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Putin Makes it Official: RT is the New Pravda

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On December 10, 2013 @ 9:25 am In The Point | 10 Comments

RT has proven to be successful enough that it’s about to become the official public face of the Russian regime. If you’ve seen the green RT logo on videos, you probably already know why.

Unlike the old Pravda, RT is less able to rely on a friendly lefty base, but has compensated for that by targeting people who are generally skeptical or suspicious about their governments with viral news items… much like Al Jazeera has. And it has paid off big time.

President Vladimir V. Putin dissolved one of Russia’s official news agencies, RIA Novosti, along with its international radio broadcaster on Monday.

The two agencies will be absorbed into a new state organization known as Rossiya Sevodnya, or Russia Today, to be led by a television executive and host, Dmitry K. Kiselyov.

RT has occasionally tried to pretend that it’s independent. It’s not. And now it becomes the official propaganda apparatus of the Putin regime.

Some foreign media materials about Julian Assange’s show to be broadcast by the RT (formerly Russia Today) television network, contain false claims about the network being controlled by the RIA Novosti news agency.

RIA Novosti is the co-founder of the Autonomous Non-Profit Organization (ANO) TV Novosti, launched in December 2005 as Russia Today (RT). Under Russian law, as an autonomous non-profit organization, RT is fully independent of its founders.

That was last year. This year RT is the RIA Novosti. And anyone still embedding RT videos should at least realize that they’re spreading propaganda from an enemy state.

“Russia has its own independent politics and strongly defends its national interests,” Mr. Ivanov, a close ally of Mr. Putin, said in remarks to reporters, according to RIA Novosti. “It’s difficult to explain this to the world, but we can do this and we must do this.”


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