Russian RT.com Responds To US Intel Report It Helped Trump Defeat Hillary

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The US intelligence community has released the unclassified findings of its investigation into what it says was Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and Russia's RT.com apparently takes a significant chunk of the blame, "by serving as a platform for Kremlin messaging to Russian and international audiences." Or does it?

RT responds to these 'charges' below with some 'facts'...

RT began “openly supporting President-elect Trump’s candidacy” during the primaries, according to the ODNI. Meanwhile, RT’s coverage sought to “denigrate” Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and “harm her electability and potential presidency.”

There’s a lot of rehashing of old allegations, but the document doesn’t seem to include much in the way of specifics about our coverage.

So we decided to do their jobs for them.

Lots of accusations, no hard proof

“Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump,” the report said.

Like this:

Or this:

Starting in March 2016, RT was among the “government-linked actors” that “consistently cast President-elect Trump as the target of unfair coverage from traditional US media outlets that they claimed were subservient to a corrupt political establishment,” the report said.

About that:

RT’s coverage of Clinton “focused on her leaked e-mails and accused her of corruption, poor physical and mental health, and ties to Islamic extremism.”

Our first story about Clinton’s health came after she collapsed and was later diagnosed with pneumonia, both of which caused social media to collectively freak out. RT was far from the only news outlet to cover the “pay-to-play” probe into the Clinton Foundation or the connections between the charity and governments with ties to terrorism. (Side note: We also covered plenty of missteps by Trump’s businesses and charity, including pay-to-play.) And were we supposed to ignore when Trump called Clinton the “founder of ISIS”?

RT “has actively collaborated with WikiLeaks,” the ODNI said, citing founder Julian Assange’s former show on the channel, and adding that “RT routinely gives Assange sympathetic coverage and provides him a platform to denounce the United States.”

Guilty as charged. Just like Fox News and other news outlets who have had exclusive interviews with Assange over the years.

“On 6 August, RT published an English-language video called ‘Julian Assange Special: Do WikiLeaks Have the E-mail That’ll Put Clinton in Prison?’ and an exclusive interview with Assange entitled ‘Clinton and ISIS Funded by the Same Money.’”

Yay, specifics! That “exclusive interview,” however, was produced by Dartmouth Films, not RT. The network only aired the Assange sit-down.

“RT’s most popular video on Secretary Clinton, ‘How 100% of the Clintons’ ‘Charity’ Went to...Themselves,’ had more than 9 million views on social media platforms. RT’s most popular English language video about the President-elect, called ‘Trump Will Not Be Permitted To Win,’ featured Assange and had 2.2 million views.”

Throughout the report, the ODNI has trouble differentiating between news and commentary. Here’s a hint: Lori Harfenist, aka the Resident, provides “daily studio commentary pieces” for RT America, her website says. Oh, and “Trump will not be permitted to win” was a quote from Assange in his interview ? you know, the one produced by another company.

Lies, damn lies and old news

The report also included an annex that was published in December 2012 entitled “Russia -- Kremlin’s TV Seeks To Influence Politics, Fuel Discontent in US.”

As the Daily Beast’s Noah Shachtman tweeted: “Tons of accusations, little new evidence.” RT understands the need to save taxpayers’ money through recycling.

Two shows that no longer air on RT ? "Breaking the Set" and "Truthseeker" ? “overwhelmingly focused on criticism of US and Western governments as well as the promotion of radical discontent,” the report said.

The ODNI seemingly implies that criticizing the US government is not acceptable. So much for the First Amendment’s right to free speech and freedom of the press.

“In an effort to highlight the alleged 'lack of democracy' in the United States, RT broadcast, hosted, and advertised third-party candidate debates and ran reporting supportive of the political agenda of these candidates. The RT hosts asserted that the US two-party system does not represent the views of at least one-third of the population and is a ‘sham.’”

As we did in 2012, RT again aired third-party debates. Since 39 percent of Americans consider themselves an independent, according to the most recent Gallup poll on party affiliation, it seems we actually underestimated how little the two-party system represents the views of Americans.

RT framed the Occupy Wall Street movement as “a fight against ‘the ruling class’ and described the current US political system as corrupt and dominated by corporations,” the report said.

Apparently it’s bad journalism to report the news.

