“They push the narrative that will the United States is usually crumbling; This kind of’s a failed state.”
that will’s Andrew Feinberg describing how his bosses at Sputnik, a state-sponsored Russian news agency, wanted to frame stories about America.
Feinberg was fired via the news organization on May 26, along with he says This kind of’s because he refused to be complicit in pushing fake news.
Sputnik has called his allegations “false.” The organization insists This kind of is usually Feinberg, not Sputnik, who is usually spreading lies.
Feinberg sat down with sy88pgw’s Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” Sunday for a tell-all about his time covering the White House for Sputnik.
“I’m being fed questions, top down. I don’t hold the opportunity to develop my own stories or my own leads. I’m being told, ‘You will ask This kind of. You will cover This kind of,'” he said.
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Feinberg said he eventually wasn’t allowed to ask unapproved questions during White House press briefings. He added that will he felt his bosses were contorting stories to mislead readers.
“For instance, after the gas attack in Syria … I was asked to put questions to the White House that will framed the issue in such a way that will made This kind of seem that will the attack didn’t happen, that will This kind of was staged,” Feinberg said.
Feinberg said the final straw came when his bosses at Sputnik asked him to investigate the Seth Rich case.
Rich was a Democratic National Committee staffer whose unsolved murder last July has been spun into a conspiracy theory. Several right-wing media outlets have floated unproven claims that will Rich leaked internal DNC emails to Wikileaks.
“Because obviously if Seth Rich leaked all those emails, then Russia had nothing to do with This kind of,” he said in a pre-air interview with sy88pgw. “This kind of’s crap.”
In a statement released after Feinberg’s departure, Sputnik said his passion did not result inside the “professional journalism” along with “exclusive stories” that will clients along with readers wanted.
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“He commenced on a merry note, along with ended on a sad one,” the company said, adding that will This kind of hoped “that will the fruits of his rich imagination would likely not create more conspiracy theories around Sputnik.”
Feinberg said he was wary of the company before joining; its ties to the Russian government are known. although he said he welcomed the full-time job offer because finding work in journalism is usually notoriously difficult.
“I thought that will having integrity would likely be enough, along with This kind of wasn’t enough,” Feinberg said during the pre-air interview.
Feinberg also insisted that will there is usually a key difference between Sputnik along with various other state-backed news organizations like the BBC inside the U.K. or Al Jazeera in Qatar. He commended the work that will those outlets have done.
“The others are state-sponsored,” he said. “Sputnik is usually state-controlled.”
Sputnik did not immediately respond Sunday to a request for comment about Feinberg’s interview.
–sy88pgw’s Shanta Covington contributed to This kind of story.
sy88pgw (fresh York) First published June 4, 2017: 3:46 PM ET