As is known, the US Department of Justice has applied the law on foreign agents to American broadcasters RT and Sputnik. We, as usual lately, answered symmetrically. There is nothing new in the current state of our relations, but this is not about us or about these relations. And about what is happening with American politics, with its fundamental backbone values.
“After all, if the first amendment protects such a scum as I am, it will protect all of us.” I'm the worst of them all. ”
The first amendment to the American Constitution, which prohibits any restriction of freedom of speech, is a fetish of American politics and American identity. The cult film "The People Against Larry Flynt" about the right of the scandalous American pornographer to free speech is therefore cult. This is not about the Russian channels and the evil Kremlin propaganda. Simply, these channels turned out to be, in fact, the only source of an alternative point of view.
Foreign broadcasters RT and Sputnik continuously work with an eye on their lawyers, realizing that any mistake will be immediately blamed for them. As a result, the only case of official claims to them was when the British regulator Ofcom in October 2016 of the year blocked RT accounts for the fact that RT allegedly covered events in Ukraine from one point of view, but it was necessary, they say, to consider all the different positions.
The harmfulness, in other words, the popularity of Russian channels, among the critically-minded part of Americans reflects a growing distrust of their own American media.
According to a survey conducted by the American “First Amendment Center” and USA Today publication as early as 2015, only 24% of adult Americans believe that the American media are trying to objectively cover news. 70% of respondents disagree. These are discouraging results for those who have been engaged in journalism all their lives, quoting USA Today, Ken Paulson, head of the "First Amendment Center".
Obviously, the situation has definitely not improved since 2015. The titanic struggle of the American political machine against the Russian channels is only the tip visible to us, of the hysteria into which American politics plunges. It is characteristic that the source of this hysteria, called the word "political correctness", is just the liberals and democrats, that is, the regular guardians of the so-called democratic values.
“The first amendment is under threat. You should be worried. ” This is a subtitle of the American edition of Politico, which claims that since April only three columns have appeared in the New-York Times, where freedom of speech for all has been questioned.
"The first amendment is under severe blow," writes The National Review, citing a Brookings Inquiry. It follows from it that a fifth of the students support the institution of violence against speakers “with offensive and painful words.”
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said: “Freedom of thought and speech in American campuses is under attack. American universities, which were the center of academic freedom, "are transformed into repeaters of political correctness and like-mindedness."
“No one understands that the first amendment is important only when you are going to insult someone. If you don’t intend, you don’t need her protection, ”writes Larry Flynt.
Live, healthy and cynical America defended the right to insult. Sick on his head the current America is afraid of insults and is ready to respond to them with violence. This is symptomatic.