Newsmax has been criticized for describing Vladimir Putin as the “master of the world” on the cover of his magazine.
The December issue of Newsmax The magazine features the Russian president on the cover, with the phrase “Vlad the Great” and a claim that he is the de facto leader of the world now that Donald Trump is no longer in the White House.
The magazine, which was released as President Joe Biden spoke with Putin on Tuesday over fears that Russia is considering invading Ukraine, has been greeted by online critics.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, tweeted: “If this is real, then Newsmax really should admit that this is the new Russia Today propaganda.”
Ron Filipkowski, the Republican attorney who resigned from a Florida state commission to protest a police raid on the home of data scientist Rebekah Jones in December 2020, wrote: “For anyone who thinks that Newsmax is anything but Russian disinformation, here is the cover of The December issue of Newsmax Magazine.
“Hundreds of thousands of MAGAs receive their news from Putin every day. “
Political pollster Josh Jordan wrote: “Newsmax attacking Putin is… exactly what you would expect from a publication aimed at the MAGA base.”
In a statement promoting its December issue, Newsmax said, “He’s evil, he’s cunning and he’s the most powerful man in the world.” The magazine also promised to portray the Russian president as “you’ve never seen him before – and it will change your outlook on one of the world’s most feared superpowers.”
The cover story, written by investigative journalist Kenneth R. Timmerman, would describe Putin’s goal of “exploiting every opportunity to weaken the United States and its allies,” as well as discussing his private life. and his alleged children in love, according to the statement.
Talk to News week, spokesperson for Newsmax, which operates the monthly magazine as well as a cable news channel and website, said: “Newsmax MagazineThe December report is titled “Putin’s war on the West: Russian leader exploits every opportunity to weaken the United States and its allies.” This investigative report paints a disturbing portrait of a dangerous ruler and regime.
“NewsmaxThe cover of “Vlad the Great” is a modern Russian tsar who, after Trump, can find no world leader to hold him in check. “
After the Biden-Putin talks on Tuesday, Jake Sullivan, the president’s national security adviser, said he warned Putin that the United States could take more drastic measures than seven years ago when Russian troops took over. annexed the territory of Crimea to Ukraine.
The incident, which occurred while Biden was Barack Obama’s vice president, resulted in the imposition of a number of sanctions against Russia. Moscow, however, refused to return the territory.
“I’m going to look you in the eye and tell you, as President Biden looked President Putin in the eye and told him today, that the things we didn’t do in 2014, we’re ready to do it. do now, “Sullivan told reporters after the two executives. virtual meeting.
“Now in terms of details, we would rather communicate this directly to the Russians, not negotiating in public, not telegraphing our punches. But we are laying out the measures we have in mind in some detail to the Russians. . “
Update 12/08/2021: This article was updated with comments from Newsmax.