Earlier this week, Europe and Canada dropped the Russia Today (RT) tv community, a Kremlin-run information community. On Tuesday, AT&T’s DirecTV introduced it had severed ties with RT within the US as properly.
“In line with our previous agreement with RT America, we are accelerating this year’s contract expiration timeline and will no longer offer their programming effective immediately,” DirecTV mentioned in a press release.
Take a have a look at RT’s closing moments on DirecTV’s airtime:
Here had been the ultimate moments of RT (Russia Today) as @DirecTV eliminated it at 1:00 p.m. Eastern over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
RT ran a Medicare advert & 5 promos (together with one which mentioned RT does not “skew the facts”) earlier than a message learn, “This channel is no longer available.” pic.twitter.com/QYGLBEZMJY
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 1, 2022
Tech firms Facebook, TikTok and Google have additionally all introduced restrictions on RT’s content material.
However, DirecTV’s exclusion of RT doesn’t take away it from all American houses. DISH, America’s different main cable distributor, continues to carry the community.
According to Mediaite, DISH will not be prepared to make a name on RT’s future, saying it’s going to as a substitute “closely monitor the situation.” Ultimately, I believe DISH will drop RT.
The yanking of RT has brought about debate concerning the press’ position. Fox News contributor and former nationwide safety official KT McFarland says firms shouldn’t pull RT off the air.
“I believe in freedom of the press, even if the press outlet is the propaganda arm of the Russian government,” McFarland informed Fox News Digital. “However, I strongly encourage dissident Russians, Ukrainian freedom fighters and others around the world who are standing up to Putin’s aggression to counter with their own online podcasts and programming.”
RT is pushing the lie that Ukraine is killing Russians and that there is no such thing as a invasion of Ukraine. Last evening on NewsNation, a Florida-based US pundit for RT claimed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy fled Ukraine earlier within the invasion however shortly returned after RT known as him on it.
That’s an apparent lie. Instead, Zelenskyy famously refused the US provide to evacuate him in the course of the invasion. ‘”I want ammunition, not a experience,” Zelenskyy mentioned.
If you’re going to lie, don’t lie a few hero.
Americans nonetheless have entry to RT.com.