President Putin during a visit to the new Russia Today broadcasting center
Photo courtesy Kremlin Press Office
Russia's cable news channel, RT looks like other cable news programs, although its audience is comparatively tiny. But it doesn't have to have big ratings to accomplish the goals of Russia's state media operation. In the age of Twitter and Facebook, "Russia has built the most effective propaganda operation of the 21st century so far." That's according to Jim Rutenberg, in yesterday's New York Times Magazine.