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Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:34 PM

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's TV show to be aired on Russian channel (RT)

t's the television channel that has given voice to a thousand anti-western conspiracy theories, while avoiding criticism of the hand that feeds it. Now state-run Russia Today, the Kremlin's English-language propaganda arm, has forged an unlikely partnership with the self-proclaimed defender of truth and freedom Julian Assange.

One day after the WikiLeaks founder said he was launching a 10-part series of interviews with "key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries", Russia Today announced it had won exclusive first broadcast rights for the show, titled The World Tomorrow, and was due to begin airing the show in March.

"Our viewers are open to the discussions that will be presented through Julian's show on our channel," the channel's editor-in-chief, Kremlin loyalist Margarita Simonyan, said in a statement.

That may well be true, unless the guest comes from Russia. The channel, launched in December 2005 as part of a government campaign to boost Russia's lagging global influence, remains slavishly pro-Kremlin, revelling in the antics of Vladimir Putin and avoiding sensitive topics, such as the prime minister's rumoured wealth and his growing authoritarianism.

full: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/jan/25/wikileaks-julian-assange-russian-tv

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Reply WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's TV show to be aired on Russian channel (RT) (Original post)
alp227 Jan 2012 OP
rayofreason Jan 2012 #1
avaistheone1 Jan 2012 #2
frylock Jan 2012 #3
jakeXT Jan 2012 #4
JDPriestly Jan 2012 #5

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 02:00 PM

1. I wonder...

...if he will ask any of his Kremlin masters about the murder of journalists investigating corruption in Russia?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/16/russian-newspaper-founder-shot-dead

<crickets>

Nah.... didn't think so. What a tool.

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Response to rayofreason (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 02:07 PM

2. wtf

to your post.

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Response to rayofreason (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 03:02 PM

3. uhhhh.. yeah..

tool.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 03:03 PM

4. He talks like he's sleeping and this whole wikileaks things is still fishy as hell

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 03:29 PM

5. Very true.

It's the television channel that has given voice to a thousand anti-western conspiracy theories, while avoiding criticism of the hand that feeds it.

But RT gives a different point of view on things. It would not be wise to use it as your only news source, but it adds a little spice. And Thom Hartmann's show is trustworthy.

And "avoiding criticism of the hand that feeds it" pretty much describes all of the news media today.

It's disgusting. News media should be owned by the reporters themselves, not by corporate masters.

Benjamin Franklin was reporter, editor and entrepreneur. He sometimes even wrote his own letters to the editor. That's how the news media should work. That's independent journalism.

Some of our small, local newspapers are independent in the sense of Benjamin Franklin, but big media is just a factory production line overseen by the big bosses.

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