A Nov. 26 NewsBusters post by Noel Sheppard touts how "Russia Today did a far better job of detailing what happened at Britain's Climate Research Unit and how the global warming debate is impacted by it" than CNN has. Sheppard touts Russia Today again in a Nov. 27 post, claiming it "has been doing an outstanding job of reporting the growing ClimateGate scandal." But does Sheppard really want to be doing that?
Russia Today, Wikipedia tells us, is an English-language digital TV channel sponsored by the state-owned Russian news agency RIA Novosti. CBC News reports that there are doubts about its editorial independence, pointing out that it doesn't criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin and quoting a Russian observer who called it "very much a continuation of the old Soviet propaganda services." Russia Today has also run numerous reports promoting conspiracy theories about 9/11.
Who knew Sheppard liked state-owned, conspiracy-mongering propaganda outlets?