"The Democratic National Committee has published guidance on its website on how to fight online disinformation with a … warning for the New Year. I quote: ‘Be aware of Russian propaganda outlets like RT & Sputnik and educate yourself on Russian propaganda lines’ ['techniques’ in Russian]. Dear Democratic National Committee! Our favourite techniques are joint locks and throws from a standing position. Don't try this at home," Simonyan wrote on her Telegram channel, referencing popular martial arts techniques.
On Monday, the party’s website posted recommendations for combating online disinformation. The Democratic National Committee warned its supporters against being manipulated. The tips come in the run-up to the 2020 US presidential race.
Russian media outlets have faced severe criticism in the West over the past several years for allegedly delivering biased coverage of news. In 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the need to counter Russian media, citing Sputnik and RT as major threats. A number of European and US politicians have accused Sputnik and RT of interfering in other countries' affairs, albeit without providing any proof. Moscow has called all the accusations against RT and Sputnik groundless.