Many people took notice when Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued a bill last week. The bill is permitting the Department of Justice to employ more options when looking into “state-owned Russian media outlet RT America for potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).” For those who did not live through the “Cold War,” it may not seem like very much of an issue. However, when the Soviet Union was strong, the notion of a Russian anything in America was unheard of. It was as rare as anything Cuban today, only they aren’t a superpower. Basically, having each other’s media in each other’s nations was a sign that both countries were trusting and open with facts.
In retaliation, the Russian Parliament is now looking into U.S. based news media outlets, particularly CNN and Voice of America. We know that George Soros was booted out of the land of the Bear for his crooked dealings with “non-governmental” organizations which, contrary to their name, are VERY government based. They are based on the leftist side of the U.N. and America, to be exact. We also know that CNN has been found again and again to be fake news, with even judges ruling as such. The Parliaments website says that the goal of their investigations is to look “for compliance of their activities with Russian legislation.”
USA Today is reporting that an “audit” looking into “Radio Liberty, the Voice of America, CNN, and other U.S. media to see if they are breaking any of the nation’s laws,” is underway. We have LONG discussed how the problem with fake news being so common from the left is that now it is all but impossible to tell what is real. This is what comes to mind again as we hear the words of Shaheen in a press release.
She stated, “We have good reason to believe that RT News is coordinating with the Russian government to spread misinformation and undermine our democratic process. The American public has a right to know if this is the case. RT News has made public statements boasting that it can dodge our laws with shell corporations, and it’s time for the Department of Justice to investigate.”
However, does anyone tune in thinking that RT is going to “anti-Russia?” If someone is freely watching RT, then certainly they know that it will have a Russian lean. Perhaps it was not such a wonderful idea to allow foreign media into the nation following the jubilation of the “Cold War” ending after all. Maybe it is multiculturalism running amok, but in any case, we have to expect that they are going to protect their news (real or not) just as we do ours. We know fully that CNN is fake in many instances, so tuning into RT gives the other side. Also, just because we know that CNN is false does not mean that we can trust RT.
This is important to note. So many people on the right began to like Putin because he was Obama’s enemy. Since anyone could clearly see that Obama was one of the worst leaders in
American world history, and since Putin could see it too, well then Putin must have been a great guy, right? The enemy of our enemy is our friend, correct? Sadly, Putin has proven himself to be a rather mean-spirited man who buzzes American warships, invades our waters and talks badly about Trump who entered office offering the olive branch. So no, just because CNN is full of liars does NOT mean the RT is full of saints and angels. Of this, Shaheen is correct. One would be a fool to trust RT fully.
Maria Zakharova, an RT spokesmen, would not agree, saying that Shaheen is “looking for books to burn,” according to Reuters. She started comparing it the 1950’s McCarthy scare, which was not the best historical choice for her to have invoked. While McCarthy was quite wrong that one was not free to be a socialist in America (while it is a despicable thing to be due to the misery that it brings), one is free to do so. Having said that, the man was right! Hollywood WAS crawling with liberals, the media WAS hiding them for infiltration, and the movies WERE indoctrinating the U.S. with communism. Therefore, the analogy does not bring her case much credence.
The decision from Russia to engage in this investigating came two days after U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said to NBC News on Wednesday that “We cannot trust Russia. We should never trust Russia.” It must be remembered that her statements were made after “the Department of Justice charged two Russian spies for allegedly hacking into and stealing data from more than 500 million Yahoo users.”
Two things are learned from this knowledge. First of all, we know that no matter what the left keeps trying to imply, Trump does not trust Russia. Not only does he not have ANY ties with Russia, but he does not appoint very many people telling him to be more trusting of Putin, either. Flynn was a bit softer on Russia and Putin, but ever since he was fired, the new administration has not been comprised of people who trust Russia at all. The reason for this could be that, while the Yahoo theft is massive, there may be even BIGGER crimes that we as citizens do not know of. If not, just his aggression on U.S. vessels could be enough for this change of heart.
Secondly, we learned that while Putin has no respect for American leaders, he also has no respect for the average American. If anyone else had stolen the private data of millions of citizens we would be outraged, yet today, even Yahoo users are not up in arms. Perhaps if America really is this hopelessly dulled down and pliable then there is not one reason why Putin WOULD respect us. Why should he? After all, he can hack us and we just call him Trump’s friend and play the lie instead of exposing the facts that Haley just told us. Her job is to learn this and tell us. Our job is to DO SOMETHING with the knowledge, or do we only care when our government hacks us?
No, Russia did not play ANY role in the election of Donald Trump and NO, Trump does not have any ties to Putin. That does not mean that we can just ignore his warmongering, threats and real hacks though. None of this is to say that we need to go charging into battle with the would-be Soviet. However, it may be wise to do as Trump has suggested and become just a little more careful regarding who we allow to do things in our country. After all, the same has been said about Al Jazeera, too.