"Tit-For-Tat": Russia Accuses CNN Of "Violating Russian Media Law"

Tyler Durden's picture

The "Russian collusion" crusade took a bizarre turn yesterday when Twitter, apparently in the absence of any tangible evidence that Kremlin spies exploited the social media service to undermine the 2016 election, decided to publicly disclose the exact amount of advertising revenue it received from Russia Today during 2016. It's unclear what that disclosure was intended to accomplish since even Twitter says the ads were directed at "followers of mainstream media and primarily promoted RT Tweets regarding news stories" which hardly seems like an attempt to stage a coup.

Not surprisingly, it only took Russia's communications regulator a couple of hours to respond to Twitter's move by threatening to crack down CNN's operations in Russia, an outlet which the regulator says is "violating Russian media law."  Per Reuters:

Russia’s communications regulator on Friday accused U.S. TV channel CNN International of violating Russian media law and said it had summoned the broadcaster’s representatives in connection with the matter.

 

The Russian foreign ministry accused Washington on Thursday of putting unwarranted pressure on the U.S operations of Kremlin-backed media outlet RT, and warned that Moscow could take tit-for-tat measures.

 

President Vladimir Putin told a meeting of Russia’s Security Council on Friday that Russian media outlets working abroad were facing growing and unacceptable pressure, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

 

The communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, said in a statement on its website that it would look at warning CNN about the alleged violations, which it said also breached the terms of its broadcast license.

 

It did not say what breaches of Russian laws the U.S. broadcaster had made, adding it would continue its “systematic monitoring” of foreign mass media outlets registered in Russia.

Meanwhile, Russian president Putin apparently also took note of the increased pressure on RT saying that "such pressure on Russian media is unacceptable" and that any hostile actions taken against Russian media in the U.S. would be met with a "tit-for-tat response."

Putin, meeting permanent members of his Security Council, “touched upon the issue of ongoing and at times growing pressure on Russian mass media outlets in some foreign countries”, Peskov told a conference call with reporters.

 

“It was stressed that such pressure on Russian media is unacceptable,” he added. He did not name the countries where the Kremlin was concerned Russian media were coming under pressure.

 

The Foreign Ministry’s Zakharova said any move made against Russian media working in the United States “will get a tit-for-tat response”.

 

“And who it falls on, this should be easy for Washington to work out. The clock is ticking,” she said at a weekly briefing on Thursday.

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This comes after Twitter decided to inform Congress, and the world, yesterday that they received $274,100 in advertising revenue from 'Russia Today' throughout 2016. 

The US intelligence community released a report in January, 2017, highlighting the role that RT (Russia Today), which has strong links to the Russian government, allegedly played in seeking to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election and undermine trust in American democracy. RT has accounts on Twitter and tweets regularly. The open nature of the Twitter platform means this activity was public.

 

Today we proactively shared with committee staff a round-up of ads that three RT accounts (@RT_com, @RT_America, and @ActualidadRT) targeted to the U.S. market in 2016. As of our meetings today we believe this is the complete list from these three accounts within that time frame, but we are continuing to review our internal data and will report back to the committees as we have more to share.

 

Based on our findings thus far, RT spent $274,100 in U.S. ads in 2016.  In that year, the @RT_com, @RT_America, and @ActualidadRT accounts promoted 1,823 Tweets that definitely or potentially targeted the U.S. market. These campaigns were directed at followers of mainstream media and primarily promoted RT Tweets regarding news stories.

The Twitter disclosure prompted a snarky reaction from RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan who fired back saying she wasn’t aware that paying for advertising is now considered suspicious or harmful in a developed democracy such as the United States.  She went on to say that she's very excited to find out how much U.S. media outlets spend in the Russian segment of Twitter...you know, since advertising on social media in foreign countries now seems to be a criminal act.

“This is forcing us to go a step further and come clean that we also spent money on advertising at airports, in taxis, on billboards, on the Internet, on TV and radio. Even CNN ran our commercials,” Simonyan said. “By the way, similar campaigns are conducted by the American media in the Russian segment of Twitter. It’ll be very interesting to find out how much they spend on it, who they target and for what purpose.”


