Myself being born and raised in Canada we have always had a State Operated and Funded News Corporation (The CBC), but we all knew it, we all knew it was government news. Accompanying the state news was a list or better said an array of privately funded sources all of which smash the state news on ratings time and time again.
This was understood and accepted and in my opinion allows some sort of counterbalancing effect, preventing either side from straying too far from the facts into opinionated agenda pushing. "In my opinion".
I don't think you have ever heard me criticize RT or Russia that strongly, at least not for their more current history, but i am fully aware and understand that RT also receives funds from its Nation State too which American Officials have repeatedly used to accuse RT of double standards in its reporting practices and I agree their is the possibility for such activity, however I have not been witness to it myself.
Any News Corporation that gets money from a nation state by default must then attempt to report on that nations engagements in a positive light, doubling this strategy with negative highlighting for the opposition, this is all just common sense.
If this was not enough under the new reforms this appointee with have full power to decide who qualifies and who does not, with an added provision that outlets that receive funding must accept appointment of head editors at the outlets if and when requested.
RT(Russia Today) absolutely does receive funding from its nation state but its up front, obvious and no one is fooled into thinking otherwise, were is in the American industry, no one knows these are state News Corporations, nowhere do they publicize and daily they are pumping out pieces demonizing everyone under the sun for exactly the engagement they have undertaken.
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