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Money, Politics, and Fake News: How the DOJ is Using an Obscure Law to Fight Back…

Money, Politics, and Fake News: How the DOJ is Using an Obscure Law to Fight Back…


– ‘Sup, you beautiful bastards? Hope you’ve had a fantastic Friday. Welcome back to the Philip DeFranco show. And if you’re new here on Fridays we do things a little bit different. Lately, I’ve been using Fridays
as single story deep dives. Which, actually on that
note, if you have not yet, I would highly recommend you check out the top description of this video. Click the link where it says
Subscribe to RogueRocket. That’s where we’re going
to be posting more and more news content and coverage as of July 2nd. But with that said, today we’re gonna be talking about foreign agents. And more specifically something called the Foreign Agents
Registration Act or FARA. And the reason we’re
talking about FARA today is because the Act is really controversial for a few reasons. Some think FARA is a
great tool that can help prevent us from foreign
interference in future elections. But at the same time, you’ll also have people who think that the Act actually limits who and what the press are allowed to talk about. And so to talk about
what is happening now, we actually have to take a look back. Back at 1938, Congress
was worried about fascist and communist propaganda
in the United States. So they enacted the Foreign
Agents Registration Act, and the Act wasn’t supposed to prohibit political propaganda. Instead, it required
people who were engaged in propaganda activities to register with the U.S. government
as foreign agents. And when they registered,
these propaganda agents would also have to
disclose which government or power that they worked
for, their activities with that entity, and
their contract terms. Think of it like a master
list, the U.S. created to keep track of people
spreading propaganda for foreign powers. But, in 1966 this Act was amended, and these amendments made FARA less about propaganda
and more about money. And specifically, how
foreign powers were spending their money in United States
to influence U.S. politics. And today, that’s still
a major focus of FARA. In fact, right now,
information being collected thanks to FARA, can give
us some pretty detailed information about how
foreign powers use lobbyists and PR firms to influence
American politics. For example, from FARA
filings, we know that on the days leading up to
congressional vote to end U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen, “American lawyers paid by the Saudis “and the United Arab Emirates “gave more than $200,000
in campaign contributions “to U.S. lawmakers.” And overall since just
2017, the foreign powers spent more than $900 billion trying to influence
U.S. policy and opinion. And the thing is, you can
actually find all of this information on the Department
of Justice’s website. Like I’m talking about the DOJ has a searchable database
of most of the documents foreign agents have filed under FARA. Also, Open Secrets has a database that you can look at of FARA information. I’ll include the links to both down below. Now at this point you may be wondering, “Okay well, how exactly does FARA work?” Let’s say you work at a lobbying firm that’s funded by a foreign power, and your company does some
sort of political work for that power in the United States. Chances are you should
probably register as a foreign agent with a DOJ, and you’ll need to file as an agent within the first 10 days
you work at such a firm. And when you file, you
need to give the DOJ a copy of your contract with
your employer, and fee of $305. Then once you’ve registered, you also have to give the DOJ reports on what you’ve done for your
foreign client twice a year. That includes details about
all the money you’ve spent in the name of your foreign
client in the United States, and anytime you send out
promotional materials to more than one person, on
behalf of your foreign clients, you also have to file a copy
of that material with a DOJ. And you have to do that quickly, specifically within 48 hours. Also, all promotional
material that you send on behalf of your foreign client has to include a disclosure statement. Which basically tells someone
reading this material, that it’s being distributed
on behalf of a foreign power. And visually it’s kind
of similar to how YouTube labels videos posted by
government-run news agencies. Right, it’s not a label that says, “Hey everything here is propaganda, BS.” But it is a label that’s meant
to give you a little pause. So, what happens if you’re
like, “Yeah you know what, the DOJ can shove it,
I’m not registering.” Or maybe you just decide
to lie when you file, or you send in your information. Well, the DOJ can come
after you in two ways, they can file a civil injunction, or they can pursue criminal charges. With a civil injunction, a
court can basically mandate that you register or stop your activities. And when it comes to criminal charges, if you willfully violate FARA, whether that’s including false statements, leaving out important facts, or refusing to register when you should. You’ll be slapped with some fines, up to fives years in prison, or both. But, here’s where the first part of this controversy really starts. Most foreign agents do not seem
to take this law seriously. A 2016 audit, that looked
into FARA’s enforcement found that half or more registrants didn’t register as agents on time, filed supplemental statements late, and sent in informational
materials after 48 hours. So, why the hell are these foreign agents filing all this stuff late? Well, because for a long time,
FARA was barely enforced. In the last forty years, no one has had to pay a fine
