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Russia’s unofficial “State TV” channel, RT, wants you to know that the American media landscape is littered with “fables” about Russian “boogeymen” that are the product of American media’s imagination.

Well, I feel better. Apparently we were all worried about nothing.

Indeed, RT finds it offensive that Republican strategist John Heilemann would ask Democrat Chris Murphy if Devin Nunes is a Russian agent.

In an interview with Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, Heilemann ventured so far into the realms of conspiracy theory folklore that he was forced to concede his question was “ridiculous and absurd.” But he went ahead anyway.

“Is it possible that the Republican chairman of the House Intel Committee has been compromised by the Russians?” Heilemann asked with a straight face. “Is it possible that we actually have a Russian agent running the House Intel Committee on the Republican side?”

RT? My “friends”?

Let me help you a bit here. Hellemann did not “concede” his question was ridiculous and absurd, he conceded that having to ask the question was ridiculous and absurd because we are speaking of someone who is head of the House Intelligence Committee, and there should be “NO” question that a person in such a position is not a Russian agent. He “went ahead anyway” because it is not ridiculous and absurd to ask, given the man’s behavior.

Additionally, Helleman asked it with a “straight face” because he is a professional and thus was able to keep from crying or lashing out in anger while he followed up:

Doesn’t his behavior speak of that though, the ‘analyst’ pressed on, no longer concerned that his question was patently absurd. “I’m not the first person who’s raised this. He’s behaving like someone who’s compromised and there are people in the intelligence community and others with great expertise in this area who look at him and say, ‘That guy’s been compromised.’”

RT then noted that Murphy said he had no direct knowledge of Nunes being compromised, but Murphy said that Republicans often feel an “instinctively act in a way to protect the president,” which RT followed with “Whatever that means.”

What it “means,” Meisha, is that Sen. Murphy does not have the evidence to go on national TV and confirm that Nunes is a paid Russian operative, and thus gave Nunes the benefit of the doubt by accusing him of being a thoughtless automaton, willing to forgive baby-killing if done by a Republican president. None of us care “whatever it means,” either, because we also presume that Nunes is on the Russian payroll and/or compromised by Putin’s intelligence people.

It is just as fascinating to note that if one reviews coverage of the Trump scandal with regard to Russia on RT, there is no distinguishing RT’s snarky, half-baked coverage with that of our very own Russian-State TV, Fox News. Which, follows, I suppose. It is also extremely sad, and scary.

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