By the way, McCain may have submitted his anti-Putin op-ed to the wrong “Pravda”

posted at 5:21 pm on September 19, 2013 by Allahpundit

I need to follow-up on Ed’s post, partly because the demand among righties for news that embarrasses Maverick is inexhaustible, partly because people who are snickering about this are snickering for the wrong reason, and partly because I’m irritated that even a dumb counter-troll to Putin’s op-ed in the Times can’t be carried off correctly by American leaders these days. McCain’s being goofed on because the “Pravda” website to which he submitted his anti-Putin op-ed actually isn’t affiliated with the newspaper he obviously had in mind when he told Jake Tapper that he’d “love a commentary in Pravda.” He was thinking, surely, of the “Pravda” that every American of a certain age knows and loathes as a mouthpiece for Russian communists. That Pravda still exists, sort of, but it has nothing to do with the website. He baited the wrong “Pravda”!

Hold on, says Team McCain. They do know the difference between the website and the paper and they offered his op-ed to both of them:

On Thursday, a spokesman for McCain said the senator submitted the op-ed to both publications and hoped both would run it. He denied Pravda.ru is the “wrong” Pravda.

On Sunday, McCain told reporters that the Communist one was the Pravda he hoped would publish his piece, but that publication’s editor wrote in a statement that the publication would not accept McCain’s op-ed unless it aligned with their position supporting the Syrian regime, according to CNN.

Whether McCain knew all along that there were two “Pravdas” or whether his staff scrambled to contact both only after media people first started laughing at him last week is fun to muse about but beside the point. The question isn’t “Did McCain know which ‘Pravda’ he was dealing with?” The question is, if you’re going to duel with Putin via op-eds aimed at the other side’s population, why would you choose a Russian publication with a reach as small as “Pravda’s”? Watch the BBC segment below making hay of the fact that so few Russians read “Pravda” anymore that you can’t even find it at many newsstands. When Putin wanted to troll Obama, he chose America’s most famous paper to do it. As a longtime U.S. senator and former presidential candidate, McCain could have at least tried to bait a similarly major Russian paper into carrying his anti-Putin column. The best-selling Russian daily, as far as I can tell with some cursory googling, is this one, but if he wanted a name that at least a few Americans had heard of, he could have tried “Izvestia” or “Kommersant.” They might have run it too; another anachronism he’s guilty of, on top of thinking that “Pravda” is the bleeding edge of Russian media, is believing that there’s no outlet at all for critical opinion there. Not true:

In the article, McCain seems to be speaking to the long-gone audience of the original Pravda. After stating he is “more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today,” he affirms: “A Russian citizen could not publish a testament like the one I just offered.” The column read as though McCain was unaware of the existence of Russia’s highly vocal liberal press, or indeed of the not-so-subtle difference between Putin’s authoritarian regime and totalitarian Soviet Communism…

If McCain hoped that his article would make a splash in Russia comparable to the one Putin’s article made in the U.S., he must have been disappointed. Pravda.ru’s traffic was no greater than average. The Russian president may be an incorrigible dictator, but his publicists appear to have a better understanding of modern-day America than McCain does of Russia.

Business Insider’s headline is spot on: “John McCain’s Pravda Op-Ed Reveals How Hard Putin Has Trolled Him.” Can’t we, as the world’s superpower, even … troll people effectively anymore? Even on the GOP side? Good lord.


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Got distracted with his poker game.

JellyToast on September 19, 2013 at 5:23 PM

YAWN!

gerrym51 on September 19, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Friends, Russians, countrymen…

steebo77 on September 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

It’s McShiddy. He’s beyond taking seriously anymore.

DanMan on September 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Then he came across a statue of Stalin & started arguing with it.

rbj on September 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Doesn’t McCain have staff or aides who can research stuff like this for him?

TarheelBen on September 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Some believe he also didn’t understand that he was writing about Vladimir Putin. The poor old geezer thought he was writing to his french fries and gravy.

Gingotts on September 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Classic. And fitting.

besser tot als rot on September 19, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Team Incompetence! err… I mean … Team USA!!!

besser tot als rot on September 19, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Doesn’t McCain have staff or aides who can research stuff like this for him?

TarheelBen on September 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM

maybe meggie did it for him…

Sachiko on September 19, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Well, he’s half way there, now; the world knows he wrote the op-ed.

Dusty on September 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Go.
Away.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 19, 2013 at 5:38 PM

LOL

Responding in the first place was a feeble ‘also-ran’, ‘I know you are, but what am I’ childish gesture, in my opinion.

This just makes it look even more b00bishly incompetent.

Midas on September 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM

NOt to mention that McCain thinks we have any credibility to lose after Obama.

American credibility has gone the way of Pravda.

petunia on September 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Oh c’mon, admit it MegaMac’s dad,
you wrote for Prada ;-)

burrata on September 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Doesn’t McCain have staff or aides who can research stuff like this for him?

