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Interview: Andrew Feinberg, Ex-Sputnik Reporter

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07.06.2017

In late May, the Kremlin-funded outlet Sputnik made waves by parting with its White House correspondent, Andrew Feinberg. Sputnik — which recently failed to land a permanent U.S. Congressional press pass — had hired Feinberg only a few months prior, and the reporter received plaudits for his approach to covering U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. However, as the reporter tells The Diplomat, his unwillingness to push conspiracy-based questions caused frictions with higher-ups at the outlet.

The Diplomat spoke with Feinberg about his experiences at Sputnik, including how the outlet has its writers frame Russian foreign policy, and which conspiracies the Russian outlet prefers to push.

Below is an edited transcript of their conversation.

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