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In their never-ending quest to discredit President Barack Obama, many prominent members of the right-wing media have found a surprising new champion: Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Although Russia has long been the subject of the right’s paranoia and scorn, ever since Putin and Obama found themsleves on opposite sides of the debate over what to do in Syria, Putin has suddenly become an object of affection for Fox News and the rest of the Republican media. The longer the crisis drags on, the more glowing the reviews of Putin are becoming — at this pace, the Russian president will probably be the odds-on favorite in the next CPAC straw poll.

Here are five right-wing media stars who can’t seem to get enough of Vladimir Putin:

H/T: Media Matters

Matt Drudge

Drudge, the editor of the influential right-wing news aggregator Drudge Report, declared Putin the “leader of the free world” on August 31 (despite the obvious evidence to the contrary).



Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter

During a September 9 appearance on Fox News’ Hannity, the host gushed over Putin’s ability to “embarrass” President Obama and referred to him as “the great peacemaker out there.” Meanwhile, Coulter repeatedly gloated that Putin has made Obama his “monkey.”


Ralph Peters

Last week, the Fox News military analyst made the laughable claim that Russia’s economy is stronger than America’s, and praised Putin as a “tough” “He-Man”:


K.T. McFarland

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Apparently unconcerned with Putin’s longstanding efforts to block the United Nations from aiding victims of the Syrian civil war, Fox News security analyst K.T. McFarland wrote a September 10 column on FoxNews.comclaiming that “the world knows that Vladimir Putin is the one who really deserves that Nobel Peace Prize.”

Rush Limbaugh

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On his September 10 radio show, Limbaugh agreed with McFarland that “Vladimir Putin ought to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize,” and went on to argue that “Putin ought to be addressing the American people tonight on TV, not Obama.”

“Putin, again, has beaten Obama. There’s no two ways about that,” Limbaugh raved. “Putin comes out the big winner.”

Donald Trump Jr.

Screenshot from Twitter

You've probably heard about Donald Trump's claim that his Democratic rival got "a big fat se onhot in the ass" before delivering a nearly perfect performance on a recently televised town hall. Or his more recent demand that Joe Biden get a "drug test" before their debate on Tuesday night. Having spent months lowering expectations for Biden, the Trumps are now busily defaming him as a junkie.

But that particular slur backfired spectacularly over the weekend when the Trump campaign posted a bizarre video of Don Jr. -- seemingly in a condition that called for rehab services. As his father might put it, "many people are saying" that the presidential spud looked and sounded like someone abusing a controlled substance. (His slurred message was disturbed too, something about an "army of able-bodied men and women" to intimidate voters).

It's both funny and sad to watch Don Jr. decompensate on Twitter. (More funny, though.)

Click and judge his condition for yourself.