In modern America, the government does not need to engage in surveillance or oppression (although it does anyway), for private companies are happy to carry the load.
After Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that his company would “engineer” searches so that Russia Today and Sputnik would not appear, Russia responded by asking American journalists to register as “foreign agents.”
This is a tit-for-tat move after reporters for Russia Today were asked to do the same thing.
President Vladimir Putin signed this law into action on Saturday as a move to halt what his government considers the undue influence of US interests in Russia.
President Donald Trump, a longtime media critic himself, attacked CNN International, one of the largest American news corporations abroad.
In a tweet that claimed that Fox News was much more “important” than CNN, President Trump wrote, “CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!”
This, of course, did not sit well with CNN, who tweeted, “It’s not CNN‘s job to represent the U.S to the world. That’s yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst.”
While true, CNN‘s retort misses the point that its biased reporting offers foreigners a jaundiced view of America and its citizens, whether that is their intention or not. Just like Hollywood, which is now making most of its money in the foreign market, CNN International is responsible for poisoning the world’s well against the United States.
As for President Trump’s “job,” his job is to represent the American people and their desires — not act as a PR agent for America.
President Trump and President Putin both have a correct understanding of the power of the media.
As social critic Ryan Landry has pointed out, the media has never been about telling the truth or reporting on facts. Rather, the media in an age of neoliberal globalization is about spreading the opinions of the “expert,” a “tool of the elite” who functions as the pseudo-intellectual face of corporate and political manipulation.
CNN, Russia Today, and Sputnik all have the same goal and function–to spread propaganda for their respective masters. This is why it is so important to the Left that it controls the university system, for hand-picked “experts” all must pass through America’s elite universities (see: indoctrination factories) in order to even reach the first microphone of power.
President Putin understands this. He recognizes that American media is nothing less than an extension of American neoliberalism. President Trump recognizes this too, which is one of the reasons why he is so quick to denounce CNN, the New York Times, and other left-wing outlets.
Fox News at least provides a platform for dissident views in America.
The America media is already targeting Putin for his “autocratic” move. The problem with this complaint is that, unless there are limits placed on the media, the media will control culture, the flow of information, and the direction of politics.