Liberal director Oliver Stone panned Megyn Kelly‘s hollow interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling her “uninformed” and ill-prepared.
The three-time Oscar winner suggested Kelly only landed the huge interview because she’s attractive.
“She’s beautiful to look at, and I’m sure that had a lot to do with getting any interview at all, because he’s not averse to beauty,” Stone told USA Today. “Also, she has charisma, but she’s not informed well.”
Stone doubled down on his stance to the NY Post:
She is a beautiful specimen, but was not prepared the way I was. She did not know about digital footprints. She was not prepared. I didn’t have legs or a dress like Megyn. There was no nuance with Megyn. It was the American network approach to news: soundbite, flash, good-looking people.
Kelly raised eyebrows for wearing a tight cocktail dress with a thigh-high slit when she first met Putin in Russia. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi tweeted a photo of the memorable first meeting.
Before dinner, had a brief interaction with noted journalist & commentator @megynkelly, moderator of tomorrow's session at the @SPIEF. pic.twitter.com/5CQ58Zn5hP
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 1, 2017
Stone slammed Kelly for falsely claiming that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies agreed that Russia hacked the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In fact, only three (the NSA, the FBI, and the CIA) have stood by those claims, Stone said.
Stone also took issue with Megyn’s accusatory questions, saying she took a typical TV approach emphasizing style over substance in a bid to elicit soundbites. “In those 15 minutes she got, she asked every hostile question she could ask,” he observed.
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Kelly was widely panned for her cringe-worthy interview, during which even Putin mocked her. “Do you even understand what you’re asking?” he said.
Oliver Stone has interviewed Putin over 25 hours between 2015 and 2017. The interviews will air on Showtime in four, one-hour specials starting June 12.
In one exchange, Putin said a war between Russia and the United States would be a “nuclear holocaust” that would end civilization. “I don’t think anyone would survive such a conflict,” Putin said.
The wide-ranging interviews chronicle Putin’s childhood, rise to power, and his perspective on the world today.
“I think he wants to be heard by Western media,” Stone said. “He’s certainly been cooperative, but the nature of those [past] interviews have always been short and rather hostile, always aggressive questions: ‘Why are you threatening or jeopardizing the interests of the U.S.?’ As opposed to asking, ‘What’s important to you or to Russia?”
Before the mainstream media start attacking Oliver Stone as a right-wing radical, it nears noting that he’s a lifelong liberal who had endorsed Barack Obama in 2008. In 2013, Stone turned on Obama and slammed him as a “snake” who had lied to the American people.
“Obama is a snake,” Stone told reporters in Japan (see video, starting 1:17). “He’s a snake, and we have to turn on him.”
Stone said Obama enabled the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing by Muslim brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev because authorities were told to spy on American citizens instead of terrorists.
“At the Boston Marathon, they were so busy tracking down potential protestors that they missed the bombers,” said Stone. “It’s never about terrorists [with Obama].”
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In a 2012 interview, Oliver Stone called Obama “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” who violated Americans’ privacy more than any other president. “Under the disguise of sheep’s clothing he has been a wolf,” Stone said.
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