The Kremlin-funded news network Russia Today has launched a UK channel this morning, promising to “focus on the issues that matter most to Britons”. Which presumably means anything other than Ukraine and the shooting down of flight MH17. RT’s own staff have previously accused the channel of being a Putin propaganda mouthpiece, so the move has sparked much debate among media talking heads:
@wallaceme No. I go on it regularly and will continue to do so. We're not in the business of handpicking acceptable outlets.
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) October 30, 2014
While we’re on, can we also agree that going on Russia Today is tantamount to endorsing Kremlin propaganda, and that’s a bad idea?
— Mark Ferguson (@Markfergusonuk) October 30, 2014
Channels like Russia Today will still be there whether or not British talking heads appear on it, so Guido encourages commentators to go on and then subvert it. When Guido went on PressTV he named Iran’s jailed dissident bloggers then asked for his fee to be paid to Conservative Friends of Israel. If you’re looking for inspiration look no further than James Kirchick: