Conservative commentator Candace Owens went viral this week for her email response to a New York Times reporter.
Owens took to social media and shared a screenshot of an email he received from a New Times reporter that showed Owens repeating Russian rhetoric when he suggested that there was corruption in Ukraine.
“Hi, I’m writing from The New York Times,” the reporter said in an email. “We are working on a story about Russian messaging so you have some comments.”
“We have noticed that you have advanced the notion that Ukraine is a corrupt country, which coincides with the comments we have seen in the Russian state media,” the reporter stressed, whose identity was protected by Owens.
“I’m wondering if you have any context or more comments to add to this corruption,” the email was blocked.
“I’m very confused by this email,” Owens responded via email, a screengrab show. “I learned from the New York Times that Ukraine is a corrupt country. You have covered up the corruption in Ukraine. “
“The only example here is a piece from the NYT editorial board headlined, ‘Ukraine’s Irresistible Corruption,'” the conservative host wrote, linking to the Times section.
“I have educated myself about both the neo-Nazi problem in Ukraine and the rampant corruption in Ukraine by reading your newspaper, not the Russian state media,” he continued. “Is there anything specific that I said was different in what you wrote in the past?”
I received an email from The NYTimes asking me to comment on “Ukraine is promoting the idea of a corrupt country” – just like on Russian state TV.
I replied by telling them that I actually got my ideas from the New York Times and provided links to their past articles. pic.twitter.com/Zy6a7Btih4
– Candace Owens (eRealCandaceO) March 21, 2022
Owens did not stop there.
He then sent the reporter five additional links – two of which were from the New York Times – to the stories of mainstream media outlets reporting on alleged corruption in Ukraine.
“For a better measure, here are some more past articles from reputable sources over the past few years about corruption in Ukraine and the neo-Nazi problem,” Vance wrote in an email.
“For the sake of clarity, are you now suggesting that what has been widely covered by the Western media over the last few years is now only Russian propaganda?” He asked. “Are you suggesting that all these articles were sponsored by the Russian state media?
Owens also shared screenshots of those stories on his Instagram:
Earlier this week, the Ukrainian government rejected an ultimatum from the Russian government to arm its fighters and allow Vladimir Putin’s forces to occupy the port city of Mariupol, which has been besieged and isolated from the rest of Ukraine for several days. Day
The decision to reject the ultimatum means that the invading forces will probably continue bombing the city and will not allow trapped civilians to escape through the corridors created by the Russian military.
“No surrender, no surrender of arms. We have already informed the Russian side, “said Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk.
“I wrote: ‘Don’t waste time in an eight-page letter, just open the corridor,'” he added.
“What Russia is trying to do to Ukraine is to give up our right to independence,” Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasilenko said in an interview with NPR on Monday morning in response to the Russian ultimatum. “There is nothing that Ukrainians value more than independence. Life without freedom is not life for us. “
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