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Billy the Poet's picture

I'll trade you two tats for two tits. Got any twats?

rlm1966's picture

Sorry, but the exchange rate is two tats for one tit and two tits for one twat.

Billy the Poet's picture

Boobs are really getting inflated these days.

semperfi's picture

I tried getting a tit-for-tat response from my wife.

No response.

Menopause sucks.

I blame the Russians - thanks Putin.

Manthong's picture

 

Well, at least we cannot cut off oil imports to Russia like the US did to Japan in July 1941 which helped trigger the attack on the obsolete battleships at Pearl Harbor.

Gee, I wonder how we could have been so lucky as to have our three carriers out on exercises on December 7.

Maybe somebody in Washington subscribed to the Honolulu Advertiser.

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/pearl.php#axzz4u4mh0t3F

y3maxx's picture

America is no longer a "first world nation", and even parts of it are "third world".

semperfi's picture

but wait - they told me debt was an asset - ???

yomutti2's picture

Putin is a thug running Russia for his own benefit. And his troll farmers are all over the comments section of this site. In fact, we can count how many  Russian troll farmers we have by counting the downvotes on this comment.

PrayingMantis's picture

... Putin is only protecting Russians from ((( you know who ))) ...

... here's some historical facts so you might learn something ...

>>> https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f53_1506177097

>>> https://holodomorinfo.com/

...

SoDamnMad's picture

Please Putin, ban CNN all over the world.

Mr.BlingBling's picture

Oh NO!  I disagree but if I downvote him he says that I'll be a Russian troll farmer!  What will I do? 

Well, I guess I'll downvote him . . . but only because he didn't say I'd be a . . . a . . . . racist.  (shudder; gasp) 

FOAD, ya troll.

 

oncemore's picture

Dude, u r right, they are paied by RT, by Russia.

Btw.   did you forget to take the pills today?

Justin Case's picture

An entire building in St Petersburg is filled with well-paid Putin trolls labouring away on the Internet. But let us apply a little reasoning (hah hah – what's reason got to do with it?) to the matter. We here at Zero Hedge attract a few trolls. We may divide them into two groups. One is the sort of person whose comments are all variations on "Putin sucks and you do too". These trolls, of course, have a mirror image: "You suck and Putin's great". For the sake of discussion we will call this the "monotroll": he has only one thing to say which is "You're an idiot" and he says it over and over again.

A slightly (but only very slightly) more interesting troll is what we will call the "cliché repeater". This one would say things like "Putin sucks because the Russian economy is in the toilet/the population is shrinking/the Ruble is collapsing/Russia is weak" or so forth. Much the same really, as the monotroll except that he understands that some pretence of an argument is necessary.

In Graham's useful hierarchy of disagreement the monotroll is operating at the lowest levels of Name-calling and Ad Hominem; the cliché repeater has at least got to Contradiction. But the essential point is that neither of these is going to change anybody's mind.

In short, ladies and gentlemen, the Putin-Troll-Army story is nonsense. Real trollery is an irritation and no more. Actual argument has to be answered on its own merits. And the Western troll armies – sorry, fighting lies with truth – would, if they ever get off the ground, be equally pointless.

The Western fantasy of a mighty Putin Troll army ruining A Noble Effort to Spread Truth and Democratically Valid Explanations is yet more evidence that the Party Line knows it is losing its audience. Whingeing on about Putin's troll army and closing comments sections is the equivalent of a temper tantrum, hands over ears, screaming "I can't hear you!".

Lies work for a while – quite a long time – but, eventually, reality bites. On its own. It wasn't a building-full of people in St Petersburg typing "Putin ist ein Genie, Du bist ein Idiot" over and over again that made the German leadership see General Breedlove's statements as "dangerous propaganda" any more than "Putin's a genius and you are an idiot" made the editors at The Guardian feel their heads explode.

land_of_the_few's picture

Did you get your 30 pieces of silver yet?

