The EU Parliament has approved a Polish MP’s bill to counter Russian news sources’ “propaganda.” Among those listed are RT and Sputnik news agency. This is yet another example of push-back from Western elites over the loss of the U.S. presidency and potential thawing of Russian / European relations under a Trump administration.
The vote passed with less than a majority of the EU Parliament’s 691 members, thanks to 208 abstentions. The bill garnered only 304 votes.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chided the EU on the matter reminding everyone about how Europe regularly “lectures” Russia on democracy while going out of their way to not actually engage in any of it.
Remember it is European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker who famously said in 2015,
“There can be no democratic choice against the European treaties.”
According to RT, the bill itself is based on a report which sought to counteract third party propaganda.
Written by a Polish member of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, Anna Fotyga, the report alleged that Moscow aims to “distort the truth, provoke doubt, divide the EU and its North American partners, paralyze the decision-making process, discredit the EU institutions and incite fear and uncertainty among EU citizens.” (emphasis mine)
In other words, it is an imperative to stifle any and all discussion that contravenes the needs of the European Union and the United States to enact their plans. Gods forbid the plebes across Europe ever find out what is actually going on in Brussels.
The Media Counter Coup
This is simply an extension of the talking point began earlier in the week about ‘Fake News.’ As my colleague Joe Jankowski reported earlier this week, no less than the New York Times itself called into question Planet Free Will’s coverage tangential to the so-called “Pizza Gate” controversy surrounding Comet Ping Pong.
The full-court press is on to marginalize alternative news sources in a stunning reveal of just how repressive the cultural elite are in the West. Dissention and tolerance are the order of the day as long as you dissent and tolerate those issues in the approved way.
Anything else is ‘fake news,’ ‘propaganda’ or ‘harmful to our democracy.’
Nothing can be further than the truth. Witness the crisis of the day, the rise in the U.S. of the White-Supremacist “Alt-Right.”
Oooh, again with the race card.
The goal of this is to paint with the broadest brush possible anyone who supported Donald Trump as President as a member of the Alt-Right.
But, anyone who knows anything about this Alt-Right knows that it started, and still is, at most a dozen talented Neo-Nazi meme artists adept at trolling the Social Justice left on Twitter.
And, that’s pretty much the sum and substance of it.
Anything else past that is an invention of the media and the Soros/Clinton Junta looking to subvert the Trump Administration before it even gets off the ground.
It is also important to head off any change in EU / Russian relations, poisoning them for President-Elect Donald Trump.
The End of the Old Media
This move by the EU Parliament is ultimately meaningless. All it will do is fuel another wealth transfer from European taxpayers to some rent-seeking technocrats’ think tank.
They’ll start with just €1 million apparently. It, does, however, make for great headlines.
Good luck countering the ‘yuge’ worldwide audience of RT with that. That enviable audience was built the old-fashioned way; being unique in the marketplace.
Yes, it has a pro-Russian slant. But, RT makes no bones about this.
RT explains world events in a way that is the other side of the story promulgated in the West. Judging by how hard Europe’s leadership is fighting RT it must be doing a pretty good job of it.
The rules for entrepreneurial success are the same no matter what the market. Offer people a unique product that serves those not served by the current product list.
RT did that when it hit the airwaves. So did Fox News. And they both were hated for it. Today Fox is becoming indistinguishable from CNN and MSNBC. Its ratings and, more importantly, its ad rates are in free fall.
RT has held fast and by doing so is growing stronger every day.
The EU parliament proves how out of touch it is with the reality of a changing media landscape. The house organ model is dying. People want real information, not canned talking points to be endlessly repeated Goebbels-style through a complicit outlet.
Trump has begun the process of neutering U.S. media by going directly to the people via YouTube last week. Expect Fireside Chats next.
Trump’s win, along with Brexit, has proven how little control can be exerted through that model. And no amount of non-binding legislation will change that.