Oliver Stone on His Son Working For RT: He’s Not a ‘Russian Agent or Something Like That’
Filmmaker Oliver Stone has come under fire for his series of interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with critics feeling like he was too soft and sympathetic during his conversations with the leader. Last week, he and Stephen Colbert got into it over the subject as Colbert voiced concern that Stone allowed himself to be propagandized by Putin.
In the wake of the interview series, some have noticed that the JFK director’s son, Sean Stone, hosts a Watching the Hawks, a show on RT. RT — formerly known as Russia Today — is an English-language news network that is funded by the Russian government and widely viewed as a propaganda outlet for the Kremlin.
During an appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Stone was asked about his son’s relationship with the network and if that perhaps shows bias on his part regarding his Putin interviews.
“He’s been working at RT since six, seven years — five, six years — way before this project was born,” Stone told host Brian Stelter. “My son, I’m very proud of him.”
He added, “There’s no connection there. He’s not an agent — a Russian agent or something like that.”
As for the possibility of bias, Stone said he makes up his own mind, joking that his son doesn’t listen to him.
Stelter also brought up the allegations that RT is Putin’s propaganda arm and wanted to know Stone’s thoughts on the subject.
“If you actually watch RT, you would find a lot of interesting stuff,” the filmmaker said. “Correspondents go into battle, get great footage. They do a lot of work and I think they’ve been maligned by that investigation. You know. I think it’s very helpful to understand both sides.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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