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

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.

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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:

Comments

yrad Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:27 Permalink

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!!

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah Creepy_Azz_Crackaah Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:58 Permalink

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 http://dcist.com/2017/06/russian-funded_news_station_replace.php )

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.

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MapleLeif yrad Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:51 Permalink

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.

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PGR88 Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:28 Permalink

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.

what happened Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:28 Permalink

 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.

Sanity Bear Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:35 Permalink

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 Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:39 Permalink

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! [/Idiocracy]

HoyeruNew Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:52 Permalink

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 Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:53 Permalink

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!  

gdpetti Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:57 Permalink

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 Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:07 Permalink

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 Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:21 Permalink

do any of the zero hedgies know what 'Sputnick' means in Russian? I dohold on to your hats folks, it means 'fellow traveler'so it's fellow traveler radio, brought to you by Pravda

Bay Area Guy Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:25 Permalink

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.