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Mar 15 27 tweets 18 min read
CCTV FOLLIES 3.15 No-limits propaganda

-Praise for Xi's "important words"
-Xi accolades pour in
-Whole world admires Xi
-Putin's rambling remarks get major face time
-Putin feels victimized by broken pipeline
-It's so unfair!
-US is a terrorist country
-SVB serves US right Image
Unlike most edits, here Putin can be heard speaking in his own voice throughout the voice-over:

"Ridiculous! How can they say it was done by a pro-Ukraine group. This is an act of state terrorism!" ImageImage
"It's obviously an act of state-sponsored terrorism!" ImageImageImageImage
So, who is capable of doing such a thing, at such a depth, involving such explosives?
It's obvious! It takes special expertise of the kind that is only possessed by a state. ImageImageImageImage
"Who did it? Let's see who benefits.
It's obvious who did it!" ImageImageImageImage
"US has the motivation to cut the supply of Russian gas to Germany...They want Europe to buy expensive American gas, that's what they want!" ImageImage
After airing this extended segment on the Nord Stream "terror" CCTV then segues into dreamy Kremlin footage of Ukraine being bombarded with heavy weapons without as much as a blink, let alone a blush.

CCTV seems to care more about pipelines than people. ImageImageImageImage
In other Russian-accented news, a US drone is down. ImageImageImage
CCTV illustrates the Black Sea incident with file footage of US drones and Russian jets. ImageImage
It includes stock footage of a US drone operator in a virtual cockpit. ImageImage
Not sure of the significance of this footage. ImageImage
Back to the top of the news. It's a real Xi show today. ImageImageImageImage
Xi slogans are painted on walls. This discredited practice, carried out to extremes during the height of the Mao cult, is back.
China dream on left, militant fist on right.

"Roll up your sleeves and get crackin'"
"Don't forget the original mission..." Image
Words of Xi proliferate everywhere.
It's like the nation is cracking up or going through an extended nervous breakdown. ImageImageImage
Xi is Tiananmen
Xi is Red Flag
Xi is Chinese culture
Xi is flowers ImageImageImageImage
Experts, scientists and bureaucrats in all walks of life are alike in loving Xi. ImageImageImageImage
Xi is the sun
Xi is the smithy of the soul
Xi is the ship of state
Xi is Five Stars Over China ImageImageImageImage
Listen to them prattle on!
They just can't stop talking about Xi... ImageImageImageImage
Xi is busy ports
Xi is bucolic villages
Xi is waterfalls
Xi is birds ImageImageImageImage
Xi is especially well-loved in Hong Kong ImageImageImageImage
Hong Kong and Macao both pledge allegiance... ImageImage
But perhaps nowhere is awareness of Xi more heightened than in Taiwan, as CCTV shows us, airing the words of a hack and stock footage of Taipei. ImageImageImageImage
It's a Xi world after all. ImageImage
On the other side of world, the US stews in its own juice. CCTV's crack US-based camera crew gets these stunning photos of banks in distress. ImageImageImageImage
It goes without saying that the capitalist US is in decline and socialist China is rising. ImageImageImageImage
The King of Thailand congratulates Xi, whose lofty accomplishments have cemented the complete affirmation and trust of the people, on his extended term in office. Image
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