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Tech entrepreneur Glaser funds media site to probe for ties between Trump, Putin

A man photographs a mural on a restaurant wall depicting US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin greeting each other with a kiss in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius on May 13, 2016.
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A man photographs a mural on a restaurant wall depicting US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin greeting each other with a kiss in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius on May 13, 2016.

An internet entrepreneur is entering the media industry to investigate the nature of presidential candidate Donald Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Millionaire Rob Glaser on Wednesday announced the launch of PutinTrump.org, a site that aggregates media coverage and does original reporting on Trump's comments about Russia.

Glaser, founder of Real Networks, the company behind internet multimedia player RealPlayer, will partner on the site with Bill Buzenberg, a National Public Radio veteran and former head of the Center for Public Integrity.

Glaser said that despite not being too well-versed on Russia before the 2016 election, he felt that the reporting on the issue lacked continuity and was more like an ice cream "flavor of the day." He's the sole patron of the site, through a political action committee.

"Every day there's something outrageous said by Donald Trump," Glaser said. "What happens after a while is that people get numb to what the big picture is, because all they hear is the cacophony and all they see is the swirl."

"If he says great things about me, I'm going to say great things about him," Trump has said of Putin, adding that he expects to have a "very, very good relationship" with the Russian president, whom Trump views as more of a leader than President Barack Obama.

The Republican nominee's campaign has reportedly worked against his party's call for giving weapons to Ukraine and upping sanctions against Russia. Amid cyberattacks with alleged Russian ties, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have criticized Trump's stance on Putin.

Glaser said Trump's stance marks a departure from one of the few constants of the past 70 years: the view that the Soviet Union, and now Russia, needed to be contained. Glaser said he thinks Russia does not share American political and institutional values such as free markets, openness and democracy.

"This was usually not controversial. The general notion of where [politicians stand on Russia] was pretty well understood," Glaser said. "Now comes along Donald Trump who cousins up to Putin, ... literally goes out of his way to lavishly praise the leaders of Russia."

Glaser said he hopes that a modern day Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein can "follow the money" to find more about Trump and Putin's relationship.

"You have this unprecedented alliance between a presidential candidate the leader of Russia and it's not being talked about as a whole," Glaser said. "All these different pieces aren't being put together."

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.