for missing those deadlines. And even if you lie in your FARA filings, or you don’t at all, civil injunctions and criminal
charges are barely used, too. Excluding this year, there has only been one civil
injunction since the 1980s. And from 1966 to 2015, the Justice Department only
pursued seven criminal cases. “But Phil,” you may be wondering, “why hasn’t the DOJ been more aggressive, “going after people who file late, lie, “or don’t register when they should?” Well, a huge reason is actually manpower, the 2016 audit found
that there are only eight people in the entire Unit. And according to that audit, the Unit spent most of its time
just collecting filing fees. With the Unit also
noting in the audit that there were a limited
number of criminal cases, because they are really hard to prove. Criminal convictions require a person to willfully violate FARA. Meaning in court, not
only did you have to prove that they violated FARA,
but they had intent. But complaints under enforcement
might also be changing, because the FARA Unit has
gotten bigger since 2016, and the DOJ is actually starting
to enforce the Act more. In the last three years, there have been eight FARA criminal cases. And a particular note here, Special Counsel Robert
Mueller’s investigation brought five of those cases. And some were against people
you might recognize like, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, Paul Manafort. And if you’re thinking at this point, “Well Phil the Russian
investigation is over, “and Mueller said that
he’s leaving the DOJ, “so why the hell do we
see this Act used more?” That is because there is a
new head of the FARA Unit, his name is Brandon Van Grack, and Van Grack was a former Mueller investigation special prosecutor. And so, some people see
this hiring as a sign that the FARA Unit is going
to have a greater focus on investigations and
charges moving forward. Also another reason FARA
is being enforced more, is because the FARA Unit and the FBI are all on the same page now. This because the 2016 audit
notes that some FBI agents were actually confusing FARA
with another criminal statute. Section 951 of the U.S. code is called Agents of Foreign Governments, right? So it’s pretty similar sounding to the Foreign Agents Registration Act. But, the big difference
between Section 951 and FARA is that 951 actually deals
with espionage-like behavior. So 951 is more about spies
and less about lobbyists, lawyers, and PR people working legally in the United States. Also, another reason
that we’ll probably see FARA used more is
because there seems to be another shift in how far it is being used. Because lately, the DOJ is
making a new group of people register as Foreign Agents, journalists. But, before we dive a
little deeper into that, let’s remember first, that Foreign Agents are supposed to be two things. They’re supposed to be
paid by a foreign power, and they’re supposed to engage
in political activities. Which brings us to the next point of controversy around FARA, because some people see FARA
as a way to combat fake news and propaganda funded by a foreign power. But, at the same, time,
other people say using FARA against journalists limits press freedom. And to fully understand this, let’s talk about who’s had to register when it comes to the news. First up, RT, formerly
known as Russia Today. It is a television network
that was formed back in 2005. The network offers talk
shows, debates, documentaries, news bulletins, and even sports news. And it is also funded by
the Russian Government. Here’s how RT describes
themselves on their website, “RT creates news with an edge for viewers “who want to question more. “RT covers stories overlooked
by the mainstream media, “provides alternative
perspectives on current affairs, “and acquaints international
audiences with a “Russian viewpoint on
major global events.” But despite that bio, RT’s credibility as a news organization has
been questioned a lot. Especially by the U.S.
intelligence community. In January of 2017, a U.S.
intelligence community report on Russian interference
in the 2016 election claimed that RT was
part of a Russian-owned state-run propaganda machine. With the report listing ways in which the intelligence community
believed that RT conducted strategic messaging for
the Russian Government. And here are a few
examples the report listed. “RT’s reports often characterized
the United States as a “‘surveillance state’ and
allege widespread infringements “of civil liberties, policy
brutality, and drone use.” “RT is a leading media voice
opposing Western intervention “in the Syrian conflict and
blaming the West for waging “‘information wars’ against
the Syrian Government.” And “RT has also focused
on criticism of the U.S “economic system, U.S.
currency policy, alleged “Wall Street greed, and
the U.S. national debt.” “Some of RT’s hosts have
compared the United States to “Imperial Rome and have
predicted that government “corruption and ‘corporate
greed’ will lead to “U.S. financial collapse.” And like I said, those are
just some of the examples. We’ll lead to the redacted
unclassified report down below. Also regarding this, the
DOJ agreed with the U.S. intelligence community
that RT was producing propaganda produced by
the Russian Government. Because, after that report was published, the DOJ told RT that they
would have to register as a foreign agent. And in November of 2017, RT complied. And some people thought
that this was a really positive step to stop Russian meddling. At the time the acting
Assistant Attorney General said, “Americans have a
right to know who is acting “in the United States to
influence the U.S. government “or public on behalf