And possibly illegal.

“RT's reports often characterize the United States as a ‘surveillance state’ and allege widespread infringements of civil liberties, police brutality, and drone use.”

Some stories are just too hard to ignore. The first reports of the NSA spying came about in 2006, long before Edward Snowden (or before RT had such a global reach). It’s also not our fault that we jumped on stories ? such as police brutality ? before they became national hot-button issues.

“RT has also focused on criticism of the US economic system, US currency policy, alleged Wall Street greed, and the US national debt.”

Well, we focus on American news, and give voice to those whose stories are ignored by the mainstream media. It’s hard to cover the US and not report on those stories.

“RT runs anti-fracking programming, highlighting environmental issues and the impacts on public health.  This is likely reflective of the Russian Government's concern about the impact of fracking and US natural gas production on the global energy market and the potential challenges to Gazprom's profitability.”

Does that mean the US Geological Survey ? an American government entity ? is also in the pocket of Gazprom?

According to the US government, RT should apparently be more like them and stop caring about Americans’ health and safety. Sorry, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, our bad for giving you a voice six months before the mainstream media.

Oh, and thanks for the free advertising, ODNI! Be sure to check out more of our coverage on the RT America YouTube page.

 

 

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knukles's picture

Oh Fuck Me Please Make It Stop.

AlaricBalth's picture

Sorry knuks. The beatings will continue until your morale improves.

Manthong's picture

This RT year 2035 video is fantastic…

Irony... satire... potent political tool.

https://www.rt.com/news/324486-rt10-obama-snowden-promo/

Bumpo's picture

If RT was favoring Trump, what do you call what the US MSM does for Hillary? THIS is why Trump won. The Elite Establishment has no clothes. Long Live Donald Trump.

eatthebanksters's picture

In a nutshell, RT reported the truth, the story that the MSM would not report.  And for that they Putin is blamed for trying to manipulate the election. Bwahahahahahahahaha!  Keep it up Democrats....you keep pretending shit like this changed the outcome of the election and your party is doomed.  Maybe try looking in the mirror and seeing what's really there...the voters did and that's why Trump is PEOTUS.

Occident Mortal's picture

Yawn this is boring now...

This whole episode is just the Clinton axis doing everything possible to delay Putin's inevitable visit to the Whitehouse.

beemasters's picture

There were many foreign media that echoed MSM during the election. Collectively, they probably had more viewership than any other media. Did that mean they also intervene to favor one candidate over another? It's unfair for the "intelligence" to single out RT.

WTFUD's picture

Da, and while Putin & Trump have a man's chat the Diplomat's that O'butt-hurt expelled can be the Don's guests in Trump Tower.

Suck it up MoFo's.

Antifaschistische's picture

I am sick and tired of this ongoing ambiguity....I have had this damn Thank You card ready to send to Putin and if someone will give me the address I'm mailing it off today even though he hasn't officially accepted responsibility for selecting our president!

CheapBastard's picture
McAfee breaks down inconsistencies in FBI’s Grizzly Steppe report

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2jD4SF9gFE

 

Basically, this security genuis disproves that the Russlies were the nackers.

Dead Indiana Sky's picture

I knew Uncle Sham had a problem with RT when Comcast removed them from my channel listing last year.  I still watch online, but for how long...

bobbbny's picture

The beatings are the mental abuse I get when I accidently stumble across a MSM broadcast.

It's like getting a bullshit shower.

RT about the most unbiased one out there.

bonderøven-farm ass's picture

'Unbiased' is a stretch.

However, they do spread the coverage out better than most better-funded media sources.

The Fing News's picture

There is no such thing as 'unbiased', it's a myth! Tell me a US more unbiased channel then RT! CNN,MSNBC, FOX, Abc, NBC?

Here's what you don't get and most Americans about RT and why is so huge! Since Western corporate MSM lies (tv and papers) RT (or any other channel) needs to just tell the truth and in the long run it will always be better and come on top! Simple as that! Western MSM lies vs Eastern telling the truth because they don't have to spread propaganda since our idiotic press lies. If our press and msm told the truth then yeah RT, Presstv, CCTV etc would have to lie!

That's not the case tho so that's why RT is WAY more trustworthy!

