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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Setting the story straight about RT: Facts vs Fiction

Comment: RT takes to task its detractors with a good, solid rebuttal.



RT vs Newsweek: facts about RT's MH17 coverage

FICTION: The magazine cites Ofcom criticism of RT's coverage of the Ukraine crisis, and adds that "last year RT suggested that Ukraine was to blame for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, prompting one of its London correspondents to resign."

FACT: Newsweek avoids all mention of the fact that RT was cleared of bias charges in coverage of the MH17 tragedy. Ofcom (the UK broadcasting regulator) reviewed more than 30 hours of RT's reporting on the event, and has not found any problems that merited investigation, nor any breach of standards. Furthermore, RT was practically the only major media outlet to explore multiple possible scenarios of the event, while the mainstream media confidently assigned blame hours after it happened. Evidently Newsweek finds a mere "suggestion" of an alternative theory of the crash problematic, despite the fact that no conclusions as to the causes of the crash have yet been reached.

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