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Fri Jan 17, 2020, 08:50 AM

W?T?F? Owner Of 3 KC Radio Stations Will Begin Daily Broadcasts Of Russian Propaganda (Sputnik)

A Kansas City area radio station can broadcast Russian state-owned media programming, the type that U.S. intelligence called a “propaganda machine,” for six hours a day through a lease agreement struck by a local radio operator.

RM Broadcasting LLC, a Florida-based company that has agreements to broadcast the Russian state media program Radio Sputnik, reached a deal on Jan. 1 to lease air time through Alpine Broadcasting Corp. in Liberty. Alpine Broadcasting Corp. broadcasts on three frequencies in the Kansas City area: KCXL 1140 AM, 102.9 FM and 104.7 FM. The lease agreement lets RM Broadcasting air its programming from 6 to 9 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. seven days a week. KCXL’s website, which says that it’s the radio station that will “tell you the things that the liberal media wont (sic) tell you,” lists Radio Sputnik in its morning programming.

A 2017 report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that evaluated Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election described Sputnik as “another government-funded outlet producing pro-Kremlin radio and online content in a variety of languages for international audiences.”

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RM Broadcasting is run in Florida by a man named Arnold Ferolito. He disputed the government’s assessment of Radio Sputnik. “Ninety percent of the programming is generated right here in the United States,” Ferolito told The Star in an interview. RM Broadcasting in 2019 was ordered by a federal judge to register as a foreign agent under the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires political agents in the U.S. acting on a foreign government’s behalf to disclose their relationships, finances and activities. Ferolito took exception to the government’s requirement to register as a foreign agent. “I just sell air time that’s all I do,” Ferolito said. “The government put a gun to my head and forced me to sign.”

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https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article239359868.html

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Reply W?T?F? Owner Of 3 KC Radio Stations Will Begin Daily Broadcasts Of Russian Propaganda (Sputnik) (Original post)
hatrack Jan 17 OP
samnsara Jan 17 #1
CaptYossarian Jan 17 #4
Newest Reality Jan 17 #27
TheBlackAdder Jan 17 #29
Botany Jan 17 #2
DonaldsRump Jan 17 #5
Dennis Donovan Jan 17 #3
Farmer-Rick Jan 17 #6
blm Jan 17 #7
bullwinkle428 Jan 17 #8
Dennis Donovan Jan 17 #9
dalton99a Jan 17 #26
LaurenOlimina Jan 17 #10
NM2020 Jan 27 #32
gopiscrap Jan 27 #34
AllaN01Bear Jan 17 #11
Dennis Donovan Jan 17 #12
durablend Jan 17 #13
2naSalit Jan 17 #14
MuseRider Jan 17 #15
Buns_of_Fire Jan 17 #16
JHB Jan 17 #18
JHB Jan 17 #17
cbdo2007 Jan 17 #19
NM2020 Jan 27 #33
TheBlackAdder Jan 17 #20
CrispyQ Jan 17 #21
Baked Potato Jan 17 #22
rockfordfile Jan 17 #23
Initech Jan 17 #24
dalton99a Jan 17 #25
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 17 #28
lpbk2713 Jan 17 #30
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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 08:52 AM

1. time for letters to the editor!

...and or letters to the sponsors....

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Response to samnsara (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:04 AM

4. What if the sponsors are pushing vodka and caviar?

This is beyond Orwellian. Nobody's imagination could have conjured this.

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Response to CaptYossarian (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 01:53 PM

27. You didn't see that!

There was never anyone named Orwell.

The Party IS your imagination and you are conjured up by it.

Repeat: Today, 2+2=7. It has always equaled 7.

Vodka rations have been increased. Caviar does not exist.

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Response to samnsara (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 06:13 PM

29. They have to register as a foreign agent. Coincidence RM initials are also those for Rupert Murdoch.

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The following ruling was May 13, 2019. . .


Court Finds RM Broadcasting Must Register as a Foreign Agent

U.S. District Court Judge Robin L. Rosenberg has ruled that a Florida-based company, RM Broadcasting LLC (RM Broadcasting), was acting as an agent of a foreign principal and must register as such under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA).

The Department of Justice contended in a civil counterclaim that RM Broadcasting has been acting as an agent of the the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency (Rossiya Segodnya), a Russian state-owned media enterprise created by Vladimir Putin to advance Russian interests abroad. The litigation marked the first FARA civil enforcement action since 1991. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida made the announcement.

“The American people have a right to know if a foreign flag waves behind speech broadcast in the United States,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers. “Our concern is not the content of the speech but providing transparency about the true identity of the speaker. This case shows that the Department can and will utilize all of its tools to bring transparency to efforts by foreign entities to influence the American public and our government, and demonstrates our renewed effort to enforce FARA rigorously.”

