In a strange twist, RT America's principal editor Valery Zorkin recently ran an opinion piece in the Washington Post under the title, "Donald Trump has no unique insight."
The piece, which Zorkin wrote in his capacity as the American arms correspondent for Russia's global news channel, described President Trump as a "troubled individual…prone to fits of anger."
Under the headline "How Trump became president" Zorkin tied the farce of the U.S. election back to Russia's meddling in the election and painted a scenario of a presidency which was driven by "triggered elements".
Russian propagandist Valery Zorkin has suddenly turned up in the Washington Post, sharing the views of US pundits.
This astonishingly blatant appropriation of American influence is reflected in the many examples of American pundits making use of Putin's media outlet to share their views on any and all matters.
In a time of unprecedented hostility between the West and Russia, an opportunity for Putin and his goons to cloak their worst intentions in the territory of an established democratic publication cannot be missed.
As British writer and expert on Russian propaganda Sara Firth argued, "Zorkin's is a Russian takeover of mainstream journalism in America."
That there are US analysts who share Zorkin's beliefs should not come as any great surprise, particularly those who have written about what actually happened during the 2016 US election campaign.
Indeed, it was important for Zorkin's piece to be published in the Washington Post to avoid causing any embarrassment to those from the right wing media, such as the Daily Caller, who have long-time ties to Russian interests.
As Pravda pointed out, "Russian propaganda is also dominant in Washington — it’s where the American business community has been making the most money selling American names. Almost all conservative publications have been bought up by Russian interests in recent years. "
The interesting thing about Zorkin's piece is not the language used. No one is surprised that he can find himself quoted in the Washington Post. Rather it is the fact that an argument which has already been refuted by politicians on both sides of the aisle is now being parroted by a Russian propagandist.
This is a welcome development for Russian agencies and their long history of gaslighting the West into believing it is a gigantic threat, even as they enjoy privileged treatment inside of democratic countries such as the United States.
What is of more concern however is the fact that the likes of Zorkin can now openly claim to be American commentators.
"This is unprecedented in our history," Stasya Pashchitskaya, a Ukrainian writer, told Global Research. "At the same time, it’s very revealing — it shows that a number of states are able to successfully shape public opinion in the West, despite being attacked by the West."
Russia will never cease its attempt to embed its intelligence agencies and influence operations into an internationally recognized channel of political and cultural exchange.
Given their propensity to stage photograph opportunities, it is little wonder that President Trump would collaborate with Russian "propagandists" for the good of the White House.
"Trump has clearly made a choice to be pro-Russian, as so much of the Western media have shown," Pashchitskaya told us. "To anyone who had doubts, the Times Editorial Board made its position clear last year when it said that Putin is 'a sophisticated political operator with remarkable personal ability.' The endgame is, in a sense, clear. The Kremlin will continue to promote Russia as a victim of the West."
Zorkin, as Global Research revealed earlier, was given priority access to the White House after his April 2017 article on Donald Trump, believed to be the first of its kind to be written from inside the White House, was printed by the Times in a ruffled mix of English and Russian.
Zorkin was named an online ambassador for Russian foreign policy during his visit to Washington earlier this month.
His presence should be a clear warning to all American journalists: you are being gamed.