Following an in-depth investigation by CNN’s chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward, a Russian propaganda effort began to attack her — a fifteen minute hit piece. They even videoed her in her hotel room, without her knowledge.
Ward was falsely accused of being as a spy, as well, as she was investigating the Russian army.
Pointing out first how “sinister” it was, she also acknowledged it was somewhat “satisfying” that Putin’s propagandists were putting so much effort into trying to discredit her. “It makes it clear our reporting has hit a nerve and we are telling a story that some people would rather not see told.”
Appearing on air with Brianna Keilar, the anchor noted that “the Krelim hates [Ward’s] report.”