Here’s how Russia’s RT spread propaganda in the lead-up to the election

Publication Year
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

As news media across the United States generally urged calm and patience as votes were counted in last week’s presidential election, the Russian government-funded RT, a multi-platform media organization which claims to be the most popular news network on YouTube, instead amplified voices of chaos. “The term ‘American democracy’ needs to be retired,” read one headline. Should Democrats win, they could “wield Neo-McCarthyism to consolidate power” warned another. The “election teeters on the verge of chaos” cried one piece as, according to another article, Portland, Ore., descended into “widespread violence & vandalism.” From RT’s perspective, things looked bad, really bad.

Publication Topic
Politics and Public Opinion
Publication Type
Policy Article