This definitely rivals the awe-inspiring oeuvre of such past masters as Lord Haw-Haw and Tokyo Rose.
It’s not exactly in the same genre, of course. It’s more like a live snippet from a sort of Protocols of the Elders of Langley. Komsomolskaya Pravda (“Young People’s Truth”) has perpetrated a cheesy deception: purportedly an audio recording of CIA agents talking to each other about their preparations to shoot down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine.
As Mary Chastain indicates at Breitbart London, it’s a thigh-slapper. The hilarity builds slowly as we hear two “Davids” — a “Hamilton” and a “Stern” — exchange the most stilted, overscripted conversations since Thomas Edison first recorded factory workers reading nursery rhymes. Both “Davids” have funny (peculiar) accents, one British-sounding, the other with American overtones, but oddly plummy consonants on the margins. It’s as if the K. Pravda production team for this moronic audio thinks American spies — or any other Americans, for that matter — actually sound like the anchors on Russia Today’s English-language news channel.
There’s a nice touch with photos of the Davids, and Russian captions as the speakers read their script. But this touch bites the audio in the butt about three quarters of the way through. For some reason, the British-sounding David loses his British accent at that point and goes full-on Vaudeville Yank. It sounds to me like he becomes an entirely different person, while his photo and his place in the script remain the same. This happens at the same time he claims to be suffering anxiety because he thinks the Russians are eavesdropping on his phone calls, so maybe it’s a psychotic reaction.
I’ve warned the Russians before that they’re no good at things of this nature. The old sea-dog is always right, comrades. Stick to classical ballet and epic fiction.