JRobby's picture

They can't get by two obvious truths:

Hillary is not likable (like in the way Uncle Teddy informs Marbles that he is)

Large numbers of voters voted Trump. Enough to overcome the invalid votes cast for Hillary (est 10mil)

AViewFromDublin's picture

RT is actually one of the only news channels actually worth watching. I used to be able to get it on free to air here in Dublin but it mysteriously disappeared off the satelitte feed some months ago. There are great documentaries and programs presented by George Galloway and Max Keiser.

They did a great satrical piss take while also being excellent investigative journalism on the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights some while back.

They exposed the largely Zionist media's source for battlefield news to be some fat Syrian immigrant living above a kebab shop in Coventry.  You really couldn't make this shit up...fakest of fake news lol.

 

What we are witnessing now  are the paroxysms of rage among the zio cons across America which has led to a cacophony of head explosions that many have mistaken for an ISIS terrorist attack...

Only problem is the Zio Cons helped create and arm ISIS and they know that Trump knows this also. Oh how they hate him and freedom loving Americans who are well aware of their evil machinations.

Trump has them by the pussy and they know it.

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

Citizen knukles, citizen knukles. Please report to the next community center. You have been assigned for intensified dedeplorization.

We are here to help.

MsCreant's picture

 

-->Are they this stupid?

-->Or do they think we are?

I really wanna know...

Our "government" is disgusting.

flaminratzazz's picture

They still think we believe them..so It must be they are stupid resulting in an insult to our intelligence to think anyone would believe them after this last election clusterfvk of mega proportions.. I have never seen anything like this..

It truly is incredible what these reptilians are trying to float as truth.

besnook's picture

they really are so stupid they think everyone else is stupid.

 

their hubris comes from a successful 100 year con. they are in the untenable position of being in for a penny means being in for a pound. they can't stop being stupid for fear of being exposed as the stupid people they are.

Wilcox1's picture

They are backed into a corner of their own making. Very, VERY dangerous. The brainstem of someone who is wrong is just as active as the brainstem of those of us who are  right and elected Donald Trump. The difference being these wrongheaded people have no options for getting out of the corner. They are going to try to come over us tooth and nail. Its unfortunate, but this is a matter of survival. They are essentially the same as rabid animals. There is no negiotiating with rabies.

knukles's picture

Mrs K just asked me why these people are purposely trying to display complete ineptness if not down right stupidity.

Oh, make it seem they're that inept when put on trial?  Like the Mafia Don who walked around in PJs for a decade.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

That was Vinnie "the Chin" Gigante. He died in prison so he probably had a few bats in his belfry. Or he really liked pajamas, who can tell these days?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

They're not 'stupid'. But they are: Visionary, Focused, Organized, Ruthless, Relentless, Dangerous.

As to "We"... they are convinced that there are many or enough of us, who are malleable sheeple -- to be conditioned and used for their Globalist purposes.

One of the best Remedies (Rx), is to shine the light of Truth on these devious and dangerous parasites and Usurpers.

Stay Informed, stay United, stay on side of Objective Truth, and resist their ideological Jedi Mind Tricks and scams.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) MsCreant Jan 7, 2017 3:25 PM

Most Americans aren't nearly as stupid as .gov needs us to be.

francis scott falseflag's picture

 

Just 13 more days, guy.  

Do you know how long 13 days are when a tiny drop of water

keeps hitting the same spot on your forehead every 8 seconds?

 

Can't you get any quaaludes? 

knukles's picture

LOL

Mrs and I were en route from Brazil back to the US and we took a scenic route home that went through Quito Ecuador and in the bar having coffee in the morning we met two Yanks who'd bought a bloody 20 lb. plastic trash basket industrial size bottle of Quaaludes and they could barely focus.  So as we're getting some drooling back during the conversation one of the guys tries to pick up his coffee cup and on the way from saucer to mouth pours his fresh hot cup of coffee in his lap.  He never managed to get out of the chair, but was sorta half heartedly flailing his arms and legs making odd screeching sounds.  And passes out.  So we (his buddy and me) took him to the bathroom.  Don't ask me why, but that's where we put him.  Sitting on a commode and his bud locked the door and slid out from underneath.  Several hours later I see the guy again and ask how his bud's doing.  Back in the commode?  We go look and it's still locked but the guy is gone.
Never liked 'em.
Sort of like I wonder why they call Rohpnol "roofies" when they should be called "floories".  But that's just the way I think.

francis scott falseflag's picture

 

I had a minor Quaalude experience.  I was driving up north on a 'lude and God told me to check the oil.  So I opened the hood

and removed and replaced the dip stick.  I get back in the car and drive up to Arcata to visit a friend. 

