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RT (formerly Russia Today) is a Russian 24/7 English-language news channel that launched in December 2005. The network aims to present the world with a Russian point of view to "to become Russia's version of the BBC."
RT's self-described objective is to "show you how any story can be another story altogether". Margarita Simonyan, RT's editor-in-chief, has specified that the station was born out of the desire to present an "unbiased portrait of Russia". Ironically (though not unsurprisingly for anyone who knows about what "unbiased" usually means), most critics share the opinion that the channel's main objective is to present a very biased portrait of other countries.
Russian sociologist and political commentator Boris Kagarlitsky described RT as a "continuation of the old Soviet propaganda services". The channel is also accused of having close ties with the Russian state authorities and of helping the Kremlin to project an overly positive image of Russia by refraining from criticizing the government, particularly Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Other criticism includes claims that RT is deliberately and incessantly engaging in US/NATO/EU-bashing through "interviews" in which only Russian ultra-nationalists or highly critical, anti-western "experts" are interviewed--without any probing questions or challenges by the RT reporters, and without even bothering to hear opposing points of view. The following RT's "news" titles may provide some examples of this:
Russia Today also features conspiracy-nut Alex Jones as an expert on various subjects. Anyone objecting to this, is, of course, a NATO spy.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Russia Today to be 24-hour, English TV station
- ↑ RT: About us
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Journalism mixes with spin on Russia Today: critics
- ↑ Russia: New International Channel Ready To Begin Broadcasting
- ↑ Russia Today Built on Kremlin Ties
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Russia Pumps Tens of Millions Into Burnishing Image Abroad