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Larry King to commence program on RT - 'Foreign Policy' response is disingenuous
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Larry King to commence program on RT - 'Foreign Policy' response is disingenuous
Larry King to commence program on RT - Response by 'Foreign Policy' is disingenuous
By: Annie Darkhorse, Administrator, 30 May, 2013.

On May 29, Russia Today (RT) announced that veteran U.S. television reporter, Larry King, would be commencing a new program to be entitled, "Larry King Now". They announced that the programs for this "political talk show" would be recorded in Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

Link to the RT article with promo video

J. Dana Stusta, writing for the 'Foreign Policy' website, immediately launched into an attack on King for his alleged thoughtlessness in taking on the project.

Link to the Foreign Policy article (Note: if you have trouble with the link, see below)

In the promotional clip for the show, King states a reason for his involvement in the project, as:

"I would rather ask questions to people in positions of power instead of speaking on their behalf."

This is very much a reasonable motivation given the relegation of the U.S. media to the position of nothing more than a conduit for official Obama Government Press Releases.

Larry King is obviously not the only U.S. journalist to recently publically lament this situation.

See:
Kevin Gosztola and CBS veteran Bob Schiffer

James Corbett

and Ethan Bronner, Charlie Savage and Scott Shane of the New York Times

as just a few examples. There are many more journalists who realise the dire situation facing them.


Foreign Policy's belly-ache is basically this:

"RT is known for peddling the Russian government's policies -- from supporting the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria to provoking the European Union to tarring-and-feathering U.S. officials and policies -- with an unabashed eagerness that would make Fox News or MSNBC blush."

I'm sure Fox New and MSNBC should be blushing right now. They have arguably been willing co-conspirators in a long-term disinformation campaign, including in relation to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. They have also slavishly aided Obama's disregard and degradation of American Press Freedom and Civil Liberties to the point where the U.S. is now on par with the worst excesses of the Stalinist regime.

Any attacks made by RT or the Russian Government, on the Obama administration's "officials and policies" may be hypocritical but they, in isolation, certainly would not be indicative of a lack of support of Democratic values given that the Obama administration clearly has none.

Surely 'Foreign Policy' have not been so deeply asleep to have missed the fact that Obama and his officials have desperately needed criticism, from any quarter. Any such "tarring-and-feathering" of that Administration is well and truly overdue.

It's a bit rich, not to mention disingenuous, or at least willfully ignorant, for 'Foreign Policy' to suggest otherwise.

Stuster also catilly questions whether King should consider himself to be a 'genuine journalist' given the move. Regardless of one's opinion of his view points, King has been working as a journalist since the 1950s so one can assume he has the right to consider himself one.

Personally, I would rather have seen RT produce more interviews by Julian Assange. Hopefully this will occur in the future.

No doubt Larry King will be faced with the same barriers, to contact with Obama Administration Officials, as are currently impeding other journalists, especially those who don't toe the party line. Let's hope that King will be sufficiently motivated and be in a position to add some more decent counter-balance to the continuous attacks on Press Freedom and Government Transparency by the Obama Administration.

If J. Dana Stuster has a problem with that, maybe he needs to ask himself who he's working for.


Link to Foreign Policy article

Link to related Hurriyet Daily News article

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After initially being able to access the Foreign Policy article I was then completely blocked by spam demanding my name and email address. For what purpose....?

For those of you confronted by the same censorship/intrusion, here is the 'Foreign Policy' article reproduced:

Hey, Larry King, Have you ever watched ‘Russia Today’
By J. Dana Stusta, Foreign Policy.

Larry King, the gruff-voiced, suspender-clad, 79-year-old talk show host, has found a new home. Ever since his CNN program Larry King Live ended its 25-year run in 2010, he's bounced around a bit, co-founding an online programming channel and hosting a version of his old show on Hulu. But on Wednesday, Russia Today (RT) announced that King will be joining the network with a new show,Politics with Larry King, starting in June -- and that RT would also be airing King's Hulu show, Larry King Now.

"I would rather ask questions to people of positions of power than speak on their behalf," King says in RT's new promotion for the show. "And that's why you can find my show, Larry King Now, right here on RT."

All of which raises the question: Does Larry King realize who he's working for? This is RT, the Kremlin's English-language network. It's propaganda under the thinnest of veils. Facts and supporting arguments be damned, RT is known for peddling the Russian government's policies -- from supporting the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria to provoking the European Union to tarring-and-feathering U.S. officials and policies -- with an unabashed eagerness that would make Fox News or MSNBC blush.

Well, maybe King does know who he's working for. The New York Times points out that he's something of a fan of Russian President Vladimir Putin. But the move still seems strange for someone who considers himself a genuine journalist. I mean, has the celebrated host even seen RT? Here are seven clips from four shows he probably should have watched before signing any contracts.
05-30-2013 06:18 PM
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