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RUSSIA TODAY'S BEAST OF BURDEN: Shoot the Messenger and Obscure The Message

By Danny Schechter

James Kirchick is just the neutral reporter the Daily Beast would assign to  report on the ideological controversy surrounding the Russian backed RT-TV channel's coverage of the crisis in the Ukraine. 

The Beast lives up to its name by assigning a hardcore polemical ideologue to uncover what it predictably labels as ideological media bias.

Kirchick is a veteran of the anti-communist wars, now revived as the anti Putin wars, not some neutral journo crusading for democracy.

According to Wikipedia, He is a fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington,  prior to this he was writer-at-large for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty . He is a graduate of the New Republic, Murdoch's Weekly Standard and writes for Azure, a magazine that describes itself as pro-Zionist and free market.

Ok, just so we know who are dealing with here.    

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And now, to bolster his "credibility" he presents himself as a victim in his latest article that exposes himself, far more than his target, asserting that his rights as a journalist were somehow compromised because of a gutsy quest for truth .

Here's his exhibit:

" The Headline: "Watch RT, Putin's TV Network, Call the Cops on Me"

" The Lead: "That's what happens, it seems, when you ask some simple questions outside RT's Washington headquarters."

" The Polemic: "What would possess an American to work for a Russian propaganda outlet, especially now that the world is on the brink of a potential war in Eastern Europe? 

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I asked that question of about two dozen people coming in and out of the Washington headquarters of RT, the Kremlin-funded television network that has become infamous in recent days for whitewashing Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. No one would answer me directly. Instead, RT called the local cops on me. ""

Kirchik's first story in his jihad against RT was to interview Anchor Liz Wahl who resigned  flamboyantly on the air denouncing the channel she worked for and making her an instant shero among Russia-bashers the world over.

Wahl offered up sweet innocence laced with the veneer of patriotism, declaring, "I'm very lucky to have grown up here in the United States, " she said. "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."

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News Dissector Danny Schechter is blogger in chief at Mediachannel.Org He is the author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books) available at See

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