The man dubbed Vladimir Putin’s ‘propagandist-in-chief’ used a racist comment on nationwide television in Russia to attack Barack Obama.
Dmitry Kiselyov, a host on news show Vesti Nedeli, said ‘Obama was throwing his arms about as if he was in the jungle’ when president-elect Donald Trump visited the White House earlier in November.
Kiselyov said on Sunday’s broadcast: ‘Obama is cheeky these days, if not unceremonious. It started last week, when Trump paid his first visit to the White House…. There, Trump behaved like an English lord, while Obama was throwing his arms about as if he was in the jungle.’
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Dmitry Kiselyov, a television host on news show Vesti Nedeli, made the comments on a Sunday show only to edit the script for a later broadcast
However the host deleted the offending word in a new version of the segment broadcast on television Tuesday with Kiselyov saying he he didn’t want to ‘compare Obama to a monkey’.
‘Trump behaved like an English lord, while Obama sat with his legs wide open, in a pose that is prohibited even in the New York metro, because it is considered a demonstration of male domination.
Barack Obama met Donald Trump at the White House and was accused by Kiselyov of disrespecting the president-elect in his behavior
‘But that was not enough: (Obama was) throwing his arms about, as if he was (painting a picture) in the open air,’ he said in the newly filmed piece.
Kiselyov was asked by The Moscow Times why he had changed the words, and said: ‘Since the show is broadcast live, I can edit my text, make it better, shorter or longer.
‘After the first live broadcast, where the jungle was mentioned, my colleagues asked me whether I want(ed to) compare Obama to a monkey – they said (the jungle comment) prompted such an association.’
Kiselyov, 62, seen as one of Putin’s most powerful media advocates, claimed he had not intended to make this comparison.
‘It was important for me to show his tactlessness and disrespect towards Trump, rather that anything else,’ he said.
The comment comes as Russia’s state-run media has portrayed Trump favourably with his predecessor with whom he and Putin have cool relations.
Barack Obama speaking with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin as they attend the first APEC Leaders’ Retreat on the final day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Lima, Peru last week
Kiselyov – who is on the EU sanctions list for being a ‘central figure’ of Kremlin propaganda over Crimea and the Ukrainian crisis – is head of Rossiya Segodnya state news agency and a deputy director of Rossiya TV’s parent company.
He is known for strong anti-Western comments.
In one televised outburst, he claimed: ‘Banning gays from distributing propaganda to children is not enough. I think they should be banned from donating blood or sperm, and if they die in a car crash, their hearts should be burnt or buried in the ground as unsuitable for the continuation of life’.
He is on record as saying: ‘I’m not a homophobe. Lots of my friends are gay. It is simply global practice, as followed in the United States, the European Union, Japan, and Arab countries. Practically everywhere except Russia.’