What the hell happened to Time Magazine?

Like most news publications from the early 20th century, Time Magazine has struggled in the age of social media. In 1997, the magazine boasted 4.2 million subscribers; today, subscription numbers are down to just over 3 million. Nevertheless, with an average readership of over 20 million in the U.S., Time still sits atop a powerful platform to reach out to the public. Thus, it is important to note what Time did on October 10, 2016.

With information coming out on Wikileaks that the DNC rigged and manipulated the Democratic primary, Time decided to blame Russia.

blames Russia because experts conclude that "expensive digital tools were used" to mine the information about the Democratic Party.  Furthermore, "sensitive, embarassing, or strategically significant" political information was acquired. What this means, of course, is nothing.  Yet there is Putin on the front cover of the issue, smiling mischievously below a warning that "Russia wants to undermine faith in the U.S. election. Don't fall for it."

TIME: October 10, 2016 - because loose-cannon
nation-baiting worked out so well last
century for those involved.
Time also claims that Julian Assange, the Australian journalist and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, the site that posted the information about the Democratic Party, is working for the Russians.

Since when did Russia become such a pariah - again?

As Assange notes, Clinton had close ties to Russia within the last decade, even "selling 20 percent of the US-Iranian reprocessing rights to a Russian company to be exported to Russia. At that time, a large donation was made by those Russian interests to the Clinton foundation."

But that was then. Today, Hillary Clinton favors an approach to foreign policy that could put the United States and Russia as close to war as we have seen since the days of the Soviet regime. Furthermore, with its opposition to gay marriage, treatment of Church-hating females like Pussy Riot and resistance to refugee immigration, Russia is the perfect boogeyman for the Democratic Party to use so as to align itself with its voting base and shift the blame for the Democratic Party's own failures.  The mainstream U.S. media also typically supports the Democratic Party, and Time is no different.

Time’s parent company - Time, Inc. - is a top donor to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. This year, Time Inc. donated nearly $15,000 to the Clinton campaign. The conglomerate Time Warner, directly involved with Time until 2014, is also a major Clinton support source. The company gave her campaign $327,308 in individual contributions in 2016 alone.

And then there's Nancy Gibbs, Time’s managing editor. Time’s praise for Clinton soared after Gibbs became managing editor, and this trend is part of Gibbs' legacy. Before the promotion, Gibbs had repeatedly praised Clinton in her articles, and on one occasion, she participated in a Clinton Foundation annual meeting. The writers now under Gibbs are likely steered toward writing pieces she would see fit. As a result, we must get used to a propaganda rag that ignores facts and reports hearsay as truth, all the while attempting to paint Clinton and the DNC’s leadership as the victims. Don't fall for it.