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Why Does Trump Want His Own RT?

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Last week, in protest against CNN’s “false” reporting, President Trump took to Twitter to propose a “worldwide network” that could broadcast a message of American greatness. He argued that a government-run network is needed to counteract CNN’s unfair portrayal of America to international viewers. It’s an interesting proposal and deeply revealing about the president.

State-run networks created to teach others about their “greatness” typically do so because they aren’t great at all. Take Russia, for example. It’s a nation without the rule of law or freedom that exists in America. So it has invested millions in creating a state-run propaganda network to undermine freedoms abroad, in order to mask its own abuses. The network is called RT—it used to be called “Russia Today”—and Donald Trump knows all about it. He’s even appeared on it.

Here’s all you need to know about how such networks function: RT has been widely discredited for acting as Vladimir Putin’s personal propaganda station, and for—among other mistakes—reading out fake tweets as part of its live........

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