The Washington Post has really outdone itself this time. Having served as the primary megaphone for hate-mongering and anti-Trump propaganda since last summer, the WAPO is upping the ante by giving legitimacy to a shadowy group that has published a blacklist of 200 + websites that have been labeled as fronts for Vladimir Putin’s sinister plot to overthrow America. The sites on the list have two things in common: a criticism of an endless series of global wars instead of spending that money at home and a bent for criticizing Hillary Clinton.
On Thanksgiving Day while families across the fruited plain were sitting down to their holiday feast and diving into a daylong slate of football games, the WAPO published an extraordinarily sleazy piece that promoted the work of a murky website called PropOrNot that is recruiting volunteers as monitors of “Russian” meddling. The piece which was written by a guy named Craig Timberg writes that:
“The flood of ‘fake news’ this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation.”
Not that the government and the corrupt establishment hasn’t done a good enough job of “undermining faith” in American democracy nor one party’s insistence of putting forth as it’s presidential candidate a tainted arch-criminal in a Chairman Mao pantsuit. No, it’s those in the alternative media who called bullshit on the official narrative and are now not only being blamed for Clinton’s loss but thanks to the WAPO and PropOrNot are actually being targeted for government persecution.
The website of the organization that the WAPO is shilling for states:
We are not accusing anyone of lawbreaking, treason, or “being a member of the Communist Party”. We fiercely believe in the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of the press, and have no interest in seeing anyone punished for exercising them. Quite to the contrary.
However, when outlets and individuals echo, repeat, and refer their audience to Russian propaganda, we’re going to highlight it. They have the right to do that, and we have the right to call them on it. We are also encouraging others to help us research this further, and we are calling for formal investigations by the US government, because we think the American people have the right to know when foreign governments are trying to mess with them.
Also, the kind of folks who make propaganda for brutal authoritarian oligarchies are often involved in a wide range of bad business. We strongly suspect that some of the individuals involved have violated the Espionage Act, the Foreign Agent Registration Act, and other related laws, but determining that is up to the FBI and the DOJ.
The idea of one of the nation’s major newspapers promoting what can only be referred to as modern day McCarthyism is chilling but even more so in that none of the rest of the establishment media has denounced it.
PropOrNot’s target list includes many conservative and libertarian websites including the Drudge Report, the Ron Paul Institute, Infowars, Unz.com, the Federalist Papers Project, Zero Hedge and many more. Strangely Breitbart News didn’t make the cut but there is already a mainstream media witch hunt ongoing against the hugely popular conservative information source.
This is an outrage and the Washington Post should be condemned as the festering wart on the ass of the body politic that it has become – in 2016 it has far more in common with Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher’s Der Stürmer than the newspaper that broke the Watergate story. Today the WAPO is still living off of it’s laurels and Bob Woodward has become a bloated caricature of a power-suckler more befitting of a minor role in “House of Cards” than anything remotely resembling a journalist. It is a cancer on an already rotten establishment media.
Originally published at Downtrend.com