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Assange Talk Show: Revolutionary or Pretty Much Propaganda?

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Harding describes him as become a “useful idiot,” noting that Twitter feedback on the show ranged widely: One viewer described Assange as “engrossing” but others said he was “like a robot,” “painful to watch,” and seen “nodding sagely while HN drones on.”

The real reason for raising eyebrows about Assange’s new venture is the RT network itself. RT  is owned by Russian state and controlled by the Kremlin; its programming makes no reference to “top-level corruption, Vladimir Putin’s alleged secret fortune – referenced in US embassy cables leaked by WikiLeaks – or the brutal behaviour of Russian security forces and their local proxies in the north Caucasus.” A December 2010 cable released on Wikileaks describes Russia as a “virtual mafia state,” as Harding points out. Why, he asks, is Assange teaming “up with an opaque regime where investigative journalists are shot dead (16 unsolved murders) and human rights activists kidnapped and executed, especially in Chechnya and other southern Muslim republics”?

Is Assange so hard up for cash that he has signed himself over to the Russian propaganda machine? Are any of Putin’s critics, like the Russians who protested in the thousands and tens of thousands against Putin in the winter, among the guests on the upcoming eleven episodes?

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3:15PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Interesting responses here.
Assange, like other whistle blowers has made a difference in our world. To speak out about issues is what a revolutionary does. 'Tis the only way change can occur. It's so easy to sit back behind your TV/computer screen and judge, but it is still those
who stand up and, despite being targets for this kind of criticism, still manage to make a difference.

4:05AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

I think he's brave, and I commend him.
I like him because he exposed so many lies and was a major whistleblower. But if he really is just making shit up, I will lose respect for him.

8:23PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

I feel like someone needs to be in that line of work and if he's already in trouble what has he got to lose?

8:10PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Anyone who blows the whistle on corruption has my support and my vote.

11:25AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Another atrocious headline - "revolutionary" and "propaganda" not at all mutually exclusive, nor does either have much to do with whether the show is worth watching.

11:24AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

I don't think it's a case of "hard up for cash" so much as the fact that between the Dempublicrats and Murdoch, RT is the only place left for a lot of OECD dissenters. Look at Hartmann. Olbermann got fired from MSNBC and current for talking smack about the establishment and their goons in each station - where is dissent about one's patron ever tolerated? Just have to talk about Russia's eternal thug state problem elsewhere.

9:19AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

He seems to want to be heard even under house arrest. I agree about the ego part but not much different then many high profile men- including his questionable sexual behaviour. I still think Wikileaks was a good thing and am concerned about the fate of Bradley Manning.

9:18AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

The amount of corruption, political or industrial, in the world is staggering. Assange is just showing a glimpse of the tip of the iceberg. One day he'll be given full recognition.
RT will definitely benefit from this as it is usually very boring and repetitive. Let's see if they criticise Putin and Russian imperialism a little bit more though..

7:37AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

The only difference between revolutionary and propaganda is who is the status quo.

6:02AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

The man chooses to interview a terrorist chief on his first show and you still are in doubt?
Mr Assange like to be notorious and he'll do anything for shock value. This isn't even so much political propaganda as it is personal propaganda for his"brand".
I can't stand self-important holier-than-though prigs.

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