Russia-gate Breeds 'Establishment McCarthyism'
Date Written: 26/10/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Russia-gate provides cover for an Establishment attack on Internet freedom and independent news, while traditional defenders of a free press and civil liberties are joining the assault or staying on the sidelines.
Excerpt: In the past, America has witnessed "McCarthyism" from the Right and even complaints from the Right about "McCarthyism of the Left." But what we are witnessing now amid the Russia-gate frenzy is what might be called "Establishment McCarthyism," traditional media/political powers demonizing and silencing dissent that questions mainstream narratives.
This extraordinary assault on civil liberties is cloaked in fright-filled stories about Russian propaganda and wildly exaggerated tales of the Kremlins "hordes of Twitter bots," but its underlying goal is to enforce Washingtons 'groupthinks" by creating a permanent system that shuts down or marginalizes dissident opinions and labels contrary information no matter how reasonable and well-researched as "disputed" or "rated false" by mainstream "fact-checking" organizations like PolitiFact.
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