TarheelBen on September 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Probably the same people who translated “Reset” for Clinton.

besser tot als rot on September 19, 2013 at 5:41 PM

so a retard screws up.
whats new.

dmacleo on September 19, 2013 at 5:42 PM

As one who sees little difference between the left and right wings of the Political Class, I am unsurprised by evidence that jackassery is bipartisan.

novaculus on September 19, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Doesn’t McCain have staff or aides who can research stuff like this for him?

TarheelBen on September 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM

They are busy rehearsing him on how to malign conservative Americans ,
every chance he gets .

burrata on September 19, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Nothing new here, he is just as confused about who the “Syrian rebels” are. Consistency is key and, well, he’s consistent.

riddick on September 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Watching McCain is like watching video of the battleship Missouri coming home for the last time … an honorable old war horse, tired and a bit ragged, and ready for a well deserved rest … except without all the honor and well-deserved part. Actually, now he’s just a rusty old coal tender with several slow leaks and a tired bilge pump… except that could be decontaminated and sunk offshore as an artificial reef that would be interesting to tourists…

Nope. He’s just old and useless and has burned up all the good will he earned by surviving horrid conditions as a POW in SE Asia. Step away, John. Just step away and enjoy your retirement. I know conservatives will.

deepdiver on September 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Brought to you by The Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight.

james hooker on September 19, 2013 at 5:47 PM

I doubt McCain did anything. His aid did it.

Blake on September 19, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Not Pravda, huh?

Maybe эксперт?

socalcon on September 19, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Reset! Who’s the wacko bird now, huh?

Kissmygrits on September 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Whichever it was, two main thoughts from it:

1. In his zeal to talk to the Russian people about freedom, which is cool, he ironically didn’t realize that so many of the examples he quotes as thuggery, threats, winning votes in strange ways, etc. are now openly practiced by him and obama, with the latter calling them “phony scandals”. Plus, not to forget Snowden, ever.

2. The traitorous bastid, to his land, his voters and his family (grandpa and father) left out the topic of American “exceptionalism”. He ignored it on purpose, the incredible swine.

Sure, his rant has some valid point in it, as does Putin’s. Yes, Putin’s can also be taken apart, phrase by phrase…but so can McCain’s, for lots of shame.

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2013 at 6:01 PM

I’m sure Russia Today would love to have McCain as a guest. I’m sure he could handle the interview well, because their “journalists” are no less hostile than David Gregory or “Young” Bob Schieffer.

simkeith on September 19, 2013 at 6:01 PM

simkeith on September 19, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Well if history is any guide, McCain would just throw Palin under the bus and claim she wrote the article…that or Rand Paul or some other whacko bird.

JFKY on September 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Doesn’t McCain have staff or aides who can research stuff like this for him?

TarheelBen on September 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Yeah, he calls them the “young pups.” They’re all in their sixties.

Kafir on September 19, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Couldn’t have been Meg Mac..Pravda was before she was even born..

totally.

BigWyo on September 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM

When Putin wanted to troll Obama, he chose America’s most famous paper the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s American presstitute organ to do it.

ReWrite™ engaged for coldness.

McCain thought that the modern Pravda was the Russian equivalent because the print Pravda is (still) owned by the Communist Party. In reality, it is Rossiyskaya Gazeta, established in the closing days of the Soviet Union by the Russian Federation as the official paper of the RSFSR and now Russia.

Steve Eggleston on September 19, 2013 at 6:33 PM

How many embarrassments will it take to get him into a retirement home?

Valkyriepundit on September 19, 2013 at 6:33 PM

All in with 7-2 off suit.

jake49 on September 19, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Hold on, says Team McCain. They do know the difference between the website and the paper

LOL. Sure … McShame doesn’t know the difference between his azz and a hole in the ground.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

How many embarrassments will it take to get him into a retirement home?

Valkyriepundit on September 19, 2013 at 6:33 PM

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That’s … a lot!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 19, 2013 at 6:46 PM

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ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 19, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Okay … the right-to-left for Hebrew is screwing this up:

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ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

so a retard screws up.
whats new.

dmacleo on September 19, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Most politicians are retards?

DFCtomm on September 19, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Are you implying that John McCain is on the GOP side? You’ve spent too much time in your cave.

mbecker908 on September 19, 2013 at 8:05 PM

He could have posted his drivel in the NYT for the same effect…

shorebird on September 20, 2013 at 1:49 AM

Of course they knew.

He wrote this “hard-hitting” op-ed in pravda (little p)to be regurgitated by the MSM who did not make the distinction, for American ears who heard Pravda (big P).

Saltysam on September 20, 2013 at 6:02 AM

After he tried to start an American confrontation or even a war with Russia over Georgia, John McCain’s claim to be “more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today” is equally credible whether he published it in the right paper or a wrong one.

David Blue on September 20, 2013 at 11:09 AM

I have to agree with you. It is a pathetic statement about our governing class that they can’t even fire off a comment to the correct media outlet. I koow it won’t happen, but will John McCain please resign before he (and his staff) has to be taken away to the home.

georgeofthedesert on September 20, 2013 at 4:36 PM