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[[quoteright:302:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/302px-russia-today-logo_svg_4500.png]] [[caption-width-right:302:[[{{Irony}} Question More.]]]] ->''"Every single day we're lying and finding sexier ways to do it."'' -->-- '''Sara Firth''', former RT reporter '''RT''', formerly known as '''Russia Today''', is a multi-lingual news channel backed by the UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}n government. RT airs various things from sports to Russian cultural programs, but is most notable for its highly controversial news service. While it is a television news network, it is also known for its Website/YouTube channel, which has beaten FoxNews in user hits. Like Creator/AlJazeera, coverage is aimed at the international market rather than the domestic, but puts an emphasis on making every country [[VillainWithGoodPublicity except Russia]] look bad. Compare with Creator/PressTV. ---- !!This network contains examples of: * BigLippedAlligatorMoment: [[http://youtu.be/3YtNZ6mKHfI?t=41s This segment]] in which Daniel Bushell interviews a jerky stop-motion Lego figure in a Darth Vader costume meant to represent Barack Obama. * [[BitingTheHandHumor Biting the Hand Coverage]]: Averted, for obvious reasons. If the U.S. becomes embroiled in controversy, RT newscasters will crawl all over the story. But when Russia or Vladimir Putin is criticized, they will either rationalize or ignore everything. * ConspiracyTheorist: Perhaps the most common criticism. RT devotes lots of coverage to conspiracy theories, giving airtime to truthers, birthers, and cranks warning of [[FalseFlagOperation False Flag Operations]]. It's no surprise that Radio/AlexJones is a frequent guest. ** Abby Martin, host of ''Breaking the Set'', had an extensive history in the 9/11 Truth movement before being hired by RT. Guess which subject Martin keeps bringing up on her show? ** Thom Hartmann of ''The Big Picture'' (who is also a left-wing talk radio host) espouses JFK assassination theories and anti-GMO hysteria. ** Daniel Bushell of ''The Truthseeker'' entirely devotes his program to conspiracy theories, often of the FalseFlagOperation variety. ** Tony Gosling, a regular RT.com columnist, is a self-proclaimed "Bilderberg expert" and pushes theories about 9/11, the London bombings, and the Illuminati. ** As Wiki/RationalWiki puts it, RT is an example of a (relatively) mainstream outlet that promotes conspiracy theories ''on an industrial scale.'' Indeed, it provides an absurd amount of air time and leeway to both far-left ''and'' far-right cranks. * FalseFlagOperation: How they covered the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, among other events that could smear America and the West. * MeetTheNewBoss: The network has recycled much of its techniques from the old Soviet propaganda services. * TheMoralSubstitute: For the rest of the international media, which RT implies is anti-Russian. * MsFanservice: RT flaunts how attractive its anchorwomen are just as much as FoxNews. Even the Fox anchorwomen aren't made to dress so [[http://occupiedpalestine.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/abbymartin1.jpg?w=588 suggestively]]. * PropagandaMachine: Comes with the territory when your checks are signed by a media conglomerate that's owned and subsidized by the Russian government, not one of the most consistent fans of press freedom. Some of RT's examples have been its coverage of Russia's war on Georgia and its anti-gay laws. ** With the 2014 incursion on Ukraine, RT took a line defending Russia and [[http://rt.com/op-edge/ukraine-existential-threat-russia-413/ attacking Ukrainian revolutionaries]]. And when Abby Martin aired a segment criticizing Russia's actions, RT conveniently forgot to post the video on its [=YouTube=] pages. ** [[http://www.interpretermag.com/rt-covers-the-shooting-down-of-mh17/ This article]] describes how RT desperately tried to [[NeverMyFault deflect Russian blame]] for the [=MH17=] crash, suggesting everything from a western FalseFlagOperation to a Ukrainian assassination attempt against Putin -- [[OccamsRazor anybody except the Russian-backed separatists who had been previously shooting down Ukrainian planes]]. * QuoteMine: According to some past guests, RT interviewers push extremely hard for a particular quote advancing a particular narrative, and will resort to making something up if they fail. * ScareCampaign: The network's commercials for its "Question More" campaign in 2010. One ad showed BarackObama's face morphing into [[UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]]'s