How does The Onion stay in business, anybody have a clue? Because how do you parody a culture which has already devolved into total farce, as ours has, in the past three years? Seriously? Imagine a world where Roy Blunt is your senator and Radio Sputnik is coming out of the radio. If you live in Kansas City, turn to KCXL 1140 AM, 102.9 FM and 104.7 FM, so that you can keep on top of what the Kremlin wants you to know. Kansas City Star:
A Kansas City area radio station can broadcast Russian state-owned media programming, the type that U.S. intelligence called a “propaganda machine,” for six hours a day through a lease agreement struck by a local radio operator. […]
The lease agreement lets RM Broadcasting air its programming from 6 to 9 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. seven days a week. KCXL’s website, which says that it’s the radio station that will “tell you the things that the liberal media wont (sic) tell you,” lists Radio Sputnik in its morning programming.
A 2017 report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that evaluated Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election described Sputnik as “another government-funded outlet producing pro-Kremlin radio and online content in a variety of languages for international audiences.”
Putin’s not wasting any time with the 2020 election, and he’s not even bothering to delegate to the amateurs at right wing radio. He’s sending the real, full strength propaganda, and you’ll get it six hours a day — for openers. Then it will probably go to 24. I’m beginning to think that George Orwell was an optimist and the future we’re looking at isn’t going to be nearly as nuanced or sophisticated as “1984” it will just be a Russian takeover, with the GOP rolling out a red carpet and serving snacks.