Power of Story
Send a Tweet        
- Advertisement -
Refresh  

Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter 1 Share on Facebook 3 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend (4 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   4 comments
OpEdNews Op Eds

The Russia-Blamers Think You're Stupid

By   Follow Me on Twitter     Message Thomas Knapp     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 3   Supported 2   Must Read 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 9/29/17


The Kremlin, Moscow
(Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org))
  Permission   Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -

"Russian operatives used Facebook ads to exploit America's racial and religious divisions," the Washington Post claims in a September 25 headline.

Over at The Daily Beast, Dean Obeidallah explains "How Russian Hackers Used My Face to Sabotage Our Politics and Elect Trump."

And US Senator James Lankford (R-OK) thinks that "the Russians and their troll farms" (as opposed to Donald Trump and professional football players) are behind the current "take a knee" kerfuffle between Donald Trump and professional football players.

Because, you know, Americans never had rowdy disagreements with each other over race and religion until last year, and wouldn't be having them now if not for those dirty, no-good Russian hackers who stole the 2016 presidential election from the second most hated candidate in history, on behalf of the most hated candidate in history, operating through subterfuge to achieve the outcome that some of us predicted months in advance, long before anyone mentioned Russian hackers.*

- Advertisement -

Evidence? Who needs evidence? The people who hated the outcome and have been railing against it for nearly a year now have told us what happened, and why, and whodunit, and they'd never lie to us about something like that, would they? They lied about Saddam Hussein having weapons of mass destruction, and about illegal wiretapping by the NSA, and about a thousand other things, but THIS is DIFFERENT.

Keep in mind that when all the most wild and baseless accusations (e.g. that !THEM RUSSIANS! hacked the voting machines) are discarded, the basic claim remaining is this: By spreading "fake news" through social media, !THEM RUSSIANS! fooled a bunch of Americans into voting the wrong way.

Let's assume for a moment that the basic claim is true, although so far the actual evidence indicates a tiny propaganda operation in the scale of things. If it's true, the conclusion it points to is:

- Advertisement -

American voters are morons who can be gamed into doing anything by anyone with the ability to buy ads on Facebook and Twitter.

I didn't say that. Russian hackers didn't say that, at least in public. That's what the propagators of the new Red Scare are claiming.

If the American electorate is really as abjectly stupid as the "blame the Russians" crowd insists, it seems to me that instead of blaming the Russians, they should get to work on either making the electorate smarter or coming up with a system that doesn't leave important political decisions in the hands of the gullible. Just sayin' ...

*In May of 2016, I predicted that Donald Trump would carry every state Mitt Romney carried in 2012, plus Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. I didn't predict Wisconsin and Iowa, but 48 of 50 states from six months out ain't too shabby, is it?

- Advertisement -

 

- Advertisement -

Well Said 3   Supported 2   Must Read 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

http://thegarrisoncenter.org

Thomas L. Knapp is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism (thegarrisoncenter.org). He lives and works in north central Florida.



Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon



Go To Commenting
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

NATO: This Deal is a Turkey

US Foreign Military Bases Aren't "Defense"

If You've Got Nothing to Hide, You've Got Nothing to Fear, JFK Assassination Edition

Election 2016: The Banality of Evil on Steroids

Snowden and Media Friends: L'etat, C'est Nous

Bernie Sanders Won't Drop Out. Here's Why.

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

4 people are discussing this page, with 4 comments


Rob Kall

Become a Fan Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Jun 5, 2005), 305 fans, 2313 articles, 5164 quicklinks, 5570 comments, 491 diaries


Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


  New Content

Hillary and the DNC deserve full credit for electing Donald Trump.


But I would disagree and propose that there are scores of millions of American morons-- ignorant, bigoted, information-deficient fools who WOULD buy any bullshit their preferred media shovels to them.


It appears that something in the air or water of the United States has caused malformation and complete absence of spine in US politicians and its electorate. It takes spine to stand up to the dominant, MSM delivered narrative.

Submitted on Friday, Sep 29, 2017 at 2:53:08 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (5+)
Help
 
Indent

Thomas Knapp

Become a Fan
Author 76576
Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Feb 15, 2012), 5 fans, 214 articles, 307 comments, 1 diaries


Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Reply to Rob Kall:   New Content
I don't disagree. That's why I left the last paragraph ambiguous :)

Submitted on Friday, Sep 29, 2017 at 3:16:17 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (2+)
Help
 

Lois Gagnon

Become a Fan
Author 61784

(Member since Mar 21, 2011), 32 fans, 1 articles, 5 quicklinks, 3824 comments


Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


  New Content

Check out Caitlin Johnstone's take on the latest accusation against the Russians. There's more underneath that article skewering the propagators of this nonsense.

click here

Submitted on Friday, Sep 29, 2017 at 8:34:01 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 

Rick Kincade

Become a Fan
Author 84503

(Member since Dec 10, 2012), 1 fan, 231 comments


Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


  New Content

I was brought up in a military/navy family and am well aware of the difference in perspectives between military and civilian people. I was brainwashed in the military beliefs and then somehow ended up at an "elite" university and after four years I had gone through two of the tree brainwashing steps that removed my initial brainwashing (1. removing old ideas, 2. installing the new ideas) but I didn't stay in the system long enough to complete the process of 3. cementing the new beliefs. As a result I have been more free to think out of the box and be open to new perspectives. So now we have "the Russians did it" meme being repeated over and over so that our citizens are brainwashed. One of the main ways to change peoples beliefs is to allow time to demonstrate the new reality or to have a "major" event that forces people to first suffer and then in questioning their suffering realize the lies they have been living. Bottom line for me is that unless there is severe suffering things will go on as they have for centuries with the privileged enslaving the poor for their benefit. And while some people can claim that we are suffering we are nowhere close to suffering enough to change the plan. Can we slow down the train to change its direction or must we wait for a derailment?


Answering my own question I don't think we can slow down the train through education and spreading the word because the MSM holds that power. So we must wait for derailment. I voted for Trump knowing he was a bum but I sincerely believed he offered the best chance for a derailment while Hillary was rock hard on keeping the train steamrolling in its present direction.

Submitted on Friday, Sep 29, 2017 at 9:08:03 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 

 
Want to post your own comment on this Article? Post Comment