of foreign principals.” But, not everyone has agreed
that making RT register was a good thing. Columbia journalism
review released an article titled “Propaganda or not, “forcing RT to register
sets a bad precedent.” And in the article they write,
“allowing any government, “especially the current U.S.
administration, to determine “what is journalism and what
is not is a terrible idea “that could have
far-reaching consequences.” And some were also concerned
that the Trump administration could really use FARA to
limit press freedom of outlets that provide unfavorable coverage. Because in the wake of RT’s registration, the executive committee of
the Congressional Radio and Television Correspondence
Galleries revoked their press credentials. Meaning, RT journalists
lost their press credentials to both the White House and Congress. And actually, another outcome
of RT having to register has been some retaliation by Russia. Because Putin actually created
his own version of FARA in November of 2017, and
international media outlets working in Russia now have to register as foreign agents there. Also, looking back to the
United States since 2017, RT is no longer alone, Sputnik,
which is another Russian outlet, has had to register, also two Chinese outlets
were ordered to register last year, and now there’s
also been a push by U.S. lawmakers to require
Qatar’s Al Jazeera to register under FARA. In March of last year, three
Democratic and 16 Republican Congressman, sent a letter
to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, arguing
Al Jazeera was a quote “state-controlled operation that should be forced to register.” That letter stating “we find
it troubling that the content “produced by this network
often directly undermines “American interests with
favorable coverage of “U.S. State Department-designated “Foreign Terrorist Organizations, “including Hamas, Hezbollah,
Palestinian Islamic Jihad, “and Jabhat al-Nusra,
al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria.” And Congressman Josh
Gottheimer of Connecticut, who signed that letter,
later said in a statement, “For years, Qatar has
used its state-controlled “propaganda arm, Al
Jazeera, to incite violence, “glorify terrorist killers
as ‘martyrs,’ and broadcast “hateful, extremist content.” But just like with RT,
not everyone agrees that Al Jazeera should have to register. PJ Crowley, the former U.S.
Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs under
Obama, and a former board of directors member of Al
Jazeera America, wrote an opinion piece for The Hill
titled “Al Jazeera has “its issues, but it’s
not a foreign agent.” And in that article, he
argued that controversial voices and opinions are
just part of covering the Middle East. Writing, “the divide
between Arabs and Jews, “Sunnis and Shia, and Muslims
and Christians is part of “the region’s political
landscape. In the course of its “reporting, there are voices
on Al Jazeera who question “history, justify violence
against innocent civilians, “and condemn non-believers. “In other words, people who
don’t belong to their group “or believe what they believe. Welcome to the Middle East.” And when it comes to
supporting foreign terrorist organizations, Crowley
says Al Jazeera does not back Hamas. But, also noted that
they do report on Hamas because it’s a regional reality. Crowley also wrote that
Al Jazeera reports on the Israeli government,
which he says proves that the news outlet has
editorial independence. And that is because
Qatar does not actually recognize Israel as a country. Al Jazeera also put out
their own statement, which read, “it is shocking
to hear calls being “made by a number of U.S.
lawmakers to register “Al Jazeera as a foreign agent under the “Foreign Agent Registration Act. “Al Jazeera views such
calls as a direct attempt “to curtail media freedom
and restrict journalists “from carrying out their
duties, a right enshrined “in the constitution of the
United States of America. “This call comes at a time
when attacks on journalists “and media organizations
around the world are at “and all-time high. “Don’t shoot the messenger,
journalism is not a crime.” And as far as where
things stand right now for Al Jazeera, the DOJ has not
forced them to register yet, but that could of course always change. And understand, Al Jazeera
and RT, they are just two examples of this larger
conversation around FARA and freedom of the press. But also obviously this
is all happening and updating at a very interesting time. We’re coming up on another
presidential election here in the States, and
there are obviously fears about Russian interference. Hell, this past April, FBI
director Christopher Wray gave a speech to the
Council on Foreign Relations where he warned that
Russia is continuing to meddle in our elections. So it’s obviously something
that we need to worry about, but there’s also the question
if FARA is the answer to those concerns. Especially at a time when those in power use the term fake news for
things that aren’t fake. For news that’s just negative about them. And I say that, noting that
that’s not just a Trump thing. Also, is the beginning of
a situation where other countries are all of a sudden
make U.S. companies and other international
companies have to register and go on a certain list,
provide further information, possibly fuel suspicion that foreign news has to be fake, or is it actually part of the solution if it’s used a precision tool? And I say, and ask all
of that because of course I wanna pass the question off to you, what are your thoughts on this? Any and all I’d love to
see from you in those comments down below. Yeah, that’s where we’re
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Comments (100)

