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'Conservative' Journalist on Reagan: 'I Hope the Bastard Bleeds to Death on the Operating Table'


<p>KGB operatives infiltrated conservative media? Wednesday night’s episode of FX’s <a href="; target="_blank"><em>The Americans</em></a> imagines that in 1981 a conservative magazine employed a journalist who was really a mole for the KGB. On the day of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, “Charles Duluth” of the “Conservative Statesman” magazine, proclaims to a KGB operative who he is helping: “Frankly, I hope the bastard bleeds to death on the operating table.” <br /><br /><em>The Americans</em> is centered around husband and wife KGB sleeper agents (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as “Philip and Elizabeth Jennings”) who live with their kids as ordinary Americans in suburban Washington, DC when Reagan becomes President.<br /><br />The February 20 episode, the fourth, plays out on Monday, March 30, 1981, the day John Hinkley shot Reagan.</p><p><em>&gt;&gt; More in the <a href="…; target="_blank">cross-post</a> on the MRC's NewsBusters blog. &lt;&lt;</em></p>