RT is giving Sinclair Broadcast Group, which has been rapped for forcing local anchors to read scripted reports about fake news, a big thumb's up.
And why not?
RT is the master of misinformatin and global mouthpiece of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
It's a good mentor for Sinclair, which wants to sign up as Team Trump's local broadcasting representative, joining the duo of Briebart (online) and Fox News (cable).
On April 3, RT noted that though Sinclair’s management is well understood to have a right-wing slant, rival broadcasters are not exactly in a position to throw stones when it comes to unbalanced reporting.
The Russian outlet scolded America's mainstream media for a pro-war bias during the lead-up to George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq.
It cited a 2003 study by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting that found that 71 percent of the more than 1,600 sources cited in the pre-war coverage supported taking out Saddam Hussein and his alleged stash of chemical weapons.
RT though failed to add that those sources were misled by the lies and deceptions pushed by Team Bush to gin up support for the war. The New York Times in 2004 apologized for its cheerleading the Iraqi war.
In cozying up to Trump, RT includes his April 2 tweet defending Sinclair and attacking other media companies.
The tweet reads: “The Fake News Networks, those that knowingly have a sick and biased AGENDA, are worried about the competition and quality of Sinclair Broadcast. The “Fakers” at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS have done so much dishonest reporting that they should only be allowed to get awards for fiction!”
Sinclair is RT's warm-up act. It makes that clear in the April 3 story by moving from Sinclair to alleged media bias against Russia.
It cites a 2017 report by Project Veritas, a group founded by conservative activist and Trump supporter James O'Keefe, which alleged CNN, New York Times and Washington Post are biased against Russia, putting the chase for ratings/circulation over truthful coverage.
It's pretty ironic that RT turns to O'Keefe. His controversial group sets up undercover stings to plant false stories in the media with the hope they will be reported to show the outlet is a purveyor of fake news.
Trump reportedly has extended an invite to Putin to visit the White House.
RT and its team of fake news experts will pave the way for Putin's trip.