Suddenly, I’m A ‘Russian Agent’!

For a number of years now, I have been periodically interviewed as a source or a commentator on news programs and as an occasional panel participant on RT TV, the Russian government-funded English-language television station. For the past year, I’ve been paid a small amount for my work.

Effective Monday, November 13, something changed, though. RT suddenly became a“registered foreign agent.” The Russian government-funded news service, which has its headquarters in Washington, with bureaus in several other US cities, filed the required papers under protest — the only foreign news service operating here that is required to do so — and said it intends to sue. Russia is also retaliating and will be requiring some US news organizations operating in Russia, including Voice of America, to similarly register as foreign agents.

This means that as of two weeks ago, I have been working, at least on a minimal basis of perhaps one short 5-10-minute interview per week, for a “foreign agent.”

The US government, a lot of heavy-breathing members of Congress, and the bulk of the corporate media in the US at this point are suggesting that journalists like me are at best “useful idiots” helping to promote Russian propaganda in the US — propaganda that our government claims is designed to sow discord among the citizenry and to undermine support for American democracy.

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  • RoHa

    Cool! Have they sent you your SVR colonel’s uniform yet? And ask for an apartment in Sochi for when you defect.

    • JosephConrad

      THE U.S. HAS 2 IRREPARABLE BRAIN INJURIES : STUPIDITY & IGNORANCE.
      I LOOK AT GRAHAM & Mccain and I’m SICKENED BY THEIR ARROGANCE BEING PASSED
      OFF AS INTELLIGENCE! BOTH NEED TO ROT IN HOTTEST HELL.

  • Michael McTague

    quoting walt kelly, “I’ve seen the enemy and it is us.”

  • Oddizee

    RT is just a russian version of cnn,fox, etc. They spew the race crud and all. Putting viability on it is like putting it on infowars, where jones admittedly covers up reality. Won’t shed a tear for you, or him, or 98% of any media “allowed”. Rt was getting a little too much of the competition’s audience. Doesn’t mean it’s not twisted. Or has any value.