Obama did what any smart politician does: sign a bill on Friday afternoon when the media coverage is slim. The “Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016” was buried deep in the NDAA $611M funding bill Obama signed before Christmas. Yes, the Friday before Christmas. These moves are calculated and very intelligent in the way they go about it. The media, especially before Christmas, likes to take it easy and may overlook these manuevers in Washington.
The first thing that made eyebrows raise was the fact that Obama signed this bill so secretively. Normal spending bill increases or renewal is usually a routine measure, but to do this secretively was curious.
Remember when we liked our politicians to be bi-partisan? Now when they do it we get worried and this furthers that notion.
Hey my Senator introduced it! Here is Senator Rob Portman’s quote on the act when he introduced it in March:
“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,”
How dare Russia have their own national news media. Instead of publically funding a media outlet they should just privately fund them and allow secret access to achieve a bias.
“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.”
Hold on. You mean there isn’t a government program or committee yet to to overlook a portion of private society! Time to change that! Portman is probably just pissed that the media still kind of acts like the fourth branch of government. As much as the lame stream media is a hack for the Obama administration, there is a sleu of independent media that has no bias except for the truth.
Maybe, just MAYBE they are doing this with a good intention. A lot of progressives automatically think that more government is the answer for everything. But what happens when this act gets corrupted by greedy politicians? Like Portman? What happens to sites they claim are “fake news”? They will get shut down with no jury or trial.
This should be an act that we can all come together on and fight. A lot of these big government politicians are trying to reinstall what Snowden opened up to the public. Where would we be without Snowden? Would this have even of come up? The NSA funding gets slashed due to public outcry and the answer is massive government increases in other intelligence sectors.
We need to join hands and stand up.
WE are the resistance. WE are still the massive voice in the US. We just need to wake up.