Apparently someone has just compared RT with terrorists (well, to be precise, mentioned RT in the same sentence as ISIS and Boko Haram).
Newly appointed chief of US Broadcasting board of Governors, Andrew Lack mentioned RT in an interview with The New York Times that:
“We are facing a number of challenges from entities like Russia Today which is out there pushing a point of view, the Islamic State in the Middle East and groups like Boko Haram,” he said. “But I firmly believe that this agency has a role to play in facing those challenges.”
And of course the state Department didn’t agree with the language. Who would?
Mrs Clinton and john Kerry have both referred to RT as a threat of sorts. And according to commentators on RT this morning, it seems they are afraid that the propaganda they are so used to dictating is being challenged. The editor of Politics.co.uk thought the whole comparison was bonkers. Soon enough someone mocked the idea as originating from the Joseph Goebbels school of Journalism…?
Vladimir Putin is no angel, but why should any responsible government lie to its people, or put out propaganda (or indeed do sneaky things behind their backs)? It never is in the public interest is it? In fact that’s the kind of behaviour which erodes accountability and makes politicians go rogue, acting for the interests of big business only and not the people.
If politicians find they have a need to constantly justify their actions, then there’s something fundamentally wrong they are doing which they shouldn’t be doing.
If you really are that honest and clean, why would you need propaganda?