The notorious intelligence document about Russian interference in the US election (see Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections) provided as evidence the work o the RT news agency. For example:
“In an effort to highlight the alleged “lack of democracy” in the United States, RT
broadcast, hosted, and advertised third party candidate debates . . “
Actually, its description of the work of agencies like RT and Sputnik was the only concrete evidence provided for the claimed interference. But, if the political system in the US is seriously suggesting that the work of a news agency like RT, and especially their coverage of third-party candidates, is interference then what should we make of this – RT coverage of minority or “Third Party” candidates in the upcoming presidential election in the Russian Federation?
Does this interview of presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak provide evidence of some sort of illegal interference by RT in these presidential elections? Or should we see it as simply justified reporting of “third-party” candidates we should expect in coverage of elections? The sort of thing we should have expected from the US mainstream media in 2016 – but didn’t get. Except from agencies like RT which US citizens are being pressured to avoid watching at all costs.
Frankly, I am thankful for this coverage of a “third-party” candidate in Russia. I sincerely hope RT gives similar space to other “third-Party” and minority candidates. After all, there are now eight official candidates standing in these elections. We hear plenty about the current incumbent, President Putin, but I would really love to hear from the others.