President Barack Obama has called Russian president Vladimir Putin this month to talk about Russia’s recent aggressive actions toward Ukraine. Comedian Jimmy Fallon found “actual footage” of a recent conversation between these two world leaders. Watch:
But while Americans are laughing at Putin, Russian media is working to paint Americans in a harsh light. “Russia has ratcheted up the anti-American rhetoric on national television to match President Putin’s military aggression against Ukraine,” writes Heritage Foundation’s Helle Dale today.
“As Putin thumbs his nose at American sanctions,” Dale observed, “his media machine is—yet again— working to paint the United States as the enemy.”