  1. I can understand requiring any news outlet like RT or BBC news for that matter to be open about being funded by the government, but they should not be required to register as foreign agents or be uninvited from press conferences. Especially considering many of the things you listed were true, such as police brutality.

  2. Umm those are foreign propaganda entities, like the very definition of foreign propaganda. They shouldn't be spreading propaganda inside the US, or at lest not allowed to spread propaganda with a huge disclaimer stating that it's from a foreign source.

  3. I don't think there is anything wrong with forcing a news agency to divulge where they get their funding from, especially if it is from a foreign government or organization that would have reason to sew dissent in a another peoples country. It's not like these outlets are being shut up, it just informs the public of possible biases.

  4. Aljazzera was basically imbedded in the insurgency in Iraq the way CNN was imbedded with US forces. They routinely showed high quality video of US vehicles being attacked. They were profiting off US deaths. So…I don’t give a fuck what they think or say.

  5. Phil, very interesting and informative material on the FARA act. I would rather error on the side of more freedom of speech then less. However, the real thing I got stuck on in this is when you started the video stating that 900 Billion was spent by foreign powers to influence our government. WOW, that is so scary. Makes me question if we can call our selves a democracy at all.

  6. I think some people are confusing propaganda as nothing but lies. Propaganda isn't just lying, a propagandists best friend is the truth! If there is a true story that furthers your goal you bet your ass they will preach it to the high heavens! Their goal is to sew dissent, to sew doubt, and anger. To do that, yes they may tell lies, but they may also cherry pick the facts and stretch the truth to make things sound worse, or they may use tactics like gas lighting, may spread conspiracy theories with kernels of truth, etc.

    For example, my grandparents watch nothing but Fox News and they believe Europe is a total hell hole where everyone is getting stabbed, splashed with acid, or run over by muslims. Yes these things happen, Fox News isn't really lying, but they zero in on the negatives so hard to sell their narratives that muslims are bad it sews doubt and confusion on how bad the situation really is. Add in toxic "opinion articles" and you turn that doubt into anger.

  7. Biggest propaganda channels are US…. Most common is… Voice of America (VOA) involved in anti state activities in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan

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  9. I am against censoring foreign propaganda until we also censor our own. We shouldn't be left with a one sided story.

  10. Favourite ice cream is mouse tracks 🙂

  11. Philip…I am here on your Youtube channel because western news media sucks. RAT and AlJazeera are heads and tails better. It takes western media about a week to disclose most "big" geopolitical stories, cause it takes them that long to polish the pile of poo.