 

Next day on the back of my right hand that I had pulled the dipstick out with, was a huge purple scar the size of a match book.

The back of my hand had rested up against the manifold and I hadn't felt it for a day.

 

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Come to think of it, I haven't seen a Rorer 7-14 for about 25 - 30 years now. Them "hippie chicks" loved those things. The one time I tried 'Ludes I staggered into a beach fire and laughed about it.

francis scott falseflag's picture

 

I bet rich people can still get them.  In Switzerland or Holland.

 

I saw a guy on a couple of 'ludes fall own a flight of wooden stairs, get up, drive home and then couldn't move for a week.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

I bet your right about getting ludes in Europe. I never liked downers or benzos. As we used to say, I'd rather go South than North. 

el.kabong's picture

Rorer 714s were replaced by Lemons in the mid to late 70s.  Then Lemons went away.  They were both proper pharmaceuticals in their time.  I'm not sure, but I don't think pharma produces this kind of drug anymore.  Sad, really.  They made Supertramp even awesome -er in '76 ;-)

francis scott falseflag's picture

 

I know someone who fell into a large camp fire, but it was beer.

Mass_hysteria's picture
Mass_hysteria (not verified) Jan 7, 2017 2:04 PM

I wish Trump would had picked Binney to head DNI....He knew from day one that the NSA went south and was being used for the wrong purpose

Mungo9000's picture

"RT’s coverage sought to “denigrate” Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and “harm her electability and potential presidency.”

I would say CNN were doing just as much denigrating and harming the electibility of Donald Trump. Where's the CIA outrage over that?

larz's picture

I think the Clinton's the DNC etc denigrated Hillary and the corruption itself was discovered to be widespread and worse than fiction.  Don't blame the messanger

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Mungo9000 Jan 7, 2017 3:23 PM

That's a funny accusation. Hillary's "electability" was so tiny and fragile that she wiped it out by coughing up one green blob and spitting it in a glass of water on camera.

Hillary was as appealing as a steaming dog turd. She was bound to lose unless she ran unopposed.

EuroPox's picture

Shit I'm getting confused - when WaPo prints a pile of steaming crap, then that is all good and highly credible ... right?  But if RT prints/publishes stuff that happens to be true, then I must call that "Fake news" and scream about "Hacking!!!".  It is clearly important that I only believe the stuff I am supposed to believe, so have I got this right??  Can anyone help?

tenpanhandle's picture

Yes.  Just pick up the phone and speak to the dial tone.

knukles's picture

Or when the Solar guy from Pakistan calls, just engage him in happy conversation about your grandmother's toe nail fungus.

Oh yes dear God, I relish each and every one of those poor fuckers calling me.  Mrs K says she is very glad I can entertain myself

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

It's the same crap in all Empires:

"You must comply with the Regime Narrative, or else..."

In the old USSR and the Iron Curtain it was the same, but then people knew to live a Double Life: the pretend outer life (to go on and survive), and the inner life reserved (for family and close friends).

In the USSA, however, all too many (on the Left) actually believe the BS they are being fed. Their kind of selective idiocy is unparalleled in human history. It is a credit to the decades of reprogramming by its socialist elite in the Deep State.

This will now hopefully improve, in the next 4 years. Especially if Trump breaks up the Media Mafia, and uses the existing laws to smash them into hundreds of pieces -- and thus bring back true media competition for market share, by printing the truth and doing balanced investigative journalism.  Even and especially when it comes to probing the Bankster powers behind the throne.

besnook's picture

FAKE NEWS!!! FAKE, DON'T READ IT IT IS FFFFFFFAAAAAAAKKKKKKKEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

Wahooo's picture

God Bless RT. God Bless Putin. God Bless the Motherland!

Do these fuckers really wish the Rodent won????????