while asking, "Who poses the greatest nuclear threat?" It's pretty clear what the desired effect of the ads were besides promoting the channel. ** Then there are RT's [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvFXpUpIEAApRy8.jpg:large outdoor ads]], which invoke the Iraq War to imply that the U.S. is [[{{Irony}} the only country in the world that engages in imperial wars against weaker nations]]. * ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Liz Wahl, one of RT's American anchors, abruptly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h79v9uirLY resigned on the air]] after calling out RT for its biased coverage of the Ukraine crisis. Whether her gesture was sincere or a calculated career move is a matter of dispute. ** In any case, RT America was quick to react in [[BiasSteamroller traditional RT fashion]], denouncing it as "nothing more than a self-promotional stunt" (on the ''same'' comments page, no less) and caustically wished her 'well'. ** Then a British correspondent, Sarah Firth, followed suit in July 2014, apparently because [[http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jul/18/mh17-russia-today-reporter-resigns-sara-firth-kremlin-malaysia she was disgusted by RT's coverage of the MH17 crash]]. * VoiceOfTheResistance: Likes to pretend it's one by extensively covering protests in Western countries and hiring famous dissidents such as Julian Assange as primetime hosts, which fuels its MisaimedFandom. Not so when it's covering protests against Putin. * VillainWithGoodPublicity: The whole point of the channel is to make Russia this. ----
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[[quoteright:302:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/302px-russia-today-logo_svg_4500.png]] [[caption-width-right:302:[[{{Irony}} Question More.]]]] ->''"Every single day we're lying and finding sexier ways to do it."'' -->-- '''Sara Firth''', former RT reporter '''RT''', formerly known as '''Russia Today''', is a multi-lingual news channel backed by the UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}n government. RT airs various things from sports to Russian cultural programs, but is most notable for its highly controversial news service. While it is a television news network, it is also known for its Website/YouTube channel, which has beaten FoxNews in user hits. Like Creator/AlJazeera, coverage is aimed at the international market rather than the domestic, but puts an emphasis on making every country [[VillainWithGoodPublicity except Russia]] look bad. Compare with Creator/PressTV. ---- !!This network contains examples of: * BigLippedAlligatorMoment: [[http://youtu.be/3YtNZ6mKHfI?t=41s This segment]] in which Daniel Bushell interviews a jerky stop-motion Lego figure in a Darth Vader costume meant to represent Barack Obama. * [[BitingTheHandHumor Biting the Hand Coverage]]: Averted, for obvious reasons. If the U.S. becomes embroiled in controversy, RT newscasters will crawl all over the story. But when Russia or Vladimir Putin is criticized, they will either rationalize or ignore everything. * ConspiracyTheorist: Perhaps the most common criticism. RT devotes lots of coverage to conspiracy theories, giving airtime to truthers, birthers, and cranks warning of [[FalseFlagOperation False Flag Operations]]. It's no surprise that Radio/AlexJones is a frequent guest. ** Abby Martin, host of ''Breaking the Set'', had an extensive history in the 9/11 Truth movement before being hired by RT. Guess which subject Martin keeps bringing up on her show? ** Thom Hartmann of ''The Big Picture'' (who is also a left-wing talk radio host) espouses JFK assassination theories and anti-GMO hysteria. ** Daniel Bushell of ''The Truthseeker'' entirely devotes his program to conspiracy theories, often of the FalseFlagOperation variety. ** Tony Gosling, a regular RT.com columnist, is a self-proclaimed "Bilderberg expert" and pushes theories about 9/11, the London bombings, and the Illuminati. ** As Wiki/RationalWiki puts it, RT is an example of a (relatively) mainstream outlet that promotes conspiracy theories ''on an industrial scale.'' Indeed, it provides an absurd amount of air time and leeway to both far-left ''and'' far-right cranks. * FalseFlagOperation: How they covered the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, among other events that could smear America and the West. * MeetTheNewBoss: The network has recycled much of its techniques from the old Soviet propaganda services. * TheMoralSubstitute: For the rest of the international media, which RT implies is anti-Russian. * MsFanservice: RT flaunts how attractive its anchorwomen are just as much as FoxNews. Even the Fox anchorwomen aren't made to dress so [[http://occupiedpalestine.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/abbymartin1.jpg?w=588 suggestively]]. * PropagandaMachine: Comes with the territory when your checks are signed by a media conglomerate that's owned and subsidized by the Russian government, not one of the most consistent fans of press freedom. Some of RT's examples have been its coverage of Russia's war on Georgia and its anti-gay laws. ** With the 2014 incursion on Ukraine, RT took a line defending Russia and [[http://rt.com/op-edge/ukraine-existential-threat-russia-413/ attacking Ukrainian revolutionaries]]. And when Abby Martin aired a segment criticizing Russia's actions, RT conveniently forgot to post the video on its [=YouTube=] pages. ** [[http://www.interpretermag.com/rt-covers-the-shooting-down-of-mh17/ This article]] describes how RT desperately tried to [[NeverMyFault deflect Russian blame]] for the [=MH17=] crash, suggesting everything from a western FalseFlagOperation to a Ukrainian assassination attempt against Putin -- [[OccamsRazor anybody except the Russian-backed separatists who had been previously shooting down Ukrainian planes]]. * QuoteMine: According to some past guests, RT interviewers push extremely hard for a particular quote advancing a particular narrative, and will resort to making something up if they fail. * ScareCampaign: The network's commercials for its "Question More" campaign in 2010. One ad showed BarackObama's face morphing into [[UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]]'s while asking, "Who poses the greatest nuclear threat?" It's pretty clear what the desired effect of the ads were besides promoting the channel. ** Then there are RT's [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvFXpUpIEAApRy8.jpg:large outdoor ads]], which invoke the Iraq War to imply that the U.S. is [[{{Irony}} the only country in the world that engages in imperial wars against weaker nations]]. * ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Liz Wahl, one of RT's American anchors, abruptly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h79v9uirLY resigned on the air]] after calling out RT for its biased coverage of the Ukraine crisis. Whether her gesture was sincere or a calculated career move is a matter of dispute. ** In any case, RT America was quick to react in [[BiasSteamroller traditional RT fashion]], denouncing it as "nothing more than a self-promotional stunt" (on the ''same'' comments page, no less) and caustically wished her 'well'. ** Then a British correspondent, Sarah Firth, followed suit in July 2014, apparently because [[http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jul/18/mh17-russia-today-reporter-resigns-sara-firth-kremlin-malaysia she was disgusted by RT's coverage of the MH17 crash]]. * VoiceOfTheResistance: Likes to pretend it's one by extensively covering protests in Western countries and hiring famous dissidents such as Julian Assange as primetime hosts, which fuels its MisaimedFandom. Not so when it's covering protests against Putin. * VillainWithGoodPublicity: The whole point of the channel is to make Russia this. ----[[redirect:Creator/RussiaToday]]
19th Aug '14 6:12:40 PM Scoutstr295
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'''RT''', formerly known as '''Russia Today''', is a multi-lingual news channel backed by the UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}n government. RT airs various things from sports to Russian cultural programs, but is most notable for its highly controversial news service. While it is a television news network, it is also known for its Website/YouTube channel, which has beaten FoxNews in user hits. Like Creator/AlJazeera, coverage is aimed at the international market rather than the domestic, but puts an emphasis on making every country except Russia look bad.
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'''RT''', formerly known as '''Russia Today''', is a multi-lingual news channel backed by the UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}n government. RT airs various things from sports to Russian cultural programs, but is most notable for its highly controversial news service. While it is a television news network, it is also known for its Website/YouTube channel, which has beaten FoxNews in user hits. Like Creator/AlJazeera, coverage is aimed at the international market rather than the domestic, but puts an emphasis on making every country [[VillainWithGoodPublicity except Russia Russia]] look bad.
