Russian Parliament Launches Investigation Of "CNN And Other American Media"

Tyler Durden's picture

A few days ago Jeanne Shaheen, a Democratic Senator from New Hampshire, introduced a piece of legislation that would give the Department of Justice "new authority" to investigate potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act by the 'Russian Times'.  Among other things, Shaheen said the legislation was necessary to determine whether "RT News is coordinating with the Russian government to spread misinformation and undermine our democratic process."  We won't even bother to touch on the inherent hypocrisy of such a statement, but here is the press release from Shaheen's website:

Following intelligence reports that RT News operates as a propaganda outlet for the Russian government, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has introduced legislation that gives the Department of Justice new authority to investigate potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act by RT America.


“We have good reason to believe that RT News is coordinating with the Russian government to spread misinformation and undermine our democratic process,” said Shaheen. “The American public has a right to know if this is the case. RT News has made public statements boasting that it can dodge our laws with shell corporations, and it’s time for the Department of Justice to investigate. My bill provides the authority needed to request documentation of RT News and find out who they’re accountable to.”


The Director of National Intelligence’s recent report titled Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections concluded that RT News officials have structured their affiliate organizations to deliberately circumvent U.S. reporting and disclosure requirements under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.  Senator Shaheen’s Foreign Agents Registration Modernization and Enforcement Act gives the Department of Justice new authority to compel organizations like RT America to produce documentation on funding sources and foreign connections.

Well, as it turns out, Russian officials have the power to launch meaningless witch hunts in their country as well and have decided to demonstrate that power with the announcement today that they'll launch a similar investigation into all U.S. media currently operating in Russia.  Per Reuters:

The Russian lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has approved a proposal to launch an investigation into U.S. media organizations that operate in Russia, it said in a statement posted on its web site late on Friday.


The investigation, which will be conducted by the Duma's information policy, technologies and communications committee, will check whether CNN, the Voice of America, Radio Liberty and "other American media" are complying with Russian law.


Deputy Konstantin Zatulin, who initiated the move, calls it "a response to the actions of American politicians who have systematically accused Russian news media of interference in U.S. internal affairs," according to the Friday statement.



Shaheen's legislation, of course, drew wide criticism from Russian agencies including the Russian Foreign Ministry whose spokesperson mocked the bill saying it should have included a clause defining a list of books that should be collected for burning.

The statement said the Duma backed the move on Friday evening after Konstantin Zatulin, an MP from the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, proposed an investigation to retaliate for what he called a "repressive" U.S. move against Russian state-funded broadcaster RT.


He said he was referring to an initiative by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who has introduced a bill to empower the Justice Department to investigate possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act by RT.


Foreign media in Russia are overseen by the Russian Foreign Ministry, whose spokeswoman Maria Zakharova this week singled out Shaheen's demarche for criticism, quipping ironically that the senator should have included a clause drawing up a list of books for burning.


The U.S. move also solicited the ire of Margarita Simonyan, RT's editor-in-chief, who on Wednesday told the daily Izvestia it had echoes of the activities of U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, who oversaw a campaign to expose people he regarded as communists in the 1950s.

Meanwhile, all of this comes even as top Democrats admitted on Friday that their investigation into Trump's campaign was unlikely to yield any evidence of collusion with Russia (see "The Democrats' Trump-Russia Conspiracy Campaign Collapses").  Of course, not many politicians are willing to let facts get in the way of a good narrative.

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Barney Fife's picture

First amendment is a joke. It's "there for you" as long as you aren't making too many waves, but as soon as you start to have an impact then the hammer of the state comes down hard. 

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Barney Fife Mar 18, 2017 7:27 PM

How, exactly, is the Russian parliament bound by our 1st Amendment?

The central planners's picture

Sorry, another idiot that bought the rethoric that USA rules the world.

Barney Fife's picture

Do you always talk in cliches and talking points?

You should stop. That is, if you can. Because it's a sure sign of a simpleton. 

What the United States was supposed to stand for, in theory, would have made it the greatest nation on Earth. 

But the reality is its just another fucking country, and in many ways worse than others. 


ACP's picture

Send all those CNN hacks to the gulag.

They the ones who say others shouldn't be meddling in elections, so screw 'em.

