Morgan Freeman declares war on Russia
In America’s darkest hour, five unlikely heroes will rise above the nation’s corruption and lethargy to form a website that will at last speak truth to power and say what President Donald Trump refuses to acknowledge: we’re at war, baby!
That’s the bombshell revelation presented today by the folks behind the Committee to Investigate Russia, a new “nonprofit effort” designed to “help Americans understand and recognize the scope and scale of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy.” The group’s advisory board consists of Rob Reiner, the director of “This Is Spinal Tap” and “The Princess Bride,” James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence, and three neoconservative political commentators.
To promote the launch, board members made the rounds on American cable television this Tuesday, explaining the group’s genesis. Reiner told CNN, “I don’t know that the public understands the gravity of what the Russians were able to do. [...] And so I started reaching out to people who are patriots.”
The committee also released a two-minute video starring the actor Morgan Freeman, who begins the promo by declaring, “We have been attacked. We are at war.”
For generations, ppl have fought to protect democracy. Now it’s our turn. Watch Morgan Freeman explain Russia’s plot to undermine the U.S. pic.twitter.com/t65wckbmxS— Investigate Russia (@InvestigateRU) September 19, 2017
If the early reactions on Twitter from reporters and Russia specialists are any indication, the Committee to Investigate Russia has achieved a remarkable feat, making a mockery of the U.S. government’s legitimate investigation into Russian election interference — just days after journalists learned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team obtained a search warrant to get information from Facebook about Russian-linked ads run during the campaign.
Meduza has collected some of the harshest, most amusing, and inspired responses to Rob Reiner’s new “effort.”
Wait, why am I looking at Morgan Freeman?
Morgan Freeman has been weaponized. https://t.co/OL6EO1IhFN— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) September 19, 2017
making Morgan Freeman introduce your russiagate site is essentially elder abuse— Jules N. Binoculars (@surfbordt) September 19, 2017
Russia-watchers, we can all quit our jobs and find new hobbies.— Maximilian Hess (@zakavkaza) September 19, 2017
Morgan Freeman is on it. https://t.co/Kf9PpuD7FC
The animation on South Park got really good: https://t.co/2EJz6B6rlm— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) September 19, 2017
Who are these people?
Advisory Board:— David Klion (@DavidKlion) September 19, 2017
-wonk with no Russia background
-director of When Harry Met Sally
-right-wing talk radio guy pic.twitter.com/u7LA9Ej7K3
From the men who brought you Spinal Tap & the Iraq War comes a gripping tale of a search for meaning in a post-election dystopian hellscape. pic.twitter.com/xhT0lOSUOZ— David Reaboi (@davereaboi) September 19, 2017
Nothing about our public investigation process a little Hollywood and journalistic outrage can't fix.— Nicholas Trickett (@ntrickett16) September 19, 2017
Did Morgan Freeman just declare war on Russia?
At this point the debate in Ukraine, a society in an actual shooting war with the Russian state, is more nuanced than in the United States— Alexander Clarkson (@APHClarkson) September 19, 2017
A "Committee to Investigate Russia" that doesn't differentiate between an entire society and the state is a gift to Kremlin propaganda— Alexander Clarkson (@APHClarkson) September 19, 2017
I was ringing the bell about Kremlin spy-games before anyone else. But casual talk of "war" only helps Putin. https://t.co/9UXb8WxViT— John Schindler (@20committee) September 19, 2017
The committee even ran into trouble when trying to identify General Valery Gerasimov, the author of an alleged hybrid military doctrine that some analysts treat as the blueprint for Russia's “information warfare” against enemies like the U.S. and Ukraine. When the committee first launched its website, it accidentally posted a photo of Gerasimov's predecessor, General Nikolay Makarov. The group eventually corrected its mistake, but not before Russian media expert Alexey Kovalev called them out, highlighting the rather obvious dangers of taking on “Russia” without Russian expertise.
This is not Valery Gerasimov. pic.twitter.com/102BecI8r2— Alexey Kovalev (@Alexey__Kovalev) September 19, 2017
Will the real Gerasimov please stand up. https://t.co/j4oz9XUHwt— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) September 19, 2017
Photo on front page: Sipa USA / Vida Press