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Just How Effective Is Russia’s RT?
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  • longlance

    R/T is just another internet news site. It doesn’t seem like propaganda when you compare it with CNN or NBC.

    • Jim__L

      Hm, was that a deliberate attempt at deception, or incredibly deep cynicism?

      Either way, there’s truth to it.

  • KremlinKryptonite

    Everyone knows RT is Kremlin-owned “media.” They sometimes “report” pure lies. You certainly wouldn’t look there for facts and truth about the Russian government. The purpose that it does serve, unfortunately, is to give Americans some dose of truth/outside perception of the bad things the US does. The establishment US media is so biased, and lies so often themselves they are de facto US government-owned propaganda. It’s sad.

  • Anthony

    Just how effective is Russia’s RT is a relevant question on the heels of our contentious 2016 Presidential election. But question may overshadow Putin’s strategy to pioneer new forms of state-run media and propaganda (of which RT is a part). Outlets like RT and Sputnik, though designed to promote Russia’s perspective on issues and spotlight Western problems and hypocrisy, are at bottom new style Russian propaganda instruments utilizing an explosive mix of news, disinformation, and conspiracy theorizing (intended to both entertain and facilitate political apathy) via available technologies. So, a related question is has it worked since we (Americans) are yet questioning RT’s effects? Clear headed measuring, indeed, is called for.

  • rheddles

    And what about the propaganda network Algore invented?

  • Matt_Thullen

    And yet our intelligence agencies had fainting spells over RT? Either they are incredibly inept (sadly, this is far too likely), or they ginned up an overheated report that was intended to undermine Trump.

    We need a massive overhaul of all our intelligence agencies in order to rein them in. They seemed more interested in influencing U.S. politics than actually providing intelligence.

  • Beauceron

    I watch some RT docs.

    You just go into it knowing what it is and keep that in mind.

    I do the exact same thing when I flip on CNN or open the pages of the NYT.

    • Disappeared4x

      Best thing about RT and CCTV is that they do not report Jews living in apartments in Jerusalem as ‘war criminals’. 2nd best is no Big Pharma commercials. CCTV America: ‘the American division of CCTV News, the English-language news channel run by Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television.’

      When I had access to RT, it was good balance, not quite antidote, to BBC coverage of ‘world news’. RT was available in several motel chains last year, which is probably their ‘base’ of viewership in the USA.

      Like The Weather Channel, RT is better than CNN…ok, I still trust TWeatherC.

      Now I need to watch CCTV, to find out how the Chinese build those artificial islands, what with the seas rising…

  • FriendlyGoat

    “We” in the West are not going to measure anything nor do “we” have any means to measure anything or the realistic expectation of being told anything about any measurements.

  • Pait

    “For every stolen ruble, there are five being wasted.” Very true, and not of all Russia. Soon to be experimented in the USA.

    • Jim__L

      That experiment has been ongoing for years…

    • seattleoutcast

      A twenty trillion deficit shows this is already the case.

      • Pait

        You either don’t know what a déficit is, or you don’t know what a trillion is, or you type any garbage and don’t bother to read what you wrote.

        The credibility is yours – you are entitled to dispose of it as you see proper.

        • seattleoutcast

          Sure, you’re right. I meant 20 trillion debt.

          Regardless, it is already the case. You on the other hand don’t seem to care about our debt.

          • Pait

            In other circumstances one could engage in a discussion of how much debt is desirable, in what circumstances, when deficits are desirable and when debts should be paid off, that debts are better measured as a fraction of national income than in constant dollars, when it grew and in response to what causes, and so on.

            In the case of people who live by alternate facts it is completely useless.

  • Regardless of its veracity or lack thereof, this website has managed to become of the most popular news outlets around the world, its #289 most popular site as of 2017:
    http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/rt.com

  • S HC

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    https://russian.rt.com/opinion/357081-rayan-rt-zapadniye-smi

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