  12. Sunni is pronounced Soonee not Sunnee

  13. I think people on Facebook need to use the "fake news" report more often

  14. @1:45 Just over 900 Million or Billion? ($926,869,895)

  15. Why Phil 😑 why do you call ‘Qatar’, “cutter” ….

  16. As long as they don´t stop or prevent anyone from writing or saying what they want, or brand it as straight fake. I se no problem with them marking content that has a specific bias/agenda, such as RT and Aljazeera as long as they do it with everyone eqaully so that people are informed this is a foreign prespective I think it can be used for the public good as it can just be plain interesting and usefull to know where this information comes from so it gets easier to understand people from different parts of the world and how they views everything and what they find important to talk about.

  17. We need to get foreign powers & lobbyists out of our government.

  18. The name rogue rocket is silly And strange. Pleas change it.
    I only say this so bluntly and straight forward because you already experienced a channel name holding you back career wise. If this is a news network give it a clever name that we your audience can proudly share with people without their first thought being "sounds silly".

  19. The costs of a free society right? Will banners on FB and youtube get placced to mark if you are a conservative or liberal and get banned accordingly?

  20. personally I think it's a good idea for every news outlet to be required to let their viewers know who's paying their bills. for instance, let's say a news outlet is being paid for by a pharmaceutical company, knowing that would make its viewers better informed as to the viewpoint expressed by the coverage. let's say they have an article that they cover send CBD oil will kill you, knowing that they're being paid to say so by a pharmaceutical company would make viewers much more skeptical.

  21. If you want to know what propaganda looks like just turn your tv to RT. Every time a black person is on screen scary music plays.

  22. You have to realize how misleading your title is

  23. My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chip cookie dough.

  24. My favorite ice cream is good ol cookies & cream

  25. So…news outlets (potential propaganda machines) like RT and Al Jazeera can just deflect criticism by yelling "But Trump!"? "You're just trying to silence us because Trump."

  26. Interesting topic, and I learned a lot from your coverage

  27. I actually read! I’m allergic to milk, so I can’t have ice cream. I absolutely LOVE almond milk cherry garcia ice cream substitute, though! 😁

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  29. Saudi & UAE want to be in charge of the region and fuel corruption and wars in Yemen and Sudan their willing to pay the US millions to shut down Aljazeera after failing to scare Qatar by the whole blockade thing . Qatar have nothing to hide and its putting the effort to spread transparency in the middle east and its driving them crazy … showcasing the reality doesn't make you support it News is News …Arabs take shit so personal and want everything to be hush hush

  30. Philly D, it's not sunny but sunni (सुन्नी)

  31. Interesting how you didn't put BBC in the thumbnail

  32. A quality Vanilla Gelato can't be beat.

  33. RT is just propaganda news network with some stuff that may not be politically motivated.

  34. I’m today years old learning that Phil had a podcast!!!!!!! WTH!!

  35. If its not funded by an American or an American company it’s foreign, period.

  36. This isn't about trying to flag any unfavourable reporting as fake news it's about knowing who's funding positive or negative commentary to better judge how the information is biased. It's my belief that people have a right to know the extent you should believe a source.

    These days people have so much information that its understandably easy to be confused, although most dont know how to properly research I believe that the new generations will quickly adapt to such manipulation.

  37. The fact that the government is trying to ascribe certain viewpoints to certain countries is disturbing as hell!
    That's basically saying anyone who's not upholding the status quo is a foreign agent!

  38. *checks.comments*
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    Me:….
    Me: I like Plain Vanilla!

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  40. If a press is funded solely by the government it is not a free press. This follows US law. Which is why we have very few and limited government controlled press outlets. The top one being Cspan which airs congressional hearings but the free press is not barred from those hearings and are free to record as long as they have met the standard qualifications. In other countries that isn’t the case, in fact in China and Russia the press isn’t free if its legitimate journalism then the government owns it, which means they are agents of that government.

    If we have to follow common laws in other countries and those whom visit have to follow common laws here, then why not also apply this law?

  41. DeFranco For President

  42. Notice how the description of BBC states that it's a ''public broadcaster'', but the description for RT is that it's a ''state-funded media''. BBC is also a state funded media, but the description is so soft. It's more than obvious that the US government does not want media questioning and exposing the war machine, which is what RT is doing, and BBC is not.

