RT ordinarily hates it when outside countries start attacking the Middle East. Except when those countries include Russia.
It’s quite a change of pace for RT, which has long decried outside involvement in the Middle East—and blasted those suggesting a buildup of Russian forces in the region.
An op-ed on the site claims that Russia’s efforts in Syria are going to be drastically different than the failed attempts of the United States to deal with ISIS.
“The key difference between the Russian and Western campaigns in Syria is that Moscow has been asked for help Damascus [sic] officially,” unlike the U.S., who “neither waited for the Syrian government to ask for help, nor had a mandate from the UN,” experts say.
In an outright ringing endorsement, the article claims that “Russia has to clear up mess caused by West & its regional allies.”
If that wasn’t enough, another article declares that Putin’s strategy is sound and the perfect way to fight terrorism.
“[Putin] said it was the only proper way to fight terrorism, referring to the US-led coalition, which is bombing IS targets in Syria uninvited and with no mandate from the UN Security Council.”
This should come as no surprise from an outlet whose stilted coverage has caused staff to quit—at times, on air, in the middle of broadcasts.
Take the case of Liz Wahl, a RT anchor who resigned on-air during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine—an invasion the network cheered on.
“I’m very lucky to have grown up here in the United States,” Wahl said during a 2014 broadcast which claimed that Ukraine’s government is filled with fascists and neo-Nazis. “I’m the daughter of a veteran. My partner is a physician at a military base where he sees every day the first-hand accounts of the ultimate prices that people pay for this country. And that is why personally I cannot be part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin. I am proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth and that is why after this newscast I’m resigning.”
After the story came out, RT’s supporters engaged in semi-veiled anti-Semitic dialogue with reporter James Kirchick, claiming that “this Jew orchestrated the whole spectacle.”
“If you have any comment and if you’d like to respond to me and prove that this is not how it is, you let me know,” a man identifying himself as Kevin Gosztola wrote. “But otherwise we are ready to go. And, you know, you like to ‘fuck with the Russians’ and we’re going to respond to that and let people know where you’re coming from as you have worked with Liz Wahl to expose what you call a propaganda network.”
This kind of talk shouldn’t come a shock from the fans of a network with an illuminati correspondent—one that claims that the CIA invented the Ebola virus and that the 9/11 attacks were an “inside job.”
Don’t be surprise if RT changes its mind about 9/11. After all, RT today is pivoting off of The Daily Beast’s reporting and singing the praises of military actions which they believed to be fake earlier this month.
The site followed up on the publication they think is a “comic” plastering their homepage today with a headline reading “Russian parliament unanimously approves use of military in Syria to fight ISIS.”
The transformation from skeptic to cheerleader is tough to complete but RT has successfully pulled it off in a matter of weeks. Bombs away!