|Owned by||(ANO) TV-Novosti|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
|Sister channel(s)||RT International
Channel 280 (SD/HD)
Washington, D.C. area:
Channel 8084 (SD/HD)
|GlobeCast WorldTV||Channel unallocated|
|Verizon FiOS (Washington, D.C. area)||Channel 455|
|Cox Communications (Washington, D.C. area)||Channel 473|
|RCN Cable (Washington, D.C. area)||Channel 33|
|Available on certain cable systems||Check Local Listings|
|Eagle Multimedia||Channel unallocated|
|Russian TVGroup||Channel unallocated|
|Live stream||On Air|
RT America, previously known as Russia Today America, is a TV channel based in Washington, D.C.. It is part of the RT network, a global multilingual television news network based in Moscow and funded by the Russian government.
RT America focuses on covering the Americas from an international and Russian perspective, being the second most viewed news channel from a foreign perspective, after BBC World News. Based in RT's Washington, D.C. bureau, it includes programs hosted by American journalists. The channel maintains a separate schedule of programs each weekday from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time, and like it's counterpart in the UK it simulcasts RT International at all other times.
RT America is the channel RT delivers to United States cable and satellite providers. The channel is also available online through RT's website.
RT America programming
- The Big Picture (Thom Hartmann) 2010-present
- The Resident (Lori Harfenist) 2010-present
- Breaking the Set (Abby Martin) 2012-present
- Larry King Now 2013-present
- Politicking (Larry King) 2013-present
- Boom Bust (Erin Ade) 2013-present
- Redacted Tonight (Lee Camp) 2014-present
- The Alyona Show (Alyona Minkovski) 2010-2012
- Adam vs. The Man (Adam Kokesh) 2011
- Capital Account (Lauren Lyster) 2011-2013
- Prime Interest (Perianne Boring and Bob English) 2013
Notable news personalities
- Thom Hartmann (2010-present)
- Abby Martin (2012–present)
- Larry King (2013-present)
- Tyrel Ventura (2014–present)
- Ben Swann (2014–present)
Abby Martin Statement
On March 4, 2014, Breaking The Set host Abby Martin (who's show is produced by RT America), speaking directly to her viewing audience during the show's closing statement, said that even though she works for RT, she is against Russia's intervention in Ukraine. She said that "what Russia did is wrong", as she is against intervention by any nation into other countries' affairs. Later, Martin asserted that RT still supports her despite her differences of opinion with the Russian government. RTs press office suggested that Martin would be sent to Crimea and responded to accusations of propaganda, stating "the charges of propaganda tend to pop up every time a news outlet, particularly RT, dares to show the side of events that does not fit the mainstream narrative, regardless of the realities on the ground. This happened in Georgia, this is happening in Ukraine".[note 1]
Glenn Greenwald claimed that American media elites love to mock Russian media, especially RT, as being a source of shameless pro-Putin propaganda, where free expression is strictly barred. Agreeing the "network has a strong pro-Russian bias", he suggested that Martin's action "remarkably demonstrated what 'journalistic independence' means".
On March 5, 2014, RT America anchor Liz Wahl resigned on air, blaming RT for propaganda. She explained later "that she felt challenged being the daughter of a U.S. military veteran and being the partner of a physician who works at a U.S. military base, and that is why, personally, she cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin". Wahl claimed that what "broke" her was that RT censored a question from her interview with Ron Paul about "Russia's intervention in Ukraine". Paul later asserted that he was not censored in any way and that his message was delivered in full and to his satisfaction. James Kirchick quickly published the exclusive story, explaining that he had periodically been in contact with Wahl over the previous six months.
In response, RT released a statement: "When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt. We wish Liz the best of luck on her chosen path". A later report claimed links between Kirchick and "neoconservative think-tank Foreign Policy Initiative", suggesting the event was part of "an ongoing Cold War revival campaign"
In a March 2014 Politico article, Wahl stated “For about two and a half years. I’d looked the other way as the network smeared America for the sake of making the Kremlin look better by comparison, while it sugarcoated atrocities by one brutal dictator after another.”
- "Usa — Rt". Rt.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
- Greg Botelho, CNN (5 March 2014). "State-funded news anchor Abby Martin: 'What Russia did is wrong' - CNN.com". CNN.
- "Ukraine conflict perspectives and Washington’s shadow lobbyists".
- Graves, Lucia (March 4, 2014) RT Defends Host Abby Martin, Responds to Accusations of Pro-Putin Propaganda, National Journal retrieved April 11, 2014
- Greenwald, Glenn (March 4, 2014) RT Host Abby Martin Condemns Russian Incursion Into Crimea – On RT The Intercept retrieved march 21, 2014
- "((Продажная Шлюха".
- "Russia Coverage: RT, Liz Wahl and Media Bias".
- James Kirchick Exclusive: RT Anchor Liz Wahl Explains Why She Quit The Daily Beast ,05 Mar 2014
- "RT reacts to anchor Liz Wahl quitting on air".
- New report reveals how ‘American neocons’ stage attacks against alternative media RT, 21 March 2014
- Liz Wahl, I Was Putin’s Pawn, Politico magazine, March 21, 2014.