RT is squarely within the parameters of the definition of a foreign agent — and the intent of the legislation — by distributing informational materials on behalf of a foreign government. This is not about silencing speech. Even the Nazis weren’t convicted on the basis of their message, but the lack of transparency of ownership, direction, and purpose. Call it truth in advertising.
"The real Voice of America is the voice of the thousands of newspapers, periodicals, public speakers, public officials, private groups, or individuals - anyone and everything which, if fused together by some magic process, would make up the articulate and composite voice of the 147 million people of the United States. If our shortwave program is to be the true Voice of America, it will reflect their views, not so much as expressed in quadrennial elections but in their day-to-day lives."
The conversation that appears in the comments of the post was an email exchange that began on May 20, 2009. None of the comments have accurate timestamps as they were manually copied from email and inserted as comments. However, they do appear in correct chronological -- and rhetorical -- order. All comments appear here with the permission of the respective authors are are posted here to continue the discourse in public. Add your voice.
"The American taxpayer certainly does not need or want his tax dollars used to support U.S. Government propaganda directed at him or her." A quote always devoid of context and nearly always without reference. The whole of Senator Zorinsky's statement might change your perspective on the quote.