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RT America’s Demise is a Loss for Free Speech and Diversity of Information

By Adam Dick | Ron Paul Institute | March 12, 2022

The United States government is busy banning and sanctioning virtually all things Russian. Meanwhile, big money media and social media are nearly uniformly proclaiming anti-Russia sentiment and working hard to limit Americans’ exposure of contrary information.

In this context, it is little surprise that last week RT America, with its connection to the government of Russia, ceased broadcasting. The silencing of the news organization arises from a Russia scare relentlessly fueled in America and several other countries in recent years that reached its highest manic level in the last few weeks.

The departure of RT America from television is a loss for free speech and diversity of information. And that loss comes within a larger scary progression in America — continual increasing of the muting of voices challenging narratives, such as the coronavirus scare of the last two years and the ascendant Russia scare, that are used to expand government power.

RT America has been a go-to place for news and commentary different from what is found at cable television stations such as CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. Flipping the channel to RT, one would likely find a different topic being discussed than at those other stations, or the same topic being discussed but with the inclusion of different perspectives or additional important information. RT America thus helped Americans become more knowledgeable about what was happening in the world and helped them overcome tunnel vision approaches often presented elsewhere.

A big step in the suppression of RT America came in 2017 when the United States government required it to register as a foreign agent with the US Department of Justice. Writing then at Consortium News, investigative reporter Robert Parry explained the apparent chilling motive of silencing alternative views and controlling information that was behind imposing this requirement:

The U.S. government’s real beef with RT seems to be that it allows on air some Americans who have been blacklisted from the mainstream media – including highly credentialed former U.S. intelligence analysts and well-informed American journalists – because they have challenged various Official Narratives.

In other words, Americans are not supposed to hear the other side of the story on important international conflicts, such as the proxy war in Syria or the civil war in Ukraine or Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians. Only the State Department’s versions of those events are permitted even when those versions are themselves propagandistic if not outright false.

Five years later, the hammer came down with full force on RT America.

Goodbye, RT America. Americans will be worse off without you.


Copyright © 2022 by RonPaul Institute.

March 12, 2022 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Full Spectrum Dominance, Russophobia |

2 Comments »

  1. I’ve always thought that “getting both sides of the story” was absolutely necessary in understanding any problem. I used to watch Press TV(Iran) and of course, RT(Russia).
    But, when the land of “Freedom and Democracy”, don’t laugh, excludes access to such sites, you just know that “PROPAGANDA” has become the norm.

    Anyone who willingly chooses to get their “NEWS” from The Wests “Mainstream Media” is willingly choosing to remain in a state of utter stupidity.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | March 12, 2022 | Reply

  2. To repeat what I have previously published and to paraphrase more or less what that great author and professor of sociology, Michael Parenti said… In Italy, prior to WWII industrialists and big land owners were drastically cutting wages and raising prices. The Italian government had to provide the big property owners with copious subsidies and tax exemptions. This was and remains (today here in America) a government policy of corporate welfare-ism. The strong desire of our citizenry at large for social democracy and populism were answered by destroying social welfare expenditures and drastic cuts were made (Bill Clinton). Parenti was quoted as saying during a lecture along these same lines “Does all of this sound familiar?”

    Prior to WWII Italy, there were drastic roll backs in the standard of living and in order to advance the fascist agenda that the plutocrats and tycoons wanted, the ruling interests destroyed all democratic rights, fast forward in time… AKA “Patriot” and NDA Act(s). This expedient style or pragmatic approach by business leaders seemed to be far more efficient (getting their agenda done) than putting up with the many slow moving parts within the spheres of politicking or those fire-in-the-belly campaign speeches. Heavens no! the solution was to smash justice and peace organizations, the political aspirations and liberties of the common folk, for example; Seattle, WA and Ferguson MO and L.A. Watts riots to name just a few.

    Industry moguls, banksters, agricultural associations (like today’s DC lobbyists) where similar groups in recent history met with Mussolini or his present day ilk, had the objective to create a fascist revolution, in Pre-WWII Italy, then and is now occurring in the Western Occident. NOTE: Within two years after the corporatists seized the government apparatus and powers, the newly elected Duce had top down control, provided of course, that he maintain a conspiracy of cooperation with business leaders, financiers and the military…but how to maintain it?…

    ASIDE: Pre WW II Italian politics has many parallels within present day America. It is almost a mirror to fascist Italy, mainly due to an absence of true political campaign finance reform..thus opening the door to political corruption, loss of public trust and always against voter best interests. However today’s scenario no longer assumes the shape of one man or personage or capo-d capo, rather a collection of corrupt elected officialdom where the POTUS is just a cog in the wheel of this concert of abounding corruption.

    Il Duce began shutting down all opposition newspapers, crushed unions, liberals, Catholic resistance Again flash forward to the present day political climate with anti-abortion, anti Russian phobia, anti-China, mantras continuously repeated by a consolidation of mega-news networks, reading from the same script and all singing the same song (Murdock syndrome), the rise of yellow journalism and phrases injected continuously and intentionally to mind block readers, to shut down discourse, with wordings like “conspiracy theorist” “Putinist”. Frankly I don’t think the NYT has printed a good word about any Russian event or person for the last five years, again DOES ALL THIS SOUND FAMILIAR TO YOU????

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    Comment by elmerfudzie | March 12, 2022 | Reply


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