The network wasted no time in recruiting former Rep. Adam Kinzinger — arguably the most egregious warmonger on Capitol Hill — to its punditry lineup.
CNN wasted no time in recruiting former U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger to its punditry lineup after he left Congress.
Kinzinger, who prior to being redistricted out of his House seat received handsome campaign contributions from arms manufacturers Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman, was arguably the most egregious warmonger on Capitol Hill.
Nobody in Congress lobbied as aggressively to start World War Three as Kinzinger did last year; he tried to advance a bill authorizing hot war against Russia if Moscow crossed specified red lines in Ukraine but couldn’t get cosponsors because even his fellow congressional hawks thought it was too insane.
He was the loudest voice in the U.S. government publicly advocating a no-fly zone over Ukraine in the early weeks of the war, an idea that was slammed by the mass media as it would necessarily have entailed the U.S. military shooting down Russian war planes and aggressively tempted nuclear war.
In 2022, while still in office, he became an official member of the empire-backed online troll farm known as “NAFO,” which was founded by an actual neo-Nazi whom Kinzinger openly supported both before and after revelations emerged of the founder’s expressions of hatred for Jews and fondness for Hitler.
Before that he was cheerleading former President Donald Trump’s assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani, calling for U.S. interventionism in Venezuela, defending the U.S.-backed war on Yemen, calling for the invasion of Syria and just generally pushing for more war and militarism at every opportunity.
Before that, he was helping the empire kill Iraqis as a member of the U.S. Air Force.
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I myself called him “the single worst Twitter account that has ever existed,” long before his CNN gig was a twinkle in his eye.
So it’s no wonder a warmongering propaganda network snapped him up the instant he became available, ensuring that his warmongering receives as large a platform as possible. As Antiwar’s Dave DeCamp quipped regarding CNN’s hire, “All those calls for WWIII must have landed him this gig.”
All those calls for WWIII must have landed him this gig https://t.co/W5A9zOblNG
— Dave DeCamp (@DecampDave) January 5, 2023
Kinzinger’s assimilation into the war propaganda industry was so predictable that Glenn Greenwald ran a Twitter poll in October asking his audience where they expected him to go after he left Congress, with CNN being one of the options.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 5, 2023
As one Twitter follower put it, the “congressman to media commentator to lobbyist revolving door spins so fast in Washington, it actually affects the earth’s rotation relative to the sun.”
War is the glue that holds the U.S. empire together, and to serve that purpose it requires endless war propaganda.
War propagandists are not any more separate from the endless mass military slaughter they facilitate than the people who actually pull the trigger, and we see this illustrated in the way Kinzinger has been able to slide seamlessly from dropping bombs to passing bomb-dropping legislation, to manufacturing consent for the dropping of bombs.
CNN will be perfect for him.
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