  43. I don't think Qatar a dictator monarchy has any business lecturing us on freedom and journalism…funny how Al Jazeera doesn't criticize it's own monarchy but does all other monarchies in the region (and thinks they'll all be ok about it); nor does it cover the exploitation of foreign immigrants as slaves in Qatar's massive construction industry among many other of their misdeeds..

  44. "Government Corruption and corporate greed will lead to the US financial collapse" doesn't sound like propaganda to me…. That's just the most likely scenario of the future

  45. A Democrat who formerly worked under Obama supports terrorist sympathizers… Is anybody surprised?

  46. I’m so sick and tired of the hypocrisy trademarked by the US government. How is a foreign news agency operating in the US worse than launching full-scale CIA operations to dismantle foreign governments for their own benefit?

    Also, give me a fucking break, if Al Jazeera registers, so does the BBC.

  47. I mean RT isn't wrong… Political corruption and corporate greed will lead to a financial collapse of the US. However we don't know when that will be.

  48. RT may gloss over the negatives of Russia sure, but their criticisms of the U.S. are spot on, it'd be ridiculous to try and mask them as "propaganda." To limit the reach of foreign reporters goes directly against the freedom of the press we pride ourselves on. Criticism from abroad is essential to understanding the faults of the U.S. so we can hopefully recognize them and eliminate them, and should always be welcomed.

  49. I can't get behind our government limiting journalist freedoms because we have a history of pro-war propaganda from the government itself, examples: Vietnam and Iraq.

  50. Aljazeera is faked news ever ever
    my uncle worked there in 2004-2008, and he said they are lying all the time. If the person come up with a news and became this important news and stress the situation in any country, especially an Arab country they give him a lot of money. They are supporting now Muslim brotherhood with Turkey who are the main reason of the wars in some Middle Eastern country especially Libya. Turkey and Qatar think they can control Middle East by creating wars to change governments and replace them with Muslim brotherhood who are following Turkey and Qatar. In 2016 UAE was almost going to war with Qatar because they almost successed on coup against the government of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, But Turkey sent troops to Qatar in the last moment to defend them.
    My uncle was really depressed and feeling guilty in that time so he quite.
    Sorry for the long comment but i really wanted to make it clear for people who don't know.
    I'm from Germany sorry for my bad English

  51. RT is not a propaganda outlet.

  52. That face and whole body language at 0:00 says you were just sitting there minding your own business and all of a sudden your dad walks by naked XD

  53. You pronounced sunnis wrong, it’s pronounced ‘soonies’ (I am one)

  54. Black Raspberry, its smooth and creamy. Yes, I read the description.

  55. Hitler did the same thing to foreign news companies before he kicked off his attempt at world domination……then it got to the point where all people were sent to jail or the concentration camps or executed on the spot if they were caught spreading or listening to foreign countries news

  56. But google is allowed to completely shutdown the right.

    Yeah okay. Coward

  57. some RT documentaries are really good, but, from the getgo anyone can see the newsy part is plain propaganda and doesn't cover news in an unbiased manner

  58. Important information!

  59. RT has the balls to call out Google meddling in politics, so of course there are powers wanting to make life difficult for true journalistic channels like RT and many others.

  60. The US political elite lecturing the world about democracy and various freedoms has always been incredibly offensive, hypocritical and for millions of people also deadly. When it comes to media: What we see from Russia and China and other countries are attempts to challenge the total world domination of US media and entertainment. The proportions here, the pot calling the kettle black, the completely shameless hypocrisy shown constantly by the US elite….yeah it leaves you speechless.

  61. Philip Defranco should just officially announce he's working for the pentagon's propaganda wing.

  62. Who tf would actually cooperate with this if they were trying to cause damage?

  63. Do not criticise America in any way. Freedom in America is well and truly dead. Then the Americans have the cheek to criticise press freedom and censorship in other countries like China.

  64. 600 dislikes. I bet they want russia to interfere again.

