Russian Parliament calls for Inquiry Into US Media Outlets

Move Singles Out Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and CNN

In a move designed to retaliate against efforts in Congress to start an investigation into Russian media outlet RT, the Russian State Duma has called for the information and telecommunication committee to launch its own investigation into US media outlets to see if they are violating Russian law in any way.

The order singled out three outlets, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, both run by the federal government, and CNN, which is owned by major US media outlet Time Warner. The order came at the behest of Konstantin Zatulin, from the ruling United Russia party, and he was quite clear this was a response to the moves against RT.

While CNN is sort of a wild card in all of this, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe are roughly the American equivalent of RT, and were launched by the US government back during the Cold War specifically with an eye toward shifting international public opinion in a way favorable to the US, and unfavorable to the Soviet Union.

Much like the US outlets, which operate nominally independently, but under the federally-run Broadcast Board of Governors, RT is organized as a non-profit, but owned by RIA Novosti, the Russian state media outlet. Some in the US are arguing that this should oblige RT employees to register as agents of a foreign government, though this is not historically the way the US has handled state-owned media outlets from abroad.

It’s unclear whether the Russian inquiry will go anywhere, though since it is overtly an attempt to retaliate, it will likely depend heavily on whether the US ends up doing anything against RT, and likely will just remain in motion as a threatened tit-for-tat move.

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  • Edith Johnson

    Please don’t take away my CrossTalk. The most informative program out there.

  • TellTheTruth-2

    I record Morning Joe and then fast forward through it so I know WHAT LIES the rest of the MSM will be telling us for the rest of the day. It’s sickening!

  • “Voice of America and Radio Free Europe are roughly the American equivalent of RT” – The comparison does not compare apples with apples. RT is a news outlet of really high quality, it must be the best one out there. Both RFE and VOA are unreadable pieces of cold war junk.

    • Onesided

      Remember, this site only reads corporate media and takes the point of view of the corporate media. They certainly never cite nor quote RT nor Sputniknews. If they were paying any attention to anything other than slanted and biased corporate media, they’d know that Sputnik evolved from the Russian Voice of America source. RT has always been a more balanced attempt at a news source, and to me shows no more bias than say FOX or CNN.

  • BobbyJohns

    I wish the US would investigate and ban CNN for ‘meddling in the election’

    We’ve seen a whole long line of stories. Back to the Dem primaries about how many pro-Hillary stories that CNN ran while running with any red-baiting smear against Bernie. Now its been admitted that CNN debate questions were deliberately given to Hillary by a very pro-Hillary lady who was also being paid by CNN. We’ve also seen the strong tilt towards Hillary over Trump in the general election.

    If we are saying that Russia interfered with the election, then its rather obvious that CNN was interfering more. For the sake of a democracy in America, we should defintitely investigate and consider banning CNN.