We have to respect the sovereignty of another country right?

techies-r-us's picture
techies-r-us (not verified) kavlar Mar 18, 2017 8:40 PM

ALL media (MSM & AltM) are bought and paid for.

hope_talk's picture
hope_talk (not verified) techies-r-us Mar 19, 2017 5:49 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

TheLastTrump's picture


The USA is the only reason the entire world didn't descend into a NEW DARK AGES last century.

The USA is the JEWEL OF THE WORLD with everyone and their brother CLAMORING TO GET IN.

Your words are ignorant garbage & are foolish faux libertarian talking points.



"What the United States was supposed to stand for, in theory, would have made it the greatest nation on Earth. 

But the reality is its just another fucking country, and in many ways worse than others. "

Donald J. Trump's picture

I thought it was pretty well known that RT is Russia Today and it was founded by the Russian government.  What am I missing?

Anybody's picture

So are BBC and CBC (British and Canadian government media). Are they being investigated?

Quantum Bunk's picture

In the USA, its a corporate trifecta.

BarkingCat's picture

Bullshit Broadcast Corporation  & Cuck Broadcasting Corporation 

TheLastTrump's picture

True, and they should be due to meddling in our election by constantly stabbing Trump in the back.


If you think RT stories AREN'T slanted against the Obama/Kerry/Clinton orbit you're nutz. In my opinion that's just fine but let's not be STOOPID about things.


Let's see a probe into Obama attempting to get Netanyahu UNELECTED using US taxpayer funds. Let's see a probe into what Obama did in the Ukraine.


PS- All you Israel haters are on the same side as Obama/Kerry/Clinton because you're all fighting for the same goal.

TheLastTrump's picture

RT is just a slicker Pravda. Sucked all you faux libertarians in too.


This is a great thread for paid Russian trolls.


oncemore's picture

What r u u missing?  U 4 missing a brain.

TwelveOhOne's picture

It is "bound" in exactly the same way that US "citizens" are bound -- not at all.

The Constitution and Bill of Rights are recipes for government behavior.  Not for The People.

Koba the Dread's picture

Bravo! The Constitution is to control the federal government, not the people. We're free to do as we will except in the narrow areas where the government has been delegated to have authority.

Yeah, I know! Something happened along the way, the whiskey rebellion, Daniel Shay's rebellion, the Aliens and Sedition Act. Burr should have shot Alexander Hamilton much earlier, much earlier.

Barney Fife's picture

OK, I have to give a civics lesson here. 

RT has a subsidiary incorporated in the US. As such it is entitled to 1st amendment protections just like anyone else. 


BarkingCat's picture

I think you got downvotes because the way your original post was written it sounded as if Russia does not have the right to investigate CNN and others because of the 1st Amendment. 

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

aipac and jinsa still need not register as foreign agents?

is that right?

The central planners's picture

If he runs out of popcorn the odds of a nuclear war would increase dramatically.

TheLastTrump's picture

Look what happened to the Nuge & Dinesh D'Souza.

TeamDepends's picture

Final verdict: Fakeski news is dominate USA.

johngaltfla's picture

Hell, CNN and MSDNC have made Vladimir Posner look credible.

nmewn's picture

Perhaps Shaheen is unfamilar with The Podesta Group?

Yes, that John Podesta...and "his group" is a registered lobbyist for...Russians! (insert audible gasp here)...and not just any ole Russians...Russian bankers!...lmao!

MuffDiver69's picture

Thank You Vladimir...I can't wait for the emails...this should be delicious...

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Hey Jeanne when you have the time, why don't you show both CNN and RT side-by-side in front of a session in Congress to see HOW MANY DEAD BODIES you can count in places like Syria, Iraq and Ukraine during each of their respective broadcasts?!!!...

GOOD NEWS is that it will be simple and you'll only need to do JUST ONE broadcast each to pick up the contrast between the two.

We will all feel better when we see how much time CNN spends on "Donald Trump's" alliance with the "Russians" versus all the men, women and children PRESIDENT PENCE is murdering in those 3 countries we've been systematically blowing to shit since 2003!

Nikki H. said it better than any "Murican"... Them thar Russians "CAN NEVER BE TRUSTED"!... NO THEY CAN-NOT!!!

