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Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

Absolutely a link between Marxism and Russian/Chinese communism...and even North Korea. The idea that all must work for the collective, and all must be equal, and free exchange of goods and services absolutely stifles individual creativity, innovation, and the pure joy of individual accomplishment and seeking advancement. Marxisim is what whips up extreme liberals to take up arms and seek communism and become a Borg. Of this guy hates democracy and a capitalistic society that gives home a nice place to live like VT, perhaps he should move to whatever Marxist utopia he chooses. And Jefferson and Lincoln were not Marxist, nor is Trump a hero of Democracy, anymore than Putin is a true Communist (both just use the systems for personal and family gain). And Snowden is no hero either - he is a criminal who appointed himself as the judge of what to expose or not - not his call...60 Minutes actually did an expose a year before Snowden leaked his info on the NSA data collection room in California -it just didnt get much traction. Clearly this guy has a chip on his shoulder as he keeps posting in support of himself days after the article has run.

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Posted by James Berry on 10/10/2018 at 6:26 AM

Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

Soujanya Sinha Roy Seven Days Editors , think most of the people are intellectually so bankrupt that they dont understand the difference between marxism and Putinocrasy, Trumping and democracy. If people like jefferson or lincoln were born today, they also may be charged like Edward Snowden. All you journalists care is about the Pax Americana, which is all about muscle power. Soujanya Sinha Roy, from Kolkata, India

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Posted by Luis Lazaro Tijerina on 10/09/2018 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

"Mr. Tijerina is forthcoming about his affinity for Marxism and Russian culture. It isn't surprising that he is supported by tentacles of the Russian government."
I hate to break it to you, but today's Russian government is not Marxist.

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Posted by Bryan Alexander on 10/09/2018 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

Dear Katie,
Thank you for a thorough and insightful article. I appreciate the perspectives of Professor McKenna, The New York Times and Mr. Tijerina himself.
Mr. Tijerina is forthcoming about his affinity for Marxism and Russian culture. It isn't surprising that he is supported by tentacles of the Russian government. It's important that journalists expose these alliances.
Great job 7 days!

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Posted by Margaret Trueman on 10/09/2018 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

Obvious, you had an agenda before you wrote this story on Luis L Tijerina

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Posted by Gail Strand on 10/07/2018 at 11:23 PM

Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

Look at all these Russians showing up in the comments!

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Posted by stellaquarta on 10/05/2018 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

This is the most bizarre comment section I've ever seen. Where are these people coming from?

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Posted by B. Alan on 10/05/2018 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

The article seems rushed and hollow, and I don't think it's in the usual standard of Seven Days. I think it should be retracted.

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Posted by Victor Pinga on 10/04/2018 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

While Russian influence in our elections via bots on social media and propaganda is a very real and dangerous threat to our democracy, it is equally as dangerous to accuse people of pushing this propaganda on behalf of the Russian government without a real examination of the evidence. This can be not only slanderous and damaging to a person's reputation, but also lead to a scenario where the real threats slip under the cracks unnoticed and anyone who is a dissident to be labeled treasonous or thought to be conspiring with the enemy. When I read this article I went to the website in question and read several of Mr. Tijerina's pieces, none of which were particularly scathing, nor advocated revolution, nor seemed to advocate a pro-Russian stance. On the contrary, much of what I read was factual and unbiased, and any subjective analysis was admittedly his own. Hundreds of very similar pieces are written in U.S. media every week. To me there is a lot of salacious smoke here, but very little actual fire.

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Posted by Mr. Leahy on 10/04/2018 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

Katie Jinklings piece on Luis L. Tijerina is a bit fantastic and hollow, and it seems that Russians are lurking everywhere according to her and the New York Times.

I have been an art patron of Mr. Tijerina for nearly 30 years, and a combative friend who has had lively discussions with him on many subjects, politics being one of them. While we have ideological disagreements, he is a man of integrity and unwilling to compromise his integrity.

Sadly, the author of the article misses the true essence of Mr. Tijerina; writing through his lenses and experiences as he sees the world. Mr. Tijerina isnt an apologist for anyone or any cause, and his writings on American life are too honest to be published in this country, due to his acurate and critical portrayals of life in the United States.

