Russia Today hits back at Emmanuel Macron 'fake news' claims

Russia Today hit back at Emmanuel Macron 'fake news' claims

RT have denied allegations of attempting to influence Macron's campaign with fake news

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Russia Today has hit back at allegations of spreading 'fake news' about the upcoming French presidential election. 

On Monday (February 13), the secretary-general of Emmanuel Macron's En Marche! (Onwards!) party, Richard Ferrand, claimed that the broadcaster and Sputnik were publishing false reports about Macron to affect his support.

Today, the Russian broadcaster has said the claims are completely baseless. 

A spokesperson told talkRADIO: "RT adamantly rejects any and all claims that it has any part in spreading fake news in general and in relation to Mr Macron and the upcoming French election in particular.

"Furthermore, we are appalled that such baseless accusations are taking place on quotidian basis.

"Indeed, it seems that it has become acceptable to level such serious charges at RT without presenting any evidence to substantiate them, as well as to apply this ‘fake news’ label to any reporting that one might simply find unfavourable.

"It is both ironic and deeply disappointing that, in the noble fight against fake news, journalistic standards are so casually sacrificed when the conversation concerns RT.”