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March 20, 2014
They were way ahead of the WikiLeaks story. But not because they believed in the free flow of information — but because it looked terrible for the U.S.
A former Russia Today employee • Basically confirming that RT is the propaganda news service that you always thought it was.
13:10 // 6 months ago
March 5, 2014

RT’s Abby Martin—who inspired Liz Wahl by speaking out against Russia’s invasion of Crimea live on-air—showed up on Piers Morgan Tonight, dropping some corporate media truth bombs in the process. Martin’s stance: I’ve been anti-interventionist the whole time; nobody else noticed until this week. Also, damn the man.

22:50 // 6 months ago

letterstomycountry:

A News anchor for RT quits live on the air over the network’s coverage of Russia’s military action in the Ukraine.

This is a bold move on her part. I know I’ve been critical of RT in the past, but I think that, as questionable as this coverage can be, they do represent something interesting about journalism—and I think that important thing they represent sort of shows in this. Could you imagine a CNN star quitting live on air because of serious ethical questions they had with the network? Probably not. CNN would do everything in its power to keep it hush-hush, as would Fox. The only thing I can compare this to is Keith Olbermann’s exit from MSNBC, but that was over far-less-lofty contract issues.

The image that RT shows the world is as skewed as everyone else, and it’s not necessarily a good skew. But there’s a degree of transparency at play, at least in this case, that’s admirable. (The next question: How loud did her boss yell at her after this? And will anyone else—say, Larry King or Thom Hartmann, the two most famous folks on the network these days—follow suit?)

(via antigovernmentextremist)

22:26 // 6 months ago
May 29, 2013

More thoughts on RT

neightkelly said: Why does Roseanne Barr reflect poor on RT?

» SFB says: When was the last time you heard a talking head suggest beheadings as a solution to the banking crisis on CNN, MSNBC or Fox News? — Ernie @ SFB

10:40 // 1 year ago
10:23 // 1 year ago
March 30, 2012
My general impression is, whenever they have me on, it’s to criticize the American government. Of course, that’s no big surprise because that’s pretty much what I do. That’s how I make my living. But I did start to wonder after a while what they were saying about the Russian government.
Reason Senior Editor Jacob Sullum • Discussing his appearances on RT, formerly known as Russia Today, a network that, despite its ties to the Russian government, has gained a following among liberals and libertarians for its willingness to question U.S. foreign policy. The New Republic’s Jesse Zwick talks to a variety of serious journalists and pundits who have shown up on the network — some who are willing to get airtime anywhere, others who say RT treats them more fairly than other networks — along with some who choose not to go onto the network. “I have friends who I highly respect who have done RT, but the network also features guests who I would put in the conspiracy-theorist camp,” said one liberal journalist who chose not to give his name. We’ve had our opinions on RT in the past — not particularly positive, admittedly — but what do you guys think? Do you trust their coverage? (via Matt)
12:16 // 2 years ago
December 9, 2011
19:05 // 2 years ago

On Russia Today’s news coverage

transient-dreamer:

Okay, you’re confusing “state-owned” with “state-controlled” - okay, you made the mistake of using those two terms synonymously.  There is nothing in this report that indicates a bias for or against particular policies or particular states…this is strictly a criticism of the poorly operated American media conglomerate News Corp.  News Corp may not be “state-owned” (privatization is a benchmark of Capitalist society, and Russia is as well…) but it is state-backed, state-sponsored, state-consumed, state-supportive, state-collusive, and SO ON.  So don’t try to bring down RT for simply being ‘state-run’, which merely implies that it is included in the Russia’s federal budget and does not mean that its policies and practices are dictated by the Kremlin..

One can watch both and make up their mind to continue to ignore Fox News, which is the correct thing to do because Fox is infamous for slanting things highly in favor of neoconservative US policies and neoliberal economic policies.  Your criticism of this report is baseless, and it is you who is revealing your own bias, as a regurgitator of mundane news, supporting regurgitators of mundane Anglo-American opinions.  Nothing can be learned from your criticism.  It is useless. 

» SFB says: Did you watch the same report we did? They brought up an issue from year ago in such a way that a non-observant viewer might misinterpret in such a way to make it seem like CNN did the same thing as Fox News, one which could’ve been an honest mistake. The Fox News thing was brought up with so little detail that I have no way of proving the claims myself. Similar allegations of bias have faced Al Jazeera in the past, due to its ties to the Qatari government. Ultimately, those criticisms are fair. Look at it this way: Just as Fox News gets its funding by Rupert Murdoch, Russia Today gets its funding from the Russian government. Even if that may not mean state control, it certainly doesn’t make it immune to state influence. They’ve never hid their mission, even! Columbia Journalism Review once put this as such: “Russia Today was conceived as a soft-power tool to improve Russia’s image abroad, to counter the anti-Russian bias the Kremlin saw in the Western media. Since its founding in 2005, however, the broadcast outlet has become better known as an extension of former President Vladimir Putin’s confrontational foreign policy.” All we’re saying is to be mindful of what the media is feeding you — no matter its source. — Ernie @ SFB

EDIT: While the ultimate thrust of this post stands, it’s worth noting that another media source checked out the Fox News clip and figured out they used Greek footage by accident. Excuse us while we eat crow.

(Source: venusx)

17:15 // 2 years ago

venusx:

FOX/CNN caught faking scenes of violent riots in Moscow | RT viaWikileaks

‎”the media has played a key role in creating a justification for regime change” // “the media tends to march in lock step with the govt, to showcase what the govt says is true, even if its later proven to be untrue.”

america is pure ratchetness if you ask me. she steals, she lies, she dont give a fuck.

i dare you to spend one hour a day on  and one hour a day on  and see how cool you are after 1 month.

Just watched this, but before you jump too quick: This report does the very same thing it accuses CNN and Fox News of doing. (By the way: Give us more evidence than a random sign that the average viewer can barely read in a fuzzy, low resolution video! And the CNN thing happened a year ago and is unrelated to the current protests.) “RT” stands for Russia Today, and its media coverage is clearly slanted towards Russian interests. Out of all the countries in the world to make their point with, they pick Ukraine and Georgia? This clip has a guy who says “the media tends to march in lockstep with the government,” on a network which is state-owned. Let’s be honest with ourselves before sharing videos like these. Every form of media has its own biases. Including the critics of other media outlets. Don’t pick one over the other. Watch both and make up your own mind. EDIT: The Atlantic Wire confirmed the issues with the Fox video.

(via jonathan-cunningham)

13:15 // 2 years ago
October 1, 2011
Roseanne Barr says “bring back the guillotine” for bankers: She talked about this on the RT’s network’s “Keiser Report.” “I, first,” she said, “would allow the guilty bankers to pay back anything over $100 million (in) personal wealth, because I believe in the maximum wealth of $100 million. If they’re unable to live on that amount, they should go to re-education camps. And if that doesn’t work, they should be beheaded.” This particular line is in this video starting around the 16-minute mark. Did Roseanne go off the deep end with this statement?

Roseanne Barr says “bring back the guillotine” for bankers: She talked about this on the RT’s network’s “Keiser Report.” “I, first,” she said, “would allow the guilty bankers to pay back anything over $100 million (in) personal wealth, because I believe in the maximum wealth of $100 million. If they’re unable to live on that amount, they should go to re-education camps. And if that doesn’t work, they should be beheaded.” This particular line is in this video starting around the 16-minute mark. Did Roseanne go off the deep end with this statement?

18:58 // 2 years ago