[This reposting is meant as a CAUTIONARY to RT, once a bright and shining light on the informational Dark Ages through which the West, like Sisyphus, pushes its own willful and self-devouring ignorance.
Recent on-air statements by RT presenters and guests alike, some from a Canadian doc about the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s that confuses irony with cuteness, have dulled what was once a strategically very important coverage of the degenerating situation in Ukraine.
Some examples: One of the several, seductive 'hottie' news readers that RT has become famous for (like they don't get the joke that is Fox News: Super-Babes, Babia-Majoras, Baberham Lincolns, esp. blondes with high-gloss lips and tons of eyes, are better at flogging boner meds than at giving credence to information) tossed off, "OJ got away with murder 20 years ago!" Really? Not only is that factually incorrect, but it also points up RT's cloying attempts to be POPular and HIPsterish by prioritizing ‘mass killings’ in the Swish Alps of West LA over those in less chic, dingier elsewheres, and, thereby, to obfuscate Western Waste Capitalism's role in the eco-decimation of certain Central European and Central African peoples in 1994, while furthering the genetic fallacy that all these 'wanton killings', aka ‘genocides’, are brought about by 'terrorists', or 'white-supremacists with mental health issues', or just ‘crazy niggers' who won’t be negotiated with because their 'Extremism' makes them willing to die in pursuit of their pointless atrocities.
Then in an interview segment, a US diplomat suggested to his blonde (but, really, quite smart interlocutor) that the effective benefits of the American foreign policy that brought about regime change through militaristic murder and mayhem (see the grotesque assassinations of Gaddafy, Habyarimana, Saddam, and even, iatrogenically, of Slobodan Milosevic) is born out by national examples like Serbia, which is 'much better off without Milosevic.'
RT should be very careful about editorial details, because it is developing, in microcosm, a situation eerily similar to those of countries in the old Soviet bloc: They are still bound to Moscow by dint of commercial and financial structures held over from the Soviet era (i.e., the State pays their salaries or pensions), as well as by an adherence to a more accurate and realistic Historical line (esp. as pertains to WWII and Imperialism) that predominates in the East; but, like Serbia or Prednistrovia or Ukraine, they look to Europe and the West to grow their commercial credibility and market share.
By now they should be aware that Russia holds all the property cards in this bored game and that, as far as Historical relevance is concerned, the West (esp. the US), with all its Libertarian myths and Red boogiemen, is lost at the movies. --mc]