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Russia-gate Breeds 'Establishment McCarthyism'

Parry, Robert
http://consortiumnews.com/2017/10/26/russia-gate-breeds-establishment-mccarthyism/

Publisher:  Consortiumnews.com
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.

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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 Kremlin’s "hordes of Twitter bots," but its underlying goal is to enforce Washington’s '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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