Katos's picture

Since RT and SPUTNIK have a nasty habit of telling the facts about AMERICA and the Wests collusion with Isis and KNOWN TERRORIST organizations, while exposing their hypocrisy and OUT and out LIES about the world, they have become a fly in the propaganda ointment of the LAMESTREAM US media? God HOW the.truth hurts!

Gardentoolnumber5's picture

A very good book, if you've not read it is Day of Deceit by Robert Stinnett. imo. Very well researched and amazing how much info is still not released to the people regarding the attack. As always, national security. Ruled by a secret govt.

Jim in MN's picture

Isn't this breathless gossip better than wars?

Soon the Mexican drug war will be the second biggest in the world, after Afghanistan.  Peace everywhere else.

Thanks Independent Voters!!!

 

USA OUT OF EURASIA

semperfi's picture

Let's not stop there.  We have 800+ foreign bases.  All or almost all need to be closed.

yomutti2's picture

 

Ding, ding, ding..... another troll farmer! Pushing Russian interests flawlessly, with the occasional "regular guy" comment thrown in for credibility.

 

At least this one speaks better English than "Shemp".

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

The yapping mutt of Pavlov again barks for a potato.

PrayingMantis's picture

... you have to understand @yomutti2 is a Yomut of the Turkmenistan tribe ... hence, the Russian hatred ...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yomut_carpet
... he's weaving a Yomut carpet of lies to discredit a Christian nation like Russia only because Turkmenistan, a muzzie country, was annexed by the Russian Empire in 1881 and In 1925, Turkmenistan became a constituent republic of the Soviet Union, Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic (Turkmen SSR)...

... and here's what wiki says... Turkmenistan remains one of the world’s most repressive countries. The country is virtually closed to independent scrutiny, media and religious freedoms are subject to draconian restrictions, and human rights defenders and other activists face the constant threat of government reprisal." ...

So what @yomutti2 is doing is called "accusatory inversion" ...

...

land_of_the_few's picture

Seems you have pretty limited understanding of the English language, actually. Wwre you a bit slow in high school?

ThuleNord's picture

That reminds me, today is pay day. I better call up the Russian embassy and demand my weekly rubbles.

giovanni_f's picture

Truth, beauty, decency, honesty, independence, freedom. Is there anything of value CNN doesn't rape and violate every fucken moment, 24/7?

 

semperfi's picture

just what do expect from a group of people who have no soul ?

giovanni_f's picture

I expect them to rape truth, beauty, decency, honesty, independence, freedom every fucken moment, 24/7.

Budnacho's picture

Who in web-advertising knew PPC really meant "Pay-Per-Communist"

LawsofPhysics's picture

LOL!!! Yes, moral hazard can be a real motherfucker.

Diatom's picture

Fuck yeah!

The Russkies are beating Murika at their own game...

 

serotonindumptruck's picture

The kids of Southpark could govern the world more effectively.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTc3zcnIZOw

semperfi's picture

or the first 1,000 fans into a NASCAR race

buzzsaw99's picture

i demand another congressional investigation! lulz

BritBob's picture
Putin & Autocracy

While Putin may have flip-flopped on economic issues, he has consistently moved toward greater consolidation of his own power. In 2004, he signed a law allowing the president to appoint regional governors, a privilege he mostly retains despite reforms prompted by street protests in 2011-12.

Putin’s famous “castling” with Dmitry Medvedev allowed him to return to the presidency in 2012. In the meantime, Russia’s lapdog parliament had passed a law in extending the presidential term from four to six years. Putin has said he won’t rule out running again in 2018, and if he wins, his time in power could surpass that of Leonid Brezhnev – 18 years – and even Joseph Stalin.

PitBullsRule's picture

Putin is worth somewhere around 40 Billion, while most Russians don't have a pot to piss in.  It doesn't take a genius to see whats going on there.  He is a dictator that knows how to keep the people confused.  Anybody that can fool all those Russians, could easily fool all the Americans, after all, we aren't any smarter than the Russians.  Thats how he got Trump elected.

JimmyRainbow's picture

Trump is worth a few billions while most americans have multiple jobs and drown in debt. it doesnt take a genius to see whats going on. he is a dictator that knows how to keep people confused. Anybody that can fool all those americans could easily fool all those westerners, after all: we are all humans. thats how we got all those wars around the world.