“While the right to free speech remains paramount to our democracy,” U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan said. “FARA ensures that the American public is fully cognizant of the true source of the messages broadcast in the United States. Armed with full information, Americans may properly evaluate the value of the speech they hear. As such, FARA is a fundamental tool in our continuing efforts to defend our democracy.”

In November 2017, RM Broadcasting and Rossiya Segodnya entered into a services agreement pursuant to which RM Broadcasting would provide for the broadcast of Rossiya Segodnya’s “Sputnik” radio programs on AM radio channel 1390 WZHF in the Washington, D.C. region. Under this agreement, RM Broadcasting could not alter Rossiya Segodnya’s radio programs in any way. As the services agreement established Rossiya Segodnya’s direction and control over RM Broadcasting, the FARA Unit of the National Security Division informed RM Broadcasting that it was acting as a publicity agent and an information-service employee of Rossiya Segodnya and was required to register as an agent of a foreign principal.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/court-finds-rm-broadcasting-must-register-foreign-agent



Fuckers have been at it for over 2 years now.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 08:54 AM

2. This has been happening for sometime w/Fox & Rush and Russia was very effective in getting ....

... their propaganda on the main stream media too. The Hillary and her email thing was pushed
by Russia in 2016.

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Response to Botany (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:05 AM

5. Good one: Rush-ia! n/t

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:01 AM

3. They had to register as foreign agents in order to do so...

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/court-finds-rm-broadcasting-must-register-foreign-agent

That said, this will become a favored outlet for Trump and his campaign - bet on it.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:08 AM

6. Capitalism at its best

Russia can pay to have its propaganda spewed onto our airwaves.

No limits to what money can buy. Capitalism gone wild.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:10 AM

7. Foreign agents gaining OUR airwaves. I called Jan20,2017 RED DAWN

and it’s been proven more true every day since.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:11 AM

8. Watch these assholes scream "XENOPHOBIA!!" if there's any pushback

at all from any Democrats on this.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:16 AM

9. Look at this! 👀

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WZHF



WZHF is a news-formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Capitol Heights, Maryland, serving the Washington, D.C. area. A non-commercial station owned by Multicultural Broadcasting, WZHF broadcasts the Russian Radio Sputnik network full time.

The station went on air on April 7, 1947 as WEAM, licensed to Arlington, Virginia and founded by J. Maynard Magruder. Throughout its history, WZHF has had a variety of formats including top 40, rock, R&B, big band, country, and health. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the station broadcast local college basketball games from American University, Georgetown, and George Washington. As WMZQ, the station was owned by Viacom and played classic country from 1984 to 1987 before fully simulcasting WMZQ-FM, its sister station that played contemporary country music, from 1987 to 1996.

Beginning in 1999, WZHF had a variety of ethnic formats, with programming primarily in Spanish and various Asian languages. In 2011, WZHF began broadcasting English-language Voice of Russia programming. After resuming a Spanish-language format around 2015, WZHF began broadcasting Radio Sputnik, the successor of Voice of Russia, in November 2017. Due to Radio Sputnik being an official Russian state broadcaster, WZHF registered with the federal government as a foreign agent in 2019.

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Radio Sputnik and FARA registration
On November 25, 2017, WZHF began broadcasting Radio Sputnik, the Russian government's international, English-language broadcast network. WZHF fully simulcasts Radio Sputnik, aside from the hourly station identification.

In October 2018, in a legal case at Florida's federal court, RM Broadcasting LLC of Jupiter Florida sued the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) over the requirement it should register as a Russian agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). In May 2019, Judge Robin Rosenberg, ruled that the station must register as an agent of the Russian government. Payments made to the station's owners by Rossíya Segódnya make it an agent of the Russian broadcasting organization, according to the ruling. The Justice Department, in a statement, said American citizens "have a right to know if a foreign flag waves behind speech broadcast in the United States."

RM Broadcasting, LLC registered as a foreign agent with the DOJ on June 21, 2019. In DOJ filings, the Florida-based company acknowledged that they were paid $1,427,016.29, from November 24, 2017 to June 2019, by the "Federal State Unitary Enterprise International Information Agency". Rossiya Segodnya is the owner of Radio Sputnik, itself an arm of the Russian government.

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About "Multicultural Broadcasting":

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multicultural_Broadcasting

Multicultural Broadcasting is a media company based in New York City founded by Chinese-American businessman Arthur Liu. It caters mostly to the Asian American community and owns television and radio stations in several of the top markets in multiple languages.

