RT, formerly known as Russia Today, has been labeled a threat by Andrew Luck, the brand new CEO of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors or BBG.
RT has been aggressively expanding in the past year, with a budget expansion up to nearly a half a billion dollars. So RT decided to spin-off Sputnik News, who has been aggressively attacking the news world with what can only be called Russian propaganda.
Because of these hyper-aggressive tactics, RT has been labeled one of the BBG’s main challenges.
Not completely unrelated, Russia has often been mentioned as a candidate for being named a terrorist state, primarily because of their support for the terrorists in East Ukraine and their actions in Crimea. Ukraine called them terrorists and their campaign to free East Ukraine were called Anti-Terrorist Operations. Russian Information Warfare activities would therefore be accurately labeled, supporting terrorist activities.
An interesting quote:
Following Kerry’s rant, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov decried John Kerry’s comments about RT as “uncivilized” and “prosecutorial.”
Fine. Have RT start telling the whole truth and we’ll stop calling Russian media exactly what they are. Terrorists. Terrorist supporters. Propagandists. Liars.
If the shoe fits, wear it.
Lack, the first chief executive of the BBG, mentioned RT in an interview with The New York Times.
“We are facing a number of challenges from entities like Russia Today which is out there pushing a point of view, the Islamic State in the Middle East and groups like Boko Haram,” he said. “But I firmly believe that this agency has a role to play in facing those challenges.”