RT, previously known as Russia Today, is a globally broadcast English-language news channel from Russia, and the first all-digital Russian TV network, sponsored by the state owned Russian news agency RIA-NovostiWestern state and commercial media claim that RT has close ties with the Russian state authorities and a few years after the channel started broadcasting, for being a "cheerleader" of the Kremlin, applying positive spin to reports about governmental institutions, refraining from criticizing Prime Minister and former Russian president Vladimir Putin or the government, and 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. RT itself claims to be funded by the Russian government. A CBC News story contains allegations that RT is "a continuation of the old Soviet propaganda services". Western commercial media, including The New York Times, routinely call it "state-run".During the 2008 South Ossetian conflict between Russia and Georgia, William Dunbar, a journalist at RT, resigned, claiming pro-Russian bias on the channel. He told the Moscow Times that a series of video satellite links that he had scheduled for 11 August had been cancelled because he had mentioned Russian bombing of targets inside Georgia earlier that day. “The real news, the real facts of the matter, didn’t conform to what they were trying to report, and therefore, they wouldn’t let me report it. I felt that I had no choice but to resign.”And the unintentional hilarity award for 2009 goes to........your signature!According to the June 2009 Freedom House report, RT "mixes sophisticated production with a resolutely upbeat tone on Russia’s image and an invariably pro-Kremlin take on political events."
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