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Russia Today Launches Provocative New Ad Campaign

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 17: A shop assistant cleans a TV screen during Russian President Vladimir Putin's nationally televised
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 17: A shop assistant cleans a TV screen during Russian President Vladimir Putin's nationally televised question and answer session in a shop on April 17, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. Putin accused today Ukraine's new authorities of driving the country towards the abyss but said that dialogue was the only way out of the intensifying crisis. (Photo Dmitri Dukhanin/Kommersant via Getty Images)

Russia Today has launched a new ad campaign that takes a serious dig at the way the US media reported on the Iraq war.

A set of posters from the Kremlin-funded TV channel that have begun popping around New York City seem to suggest that RT could have helped to avoid the war. They also imply that the hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths may be a result of Americans not getting the full story — a clear reference to the failures of the American press in the run-up to the war.

Capital New York's Alex Weprin tweeted a photo of the poster on Monday:

The news channel has, of course, been heavily criticized for its coverage of Russia, which many have likened to propaganda. Several anchors with the channel have recently spoken out against RT for asking staffers to promote Russian foreign policy. In March, anchor Liz Wahl also resigned from the channel.

(h/t: BuzzFeed)