PitBullsRule's picture

Wrong, Trump is not a dictator.  He is a reality TV star, that used to develop real estate, and lost his ass in casinos. Whats going on is he needed money from all his bad investments, the Russian oligarchs had tons of money they had just ripped off from the hard working poor Russian people, and they Oligarchs wanted to get the money out of Russia before the people tried to get it back.  So they let Trump launder it in the US, in casinos, which are notorious for laundering money, and Trump had several of them.  That is one of the connections Trump has with Russia.  That is why they used him to get a puppet in the White House.  They succeeded, big deal.  In our democratic system, the president is not a dictator, he's not that powerful, which is why most of Trumps ideas and plans have failed miserably.  The commies didn't seem to understand, that putting Trump in there doesn't give them control of the US, it just gives them a sympathetic ear.

BarkingCat's picture

OMFG...you cannot be this stupid.

If you are going to start or spread a conspiracy theory at least make it believable to anyone past the age of 12.

 

Instead we get something equivalent to - Paris Hilton is responsible for all the arson in the US because her family owns lot of hotels and when people's houses burn down they have to stay in a hotel. We know it is her, because she travels a lot. 

Syrin's picture

I KNEW IT!   I suspected this was going on for YEARS !!

Posa's picture

The US over the past decade the US real estate bubble has been a gigantic laundromat for dirty money from ALL VER the globe... Drump was a bit player  and there is no evidence he was ever propped up to run for office by a foreign power (except maybe Israel)

opport.knocks's picture

No maybe, it is Israel. They had it in for Obama/DNC after the Iran deal and they also hate Russia for backing Syria and messing their plans for expansion. Mossad assisted in getting the emails to Wikileaks and then getting their .gov and media puppets to blame Russia. Perfect crime and cover up.

Almost as good as their 911 scam.

 

land_of_the_few's picture

Seems you missed the part where the oligarchs hate Putin because he stopped their asset-stripping ....

Escapedgoat's picture

"..................In our democratic system"

 

I advise you NOT to use foreign words (Greek in this instance)  that you DO NOT UNDERSTAND.

Democracy= Power of the People, as in "WE THE PEOPLE".

When was it, that the people decided AND acted out their .....WANTS, NEEDS and DESIRES???????

When was it that YOU or a great group of people gathered in open or closed space and voted to carry out ANY POLICIES??????

There is NOT such thing as in "REPRESENTATIVE" Democracy. You either there YOURSELF, or  ....you ARE NOT. ASK the SWISS People. Or the ICELANDERS lately.

I only see the CORPORATIONS' needs  wants AND desires FOR PROFIT, against the We The People. (with excessive AUSTERITY for the "We The People", TAXATION for WARS and COUP DE ETATS.

And only see that Presidents,  LIE  to the We The People in order to get elected and then DO THE OPPOSITE. Take TRUMP THAT bombed SYRIA AGAINST HIS OWN DECLARATION THAT HE WOULD not DO SUCH A THING. or the other Creep, ...Tsipras from Poor poor Greece, that he said he would NOT impose austerity against his own people in order to benefit the Banksters. Or Teresa May that she slowly strangling the BREXIT vote an slowly integrating the British Army in the European Army Command, in order to also benefit  her OWN BANKSTERS.

 

 

opport.knocks's picture

If you bothered to trace the original source of these Putin net worth numbers to the British TV interviews with some of Putin's political enemies (Boris Berezovsky) living in exile in the UK, you would realize they were total bullshit.

This is not to say that Putin and his associates have not done well for thenselves and there is not corruption in Russia. But to suggest he has done that much better than say, the Clintons, is ludicrous.

Dominus Ludificatio's picture

You have been sniffing urine too long and now you are brainless like a dumbfuck dog.

PitBullsRule's picture

You Commies spent quite a bit getting Trump elected.  How did that turn out for you?

07564111's picture

LoL

After watching all the knee bending and division in the US, I, and many many other Russians, think we have done extremely well, humor level is off the scale...thanks for asking.

LoL