Respectfully,

Patrick Farren

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Posted by Pat Farren on 10/04/2018 at 1:52 AM

Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

Sergio Ricardo Melesio Nolasco I just post this to the editor, hope he reads it:
It's really disappointing to see an article which seems to be written from the McCarty times. The woman who wrote it not only seems to be out of time, but also flatly ignorant. She made me laugh when I read this statement: "a Russian political philosopher with ties to Putin and known for his fascist beliefs", while she was referring to marxism and communism. I have read such an stupidity on a couple of mexican journalist, who asserted that social democracy, communism and anarchism was exactly the same, "because the state paternalism" (and I remarked by the time: "are you sure you are talking about anarchism?", en they asserted without hesitation "yes").

It's really painful to see in a magazine like yours, which I considere usually entertaining and well informed, to see a document like that, which only shows out the envy of the writer, attacking a colleague, perhaps looking for a fame that she has not. I hope you at least give the Chance to Luis Tijerina to respond, as you know the free press has the right to do it.

Best regards and I'm looking forward for your good work.

Sergio R. Melesio-Nolasco
Writer, Mexico City, Mexico

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Posted by Luis Lazaro Tijerina on 10/03/2018 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

It's really disappointing to see an article which seems to be written from the McCarty times. The woman who wrote it not only seems to be out of time, but also flatly ignorant. She made me laugh when I read this statement: "a Russian political philosopher with ties to Putin and known for his fascist beliefs", while she was referring to marxism and communism. I have read such an stupidity on a couple of mexican journalist, who asserted that social democracy, communism and anarchism was exactly the same, "because the state paternalism" (and I remarked by the time: "are you sure you are talking about anarchism?", en they asserted without hesitation "yes").

It's really painful to see in a magazine like yours, which I considere usually entertaining and well informed, to see a document like that, which only shows out the envy of the writer, attacking a colleague, perhaps looking for a fame that she has not. I hope you at least give the Chance to Luis Tijerina to respond, as you know the free press has the right to do it.

Best regards and I'm looking forward for your good work.

Sergio R. Melesio-Nolasco
Writer, Mexico City, Mexico

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Posted by Luis Lazaro Tijerina on 10/03/2018 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

ALL HAT AND NO CATTLE!!! A MEDITATION ON YOUR JOURNALISM MASQUERADE FROM A PRO JOURNO

Dear Seven Days:
I object to your totally unprofessional screed, a vile hatchet -job filled with smug McCarthyesque smears and innuendo against Mr Tijerina --as fine a human being as they make them. Your piece is disrespectful, ridiculous, and insulting -- taking a mild-mannered writer, an American citizen, and a n authentic truth -teller who works in the classic freelance tradition as in 'free lance' OWNED BY NO ONE, from the days of unaffiliated knights on horses who owed no allegiance or fealty to any king. I a m really relieved you finally unmasked such a grave threat in our midst, all five-foot-three of him at age 73, a co ntemporary Napoleon lying in wait for America to make a fool of itself. How radical!! I am hoping if he indeed really is a Russian spy and Putin puppet, they will bestow upon him a Samovar so he can entertain The Tea Part y, If there's anything "absurd and inflammatory," it's your article. You have defamed an innocent man dedicated to justice for workers and ordinary middle class citizens-- economic justice, social justice, and political justice. In Texas we have a saying, "ALL HAT AND NO CATTLE." You r alleged aspiring reporter is like that. While she may indeed have a paying job which precludes her from "working for the Russians," apparently she isn't smart enough to dis cern a friend from a foe. Are you through? Then wipe yourself. Shame on you all. Chuck Selnik, Abilene, TX

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Posted by Luis Lazaro Tijerina on 10/03/2018 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

Wow I read the article my friend, and while I'm not in line as many of the "intelligence community" I found it very interesting in that they paint you in various lights. They acknowledge your contributions and abilities, yet mock, disparage your choices in life do how you have done things and your beliefs. It is almost as they make you to be an evil person who shouldn't think this way because you live in Vermont or the USA. It's their way of mocking you and how wrong you are to live in a state like VT, and in a country, US. Yet your freedom of speech is put in question or beliefs. It. Should not matter who you right for, because we know here in the US you'd never get those points across for fear of causing an "awakening" of the sheep. While you know we have held conversations and we differ in thoughts and opinions, I still read your stories and find them enlightening and gives me a chance to open my mail ND to more diverse thoughts and views. It seems like since his views are not in line with the corrupt political views, whether leftist or right wing, its almost a crime for him to state his thoughts or opinions on what he believes and feels. He has a right just like this so called unbiased journalist to right what he wants a d where he wants

