During a panel discussion on CNN’s Reliable Sources today, former Russia Today anchor Liz Wahl explained that the goal of the Russian media is to create disinformation to undermine democracy and faith in institutions.
Host Brian Stelter began the conversation by bringing up Hillary Clinton counsel Marc Eliascalling on the press to apologize for not covering the Russian threat more seriously before the election, now that it has been reported that theCIA has concluded Russia interfered to assist Donald Trump.
Julia Ioffe pointed to her own writing to explain that many in the media did cover the topic extensively. She then noted how Russian television portrayed Trump as wonderful and that the Kremlin was all “about sowing chaos and undermining democratic institutions.”
Wahl followed that up by agreeing with Ioffe’s assessment that Russian media’s goal is to create chaos.
“I mean, that is the main goal of Russian disinformation, whether it be through their television channels, whether it be through other measures like hacking, like their legions of paid trolls,” Wahl said. “That is the ultimate goal is to undermine democracy, to undermine faith in our institutions, like the media.”