It is hard to believe that a Westerner would specifically distrust Russian news when we are bombarded with false news 24-7 from our own Establishment and Russian news is the best remedy to this toxic input that poisons our minds.
After all, if Americans, for example, want to check on RT news reports, why would they need to ask Quorum? All they have to do is do a Google search to see if the news reported at RT can be found in the respected Western press.
This naive question is just a little sampling of the dismal state of the Western mind thanks to the tendentious reporting of media and the political class. The sad thing is that most Westerners haven't an inkling of the extent to which they are lied to and to which they in turn spread the lies. They are like slaves who defend their master rather than seeking to get free.
Below is one of the naive questions and my common-sense answer.
Is RT (Russia Today), Russian international television network, a reliable source of news, given Russia's history of spreading disinformation?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
Russia’s history of spreading disinformation? What history? The rumour that Russia just goes around spreading lies is a myth generated by the Western Establishment, which itself spreads fake news all the time. (Iraqi weapons of mass destruction?)
If you have doubts about RT but are also one of those Westerners who thinks for himself, do yourself a favour. Read a few reports in RT for a few weeks. Check the reports for veracity by doing Google searches. Almost everything reported in RT is easily verifiable in the Western press.
I just now checked on today’s stories in RT. Each one was verifiable in the Western press.
For example, there is a report in RT today that German magazine Der Spiegel has shown that Bill Brownder’s story of the death of Magnistsky in Russia is riddled with inconsistencies. I found that report in Spiegel. Below is my translation of the introduction:
Russland: Der Fall Magnitski - Story ohne Held
With his statements on the death of a whistleblower, Bill Browder turned the Americans against Putin. But his story is full of inconsistencies.
German original: Mit seinen Aussagen zum Tod eines Whistleblowers brachte Bill Browder die Amerikaner gegen Putin auf. Doch seine Darstellung ist voller Widersprüche.
Now what is it about the RT report that could be doubted?
Could anyone doubt that Spiegel published this piece? Well, heck no. The Spiegel piece is on line.
Could anyone doubt what Spiegel reported? Maybe, but after all, the inconsistencies they speak of are just that, inconsistencies in what Bowder said. If Spiegel provided a report of news that contradicts Boweder, then that would be subject to scrutiny. But finding inconsistencies in what he said is hardly controversial. Would Spiegel falsify the report of Bowder's statements? Well, such a falsification would tarnish Spiegel's reputation forever and they do care about their reputation. By the way, Spiegel usually hews to the Washingon narrative on just about everything and can be considered US-aligned. So what else is there to doubt?
At any rate, I recommend anyone with doubts check RT against the Western press. You will find they are not making it up.