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Posted by Kenneth Michael DeJesus on 10/03/2018 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

Nasir Khan I have read a bit hastily this article, and I was surprised to see the composition of a whole article in such a shoddy and trivial manner. Katie Jickling's tone throughout her article is spurious and non-serious. If her idea was to paint Luis Lazaro Tijerina in the utter negative light, then she has only succeeded to show her own pranks as a journalist. She works on the assumption that for Luis to write for the Russian websites that are close to the Kremlin or sponsored by any Russian agency means ipso facto some secret foul play! If one can hurl the same sort of abuse back to her then one may say she is no more then a third-rate hireling of some American secret service to attack a person who is a writer and a Marxist in his world outlook. An interview is not a a legal cross-examination of a writer, but an open dialogue to find about the views and opinions of an interviewee, without any hidden agenda to buttress any a priori assumptions. Ironically, she has revealed herself more than what she originally set out to.. Nasir Khan, Norway

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Posted by Luis Lazaro Tijerina on 10/03/2018 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Vermonter Writes for Russian News Website With Shady Ties

Anna Serova Obviously, you did not fit into the mainstream and had to look for opportunities to engage in journalism outside of their country. Russia maintains relations in the sphere of culture and education with different countries. And if foreigners are supported by the Federal budget within the framework of this cooperation , this does not make them "agents of the Kremlin". But in the US now goes " witch hunt."(the theory of interference in the us elections against the background of the fact that the US has been actively interfering in the domestic policy of other countries for a century, including through military intervention) .Therefore, such accusations against you are not surprising.

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Posted by Luis Lazaro Tijerina on 10/03/2018 at 11:52 AM

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Anna Serova I don't think you can harm your country with your publications. You are trying to objectively understand the current realities and make people think about the causes of what is happening. Of course, this displeases those who are more responsible for creating and maintaining these unfavourable conditions. Unfavorable for Americans. Of course, your articles can cause a public outcry and this is dangerous for the current authorities. But this is only an indirect influence on the political choice of Americans , which they make on their own.

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Posted by Luis Lazaro Tijerina on 10/03/2018 at 11:51 AM

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Jillian Steyne I cannot understand how a talented, gifted man like Luis Lazaro Tijerina has become a subject for such a blatantly sensationalist article. He is a published poet, a military historian and an artist, but above all he has an open mind. It is a sad day for America when someone as experienced in life as Luis Lazaro Tijerina cannot express an opinion without being pounced on by a naive, sensation seeking journalist with no thought as to how her very biased words will affect his reputation and his life.
Many will remember the era of McCarthyism when many talented and innocent people left the USA because of the slanted innuendos directed at their lives. Among them was Charlie Chaplin who left with his family to return to the UK. Britains gain, Americas loss!
I am conscious that many people are ambivalent about Russia and Vladimir Putins role in international affairs, but really, you wont find Russians behind every tree in the USA! America needs a sense of reality and balance, which this article notably lacks!

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Posted by Luis Lazaro Tijerina on 10/03/2018 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Anchor Eva McKend Breaks New Ground on WCAX

I'm so disappointed that Eva McKend is no longer anchoring the WCAX news. I watch yet another blonde, Caucasian "barbie" type anchor woman who is now taking the place of Kristin Kelly, and wonder why? I truly had high hopes that Vermont was opening their eyes to more diversity and different cultures. Yes, I do realize that you have one black, male reporter. Congratulations Connor Cyrus. Good luck Eva, and I can only hope that you left on your own terms.

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Posted by Sdoran on 07/17/2018 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Anchor Eva McKend Breaks New Ground on WCAX

Eva rocks! My wife and I had been missing her reporting the last week or so and then didn't see her on the evening news. We were afraid she had possibly moved on to a larger TV station out of state. Luckily, she will return and we look forward to her continued success.

Posted by old folks on 04/26/2018 at 7:36 PM

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