This is when you know folks that you are not only "losing ALL the BATTLES" but the "WAR" as well!

poetic justice's picture

Hey son why don't you personally put it right up this bitch, at I personally would like to see some cluster bombs dropped on her quaint little village. Bloody hypocrite!!!

Like the good old USA does in their multitude of world wide conquests. You people really deserve some of your own medicine... My user name says it all.

Ol Man's picture

Can't believe I said that.  I absolutely don't want the US government investigating anything.  But at least there is another source of discussion....


Anarchyteez's picture

Can we all just kick the CIA in the balls and call it a day?

Dilluminati's picture

What is this investigations of RT and CNN really mean?

It means that the networks are weapons.

I think after CNN was caught read handed cheating Bernie Sanders out of an election, cheating with the Clinton Crime family, and lying about everything to do those two goals that CNN should be disbanded and we the consumers deserve a refund from Comcast who is MSM company NBC Universal, but I don't like globalists or RT and think any company with universal in it's name is a danger to the public, peace, and inter-galatic harmony.



Luckhasit's picture

You know i love that picture.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

I've been checking since the election for Russia related bullshit, and there has been tons of it everyday.


However, as of yesterday the terms "Russia" and "Russian" have suddenly and utterly disappeared. 

messystateofaffairs's picture

The zio/us/vassels is the freedom preaching hypocrite with the hidden feudal/fascist agenda. They have to lie like a rug to pull that off. All the Russians have to do is tell the truth about those lies, not fuck around with sovereign nations, and stay quiet about their own peccadilloes. Of course RT is pro Russian and is used as a defensive weapon to keep the western masses from getting liqueured up by shit media and then used against them.

IronForge's picture

So long, Russia Insider.

hoyeru's picture
hoyeru (not verified) Mar 18, 2017 10:27 PM

sorry, Russia's investigation is NOT "witch hunt". Russia didnt lie about

1 "weapons of mass distraction" or

t2 hat Russia attacked Georgia, or

3 that "Assad gassed his own people" or

4 that Iran is forever 6 months away from buildign the bomb, or

5 that Russia has invaded Ukraine with 20,000 invisible solders nobody ahs seen yet or that

6 "Iraqui solders have taken babies out of incubators".

 The so called free USA media did.

Smedley's picture

At least it's 'fair' and 'balanced'.


Joe A's picture

It is tit for tat and just for show because everybody knows that CNN is full of bullshit anyway.

JSBach1's picture

It is a sad-state-of-affairs if representatives of the US congress think the solution of countering views, as produced by the myriad of actors and their sources in today's technologically-driven media outlets, is to try and silence those views akin to the likes of Mao Tse Tungs of China, Khomenis/Khameneis of Iran, Kim Jungs of North Korea on the most restrictive end of the spectrum to the more moderate counterparts, such as US, most of Europe, Australia, South Korea, etc. Afterall, if the message espoused is sound, principled, and popularly-held, as is advanced so often, why the trepidation thereof?

Silencing competing voices may in fact produce desired results, in the short-term, -- if it is not abundantly clear that modern political though is all but short-term at it's very epicenter, then there is no hope for those left in this predicament -- but it holds no strategic value in the long run. Nonetheless, such is the thought process of our representatives, all too concerned about short-lived victories, and, thus inconsequential said gains, in the grand scheme of things. How is this any different than an ejaculation? In either case it is short-sighted and short-lived.

scoutshonor's picture

I think someone needs to get an award for this picture of Putin and his big ass bowl of popcorn.  Makes me smile everytime I see it.

whatisthat's picture

I would observe at least someone is investigating the corrupt establishment and media.

tuetenueggel's picture

Do you ask frogs, if you plan to drain the swamp ?

Smedley's picture

The public at large has ALREADY been brain washed into believing the Trump-Russia narrative, the facts are irrelevant now!!!


tuetenueggel's picture

Go on Vlad. kick their asses as they year after year kicked russian asses by lying 24/7/30

Give them their own dirty cocks to eat. Turds as Prestitutes

roadhazard's picture

Pootin = lol, he has zero trouble with his media, he tells them what to write/say.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

where'd you read that hackneyed bullshit - the New York Times?