These 3 Democrats Think "Sputnik Radio" Crushed Hillary's Campaign... But There's A Catch

Tyler Durden's picture

Just when you thought the 'Russian collusion' narrative couldn't get any more surreal, 3 House democrats decide to write a letter to the FCC which can only be described as 'criminally stupid' and even that seems generous.

According to the letter, signed by Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J), Sputnik Radio, "a radio network funded by the Russian government, was used as part of the Kremlin's effort to influence the 2016 presidential election."  As such, these 3 democrats demand that the FCC launch an investigation into Sputnik Radio.

And while it may only seem 'marginally stupid' to suggest that propaganda from a Russian-operated radio station might outweigh the $1.2 billion that Hillary spent on her campaign and/or all of the propaganda spewed by the mainstream media, the argument goes full "criminally stupid" when you realize that Sputnik Radio didn't even start broadcasting in the U.S. until June 2017 (which is about 8 months AFTER the 2016 presidential election...for anyone who may have missed the nuance there).

We're writing in response to recent troubling press reports that a radio network funded by the Russian government may have used U.S. airwaves to influence the 2016 presidential election. We ask that you investigate these troubling reports and apply all applicable laws and regulations to enforce the public interest standard for licensed stations that broadcast this network.


An article published by the New York Times Magazine (9/13/17) titled "RT, Sputnik and Russia's New Theory of War" suggests that Sputnik, a radio network funded by the Russian government, was used as part of the Kremlin's effort to influence the 2016 presidential election. In Washington, D.C., listeners can tune their radios to 105.5 FM to hear Sputnik and the Russian government's effort to spread misinformation to influence U.S. policy and undermine our elections. This means the Kremlin's propaganda is being broadcast over a license granted by the FCC and the Russian government may be using our country's own airwaves to undermine our democracy.



Meanwhile, a quick look at the New York Times' original article ("RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War") reveals that even they noted that Sputnik Radio didn't start until after the election.

It’s hard to imagine Russia’s state-backed media getting any traction in the United States if there wasn’t already an audience for it. For some subset of Americans, the intelligence report singling out RT and Sputnik was just another attack from the supposed “deep state” that Breitbart, for instance, had been fuming about for months — and it was less than surprising when, this spring, Sputnik hired a former Breitbart reporter, Lee Stranahan, to start a radio show in Washington. As Stranahan told The Atlantic, though his paycheck might now come from the Russians, “Nothing about it really affects my position on stuff that I’ve had for years now.”

What more is there to say?

The full letter is here:

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yrad's picture

Liberalism is a fucking disease!!


I can also tune my rabbit ear TV (fuck cable) to channel 55 to view a Vietamese news station! The Viet Cong are trying to take over America!!

giovanni_f's picture

A Democrat from CA, a Democrat from PA, a Democrat from N.J...

Such began a funny joke.

Au_Ag_CuPbCu's picture

This is getting old, you know what crushed Hillary's campaign?  Hillary did...PERIOD!  With a little help from the Democratic Party of course.

Captain Chlamydia's picture

 Hitlery does not have "PERIODS" 

It's a reptile, remember? 

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

105.5 FM. I'll have to tune in to see what's on. I never knew that there was such a thing.

I wonder when they start the music to drink vodka by or is that an all day thing?

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

OK, I ran The Google on it.

"The Bluegrass Country station that previously resided on 105.5 announced in late May [2017] that it would no longer broadcast on that frequency."

(From )

The station, 105.5 FM, was BLUEGRASS leading up to, and through, the election. So we're back to the fault of stupid women and brutish husbands that Hillary(!) lost.

Au_Ag_CuPbCu's picture

"These 3 Democrats think..."  Lost me right there.

The Alarmist's picture

Three words for the three Democrats:

Fact Check False!

Mr. Ed's picture

Where does this idea that propaganda can damage a democracy come from? That could only happen in a nation of idiots who are incapable of critical thought!

...oh, yeah, the public schools, political correctness, etc... Okay, never mind.

Keyser's picture

Three democrats, named Larry, Curly and Moe determined that Russian salad dressing effected the 2016 elections, in 1917... 

any_mouse's picture

With educational programs and funding from the Rockefeller Foundation.

If you want to blame someone specifically.

spastic_colon's picture

because we can choose NOT to listen as well.

Unknown Rider's picture

No Charlie in the wire for you

MapleLeif's picture

Liberalism is a disease of the heart and mind. It is a dangerous and failed ideology that rewards laziness and incompetence, but punishes hard work and success. It is a severely skewed concept of fairness; that takes from one and gives to another whether deserving or not. It favours special interest groups over individual liberty. It is the entire opposite of what our founding fathers had in mind. It is a system of entitlements that results in supply causing demand instead of the opposite. It is fiscally reckless and morally misdirected. It says it promotes tolerance and equality, but the result is racism and class warfare. It is a false belief that mankind can evolve for the better and that government can socially engineer a utopia. It is a cancer that spreads if left unchecked.

drendebe10's picture

Fukda progressive liberal democrap turds

Donald J. Trump's picture

Not really a disease but a disorder no doubt.

Bernie Madolf's picture

Russia is bad mmmmmkay

loveyajimbo's picture

Well... no one has claimed that the libturd Dimms are anything but moronic, shitbag clowns...

Ignatius's picture

4 Democrats blame Sputnik, if you include Hillary.

Onan_the_Barbarian's picture

Oh no! Putin must have a time machine!

