RT News

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These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation.  See all Right-Center sources.

Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: Russia
World Press Freedom Rank: Russia 148/180


Founded in 2005, RT, originally Russia Today, is a television network funded by the Russian government. It operates cable and satellite television channels directed to audiences outside of Russia as well as providing Internet content in various languages, including Russian. Critics of RT claim they are a source for disinformation and pro-Russian propaganda.

Funded by / Ownership

RT News is owned by ANO “TV-Novosti”, which is funded by the Russian Government. The network is funded through advertising as well as 307 million USD from the Russian Government as of 2016.

Analysis / Bias

In review, RT News present news that is generally in line with the narrative of the Russian Government. When it comes to covering USA/International News they provide right of center coverage.  They are highly biased in favor of Russia and occasionally run Pro-state conspiracy stories. The Columbia Journalism Review calls RT “The Kremlin’s propaganda outlet.” They also have a False Claim via an IFCN fact checker. In general, most international news stories on RT are factual and relate to true events, however there are occasional pieces that spin these facts into a different narrative, that is misleading. Another concerning aspect of RT is they do not list author information for articles published on the website. This presents a lack of transparency that makes it difficult to verify information.

Overall, we rate RT Right-Center biased for general news reporting and a strong pro-Russian propaganda source. This is a borderline Questionable Source, that needs to be fact checked against credible media sources. (5/18/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 11/20/2018)





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