Last night on The O’Reilly Factor, Charles Krauthammer criticized a piece in The Nation magazine that slammed the American media for misrepresenting Russian President Vladimir Putin and the political situation in Ukraine.
Tonight, Bill O’Reilly took on the author of the article, Stephen Cohen.
Today was the bloodiest day of protests in Ukraine. The demonstrators are fighting against their president after he sided with Putin instead of the European Union.
Cohen said, “Why did the European Union, backed by the Obama administration, tell Ukraine – the democratically elected president, whether you like it or not – that Ukraine had to choose between Russia and the West. That was to precipitate the kind of civil war and violence we’re now seeing in the streets.”
Broadening the discussion to Putin, O’Reilly called him a tyrant for backing the mullahs in Iran and the Assad regime in Syria, passing anti-gay laws and jailing journalists.
Cohen disagreed, saying, “I see the United States having more dangerous problems in the world than we had during the Cold War. I see Russia as a potential partner in alleviating those dangers. And I see the kind Putin bashing that’s going on, by Charles Krauthammer last night for example, as an obstacle to American national security.”
O’Reilly countered, “In my mind, Putin is a murderer that you don’t get in bed with because he might be able to lessen some tensions someplace else.”