President Trump is demanding an investigation into Saturday Night Live’s comedic portrayal of him, his crime family and administration. No doubt Trump wants a law passed making it illegal to insult, or even to refuse to support him. Further, a law against what he considers “fake news.” Is Trump a want to be fascist, a want to be a dictator?
By James DiGeorgia
President Vladimir Putin signed in to law a return to Soviet repression of free speech and political thought. Russia’s new laws punishing online news media, entertainment parodies, The new laws even prevent individuals for spreading what Putin and his government consider “” or circulating material that’s regarded as to Russian officials.
Russian prosecutors can now complain about online publications to the state communications watchdog, which has absolute power to block access to the websites if their owners fail to remove the material offensive to the Putin regime. Publications found guilty of spreading “unreliable socially significant information” may face fines of as much as 1.5 million rubles ($23,000). Repeat offenders of the proposed law against insulting state institutions could face a 15-day jail sentence or suffer a “car accident,” and euphemism a reference to a state-sanctioned murder
The Kremlin-controlled lower house, the State Duma, also voted to pass a separate bill that will block anyone publishing "fake news" online, that is perceived to threaten public health and security. Again, another fascist Soviet policy being brought back from the trash bin of history by Putin: the former head of the KGB and the latest Russian dictator.
The bills were not surprisingly quickly passed by Russia’s legislature and were signed into law by Vladimir Putin. Leaving an envious Donald Trump envisioning the day when he could reciprocate against an arch “fake news,” nemesis, “Saturday Night Live.”