Recall that as we reported in early June, “a bill to implement the U.S.’ very own de facto Ministry of Truth had been quietly introduced in Congress. As with any legislation attempting to dodge the public spotlight the Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016 marks a further curtailment of press freedom and another avenue to stultify avenues of accurate information. Introduced by Congressmen Adam Kinzinger and Ted Lieu, H.R. 5181 seeks a “whole-government approach without the bureaucratic restrictions” to counter “foreign disinformation and manipulation,” which they believe threaten the world’s “security and stability.”
Also called the Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692), when introduced in March by Sen. Rob Portman, the legislation represents a dramatic return to Cold War-era government propaganda battles. “These countries spend vast sums of money on advanced broadcast and digital media capabilities, targeted campaigns, funding of foreign political movements, and other efforts to influence key audiences and populations,” Portman explained, adding that while the U.S. spends a relatively small amount on its Voice of America, the Kremlin provides enormous funding for its news organization, RT.
“Surprisingly,” Portman continued, “there is currently no single U.S. governmental agency or department charged with the national level development, integration and synchronization of whole-of-government strategies to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation.”
Long before the “fake news” meme became a daily topic of extensive conversation on such discredited mainstream portals as CNN and WaPo, H.R. 5181 would task the Secretary of State with coordinating the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors to “establish a Center for Information Analysis and Response,” which will pinpoint sources of disinformation, analyze data, and — in true dystopic manner — ‘develop and disseminate’ “fact-based narratives” to counter effrontery propaganda.
In short, long before “fake news” became a major media topic, the US government was already planning its legally-backed crackdown on anything it would eventually label “fake news.”
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Fast forward to December 8, when the “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” passed in the Senate, quietly inserted inside the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report.
And now, following Friday’s Obama signing of the NDAA on Friday evening, the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act is now law.
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And so, with the likes of WaPo having already primed the general public to equate “Russian Propaganda” with “fake news” (despite admitting after the fact their own report was essentially “fake”), while the US media has indoctrinated the public to assume that any information which is not in compliance with the official government narrative, or dares to criticize the establishment, is also “fake news” and thus falls under the “Russian propaganda” umbrella, the scene is now set for the US government to legally crack down on every media outlet that the government deems to be “foreign propaganda.”
It’s certainly quite the coincidence if it’s true the act ran out of funding just recently. And if that’s all it is–a coincidence–this is still something that ought to be let run out.
There’s two types of insanity on the internet: the horrifying train wreck and, more rarely, the weirdly cute. “Hamture” is the later.
(Language warning of course.)
The hat is magic.
The response on the “right” (i.e. cucks) to the Covington Catholic kids has been appalling. They leap to condemn and swallow that main stream media story without the slightest hesitation: Trump kids BAD. Trump kids racist. Trump kids deserve what they get.
Luckily since we live in an age where everyone is filming everything at all times, the boys were quickly exonerated. The media is now violently doubling down and the cucks are apologizing or pretending they never said anything like that at all.
Rod Dreher was one of the ones eating crow:
It is possible that the Catholic boys were complete asses. My initial judgment was that they certainly were that. You don’t treat a peaceful elderly person like this. Even if they thought he was wrong, those boys owed him respect. Yes, the old man approached them, but they could and should have handled him with respect. They come off as bullies.
But then I watched more clips, showing the greater context of the incident. It is not as simple as it has been portrayed. Below is a more complete video account of what happened. In it, one of the Catholic boys is overheard asking, “Does anybody know what he’s doing? Does anybody know what’s going on here.”
And, in it, one of the Indians with Phillips shouts: “White people, go back to Europe. This is not your land.” He curses the students with f-bombs (video is NSFW). He goes on: “You’re being a white man about it. That’s all you know how to do.”
You didn’t see that in the news reporting, did you?
Dreher even mentions an event that he had been present at years ago where he witnessed first hand the difference between what the media reports and what’s actually taking place. Yet he hasn’t learn a damn thing.
I had the good fortune of not seeing anything about this story until it was debunked (the first I saw of it was on r/The_Donald), but even if I hadn’t, I probably would have assumed it was bunk. There have been a host of similar stories in the past couple years each with an eerie similarity to them: they all turn out to be fake. Fake hate crimes. Fake Nazis. Fake Trump supporters. Fake news is turning into a cliche. But the media keeps running with it and the cucks on the right gobble it and spit out nonsense about how we should be better, take the high road, and condemn everyone to the right of them as idiots and racists and trolls.
Most of the time the falsity of the story rolls out on the down low without many noticing it and no one having to walk their statements back. This time it’s gotten out of hand. The mob has come down on kids, threatened to kill them, to ruin their lives, and temporarily got their school shut down.
Dreher, however, hasn’t learned anything at all. As evidenced by multiple comments through out his article like this:
To be clear, it is POSSIBLE that these boys really did make fun of this old Native American man. If that’s what happened, they should apologize.
Stop virtue signalling, you little toad.
If, for some reason, you needed a better reason to monitor what your children look at online, here it is: Hitler in a bikini dancing to nursery rhymes.
The internet was a mistake.
The current internet explosion centers around Ethan Ralph and his livestream known as the KIllstream. A few weeks back, Ralph did a “Healstream” using the Youtube feature which allows superchats to go directly to a charity of their choice. St Jude’s Children’s Hospital was the recipient. Superchats, for those who haven’t heard of them, are a way for streamers to make money on Youtube. A commenter donates money and the streamer, usually, reads the chat comment on the stream. It makes streams a lot like talk radio with superchat breaks instead of advertisements. These comments range from innocent questions to various repetitions of “kill the Jews 1488” and worse.
The Wall Street Journal decides to do an article about hate and superchats, contacts Ralph for comment, then the next thing you know, all the St Jude’s superchats have been refunded and Ralph has all his channels deleted.
TL;DR has a good run down of the timeline and events surrounding this:
A few sources reporting on this debacle have characterized the Healstream as essentially virtue signalling:
Killstream is known for both its controversial guests and similarly toxic chat. Users have been known to take advantage of YouTube’s Super Chat system to buy and pin toxic messages in the live chat, further defaming the stream’s reputation.
This prompted show host Ethan Ralph to fight back by holding a charity stream to benefit St. Jude’s, a research hospital for children with catastrophic diseases. However, YouTube’s new policy on harmful Super Chats has caused a major rift between Ralph and the platform, as well as the Wall Street Journal – which he is now accusing of taking money away from sick children.
This isn’t exactly accurate. The superchats for charity idea was originally proposed because Sargon of Akkad refused a debate on Ralph’s channel because Ralph would be getting the money for it. Ralph offered to give all the money to charity. Sargon, no doubt because he didn’t want a repeat of the Spencer debate and have someone tell him he’s not as smart as he thinks he is, refused anyway so they had it without him.
Ralph and co. have moved to a different site and promptly crashed it by bringing too much traffic with them.