Although I am not convinced that the Clintons are working with Russia, there is another spin on the topic that needs a separate thread.
Most of us would consider FOX to be little more than state-run television, since much of their commentary differs little from Russian propaganda, and that fact is reinforced by the fact that Sean Hannity actually interviewed with RT about doing a show in Russia.
Katie Couric said essentially the same thing on Monday night in Los Angeles . “Sometimes I watch Fox just to see how they’re covering things. And I don’t know why I’m shocked every time I watch it, but it’s just an alternate universe,” Couric said. “And it is crazy to me. And anyway, it just, it makes me crazy.”
This is what she said about FOX viewers:
“They’re getting affirmation not information. As a result, they are not actually understanding facts and truth,” Couric said of Fox viewers. “I mean, if you want to talk about fake news, that’s state-run television really.”
In January, Radio Sputnik, a propaganda arm of the Russian government, started broadcasting on three Kansas City-area radio stations during prime drive times, even sharing one frequency with a station rooted in the city’s historic jazz district.
Critics in Kansas City called Radio Sputnik’s arrival an unabashed exploitation of American values and openness. Those behind the deal defended it as a matter of free speech, as well as a simple business transaction.
Peter Schartel, the owner of Alpine Broadcasting Corporation of Liberty, Mo., the company airing Sputnik in Kansas City, said that he started the broadcasts on Jan. 1 both because he liked what he heard during a trial run last fall and because he was getting paid.
The station that will be broadcasting Radio Sputnik, 104.7 FM, formerly broadcast jazz will now be broadcasting Alex Jones and Russian propaganda.
Before Kansas City, Washington had been the only American city with Sputnik broadcasts — round the clock on one AM station and one FM station. Public disclosure forms show that the Russian government is paying more than $2 million over three years, starting in December 2017, for the Washington broadcasts.
In Kansas City, the fee is $324,000 for three years, or $49.27 per hour, according to RM Broadcasting’s Foreign Agents Registration Act filing. Mr. Schartel said he gets $27.50 of that hourly rate.
What was once Radio Moscow was reborn as Radio Sputnik in 2014. Mr. Putin backed the effort to create a central, state-run news organization — called Rossiya Segodnya, or Russia Today in English — designed to challenge the West’s global dominance on reporting news.
In "Blowout", Rachel Maddow details why Russia's heavy dependence on the oil and gas industry eventually made it necessary to expand its propaganda network. You may remember that world sanctions on Russia (which hurt exports of its oil and gas) came about in 2014 - when Russia invaded Crimea.
American intelligence agencies have concluded that Sputnik; its television sibling, RT; and other Russian-controlled media outlets were part of the Kremlin’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election in the United States, and could star in a repeat performance this year.
Logic would tell you that the FCC should not approved the broadcast license of Radio Sputnik, but Ajit Pai was appointed by Trump to run the agency in January of 2017. Surprisingly, he was initially appointed by Barack Obama in May of 2012, at the recommendation of Moscow Mitch. Pai is a proponent of repealing net neutrality in the United States and, on December 14, 2017, voted with the majority of the FCC to reverse the decision to regulate the internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.
His bio is fairly lengthy, but it is worth noting that he relaxed some rules in order to make it easier for Sinclair Broadcasting to expand.
In a way, Radio Sputnik brings us back to Roger Stone. The Russians are still attacking America, and Radio Sputnik is evidence that some of us appear to be welcoming them. It is vital to remember that Stone was apparently the link between the Trump campaign and the Russians feeding hacked emails to Wikileaks. Stone has plenty of information Trump does not want made public. Trump's determination to protect Stone might be seen as… a quid pro quo.