RT America

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RT America established in Feb 2010 is an American pay TV that operates from Washington, D.C. and is O&O by RT network, a multi-language news service sponsored by state of Russia. It hosts the US-based programming of the network. The channel works to cover the news in US from a Russian perspective. The guests invited are mostly American journalists, activists, contributors and academic that come up with an alternative or some time deviant perspective. The issues highlighted by the service are different from mainstream news and stories. Wealth inequality, use of non-GMO, environmental issues and Anti-capitalistic views mostly dominate the programming. Apart from its America-specific content, the channel produces simulcasts of RT International.

History

In a move to expand the reach of its network, RT in Feb 2010 launched the American service. The Arabic service, Rusiya Al-Yaum established in 2007, RT Actualidad in 2009 and RT Documentary signing on air in 2011 were the part of the bigger move. A promo of Politicking with Larry King, a political talk show emerged on June 13, 2013, the preview would discuss the whistleblowing of PRISM by CIA employee Edward Snowden. Ora TV originally produces the programs of King. Former Governor of Minnesota, Jess Ventura and late MSNBC primetime host Ed Schultz are among the notable personalities who appeared on the station.

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There have been reports of network’s involvement in the US elections in 2016. According to The New York Times: “The attack was carried out through the targeted use of real information, some open and some hacked, and the creation of false reports or fake news aired by RT and its sister in US.”

US Department of Justice on Nov 13, 2017 sanctioned RT as a foreign agent under FARA which was immediately accepted by network’s editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan.

Controversies

Abby Martin on March 4, 2014 hosting her show Breaking the Set communicating directly with the viewers showed her disagreement over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine saying “what Russia did is wrong.”

Anchor Liz Wahl one day after Martin’s statement recorded her on-air resignation saying: “I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin. I am proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth. And that is why, after this newscast, I am resigning.” The Interruption of C-SPAN signal during a live House of Representatives debate on the Securities and Exchange Commission on Jan 12, 2017 was another incident which the network described as a mistake happened while it was checking its systems for the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Programs

The News with Rick Sanchez Watching the Hawks
Redacted Tonight America’s Lawyer
Larry King Now Boom Bust
Cross Talk Politicking with Larry King
The World According to Jesse On Contact with Chris Hedges
The Resident The Keiser Report
America’s Lawyer with Mike Papantonio

 

Personalities

Sean Stone Jesse Ventura
Rick Sanchez Scottie Nell Hughes
Mike Papantonio Chris Hedges
Max Keiser Larry King
Tyrel Ventura Lee Camp

 

Slogan: Question More

Siblings: RT UK, RT Actualidad, RT Arabic, RT Deutsch, RT en français, RT Documentary and RT International are the sisters of the Washington-based news outlet.

Website: www.rt.com/usa