RT America is a US-based pay television and internet-based news channel that is part of the RT network, a global multilingual television news network based in Moscow, Russia, funded and controlled by the Russian government.
The channel is registered as a "foreign agent" with the United States Department of Justice under the Foreign Representative Registration Act (FARA). The United States Intelligence Community's 2017 report described RT as "the Kremlin's main international propaganda outlet," and said RT America was established as an autonomous nonprofit organization to eliminate FARA's registration requirement. RT America claims to have reached 85 million people in the United States, but this figure is controversial.
RT's parent company is TV-Novosti, a Russian state-owned enterprise. According to the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab: "t is almost entirely funded by the state budget, and the exact figure varies between 99.5% and 99.9% each year."
The channel opened in the United States in February 2010 as it wanted to increase its RT reach. It was broadcast with Rusiya Al-Yaum in 2007, with the Spanish channel RT Actualidad in 2009 and RT Documentary in 2011.
RT America "provided a platform for various limits or simply false narratives in American public discourse" with guests on the network supporting the conspiracy theory that 9/11 was organized by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the conspiracy theory of death. Osama bin Laden's count was fake.
RT regularly published far-right figures. Some of these "experts" have ties to border or extremist groups that would render them undesirable on other channels. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, in 2014 RT America addressed President Barack Obama's "encompassing" conspiracy theory on multiple occasions, including an interview with a white supremacist who failed to show his commitment.
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