19th Aug '14 6:10:04 PM Scoutstr295
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: [[http://youtu.be/3YtNZ6mKHfI?t=41s This segment]] in which Daniel Bushell interviews a jerky stop-motion Lego figure in a Darth Vader costume meant to symbolize Barack Obama.
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: [[http://youtu.be/3YtNZ6mKHfI?t=41s This segment]] in which Daniel Bushell interviews a jerky stop-motion Lego figure in a Darth Vader costume meant to symbolize represent Barack Obama.
19th Aug '14 6:08:29 PM Scoutstr295
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: [[http://youtu.be/3YtNZ6mKHfI?t=41s This segment]] in which Daniel Bushell interviews a jerky stop-motion Lego figure in a Darth Vader costume meant to symbolize Barack Obama.
19th Aug '14 6:03:32 PM Scoutstr295
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** Tony Gosling, a regular RT.com columnist, is a self-proclaimed "Bilderberg expert" and pushes "truther" theories about 9/11 and the London bombings.
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** Tony Gosling, a regular RT.com columnist, is a self-proclaimed "Bilderberg expert" and pushes "truther" theories about 9/11 and 9/11, the London bombings.bombings, and the Illuminati.
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** Tony Gosling, a regular RT.com columnist, is a self-proclaimed "Bilderberg expert" and 9/11 truther.
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** Tony Gosling, a regular RT.com columnist, is a self-proclaimed "Bilderberg expert" and pushes "truther" theories about 9/11 truther.and the London bombings.
19th Aug '14 6:00:32 PM Scoutstr295
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** Tony Gosling, a British conspiracy theorist known for exposing things like [[https://twitter.com/TonyGosling/status/501783758107070464 Freemasons in Scotland Yard]] and [[https://twitter.com/TonyGosling/status/501113066281766912 Israel's murder of Jim Morrison]], is a regular RT.com columnist.
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** Tony Gosling, a British conspiracy theorist known for exposing things like [[https://twitter.com/TonyGosling/status/501783758107070464 Freemasons in Scotland Yard]] and [[https://twitter.com/TonyGosling/status/501113066281766912 Israel's murder of Jim Morrison]], is a regular RT.com columnist.columnist, is a self-proclaimed "Bilderberg expert" and 9/11 truther.
19th Aug '14 5:55:32 PM Scoutstr295
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** Tony Gosling is a columnist on RT's website and routinely puts out pieces exposing [[https://twitter.com/TonyGosling/status/501783758107070464 Freemasons in Scotland Yard]] and [[https://twitter.com/TonyGosling/status/501113066281766912 Israel's murder of Jim Morrison]].
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** Tony Gosling is Gosling, a columnist on RT's website and routinely puts out pieces British conspiracy theorist known for exposing things like [[https://twitter.com/TonyGosling/status/501783758107070464 Freemasons in Scotland Yard]] and [[https://twitter.com/TonyGosling/status/501113066281766912 Israel's murder of Jim Morrison]].Morrison]], is a regular RT.com columnist.
19th Aug '14 5:54:44 PM Scoutstr295
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** Tony Gosling is a columnist on RT's website and routinely puts out pieces exposing [[https://twitter.com/TonyGosling/status/501783758107070464 Freemasons in Scotland Yard]] and [[https://twitter.com/TonyGosling/status/501113066281766912 Israel's murder of Jim Morrison]].

* FalseFlagOperation: How they covered the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, among other events if they mean smearing America and the West.
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* FalseFlagOperation: How they covered the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, among other events if they mean smearing that could smear America and the West.
19th Aug '14 5:50:46 PM Scoutstr295
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** Daniel Bushell, who hosts ''The Truthseeker'', entirely devotes his program to conspiracy theories, often of the FalseFlagOperation variety.
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** Daniel Bushell, who hosts Bushell of ''The Truthseeker'', Truthseeker'' entirely devotes his program to conspiracy theories, often of the FalseFlagOperation variety.
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