Max Keiser has quit Keiser Report, he and his wife and co-host Stacy Herbert announced via Twitter late Monday. The announcement was in response to fans’ queries after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen declared that the European Union will be banning state-owned news outlet Sputnik and TV network Russia Today where Keiser Report airs.
Keiser, once called “mischievously seditious” by The Independent, has hosted the 30-minute program with Herbert since 2009. The financial analysis show ran three episodes each week, with the most recent one airing on February 24th, the day Russia launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine.
The Associated Press, the outfit producing the show, has yet to make a comment.
Less than a day before Keiser and Herbert’s announcement, CryptoWhale called out Keiser for deleting 1,500+ pro-Russia tweets where he criticized Ukraine and repeatedly called the war a hoax. CryptoWhale states the tweets have been uploaded on the blockchain, where they can “live forever.”
A Shrinking Propaganda Machine
CNN reports that TV carriers around the world have started removing Russia Today from their channel lineup, and social media companies TikTok, and Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, have announced on Monday that they have moved to block Russia Today in Europe.
These measures will diminish the reach and influence of state-controlled media and impact the Kremlin’s ability to create and peddle their narrative.
Reuters recently reported that staff of Ruptly, a Berlin-based Russian state-controlled news agency, have started an exodus.
Employees of the news agency were reportedly being prevented from “describing the invasion as such.” Russia has cautioned local media on terminology, as they continue to claim that its military deployment in Ukraine is a “special operation.”
An unnamed staff member shared that “everyone is off sick or has resigned.” On Monday, LinkedIn listed 125 people currently employed by Ruptly in Germany.
According to the Reuters report, a page profiling 26 senior staff had been removed from the website on Monday, but the page remains accessible on an archive site.
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