We now know, without question every media corporation in America has a political agenda. It doesn’t matter if it is the local cable company or Google, the local AM/FM station or SiriusXM, the home town paper or the NY Times, the major networks like ABCNNBCBS & Fox or internet giants like FaceBook and Twitter, everyone now thinks it is okay to push their personal or corporate political agenda. Even commercial entities like car companies are now telling us what we should think about social issues. Most are aligned with the left and have persuaded their fans that anyone who disagrees with them is evil and stupid. Today’s “news” has evolved from setting out facts without comment to validating a desired opinion. How simple we have made it for a technically savvy foreign entity to play into this landscape and manipulate an already conditioned generation.
My simple observation: the media is incapable of changing their information model and we will see continued manipulation by an increasing number of foreign players like Russia, China, and a host of other smaller but equally important players (e.g. Israel or Iran).
There is an expression, “useful idiot,” often attributed Vladimir Lenin, although it is questionable he really said it. It is usually understood to be a citizen of a non-communist country who is sympathetic to the cause of Communism and can be cynically used as a tool in its propaganda. What we see in the Mueller report on Russian hacking during the 2016 election, is we have become a nation is full of useful idiots who jump on board with any campaign that seems to align with their political fears. Michael Moore is the name in the news today, although almost any of a hundred celebrities could probably be named. People who the Russians can exploit to further their own agenda.
Unfortunately, I don’t think those celebrities who live for our hero worship will grasp the significance of their vulnerability so it will be interesting to see what actual solutions those in key positions will come to recommend.