RT America

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RT America
Launched February 2010
Network RT
Owned by (ANO) TV-Novosti
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
Slogan Question More
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Sister channel(s) RT International
Rusiya Al-Yaum
RT Documentary
RT Actualidad
RT Deutsch
Website rt.com/usa/
Dish Network Nationwide:
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
Streaming media
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 a Russian state perspective. 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 midnight Eastern Time, and like its counterpart in the UK it simulcasts RT International at all other times.

RT America also has studios and bureaus in New York, Houston, Miami and Los Angeles.[1] The channel is the home and production base of RT's U.S. based programs.

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[edit]


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Abby Martin statement[edit]

On March 4, 2014, Breaking The Set host Abby Martin (whose 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.[2] Later, Martin asserted that RT still supports her despite her differences of opinion with the Russian government.[3] 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".[4][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".[5]

RT America broadcast with former anchor Liz Wahl who quit on air in March 2014.[6]

Wahl resignation[edit]

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.[7] James Kirchick quickly published the exclusive story, explaining that he had periodically been in contact with Wahl over the previous six months.[8]

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".[9] 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"[10]

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.”[11]



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