The company was founded as Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Inc. (MRBI) in 1982 with an initial business in United States radio broadcasting industry. To this day, it remains the largest Asian American owned media group in the U.S.

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So, are RM and Multicultural affiliated?? Kinda looks that way...

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 01:46 PM

26. +1

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:17 AM

10. I just tuned in, 9:09 am...

They were making cock jokes on the Faultlines with Nixon and Stranahan (?) show. Didn't Colbert get fined by the FCC for using the word cock?

Running Sputnik promos now.

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Response to LaurenOlimina (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 10:16 AM

32. Thoughts?

Hi Lauren:
Wondering what you think of the programming as I am a NYTimes reporter writing a story. Would it be possible to contact you please? My Email is neil@nytimes.com.
Thank you,
Neil

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Response to NM2020 (Reply #32)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 12:02 PM

34. welcome to DU

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:18 AM

11. when we lost the fairness doctrine , we gained propoganda.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:25 AM

12. Kick - this might be a bigger story than it seems

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:29 AM

13. Not even hiding it anymore...

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:38 AM

14. All the radio stations in

SE Idaho are either xtian stations or that BS. Whenever I go there to visit or drive through, it's agonizing to spin through the dial, both AM and FM, it's all that crap and xtian rock or outright church, mormon church. So I bring CDs for the journey.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:40 AM

15. WTH is going on in Missouri?

Y'all are making Kansas look good lately. This is not a good thing.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:49 AM

16. This is the voice of Colossus, the voice of Guardian. We are one.

Now that Putin is restructuring Russian government, it'll be easier to merge with the Rump Organization... oops, I mean the US Senate (a majority-owned subsidiary).

(No prizes for knowing the origin of the quote in the title.)

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Response to Buns_of_Fire (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:55 AM

18. By your command

(No prizes for nit-picking. You know how they're related.)

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:54 AM

17. Attention Democratic billionaires: Stop running for office and start funding political media

And no, that doesn't mean billboards in big cities. It means local radio, it means local cable shows, it means local newspapers, it means state- and local-level podcasts.

Conservatives have been funding these things for decades. It's so pervasive it's like a bad stink you notice when you first encounter it, but then get so used to it you don't even notice. It's become the background radiation that bathes our poltics, and there's only one side playing the game.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 10:06 AM

19. I live near this place...I'm pretty sure the owner is an Elvis impersonator

in his spare time. Would drive by to get a pic for you all today of the Elvis bus outside but we're having an ice storm.

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Response to cbdo2007 (Reply #19)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 10:20 AM

33. Thoughts?

Hi:
I am a NYTimes reporter interested in how this station is being perceived. Would it be possible to contact you please? My Email in neil@nytimes.com
Thank you,
Neil

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 10:27 AM

20. They could call it RUSSIAN FOX, but I think FOX News is already planning to use that name. 😂

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 11:17 AM

21. If you'd rather be a Russian than a Democrat, move to Russia.

We've ignored hate radio for almost 40 years and now it's biting us on the butt big time. How can Radio Sputnik be any worse than Limbaugh and his ilk, who hate and rank on the dems and libs for at least six hours a day, telling the right that they should be able to exercise their 2nd amendment rights on us? The damage has already been done by hate radio. The cult is already brainwashed. This is just the icing on the cake.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 12:49 PM

22. Old school propaganda here

Russia taking advantage of a free country.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 01:41 PM

23. These are GOP traitors to the USA.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 01:42 PM

24. No collusion? Right.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 01:46 PM

25. Whoring for Putin pays well:

The radio station’s order came after the Justice Department in 2018 said RM Broadcasting was acting as a “publicity agent” for Rossiya Segodnya, a Russian government-owned news agency, by broadcasting its radio programs.

At the time, RM Broadcasting was airing Rossiya Segodnya programs on an AM frequency in Washington, D.C. RM Broadcasting had argued that it merely bought and re-sold air time on radio stations, some of which happened to include Russian state media programs. A federal judge found that argument unpersuasive.

When RM Broadcasting first registered as a foreign agent, it disclosed that it had received $1.43 million in payments from Rossiya Segodnya to buy air time for Radio Sputnik from 2017 to 2019.


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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 02:01 PM

28. should be required to issue on-air notice every hour of being a foreign agent

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 06:17 PM

30. A foot in the door.



Is Palm Beach next?

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 06:56 PM

31. Sputnik

I listen to Sputnik everyday on my drive to and from work around DC. I find it very informative with a lot of good guests. For the most part I find that they lean more on the progressive side and they don’t like trump. It wouldn’t hurt to broaden your horizons

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