November 24, 2016 by AK
They should have done it in 2014:
Lawmakers [MEPs] voted on November 23 in favor of a motion condemning Russian state media outlets like the television channel RT and the news agency Sputnik for disseminating “absolutely fake” news.
They said the Kremlin was using “a wide range of tools and instruments”, including think tanks, multilingual TV stations, “pseudo news agencies”, and social media to spread fake information, challenge democratic values, and divide Europe.
During the first year of the Donbass conflict, it was covered by reporters working for publications of different political colors. Their work contrasted favorably with the questionable output of Russian media. The credibility advantage was on the Western side and should have been pointed out and praised.
Since then, mainstream media in the UK, EU, and US has been accused, with some evidence, of taking sides with the political establishment against the Leavers [while the Sun, the DM, and the DT were clamoring for Brexit], anti-immigrationists, and Trumpists. It does not help that the MET who acted as rapporteur for the anti-RT resolution is a member of Poland’s Law and Justice party, which has taken control of state media.
One wonders if demand for truthful reporting is not exaggerated. Perhaps most people would rather consume comforting lies.