Thanks to Drumpf’s recent chat with his friend, Larry King, on RT, more people have probably now heard of this so-called alternative news source.
RT is not a legitimate news source. They are the mouthpiece of Putin to Americans.
Stop buying it.
Trump’s comments came during an interview with Larry King that was aired on RT America — part of a state-owned Russian media organization that critics accuse of propagandistic aims and poor journalistic standards.
“Reagan never gave interviews to Pravda while campaigning to be our president,” Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia, wrote on Twitter, referring to the official newspaper of the Soviet Union. “Who advised Trump to appear on RT?”
Larry King is rebutting Donald Trump’s attempts to distance himself from an interview that aired on Russian television after a Trump campaign spokeswoman claimed that Trump mistakenly believed he was being interviewed for King’s podcast without knowing King’s show would air Russia Today’s network.
In an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Larry King stated, “if Donald said he thought it was a podcast, that stretches it a little because he just did my podcast.”
The flow of misleading and inaccurate stories is so strong that both NATO and the European Union have established special offices to identify and refute disinformation, particularly claims emanating from Russia.
The Kremlin’s clandestine methods have surfaced in the United States, too, American officials say, identifying Russian intelligence as the likely source of leaked Democratic National Committee emails that embarrassed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The Kremlin uses both conventional media — Sputnik, a news agency, and RT, a television outlet — and covert channels, as in Sweden, that are almost always untraceable.
To my fellow liberals, if you’re still citing RT as a reputable and reliable alternative source of credible information, please stop. We’re always talking about following the money to understand what powers are influencing and controlling what we’re seeing, hearing, and reading.
Well, if you’re using RT as a source, you’re demonstrating that you’ve not done your homework well enough.
How about we stop giving conservatives a run for their money in the race to see who is most gullible?
Side Notes and Personal Pleas:
- I find it inexplicable that Chris Hedges has decided to have a weekly show, OnContact, on RT. My confidence in him as a voice of reason is greatly shaken. I hope he puts more and more energy into his excellent work with TruthDig instead.
- I’ve been a fan of Lee Camp since his early Moment of Clarity days. I think he needs to extricate himself from RT ASAP if he’s to retain any sense of integrity.
- I’m totally disappointed by Thom Hartmann and his decision to have a daily show on RT. That feels like a complete sellout.
Whether or not any of these people are being “pressured” editorially, they – and we – should not so easily dismiss that they’ve chosen to throw their lot in with RT.
Maybe the defense is that this gives them a bigger and better way to get their message out.
For me, the ends never justify the means.