PropOrNot, the Anti-Russian Propaganda Bill, and Why Some of Us Prefer Russian News to American

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– 5 December 2016 –

Patulcius:

Patulcius-sqIn the aftermath of Trump’s election victory, the American Left is fighting bitterly to overturn, ruin, and disrupt the results. One of the ways they have tried to discredit the various anti-establishment voices is this “fake news” narrative. They seem to be wildly aiming this campaign against the Alt-Right, the #Pizzagate movement, and the alternative news media, along with Russian news outlets and their sympathizers.

On November 24, a Washington Post article warned against the horrors of various—mostly alternative—news outlets which, they say, frequently sympathize with Russia, including popular sites like Zerohedge, Infowars, and the Drudge Report. Most of my personal favorites are included, in fact. The Post cites a report by some mysterious and well-funded organization called PropOrNot which formed at the end of October to bring attention against what they view to be undue Russian influence in various irregular news sites across the political spectrum. It’s actually a useful list; I’ve found some pretty good news sites that I had never heard of. (Watch for them to break their links.)

This PropOrNot business seems to be growing teeth with the passage on 30 November of H.R. 6393: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. A seemingly ordinary and uncontroversial budget bill passed to fund our intelligence services with 390 votes in favor and only 30 opposed. Yet tucked within its verbiage is the ominous section 501, which relates to “active measures by the Russian Federation to exert covert influence over peoples and governments.” From Zerohedge:

A quick skim of the bill reveals “Title V—Matters relating to foreign countries”,  whose Section 501 calls for the government to “counter active measures by Russia to exert covert influence … carried out in  coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly.”

The section lists the following definitions of media manipulation:

  • Establishment or funding of a front group.
  • Covert broadcasting.
  • Media manipulation.
  • Disinformation and forgeries.
  • Funding agents of influence.
  • Incitement and offensive counterintelligence.
  • Assassinations.
  • Terrorist acts.

As ActivistPost correctly notes, it is easy to see how this law, if passed by the Senate and signed by the president, could be used to target, threaten, or eliminate so-called “fake news” websites, a list which has been used to arbitrarily define any website, or blog, that does not share the mainstream media’s proclivity to serve as the Public Relations arm of a given administration.

Curiously, the bill which was passed on November 30, was introduced on November 22, two days before the Washington Post published its Nov. 24 article citing “experts” who claim Russian propaganda helped Donald Trump get elected.

Of course some of us on the Right have grown to prefer our top news from RT.com or other Russian sites, and we have come to see the Russian perspective as the usually pro-White, pro-Christian counter to the corrupt lies and manipulations of the major American news outlets. To us, the only country in the world that seems to be moving firmly in a sensible direction is Russia. We don’t have to be propagandized to see this. We genuinely prefer the traditionalist Russian perspective and have deliberately sought it out.

Are there Russian connections to the American Right? Very likely so. Russia has a vested interest. The Obama regime has worked to isolate Russia and overthrow its government. If the U.S. can transform into an ally via Russian influence, great. But if the U.S. falls into civil war and balkanizes, that will work, too. In either scenario, the U.S. will stop working to push Russia into World War III.

Does Russia have America’s best interests in mind? I think they want us to stay out of their sphere of influence but otherwise don’t really care what we do. We should regard them the same way. Russia is following a Russia-first policy; the U.S. should focus on our own interests. The two don’t have to conflict.

Did Russian influence cause Hillary Clinton to lose? No way. Pro-union white men in the rust belt tipped the balance against Hillary. Lack of black turnout didn’t help her either. The establishment is just using this as a cover to attack the anti-establishment Right.

Perhaps the American establishment has good cause to worry about the rise of the white Right.

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The Left still whines about Joseph McCarthy and the House Committee on Un-American Activities. During the Forties and Fifties, those two entities kept the Commies in check. But they didn’t go far enough, and ultimately the Left won out, ushering in the dystopia we have today.

The pro-white, pro-Christian American establishment of the 1950’s rightly grew concerned over the growth of Marxist influence (much of it influenced by the USSR). And today’s anti-white, anti-Christian establishment likewise fears the resurgence of a popular and angry pro-white and pro-Christian movement, one that has finally inoculated itself against the Alinskyite tactics of the Left.

In the 1950’s, the Leftists successfully defeated a Joseph McCarthy who, while correct about Communist infiltration, overextended himself, with the cucks of the time successfully sabotaging his efforts. Basically the Constitution tied the hands of the Right against an enemy who uses our laws against us.

Today’s establishment isn’t about to give up without a fight like the overly-civic and overly-sensible white establishment of the 1950’s. They will attempt to repress any influential reaction against them.

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  1. Reblogged this on Brittius.

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  2. Heard on the radio today that they’re doubling down on this with Senators from both sides of the isle clamoring for an investigation. My thought was they were trying to deligitimise the election and declare the results void. That’s probably a bit tin foil, though.

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    • I’m not so sure it’s tinfoil. It’s possible that the cucks and libs are getting their ducks lined up to create leverage against Trump for whatever reason, trying to force him to accept their agendas as fait accompli. They can’t push him through the media or through fundraising. If he can’t be persuaded politically (through threat of delegitimization and removal), then the last resort is the bullet or the plane crash, and all of those scenarios lead to civil war (like we aren’t heading there already).

      It does start to get tinfoil when the Pizzagate thing is tied in. I happen to think there is something to the pedophile symbols and the bizarre emails and the rapid opening/closing of Hillary’s email scandal, though a lot of people are recklessly jumping to conclusions over every shadow. What gives Pizzagate more credence is the quick attempts by the media/political establishment to bury the story and persecute the venues associated with it. If Pizzagate gains enough steam, the establishment must hold a position to leverage Trump into inaction. But right now the story is still in the land of Reynolds Wrap.

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      • I assume something’s going on, (((they))) gotta have some leverage on the president or he might get all patriotic or something. 🙂

        Are you moderating comments? ‘Cause mine don’t show up.

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      • No moderation. You were trapped in the Spam tank. Must have been all of those links you shared for ED medication. (Thanks!) I got you out and you should be good here on out. (I sent you a message via email, too.)

        It’s actually encouraging that Trump continues to get so much resistance. It suggests that the (((establishment))) has something to actually worry about. But who knows? Dangerous and exciting times are getting started!

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  3. “Does Russia have America’s best interests in mind? I think they want us to stay out of their sphere of influence but otherwise don’t really care what we do. We should regard them the same way. Russia is following a Russia-first policy; the U.S. should focus on our own interests. The two don’t have to conflict.”

    The most important thing to note here is the worldview held by many within the Russian establishment, and how it differs from the MIC neocon/neolib establishment in the State Dept.

    Most Russian officials believe in ‘Multi-polarity’, that is the geopolitical preference for regional hegemons rather than world hegemons. Nobody believes, not even on the most extreme neocon wings, that Russia has designs to dominate the USA or indeed Latin America. Put simply, it does not have the resources to do so. And why would it want to? Russia has an outlook grounded in a land-based political vision. They want to exert influence in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe. These places are obviously very distant from the United States. There really isn’t any reason for the two to be bitter enemies. In fact, ceasing endless hostilities against Russia and others, the US could probably have created a much more beneficial and less one-sided relationship with its southern neighbors who exploit it as a dumping ground for criminals and drugs.

    By the way, my blog has moved to WordPress, so feel free to update the link in your blogroll. I can now be found at:

    http://citadelfoundations.wordpress.com

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