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 // 10 months ago
Award-winning interviewer Larry King will host a mold-breaking political talk show on RT from next month, speaking to both leading establishment figures, and those who are not afraid to go against the grain.
“I have always been passionate about government and issues that impact the public, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to talk politics with some of the most influential people in Washington and around the country,” says King.
King’s career has spanned 56 years and more than 50,000 interviews, but he says the show will break new ground. The veteran broadcaster will not shy away from causing controversy, or using his authority to give a chance to hear voices other media ignore.
As longtime readers may know, we’re not so friendly on our opinions regarding the offerings of the Russian-owned RT. But on the other hand, Ora TV, which King co-founded after leaving CNN, has been interesting to keep an eye on, particularly the Newsbreaker platform they’ve launched, which has quickly grown in prominence on Twitter. But that said … it’s gonna be weird to see Larry King on the same channel that’s known for stuff like this.
10:23 // 10 months ago
On Russia Today’s news coverage
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.
17:15 // 2 years ago