🇺🇸 Griner v. Russia
July 1, 2022

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Democrats 40

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Griner v. Russia

Credit, Lorie Shaull CC 4.0
Today, WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner’s trial begins in Russia. In February, she was arrested at Sheremetyevo International Airport near Moscow on drug charges. Russian officials say they found vape cartridges containing hashish oil.

News Coverage from the Right: Brittney Griner detention: Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr using Russia connections to help WNBA star return to US (Fox News)

News Coverage from the Left: Brittney Griner isn't forgotten, Blinken says (POLITICO)

From The Flag: Griner has been detained for over four months while Russia's invasion of Ukraine dominates the headlines. Here’s more from both sides ahead of her trial.

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

More Needs to Be Done


  • Griner must be released, but the US needs to confront its own history of detaining foreign prisoners.
  • Many Americans who know Griner’s story aren’t convinced the Biden administration is doing enough to secure her release.
  • If the US gave women’s basketball the respect it deserves, the WNBA star might not be in legal jeopardy.

“If we want Russia to free Brittney Griner, Americans must show some principles ourselves” LZ Granderson, LA Times Opinion: “Asadullah Haroon Gul went home last week. Since 2007, the Afghan native had been detained at Guantanamo Bay — without a trial. Serendipitous timing, wouldn’t you say? … I’m not suggesting we are the villains in this story. I am simply pointing out we are not the only ones with a story to tell. The world hears our voice, but it also sees our actions. The more those two drift apart, the more interesting observers will find the other stories about who and what we are. Keeping a prisoner detained for 15 years without a trial is more than just a bad look: It’s the antithesis of who we say we are. But to keep that same prisoner detained months after one of our own federal judges ruled that doing so was unlawful … well, with this kind of mentality here in the US, it’s no mystery why some of our friends give us the side eye.”

“U.S. officials say they're doing all they can for Brittney Griner. Are they?” Dave Zirin, MSNBC Opinion: “Where is Biden? Where is Secretary of State Antony Blinken? These are the questions being asked not just by Cherelle Griner (Griner’s wife), but also by people in and outside the WNBA who are bereft over the Brittney Griner’s continued imprisonment. Russian officials say they caught her in an airport outside Moscow with vape cartridges containing cannabis oil. Cherelle Griner was mostly silent in March and April, as she followed the advice of the State Department whose officials told that her they were negotiating through back channels. But after the State Department said Brittney Griner was 'wrongfully detained,' she began spearheading a public campaign to free her wife. … We’ve seen protests on Brittney Griner’s behalf in New York, Washington and other cities. People are shouting out her name in the hopes that their cries will land upon Biden’s ears.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: Brittney Griner’s Plight Says More About America Than Russia Jemele Hill, The Atlantic

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Putin Is Using Griner’s Detainment as Leverage


  • Biden has failed to return America to a place of respect on the international stage, something he promised to do.
  • We want Griner to be released, but Americans who are traveling abroad need to respect the laws of the country they’re in.
  • Griner’s arrest should be a huge wake-up call for obnoxious social justice warriors who are blind to how good they have it in America.

“Joe Biden’s ‘no one’s home’ presidency” Editorial Board, NY Post: “Remember those (brief) shining moments when the world hailed the election of Joe Biden as a return to competence? Turns out Uncle Joe couldn’t even manage to keep US Embassy phone lines open. WNBA star Brittney Griner — detained for months by Russia, and whom Biden has so far failed to free — couldn’t get through to her wife Cherelle via an embassy line despite calling 11 times on a date arranged weeks in advance. Why? Because no embassy staffer was there to pick up the phone and connect them. White House flack Karine Jean-Pierre called this an ‘unfortunate mistake.’ Ya think? Cherelle Griner did not spare the Biden administration any vitriol in her response to the situation. ‘How can I trust you to actually be negotiating on my wife’s behalf to come home,’ she thundered. The mess is symptomatic of how Biden operates.”

“Brittney Griner's plight” Sally Zelikovsky, The American Thinker Opinion: “Russia is a sovereign nation that has strict anti-drug laws.  Progressive politicians like [Sheila Jackson Lee] and naïve American travelers like Griner have to realize that the world isn't always what you want it to be and, more often than not, can be much crueler than what you are used to. We feel for Griner and her friends, family, and teammates, and we pray she is released ASAP.  But, at the time this happened on Saturday, March 5, after weeks warning Americans not to travel to Russia, the State Department issued an advisory that any Americans remaining in Russia should leave immediately.  As Griner made a dash for the exits, she should have had the sense to leave her vaping paraphernalia behind. It is incumbent on Americans traveling abroad to comply with the laws of the host countries. If you refuse, you do so at your own risk.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: Brittney Griner Hates America And Deserves To Languish In A Russian Prison Hailey Sanibel, The Blue State Conservative

FLAG THIS

America Unsure How To Feel About Griner’s Detainment


According to a YouGov survey conducted in mid-May, 47% of respondents were unsure as to the fairness of Griner’s detainment in Russia. with 36% saying she is being unfairly detained, and 17% arguing the situation is fair.

Concerning the American government’s involvement, 27% feel not enough is being done to secure Griner’s release, while 24% believe the government is doing enough, and 9% think less should be done. Meanwhile, a plurality of 39% of respondents were unsure.


Flag Poll: Do you believe the American government is doing enough to secure Griner’s release? Click here to share your thoughts.

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The Last Thunderbird, Alien Signals, My Dear Cabbage

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On July 1, 2005, the last Thunderbird, Ford Motor Company’s iconic sports car, emerged from a Ford factory in Wixom, Michigan. Above is an eleventh and the final generation of the Thunderbird.

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