  65. Hey Philip, are you going to cover the Google incident?

  66. I see no problem with registration of news outlets that are foreign made/run in the United States. FARA May have been passed, but We’ve not really seen it enforced. Maybe more people working that department will be a good change, FARA doesn’t seem inherently cruel to foreign agents just difficult to deal with.

  67. Al Jazeera is full of bullshit because all they say is America is fucking itself up, Saudi Arabia is supporting the terrorist in Syria and Iraq. that’s all this shit news network is all about lies and manipulation (sorry for my bad grammar)

  68. 2 words , amphetamine salts aka meth amphetamine aka crystal meth.

  69. Hey everyone… just so you know. Philip Defranco is a butt plug. He may secretly feel good, but if you keep him in to long he will fill you with shit.

  70. Don't trust this trash can. He tried to cover up all the Google bs we discovered through project veritas…kys

  71. Praline’s and Cream lol Hey Phil what do you think of 5g? Is it harmful to our eyes or is this another conspiracy theory? Would love to know what you think you Beautiful Bastard. ❤️😆😂🤣

  72. Philip DeFraudo is Very Fake News.

  73. …of course in RUssia, the government singlehandedly controls all the major media and news outlets and actively cracks down on any dissenting thought expression. So RT complaining about US government interference with media freedom is pretty textbook hypocrisy.

  74. Fuck the US intelligence they lie all the time to every one including them self and RT openly says they do have Russian Bias they show russian perspective and Journalism the do is much Much better then any US or EU produce in fact this 20 years Journalism in the west have gone down to be replaced with activism

  75. Good info Philip, but whats your opinion?

  76. Sup. Been a fan and follower of yourself since around freshman year. I'm 29. So I finally have gotten back to watching ya vids on a more consistent basis again. Love how you mash up all news and I can watch it anytime on YouTube. I know there's probably a reason your moving the news to that rocket site. I guess I'll just check it out in more detail before I comment on it. I hope you can watch video offline because I watch mostly on my train ride to work with no internet service.

  77. I hope the Jews have to register those bastards are always meddling with our country

  78. Long rant in defense of journalism

    Extremely disappointed by this reporting of RT during this fight for free journalism. Taking that many quotes from from the DOJ and government officials makes people stop questioning those organizations when we have known their words aren’t always trustworthy.

    RT is a progressive channel. I watch Americans in America covering American news when I see one of their shows….. not foreign agents. I’m sure I’m gonna get labeled a bot for having this opinion, but I have 1 show I regularly watch on RT, and seen docs and a few other shows and its not anti American in any of those things….

    Covering news that doesn’t serve American corporations and special interests isn’t treason, and I’m glad someone’s funding channels like RT and Al Jazeera because we don’t get NEARLY ENOUGH international and in depth American news coverage in political media nowadays. I was clueless about my own country and the countries around the world before independent media started showing me what wasn’t covered.
    Those sites/shows as well as networks not funded by the MSM helped me understand what’s going on in a context that doesn’t intentionally try and manipulate you, but inform.

    A free press is the cornerstone of a sustainable democracy and if we have networks funded by other governments blocked by our own government and given a “foreign agent” stamp on their content, we no longer have a free press. Many of these people are Americans who have American ideals, and as journalists shouldn’t be banned because of who was willing to fund their reporting. If your views are too controversial for mainstream media, you will get fired or demoted into obscurity.

    Journalists in the US have learned, If you’re angry about wasted spending in the military budget, say, “let’s stop having so much war” feel no fear calling out people on both sides of the isle equally when they deserve it, or don’t hold the status quo for corporations and rich donors……. You have to find work at independent sites or get shows on foreign networks to keep being a journalist.

    If we ban these sites, it basically censors them and turns American mainstream media into state funded media. Why? Because the government agencies are the ones who are claiming these terrible things occur on channels from regions the USA already has beef with…… YouTube has started to comply because US industry doesn’t want those channels to have ad revenue…. WHAT A COINCIDENCE. Censoring any ACTUAL journalism starts dismantling free speech.

    If you read this far thanks.
    Check out both networks being red flagged by the establishment and mentioned in this video…. sample their content and listen for any actual reason that news would be able to threaten our country. It’s not gonna be easy.

