Is Donald Trump auditioning for his own show on Russia’s RT network? That must be the reason why he is once again cozying up to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Trump, a self-described “stable genius,” lauded Putin as a genius for moving Russian troops into two breakaway regions of Ukraine.
He also praised Putin for sending “more army tanks than I’ve ever seen” into Ukraine and mused that the US should do the same on the border with Mexico.
RT does have a soft spot for washed up western politicians. Alex Salmond, who was first minister of Scotland, hosts his own political chat show, where “he vows to battle the mainstream media narrative,” according to a RT blurb.
Nicola Sturgeon, who succeeded Salmond, is appalled by his continued involvement with the Russian propaganda network.
“I don’t think it’s any secret now that I don’t think he should ever have had a television show on RT, but it is even more unthinkable now that it should continue,” she said.
Trump may be angling to take over William Shatner’s RT program that “seeks to answer fascinating and timely questions that pique the natural interest of everyone but that are too-often overlooked by establishment media.”
The former president could put a populist spin on Shatner’s show, which tries to reach “curious intellectuals who’d rather be educated than merely entertained by their TVs, coming face to face with some of today’s most perplexing conundrums with each mind-blowing episode.”
Trump could even keep the name of Shatner’s show. It’s called, “I Don’t Understand.”
McDonald’s shouldn’t mess with corporate raider Carl Icahn, who first made his mark with the hostile takeover of Trans World Airlines in 1986.
Animal lover Icahn wants McDonald’s to change the way that its suppliers treat pigs.
Icahn, who owns 200 McDonald’s shares, plans to nominate two directors to the company’s board to advocate that the company end the practice of keeping pregnant pigs in crates.
McDonald’s issued a snooty statement on Feb. 20, knocking Icahn’s nominations as representing a “narrow issue,” while its board works to foster sustainable value creation by “acting on some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues that are important to our stakeholders.”
The fast-feeder also huffed that it selects board members that represent the interests of all shareholders.
McDonald’s in 2012 made its commitment to not buy pigs from producers who use gestation cages. That promise is now a decade old.
The company says it is on track to source 100 percent of its pork from sows housed in groups by 2024.
Icahn, 86, is apparently tired of waiting. “We’re not going to fool around with them any more,” he told Bloomberg.
The company shouldn’t be so dismissive of Icahn, who has a knack of shaking things up.