There’s been quite a kerfluffle about Russian TV (RT) and their coverage of the Ukrainian crisis. RT has been attacked as a Russian mouthpiece. Nevertheless, it is notable that ABBY MARTIN, a host of a program on RT, openly criticized Russian actions and retained her job while many journalists on so-called “free” media have been freed from their jobs for not toeing the established line. Cenk Uygur, a former MSNBC host, had this to say:
The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur appeared on RT recently with anchor Abby Martin where he was asked about the ongoing controversy surrounding the network’s coverage of Russia’s invasion of Crimea and press freedom in the United States. Uygur said that the distinction between the two countries was evident in the fact that he lost his job on MSNBC for criticizing President Barack Obama while Martin retained her job after criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Uygur told Martin that he lost his MSNBC show because the White House was not “happy” with his criticism of Obama from the left.
“People give RT a lot of flak for toeing the line of the Russian foreign policy perspective, but here we have a media apparatus entirely funded by corporations that toeing the line of the U.S. government,” Martin opined.
Martin added that CNN is moving to “reality TV” and entertainment journalism. “I think a lot of people on TV are good people and they don’t even quite realize that they’re part of this machine,” Uygur said. “But, what happened was, they got promoted because they toe the line.”
Both Martin and Uygur criticized CNN further for what they said was their “soap opera” coverage of the missing Malaysian passenger plane.[SOURCE: http://www.mediaite.com]
Fact is, censorship is rampant in the United States and the corporate media readily follows whatever line is being promoted by the Military-Industrial Complex and its Wall Street allies. If you want to know whats going on in the world, do not limit yourself to a single source. Mix in a little BBC and RT and various foreign news sources along with alternative news, apply critical thinking and a healthy skepticism of everyone in power, and then you may get an approximation of the truth.