    Seriously. This could be a MASSIVE step towards a more authoritarian media policy, in increasingly fascist government….. We really need things to go the other way around. We don’t want to end up with state run media.

  79. I don't know if RT is right or wrong but the moment you let government decide news, it losses it's credibility.

  80. There are only FIVE media companies in the US: National Amusements(CBS), Disney(ABC), Time Warner(CNN), Comcast(NBC) & News Corp(Fox).
    First off, US politicians should wear racing jumpsuits w/SPONSOR patches. If you believe that our politicians are not already controlled by the Saudi's, look at the WARS we are in.
    The Press is suppose to be adversarial to the Govt. When the MSM & Govt talking points are the SAME, it's called propaganda.

  81. I'm more worried about YouTube, Facebook & Twitter "censoring or blocking" Independent Alternative Media, to "protect citizens from fake or harmful content." NO ONE changed their vote in 2016 or 2018 because of what the Govt calls "fake news." Just because RT has a tag saying (they are partially funded by Russian Govt), doesn't mean they are fake news. MSM all have the same message, "The Establishment,Corporations & War are AWESOME!" Yes, Tucker Carlson (FOX) is against war with Iran. But, look at how ALL MSM is Pro War, they just bicker on WHERE.

  82. 9:57 – Phil, did you just say “Sunny’s?” It’s pronounced “sue knee” and not “sun-e.”

  83. I’m getting tired of politics

  84. It's interesting as the American govt used tools of propaganda against Latin America and even Iran for years, now they're angry when it's being done to them. Anyway I don't see FORA being effective as it does set a very dangerous precedence when it comes to legality and foreign relations. Case in point, the argument could be made that since RT is on the list, then AJ is next, then why not the BBC, or French or Canadian news agencies? Laws are made to govern everyone, not those you choose to impose it against. There are other means and ways of banning foreign intervention, however, American politics loves spending dollars to influence elections so I doubt congress will act to stop outside sources from investing…

  85. RT sounds like they understand the US pretty well after hearing all those things they've said about it. They just became a lot more trustworthy. Though Russia funded is still a big red flag.

    Now if they coud just do something about the propaganda coming from within America itself, maybe the people there can finally begint to realise just how awful things really are and start putting their foot down to make some good changes. No "news" organisation is more harmful to the American people, than the American Propaganda stations. Existing to pit friend against friend and tear a rift with this left vs right that doesn't really exist outside of America. To Europeans, American Left and Right are just Right and Right. There is no left wing group. Outside of America left means good, and right means bad. It's really that basic. That's how mislead things have become in America where truth is harder to find that a doctor willing to save your life for free.

    News media needs to be heavily scrutinised and given a bar of quality to reach. And when they don't, they need to be labled as failures. I want to see every american outlet be labled unreliable. Imagine, if these people were finally forced to look elswhere. They might just come here. An America that collectively watches the Philip DeFranco show. That's a good America.

  86. Yes Philip. I do read this. Lol

  87. That’s what they focused on for RT? I thought the whole nationalist especially racially motivated nationalist promotions, it’s really the major fuel for a lot of American white nationalist movements when I say white nationalist I mean the individuals who actually seek white prosperity founded on ideals and desires for 1950s conservative ideas, RT goes on about anti establishment as well as covering stories in South Africa and treatments of whites there, infact I believe they are the only, Ive seen RT more as a conservative VICE news, both rely heavily on modern controversy and a specific audience while RT may seem to support a rage against the machine of globalism and progressivism VICE pushes for the spreading of the previously mentioned ideals

  88. I agree with FARA in concept, but in application, I find that it can indeed be used to detrimental effect. Having said that, I personally see it as an overall good, provided it has the right oversight. So… any other administration but this one…

  89. So many bots in the comments that its hard to keep track.

  90. Oh shit that means that the Young Turks would have to register soon. Since they are directly funded by Qatar.

  91. If the message doesn't fit my narrative…it's got to be fake news!

  92. Yes RT is a propoganda machine, it's a bloody state news agency. But the Rome finance comments are pretty god damn accurate. [edit: you might want to be careful how you're pronouncing the word "duties"]

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