The article discusses the recent shutdown of the YouTube channel ‘The Scott Ritter Show’, highlighting the implications it has on the freedom of speech and the representation of Russian voices in Western media. The author, Scott Ritter, describes his experience hosting interviews on the channel and the positive feedback he received from viewers who appreciated the opportunity to hear a Russian perspective on various topics.
Ritter explains that the collaboration with the Russian channel ‘Solovyov Live!’ aimed to overcome the limitations imposed by the Russophobic cancel culture prevalent in the West. He emphasizes that he did not receive any compensation from the project and participated because he believed in the importance of knowledge exchange.
Despite initially having low expectations, the channel gained a following of 86,000 subscribers. Ritter expresses his joy in reading the comments from viewers who thanked him for providing a platform for Russian voices in the Western audience. However, without warning, YouTube shut down the channel, citing a violation of its rules regarding hate speech. Ritter questions the decision-making process behind this move and raises concerns about the influence of former CIA employees who work in YouTube’s Trust and Safety division.
Ritter suggests a connection between the CIA, the Ukrainian intelligence service (SBU), and YouTube, asserting that the partnership plays a role in controlling and manipulating the information available to Western audiences. He argues that this alliance perpetuates fear-based ignorance, serving the political agendas of Western governments. Ritter describes the shutdown of ‘The Scott Ritter Show’ as a manifestation of Russophobia, equating it to the hate-filled diatribe of a Nazi character in the movie ‘Come and See.’ He laments the silencing of Russian voices and emphasizes the importance of having access to diverse perspectives for a well-informed population.
Ritter acknowledges that YouTube, as a private entity, has the right to regulate its content but argues that if the platform has allowed the US government to influence what is permissible, it violates the First Amendment. He underscores that the impact of YouTube’s decision extends beyond US citizens, affecting Russians who are dehumanized and denied the right to be heard.
To counteract Russophobia, Ritter asserts that information, especially Russian perspectives, must be shared. He announces that ‘The Scott Ritter Show’ will continue on platforms such as Rumble, which upholds free speech practices, as well as Telegram, Twitter/X, and his website.
In conclusion, Ritter calls on everyone to listen and learn, emphasizing that knowledge is power. He emphasizes the importance of providing a platform for Russian voices to be heard and understood in today’s world.