Russia Today (@RT_com) broadcasts fiction, not news


Last week’s New Scientist reports that Russia Today – the Kremlin’s propaganda channel subsidised to broadcast lies in support of the Russian Federation’s hostility to any country in Russia’s “near abroad” that dares to travel down the path of democracy and the rule of law – went one further when it started churning out stories about how the Zika outbreak was a result of a failed science experiment.

The basis of their report was “the British dystopian TV series Utopia“. Yes, they broadcast fiction as news and for once it was not a question of interpretation.

Here’s the product description from Amazon:

The Utopia Experiments is a legendary graphic novel shrouded in mystery. But when a small group of previously unconnected people find themselves in possession of an original manuscript, their lives suddenly and brutally implode.

Targeted swiftly and relentlessly by a murderous organisation known as The Network, the terrified gang are left with only one option if they want to survive: they have to run. But just as they think their ordeal is over, their fragile normality comes crashing down once again.

The Network, far from being finished, are setting their destructive plans into motion. The gang now face a race against time, to prevent global annihilation.

Russia Today is a garbage TV station


English: Russia Today logo
English: Russia Today logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Buzzfeed is probably not the first place you would go to in search for news but you would still trust it more than  the Kremlin’s garbage RT television station.

RT advertised itself in Britain with a deliberate appeal to anti-science conspiracists. Support for the lunacies of the “9/11 Truther” variety are only the most prominent.

Other idiocies included reporting that the Russian military intercepted the 2013 Urals meteorite.

It’s garbage and why it is still being broadcast on  British terrestrial television is beyond any explanation except that the Kremlin’s dirty money talks.

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Richard Stallman plainly lacks any sense of irony


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Richard Stallman (aka “RMS” or the “last of the true hackers” according to Steven Levy’s classic book) is a great, but very difficult, man.

His strops and sulks about Linus Torvalds should not blind us to the fact that he does have a serious and valid point when he insists that what most people call “Linux” should really be called “GNU/Linux”.

But he would also seem to be a man without much of a sense of irony because he has used the propaganda channel funded and founded by the Kremlin, Russia Today (RT), to launch an attack on Facebook as an enemy of Freedom.

RT has marketed itself, in Britain at least, as the channel of choice for conspiracy nuts, the enemies of science and “truthers”. Hardly a surprise when its paymasters in the Kremlin are desperate to hold off any advances towards democracy in Russia and remain the last line of defence of the Syrian and Iranian dictatorships in the international arena.

Shame on you Richard Stallman.

(The interview with RT was conducted over a month ago but as you can guess I am not a regular viewer and it just turned up in the “CodeProject” email this morning.)