RT = Russia Today = Putin’s Pravda c. 2016

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.

A Trump interview may be crowning glory for RT, a network funded by the Russian government

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 Laughs Down The Idea That Trump Didn’t Know He Was On Russian TV

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.”

A Powerful Russian Weapon: The Spread of False Stories

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.


Author: Peaceful Patriot

Proud middle class husband, father, and progressive liberal. Registered Non-Partisan but have much more in common with Democrats than Republicans. Consider Libertarians to be immature and underdeveloped in their understanding of reality. An atheist who doesn't care what you believe so long as you stop pretending the Founding Fathers intended for you to legislatively force your beliefs on everyone else. Laughs out loud in mocking disdain at the abject lunacy of birthers, climate science deniers, and hard core tea partiers. If that offends you, too bad. You're not rational and have no place at the adult table.

2 thoughts on “RT = Russia Today = Putin’s Pravda c. 2016”

  1. Once again doing your patriotic duty, Peaceful Patriot, to keep We the People informed! I have been following RT for a number of years, and I have learned from reading their posts that they twist the news and select only need to promote that undermines our country and its leaders. I follow a number of blogs, sites and news sources like this one to stay informed of the misinformation that is perpetrated by them so I can counter them as you have done in your post here. Too many Americans allow media sources to become their news sources without examining the motives and the organizations behind them. The Internet is a powerful resource but only if we are informed and wise consumers of its information. I am reposting this on my FaceBook page to further the cause!

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