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Robert Mueller’s recent indictment of 13 Russian nationals gives answers, as well as raises a lot of questions. The indictments prove that the Russian government has actively been working for at least 4 years to affect our elections and ultimately bring down our democracy. Finally we have definitive proof that Russia was involved in spreading lies, rumors and spreading false conspiracies to spread hate, mistrust and divisiveness among the American electorate. They used Facebook, Twitter and other social media to spread fake news about Hillary Clinton and any other candidate who was opposed to Trump. They paid people to show up at Trump rallies dressed as Clinton in a prison uniform or to to hold disparaging placards demonizing Clinton. They posted cartoons depicting Jesus as a Trump supporter, while Satan was a Clinton supporter. There were hundreds of websites and groups that pretended to be written by American citizens, but in reality were written by agents of the Russian government. They even organized and supported rallies to further Trump’s candidacy. And the ignorant ones among the American voters fell for it! The indictments stated that the Russians used American citizens in their campaign, albeit most of them were unwilling. There are I’m sure some who were quite willing to help. Future indictments undoubtedly will follow and will include American citizens and most likely people connected to the Trump campaign.
Russia’s purpose in dividing the country and sowing hatred among our citizens was to elect Donald Trump. They were afraid of Hillary Clinton, as they were of Obama and they wanted Trump because they could manipulate him. The one question I have, is that if the Russians can be indicted for their spurious campaign aimed at electing Trump, why can’t Fox news be indicted for doing the same thing? Fox is a conservative leaning supposedly news outlet, which has in the past been an arm of the GOP. Lately though it has become the propaganda wing of the Trump autocracy! For years commentators at Fox news have specialized in racist, homophobic, anti-immigrant content to sow hatred and division among the American public. They spent the entire Obama administration attacking Obama and his family, including his children with racist and anti-Muslim comments. They viciously attacked Michelle Obama for once wearing a sleeveless dress, while saying nothing about our former porn star nude model Melania Trump. They have pushed the “birther” lies about Obama, the debunked Benghazi investigation, the accusations that Obama was a Muslim, the lies about Obama taking away our guns and hundreds more lies. Their news content is strictly geared to white supremacists and the NRA and is peppered with outright lies and misinterpretation of facts. Their sole purpose is to instill hatred towards immigrants, people of color, the LGBT community, women, the disabled and anyone who is not a white, male, straight, Christian, uneducated, native born American! Even now in the wake of the tragedy in Parlkand, Florida, where 17 students were murdered, Fox is accusing the survivors, who are rallying for gun control, of being paid agitators of the left. They are despicable!
So what’s the difference between the Russians and Fox News? I don’t understand it! It it was any other organization other than Fox, it would be labeled a terrorist organization!