November 25, 2016
Way back when – it feels like decades ago now – the Gray Witch Clinton gave a speech on the Alt-Right and claimed that Anime Nazis and other NEETs, as well as Alex Jones, were taking their orders directly from Vladimir Putin.
Europe is always a bit late to catch the hip trends in America, but they are now jumping on this bandwagon, claiming trolls are a Russian conspiracy against them.
They also attacked the actual Russian propaganda outlets of RT and Sputnik.
MEPs in Strasbourg have voted on a non-legislative resolution which calls for the EU to “respond to information warfare by Russia.” RT and Sputnik news agency are alleged to be among the most dangerous “tools” of “hostile propaganda.”
The EU Parliament’s resolution demonstrates “political degradation” in regard to the “idea of democracy” in the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, commenting on the vote.
Putin pointed out that while “everyone tries to lecture” Russia on democracy, European lawmakers themselves resort to a policy of restrictions, “which is not the best way” to deal with any issues.
“The best approach is an open discussion, in which bright and solid arguments to support one’s point of view should be presented,” Putin said.
Adding that he hopes the Western move to “counter Russian propaganda” won’t lead to serious restrictions, the president congratulated RT and Sputnik journalists on their work.
In the Wednesday vote, 304 MEPs supported the resolution based on the report ‘EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties’, with 179 voting against it and 208 abstaining.
Written by a Polish member of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, Anna Fotyga, the report alleged that Moscow aims to “distort the truth, provoke doubt, divide the EU and its North American partners, paralyze the decision-making process, discredit the EU institutions and incite fear and uncertainty among EU citizens.”
The report suggests that Moscow provides financial support to opposition parties and organizations in EU member states, causing disintegration within the bloc.
At the same time, Russia is accused of “information warfare,” with such entities as RT TV channel, Sputnik news agency, Rossotrudnichestvo federal agency and the Russkiy Mir (Russian World) fund alleged to be among its most threatening propaganda “tools.”
The document places Russian media organizations alongside terrorist groups such as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
The report also mentions some “social media and internet trolls” from Russia who are thought to “challenge democratic values.”
It called for the establishment of measures to tackle the perceived Russian propaganda threat, by means of “investing in awareness raising, education, online and local media.” It also suggests stronger cooperation between the EU and NATO “on strategic communication.”
Sputnik has already appealed to the UN, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and a number of international journalists’ organizations and NGOs, including Reporters Without Borders, to take measures to stop what it considers to be interference into freedom of speech in the EU.
While Sputnik is appealing to the UN, the trolls being attacked are sending emails to Andrew Anglin, who doesn’t even read these emails.
However, Anglin has issued a statement of solidarity with NEET Nazis across the tubes.
But hey – the EU is going to have a hard time pushing this new cold war now that there’s a new sheriff in town, huh?
We used to say “there’s no country for old memes” – but now there actually is one.
It’s called America.