Washington’s “democratic” institutions work around-the-clock to dismiss reasonable criticism and thoughtful dissent as “Russian disinformation” — is it any wonder that they are losing the confidence of their people?
For trusted media outlets such as the CIA-linked Washington Post, the real purpose of promoting a “fake news” blacklist is not to expose KGB connections to random internet blogs — there is nothing to expose, after all — but rather to enforce new parameters for what in polite society is called “acceptable public discourse”.
So for instance, the weather and your health.
You are allowed to discuss how humid it is today, or your favorite photograph of Hillary Clinton; you are even allowed to complain about your painful toe corns.
Generally speaking, you are permitted to talk about various things that don’t matter. The one thing that is strictly prohibited though is questioning the west’s commitment to “kicking Russia in the ass”, to quote the great orator Lindsey Graham.
Not wanting to “kick Russia in the ass” is fake news.
Are you beginning to understand?
Robert Parry has an excellent piece on how Washington has attempted to enforce strict obedience to its own narrative:
NATO has its own Stratcom command based in Latvia that also is assigned to swat down information that doesn’t conform to Western propaganda narratives. The U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S.-funded National Endowment for Democracy also pour tens of millions of dollars into media operations with similar goals as do major Western foundations, such as currency speculator George Soros’s Open Society. Last December, the U.S. Congress approved and President Obama signed legislation to create an additional $160 million bureaucracy to combat “Russian propaganda.”
In other words, the West’s stratcom and “psychological operations” are swimming in dough despite the Times’ representation that these “anti-disinformation” projects are unfairly outgunned by sinister forces daring to challenge what everyone-in-the-know knows to be true.
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