many as 60 Russians are anticipated to attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, greater than 3 times final 12 months’s quantity, per Russian officers https://t.co/KvtYk78Z16
— CNN (@CNN) February eight, 2018
Inside CNN’s personal story, it’s apparent that the Russian delegation is tiny in comparison with the dimension of the viewers. Breakfast organizer A. Larry Ross advised CNN “I can affirm that this 12 months, the Breakfast might be attended by greater than three,800 people representing over 130 international locations and territories round the world. Approximately 55 are coming from Russia, together with a gaggle of 35 younger professionals — millennial medical doctors, attorneys and enterprise leaders of their 20s and 30s — invited out of a context of relationship and religion.”
But earlier than this discouraging math that Russians had been about 1.5 % of attendees emerged, CNN performed up the Russian affect-peddling positive to unfold:
One Russian official who was invited, Aleksandr Zharkov, advised the Russian enterprise newspaper RBC, “It’s a very unique situation, because despite all these difficulties we have (in relations with the US), the quota for Russians is very high this year.”
Added Zharkov, “It is a sin not to use any platform possible for negotiations between different layers of society.”
Two Russian officers stated a “Russia house” — an area to carry casual conferences — can be organized at the occasion. However, the Russian authorities isn’t sending an official delegation.
The spike in the quantity of Russians attending the occasion in comparison with final 12 months comes amid a number of ongoing investigations into attainable collusion between the Trump marketing campaign and Russia in addition to continued fallout from Russian interference in the 2016 election.
CNN’s reporters additionally conceded many of the Russians attending the breakfast this 12 months are senior spiritual figures. Konstantin Bendas, a bishop of the Russian Union of Christians of the Evangelical Faith, stated he felt the must go this 12 months as a result of the US-Russian relationship had deteriorated a lot. “It’s the right time for believers — Christian people — to unite for at least a day, bend the knee and pray for peace and unity without politics,” Bendas advised CNN.
But CNN is all about the politics.
But CNN clearly prodded him to solid doubt on the different Russians: “I suppose the majority of members of the (Russian) delegation don’t want to pray; they want to mingle,” he stated. And many is perhaps attending to “try to solve their own problems, that is — their name possibly appearing in future sanctions lists.”