A questionable source exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for the purpose of profit or influence (Learn More). Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be very untrustworthy and should be fact checked on a per article basis. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake news unless specifically written in the reasoning section for that source. See all Questionable sources.
RT News (RT.Com)
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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.”
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.
A search of Google Fact Check Explorer reveals numerous failed fact checks. Below is a short list of many false claims:
- While RT Bemoans Ukrainian Propaganda, it is Russians who Feel the Disinfo Fallout – FALSE
- RT: OPCW Got its Chemical Weapons Samples from ‘Jihadists’ – FALSE
- RT Distorts Disinformation Detective’s Guide to Russian Trolls – FALSE
- RT’s FARA examined. Part I – FALSE
- RT: US Special Envoy Says Russia Seeks to ‘Freeze’ Conflict in … – FALSE
Overall, we rate RT Questionable based on promoting pro-Russian propaganda, promotion of conspiracy theories, numerous failed fact checks and a lack of author transparency. (5/18/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 1/03/2019)
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