I still find myself associated with the channel RT, so I’d like to say this very simply – I don’t actually like the channel RT.
I never wanted to ‘do a Liz Wahl‘ etc, so have been polite before, but I can’t let continued association with RT compromise the integrity of my work going forward, so would like to be entirely open.
Moreso, I don’t say RT are ‘Russian propaganda, etc, actually I dislike watching reports from the DPR and LPR still captioned ‘East Ukraine’ – that’s disrespectful to the people there.
And while I’m grateful for the opportunity they gave me to start my career, I didn’t really enjoy working with RT, as I did in 2014, they chose to support me only when it suited them, otherwise, they’d go missing, or, in a sticky spot, try to throw me under the bus. No hard feelings from me about that, looking back, that’s business, I guess, but at the time it was disappointing.
Association with RT acts, in the western media, only as discreditation against your work, the brand is now likely inextricably associated with ‘Russian propaganda’. That may be a shame, may be because of western propaganda, but that’s just how it is. No one I know would even think of watching the channel. The early work I did with RT serves now only as an attempt to discredit my later work, and of course I believe in the importance of not only that, but the work ahead, so can’t let this happen.
All said, I have friends working at RT, I support their good work, and all told, wish the channel well. But to put RT and me together in any way is just not on!