Meet Jen Psaki, former spokeswoman for President Barack Obama, current spokeswoman for Secretary of State John Kerry, and — suddenly — subject of the Kremlin’s latest favorite meme.
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Hmm. Where did that come from?
It dates back to last month, when, during a press conference, Psaki criticized the phenomenon of “carousel voting” at a separatist referendum in eastern Ukraine, before admitting that she didn’t know what the term meant.
For the record, “carousel voting” is when organized groups of voters are ferried to several polling stations in one day and vote over and over again, as if they are riding a carousel. The technique to manipulate election results is common in many post-Soviet states. youtube.com
And then, on Sunday night, jazz-handed Kremlin propaganda chief Dmitry Kiselyov dedicated an entire segment of his show to “Psaking,” which he claimed is a “new buzzword that has appeared on the spaces of the global internet.”
Nearly all the few hundred results for “Psaking” are either references to Kiselyov’s comments, or have nothing to do with Psaki. Rossiya 1
“People say [Psaking] when someone makes a dogmatic statement about something they don’t understand, mixes facts up, and then doesn’t apologize,” Kiselyov said.
Kiselyov went on to say that “Psaking” was a metaphor for “low-quality American diplomacy” and unpicked Obama’s criticism of Russia in a major foreign policy address at West Point last month.
Obama and the U.S. suffer from “paraphrenia,” Kiselyov said — “the combination of delusions of grandeur and persecution.”