October 26, 2017
RT is giving itself a bunch of sympathetic coverage again, like the Daily Stormer always does.
I think it’s a good strategy. When NYT or WaPo gets caught in a scandal and tries to report on itself “objectively,” the thickness of their fundamental dishonesty comes across better than at any other time.
Funny this is happening just as the whole “Russian collusion” story is collapsing.
Or hey, I dunno – maybe they’re getting censured because Russians bribed Hillary Clinton?
Twitter has banned ads from RT and Sputnik over alleged meddling in the 2016 US election. RT’s editor-in-chief says the move will spark retaliation from Moscow, and has revealed that Twitter pushed RT to spend ad money during the presidential campaign.
The social network says it will give away money already earned from the two companies.
“Early this year, the US intelligence community named RT and Sputnik as implementing state-sponsored Russian efforts to interfere with and disrupt the 2016 presidential election, which is not something we want on Twitter,” the California-based company said in a statement on its blog.
“Twitter has made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, effective immediately,” Twitter said.
Before it publicized its decision, Twitter sent a letter directly to RT, in which it explained the move in terms of making sure that “people feel safe” when they use the microblogging site.
“At Twitter we believe in freedom of expression and in speaking truth to power. We also want to ensure that people feel safe when they interact with our site, and that advertisers bring value to our users,” it wrote.
The ban comes a week before Twitter management is due to testify to a US House committee over its role in supposed Russian meddling in last year’s elections. Staff from the company will appear alongside Facebook and Google employees.
RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan commented on Twitter’s decision, saying it was “highly regrettable” and could serve as a precursor to retaliatory measures towards US media.
“I never thought that Twitter is under the control of the US security services – it seemed like a conspiracy theory. But now Twitter appears to have admitted it,” Simonyan told RIA Novosti news agency. “This is highly regrettable. It is particularly regrettable that now US media operating in Russia will feel the tender response of the Russian authorities.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry later confirmed that Moscow would take countermeasures in response to what it called a “violation of freedom of speech.”
“We consider this an aggressive step that intends to suppress the work of Russian channel RT, which has come about as a result of pressure from the US establishment and security services. Retaliatory measures will naturally follow,” said ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova in a statement.
Yeah, I hope that’s true.
There's no rhyme or reason to Twitter's decision. It's purely arbitrary: classic corporate cowardice to appease jingoistic pressure.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 26, 2017
100% of American media operating in Russia is anti-Putin. And they’ve let this go on, trying to play this “ohhhh, we’re a democracy toooooo – seriously guys, Russia is like Holland now!” game with these Western kikes, and it’s stupid.
Just in general, Russians have self-esteem issues because their economy was such shit for so long and then when the USSR collapsed it was a dangerous mess of alcoholism and hookerism.
But instead of measuring themselves and their development past that particular phase in their history by their own measuring stick, they’ve too much employed Western standards in self-measurement, which, in a circular fashion, have been inflicted on them by the Western media.
They should seriously just ban Western media, straight up. The entertainment media too. The entertainment media especially.
They don’t have to officially ban it even. They can just ban all of the companies from operating in the country. If people are really into it, they can get it on the English-speaking internet. That way it’s not serious “Soviet” censorship, but they stop 98% of the people from being exposed to it.
And they do it after the US has done it first.
Because this Twitter ad shutdown is just the beginning of the RT shutdown. All sorts of things are going to happen to RT, because Jews are flipping out and they aren’t thinking this stuff through.