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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.”

Sarah Cooper

Screenshot from Twitter

Now that we know how badly Donald Trump screwed up his 60 Minutes moment – he couldn't wait for us to find out the usual way – all that's left is commentary. And who better to comment on any Trump interview than comic Sarah Cooper? She mimes both the president and Lesley Stahl with a manner suited perfectly to the topic: "How to climate change."

Never mind that this encounter actually occurred a couple of years ago. Nothing has changed, except that Cooper is here to deliver righteous scorn. You will enjoy, and meanwhile her lip-syncing serves the ultimate good cause of saving the planet from its would-be destroyer via World War Zero.

"I don't know why Lesley Stahl even gives Trump the time of day," Cooper wonders. Good question!

Click and chortle.