The mainstream press has created the narrative that Vladimir Putin is the grand puppet master totaling controlling Rex Tillerson. In addition to being the chief executive officer of ExxonMobil, Tillerson has been selected by Donald Trump to be the next Secretary of State. In this volatile world order, that's a big job. Survivalists assume things could blow at any time.
Putin is positioned and packaged as Tillerson's great buddy. Among other things, Tillerson had been awarded Russia's "Order of the Friendship" honor in 2013. This supposed close relationship has been framed as "Tillerson's Russia problem."
As push-back, the Drudge Report links to a Washington Times opinion piece. It refutes the contentions being made about Tillerson's loyalty to Putin.
Also, it trots out Tillerson defenders the way Roger Ailes trotted out supporters when his job was on the ropes for alleged sexual harassment. Ailes lost his position any way. Those Fox on-air employees making public statements about Ailes' reputational integrity might have lost some of their own brand equity.
Among Tillerson's supporters cited in the Washington Times op-ed are:
- Condolezza Rice
- James Baker
- Bob Gates
- Dick Cheney.
Will Tillerson survive this mainstream media ambush? If not, the Drudge Report itself might suffer a hit to the perception that it is one of the most influential news sites in existence. Matt Drudge, the founder of the site, better deliver a smackdown on this one.
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