For a guy who's supposed to be an "Investigative Journalism Fellow" her his bio, CNSNews.com writer Micky Wootten sure doesn't do much investigative journalism. Instead, his main job these days is setting up anti-Biden narratives about spending too much money on supporting Ukraine after its invasion by Russia. (If you'll recall, CNS effectively took Russia's side in the runup to the war by touting Vladimir Putin's anti-LGBT initiatives and blaming President Biden for the war for purportedly being too soft on Russia.) The campaign began with a Sept. 8 article featuring Wootten asking a CNS intern-like gotcha question of a Republican senator:
When asked whether the U.S. should continue to provide Ukraine with security assistance, Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said “yes,” while acknowledging the need for “proper oversight over everything that is being sent.”
At the Capitol on September 8, CNS News asked Senator Ernst, “According to a Congressional Research Service report, since the start of the war, the U.S. has committed $12.9 billion dollars to help provide Ukraine with the equipment they need to defend itself. Should the U.S. continue providing additional security assistance to Ukraine?”
Here's what else Wootten has written on that subject thus far, with a heavy emphasis on how much money is being spent:
- DOD: $675 Million in ‘Additional Security Assistance’ for Ukraine, $2 Billion in ‘Foreign Military Financing’
- Zelenskyy to Address Defense Contractors About ‘Ukrainian Defense Needs’
- Biden Administration Okays $600 Million in ‘Additional Security Assistance for Ukraine’
- State Dept: $457.5 Million in ‘New U.S. Civilian Security Assistance’ to Ukraine
- DOD: $1.1 Billion in ‘Additional Security Assistance’ for Ukraine’s ‘Long-Haul’
- Congress Passes CR, Includes $12.3 Billion for Ukraine, 3,600% Increase in Presidential Drawdown Capabilities
- DoD, Secretary of State Blinken Announce $625 Million in ‘Additional Security Assistance’ to Ukraine
- DoD: $725 Million in ‘Additional Security Assistance’ for Ukraine in Biden’s 23rd Drawdown
- Biden’s 24th Drawdown Authorizes $275 Million in ‘Additional Presidential Drawdown Security Assistance’ for Ukraine
- DoD Confirms Presence of U.S. Troops in Ukraine
- State Department Awards Tetra Tech $47.6 Million to Help Ukraine’s De-Mining Efforts
- DoD: $400 Million in ‘Additional Security Assistance’ for Ukraine
- Biden’s 25th Drawdown Includes $400 Million in ‘Additional Security Assistance for Ukraine’
- Biden’s 26th Drawdown Includes $400 Million in 'Additional U.S. Military Assistance' for Ukraine
- U.S. to Provide $53 Million ‘Energy Security Support’ to Help Ukraine ‘Persevere Through the Winter’
- DoD: $275 Million in ‘Additional Assistance’ for Ukraine in Biden’s 27th Drawdown
- House Foreign Affairs Committee Rejects Ukraine Aid Audit Bill: 'Right Now We’re in the Middle of a War'
- $857.9 Billion Defense Bill Includes $800 Million for Ukraine
- Using Ukraine Supplemental Funds, DoD Grants $24.8 Million to Idaho Mining Firm for Bullet Materials
- DoD: $1.85 Billion in ‘Additional Security Assistance,’ Including Patriot Missile System for Ukraine
- DoD: Over $3.75 Billion in ‘Additional Security Assistance’ for Ukraine, Including Bradley Fighting Vehicles
- Federal Govt to Build ‘Ukrainian Independence Park’ in D.C.
- $1.7-Trillion Omnibus Includes Over $47 Billion for Ukraine, 291.9% Increase in Drawdown Capabilities Since October 2022
- State Dept. to Provide $125 Million for Ukraine’s ‘Urgent Energy Systems Needs’
- Vance, Bishop Send Letter to Biden Requesting Report on All U.S. Aid to Ukraine
- Sen. Braun on Weapons to Ukraine: ‘Help Them But Not Pay All the Bills,’ EU Do More
- Sen. Lee: Is ‘Declaration of War' or 'Authorization for Military Force' Needed to Continue Giving Weapons to Ukraine?
- DoD: $2.17 Billion in ‘Additional Security Assistance’ for Ukraine
- DoD: $460 Million in ‘Additional Security Assistance’ for Ukraine in Biden’s 32nd Drawdown
- DoD: $2 Billion in ‘Additional Security Assistance’ for Ukraine Through USAI
- DoD: $400 Million in 'Additional Security Assistance' for Ukraine in Biden’s 33rd Drawdown
Wootten has also promoted other attacks on aid to Ukraine. A Feb. 13 article touted how right-wing hero Elon Musk is limiting what Ukraine can do with the Starlink satellite communications service run by Musk-led SpaceX:
On Feb. 8, SpaceX announced that it has limited the Ukrainian military’s ability to use its Starlink satellite internet service to control drones, citing that the “Ukrainians have leveraged it in ways that were unintentional and not part of any agreement.” The service reportedly has been weaponized in the fight against Russia.
After Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, Elon Musk’s SpaceX sent thousands of Starlink satellite internet kits to help the country stay online while Russian attacks caused disruptions to their internet service.
However, as the war in Ukraine nears its one-year anniversary, Musk and SpaceX have expressed concerns over the ways in which his Starlink services are being used by the Ukrainian military. Furthermore, Musk’s rhetoric online in recent weeks suggests the billionaire is among those who fear that the ongoing conflict has the potential to escalate in the coming months.
Wootten used a Feb. 17 article to tout an "anti-war" rally featuring fringe and pro-Russia figures:
On Sunday, Feb. 19, former House Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) will speak at the “Rage Against the War Machine” rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and call for a long-list of anti-war objectives, including stopping the arming of Ukraine, and negotiating a peace deal.
The rally, which is being organized by both the Libertarian Party and the People’s Party, will start at 12:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial and will end at the White House.
Gabbard, of course, is a CNS favorite for being a purported Democrat who criticized actual Democrats and for spouting anti-Biden(and, thus, pro-Russia) talking points on Ukraine. Wootten also hyped that "Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters will be making a guest appearance via video" without mentioning that he too is a Russian stooge to the point that Russia invited him to speak at the United Nations on its behalf.