In an interview with Russia Today, Daniel McAdams, executive director, Ron Paul Institute, set up by the maverick former congressman to further his libertarian ideas said there are members of Congress who don’t want anyone on TV saying America’s foreign policy is a disaster and it costs a fortune, RT. Investigative journalist Dave Lindorff reports.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year 2018, which passed the US Senate earlier this week, carries some added provisions that have little in common with the military, as well as some provisions that appear to have little to do with defence spending.
McAdams says congress has published a bill that could potentially block Russian broadcasters from being shown in the US. It could allow US content providers to break their contracts, leaving Russian channels without any legal recourse. This is in spite of yet another investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the US 2016 election failing to find any evidence to support the claims.
The plan to introduce television censorship is buried inside a tiny amendment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The part about Russia is summarized in just a few lines, between details on funding of the US military. Amendment No 1096, which aims to "prohibit multichannel video programming distributors from being required to carry certain video content that is owned or controlled by the Government of the Russian Federation".
Why this continued focus on Russia and completely fabricated claims od meddling in US politics in what's supposed to be an annual defense spending bill?
According to McAdams there is an obsession on Capitol Hill and within the mainstream media with Russia Today (RT) because RT is effective and RT is watched while American "News" Channels that stick closely to Washinton's propaganda narrative and show left wing bias in their reporting are losing viewers rapidly. But also, and this is very important, because RT carries perspectives that are not available in the mainstream media.
Commentators on RT would say the same thing that they say on RT if they were invited by any of the mainstream media, but because mainstram media's idea of "diversity" is only skin deep those independent voices will never be heard on minstream channels. The case is that John McCain and Lindsey Graham, the people who were behind this amendment, the Atlantic Council and the others are trying to silence RT in the USA. They, and supporters of Hillary Clinton still clinging to the delusional belief that President Trump can be deposed and the rival he defeated for the Presidency somehow, against all constitutional provisions, replace him are the totalitarians, they are the enemies of free speech; they're the enemies of the First Amendment; they don’t want anyone coming on television saying that America’s foreign policy is a disaster; it is broken; it is making the U.S.A. more vulnerable to attack, and it’s costing a fortune. It cannot stand competition in the area of ideas.
There should be no government censorship of ideas, it should be viewer beware. If you’re watching RT and you know that it is funded, directly or indirectly, by the Russian government, you take that into consideration just as any intelligent person would do. The same rules should apply as when Americans watch France 24 or BBC America which reflect the perspectives of, respectively, the French and British governments into consideration, because it is funded by those bodies.