Between this and $50k of Facebook ads, how did Hillary stand a chance?


The Alarmist's picture

$50k of FaceBook ads overcomes$1.2b of other ad spending. So they are really earning their confiscatory ad rates.

Bay of Pigs's picture

How do you refute something so comically stupid and obviously false? Ignore it.

These people are stark raving mad.

ForWhomTheTollBuilds's picture

They know they are wrong.  But it will generate headlines in the MSM for 12 hours or so before quietly going away.  The average US citizen will vaguely remember hearing something about Putin rigging the election which is the point of all of this.

Winston Churchill's picture

It would be tragic if, once the corrupt satanic pedophiles are hung from lampposts, that all that was left in

Congress were the these stupid ones.

PGR88's picture

For decades, the Americans supported Radio Free Europe and Radio America, to give poorly informed citizens, with no access to the diverse opinions, and no choice except corporatist, state-run media - another choice for information.


Now the Russians are returning the favor for American citizens.

Akzed's picture

I, for one, welcome our new Cossack medialords.

fockewulf190's picture

The question is, do we now have two democracies competing against each other, or is this a re-hash of the old KGB-CIA from yesteryear?

what happened's picture


If our government behaves in an adult and public minded manner, and is focused on the greater good, then we would naturally have a democracy.  What we have now, however, is slipping into criminal and self serving authoritarianism.  Now be good and believe what the nice men and women in Congress tell you.

Consuelo's picture



"If our government behaves in an adult and public minded manner, and is focused on the greater good, then we would naturally have a democracy."


As a direct result of what you outline above as somehow being native to the concept of America, we are where we're at...

cheech_wizard's picture

The word that is obviously eluding you is Republic... as in "we would naturally have a Republic."

Standard Disclaimer: Fuck Democracy.

MisterMousePotato's picture

Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

chondram's picture

Hahahahahahahahahaahahahaha! They not only eat their own but themselvs too! ((thud)) Was that Eshoo's arm falling off?

Sanity Bear's picture

Written by people who are well-documented to have a pattern and practice of accusing their enemies of what they themselves have done?

Asking for a friend.

buzzsaw99's picture

South Carolina Representative # 1: That's what you said last time, dipshit!

South Carolina Representative # 2: Yeah, I got a solution, you're a dick! South Carolina, what's up!


canadian shenanigans's picture
As a representative of books I put her book on the last tablet at the bottom.
youngman's picture

and these people get elected to office...that is what is scary

radio man's picture

It's far deeper than one may imagine: those insidious cholesterols have launched a cooking channel!

HoyeruNew's picture

The Russkies are so powerful, they can manipulate even time and space and cause backward causality! USA doesn't stand a chance! No wait, maybe if you give the DARPA a billion or two or 700 they mght start working on the weapon

shimmy's picture

Congrats to the morons who voted these morons in office. Muricans keep knocking it out of the park with their voting. 

Maybe though these dumbocrats realize the idiocy and are just trolling for the fun of it. Probably not yet there is the chance they realize how stupid this shit it and are just seeing how far it can go.

I await some libtard calling for the investigation into any site that dared to type the name Putin last year. Russian stooges!



dangerb407's picture

Throw those 3 hot dog and cheese pizza lovers in the slammer.    They doth protest too much

gdpetti's picture

Yes, the Russians are spoiling our evil empire of lies by telling the truth... damn that boy who says the emperor wears no clothes... he will destroy all edifice of evil we've created all these years helped by our 'chosen' friends in the club of Satan.... so damn you Putin, couldn't you just let our crazy corrupt oligarchs rape your country completely?

AurorusBorealus's picture

CNN, ESPN, Foxsportsnet, HBO, Cinemax, indeed the entire NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB package are available in many, many countries.  If I had a television, I could watch any of those channels from my home 5000 miles from the U.S. from DirectTV or my local cable company.  I can even order my DirectTV subscription and dish on a Mastercard from a local subsidiary of E-Bay so that I can watch commercials for Coca Cola, McDonald's, and Proctor and Gamble while watching CNN and FoxNews coverage of local elections.  These Democrats should be careful.  Their corporate masters may not be very pleased if everyone in the world suddenly decides to shut out foreign news services.

Voamerica's picture

do any of the zero hedgies know what 'Sputnick' means in Russian? I do

hold on to your hats folks, it means 'fellow traveler'

so it's fellow traveler radio, brought to you by Pravda

Bay Area Guy's picture

Anna Eshoo is, unfortunately, my Congressional critter. She has less brains than God gave a box of rocks. Her sole accomplishments while in office seem to have been a) getting re-elected (helps to have that D behind her name in this state); b) figuring out that robot all’s from politicians aren’t subject to the call blocking list; and c) discovering the Congressional postal account. I get more total bullshit in the mail from her than anyone else, and 5hat doesn’t even include election shit. Other than that, I can’t recall a single piece of meaningful legislation from her.

This one is a walking poster child for term limits.

Vuke's picture

Please stop calling idiot Demoncrats Liberals.  Far from it.  Classical liberalism believes in limited government and economic freedoms, these dung-bat Demoncrats disguise themselves as "Progressives" as they destroy family values, pervert human relations, invade and kill others after prompts from their so-called "allies".

Liberalism defined............

Village-idiot's picture

"Progressives" and liberals are NOT the same thing either.

"Progressive" is a euphemism for socialist.

Classic liberals are not socialists.

Vuke's picture

"Classic liberals are not socialists.|

Is not that what I just posted?