A little truth thrown in with deception adds credibility and therefore legitimacy to a lie. It’s probably safe to say that this simple method of adding a drop of truth to a massive deception could be a cornerstone of Vladimir Putin’s great Russian snow-job designed to cripple and if possible, destroy Democracy.
Consequently, we see “Sputnik Radio,” helping to keep progressive talkers like Thom Hartmann on the air, not to mention “RT” television,” formerly “Russia Today.” I’m pretty sure Hartmann is all in favor of Democracy and against autocrats, oligarchs and dictators, and yet, he is broadcasting on a channel owned and operated by the Russian Government, presumably because Vladimir Putin lets him say mostly what he wants to say while his very presence provides legitimacy (cover) for a broader plan of attacking Democracy – even though that’s undoubtedly not his (Hartmann’s) intent. His intent, surely, is to keep practicing his craft, and Sputnik Radio and RT give him the ability to do that.
Of even more significance, is the fact that this technique of mixing in a bit of truth here and there with an overall deception is precisely the method Donald J. Trump used to get himself elected. It was a principle pillar of his campaign as he told lie after lie about crowds cheering as the twin towers came down, about Barack Obama’s birthplace and Ted Cruz’s father being tied to Lee Harvey Oswald. Then, like magic, he would skillfully smile and spin, proclaiming the need for America to do more for its veterans, the need to support Medicare and Social Security while keeping the nation safe from “our enemies” so that he could eat chocolate cake and kiss babies.
And only he would be able to get it done.
A lot of it sounded pretty good, didn’t it? Of course. A little truth mixed in with a lot of deception got Donald J. Trump elected. Not that the Russians had anything to do with it. We’re still waiting for the FBI report on that one.
It should be noted that progressive talkers the caliber of Thom Hartmann, Ed Schultz, Larry King and Mike Papantonio going on a Russian owned network should probably be seen as an indicator of a broken American broadcasting system following the mega-mergers of the 80’s and 90’s (thank you, Ronald Reagan), serving to shut out alternative points of view. Not “alternative news” mind you, but legitimate, informed and alternative points of view that can be supported by facts. There’s a difference. One is valid disagreement. The other is BS.
Of critical importance right now is the need to uphold and support the First Amendment, even if the Russian Government uses it to promote their own best interest. If they can convince us (scare us enough) to set aside the First Amendment they will have lobbed a torpedo into the middle of what will be a crippled American ship. The very fact that we support freedom of speech, no matter who is doing the talking is key to maintaining our freedom. Even if it’s the Russians. We can’t let these guys shred the Constitution, regardless of what their disinformation and fake news might say.
Imagine that, an enemy convincing us that we are being played for fools by letting them use our freedom of speech against us to the degree that we would consider setting aside the First Amendment or any other Constitutional freedom. That’s beyond clever. It’s pure evil.
So is using credible, progressive American talkers on Russian Government sponsored tv or radio, lending credibility to those who would destroy our way of life. I’m talking here about the Russians as the bad guys, not the progressive talk show hosts. I know it can be confusing. The Russians are counting on it. It’s what disinformation is all about.