Russian Propaganda Machine ‘Russia Today’ is Essentially Their Version of Fox News

It’s no secret that I (and most liberals) consider Fox News nothing more than a propaganda machine for the Republican party.  It’s laughable that they’re even allowed to call themselves “news.”  It’s not just that they’re clearly biased, it’s that they blatantly push opinions as facts and ignore reality to perpetuate myths.

Shows like The O’Reilly Factor, The Five or Hannity are portrayed as “news,” when they’re nothing more than conservative entertainment programs.

But, of course, they’re “fair and balanced.”  Because what’s good propaganda without a ridiculously inaccurate slogan?

Many on Fox News even help perpetuate the right-wing talking point that if it’s not reported on Fox News (or other conservative outlets), it’s just lies told by the “liberal media.”

Because that’s basically the belief of many conservatives.  That’s why it’s nearly impossible to convince them of anything.  If Fox News (or other conservative media sources) aren’t reporting something – to them, it’s not factual.  So whenever I use another source to debunk their lies, they dismiss that evidence as fiction because their sources didn’t report it.

It kind of reminds me of the recent story concerning Russia Today’s reporting of the downed Malaysian airliner.

It seems the Russian-owned “news” organization has been accused by a now former employee, London-based reporter Sara Firth, of purposefully reporting lies about the Malaysian airline that was recently shot down over Ukraine.

This follows a few months ago when news anchor Liz Wahl left the company over disagreements on how they were told to cover the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces.

See, Russia Today is basically nothing more than another method for the Russian government to try to control the truth.  It’s a propaganda machine for Vladimir Putin.

Just look at Russia Today’s statement regarding the departure of Firth, who left the network because she claimed they were being pushed to report inaccurate information about the plane being shot down by the Ukrainian government:

“Sara has declared that she chooses the truth; apparently we have different definitions of truth. We believe that truth is what our reporters see on the ground, with their own eyes, and not what’s printed in the morning London newspaper.  In our coverage, RT, unlike the rest of the media, did not draw conclusions before the official investigation has even begun. We show all sides of the story, even if everyone else has already decided which side is to blame.”

Doesn’t that sound exactly like something Fox News would say to their critics?

They paint themselves as the only ones reporting the truth, “unlike the rest of the media.”  That there’s some giant conspiracy by “everyone else” to decide who’s to blame for this tragedy.  That they’re showing “all sides” of the story, where everyone else clearly has an agenda.  That their “facts” are from “reporters on the ground.”

All of this despite the fact that it’s clear this plane was shot down by pro-Russian rebels who were most likely armed and empowered by the Russian government.

It’s like how Fox News perpetuates lies about “Obamacare,” immigration, Iraq and the economy.  The truth behind each of these issues doesn’t support the Republican agenda, so Fox News simply changes the “truth.”

And as most of us know, that “truth” has been pretty consistent for 5+ years – it’s all Obama’s fault. 

So while there are clearly some differences between the two networks, at their core, they’re essentially the same.  They’re propaganda machines that perpetuate lies and misinformation, while masquerading as legitimate news organizations.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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