Like many Americans, I have been skeptical about RT, the TV network, previously called "Russia Today," that is funded by the Russian government. That didn't stop me from going on the network because I don't have a policy of going only on stations I agree with. If I had such a policy, I would never do any media work. For that reason, I did this show a couple of years ago.
So, if you had asked me to predict whether anyone critical of the Russian government's invasion of Crimea would be given a chance to state his or her views, I would have put a low probability on that. I would have put an even lower probability on the dissenter being one of the regular employees of RT.
Again, I carry no brief for RT. I'll always be skeptical of any network funded by a government and I'll be especially of a network funded by a government run by Vladimir Putin.
But then I think back to how much evidence there was, even before the U.S. government's March 2003 invasion of Iraq, against the idea that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. I also think back to my argument, before the invasion, that even if he had WMD, he was not a threat to the United States. Yet I can't think of one regular employee of any U.S. network who made such a strong statement, on his/her own network, against the U.S. invasion. Also, I can't think of any regular employee of a U.S. network who came out so strongly against the U.S. government's attack on Panama. Can any readers cite such a person?