Russian news agency pushed video of Portland protestors burning a Bible: report

Source: The Hill | August 11, 2020 | J. Edward Moreno

A cherry-picked video showing protesters in Portland, Ore., burning a stack of books including at least one bible originated from a Russian government-financed news agency, according to The New York Times.

A Times analysis found that Russian news agencies published stories with a conservative spin that were either outright inaccurate or exaggerated small details, such as the story of protesters burning Bibles in Portland. 

The clip originated from Ruptly, which regularly livestreams protests for a few hours each night and then compiles clips for short videos of highlights. Ruptly is a video news subsidiary of RT News, a Kremlin-financed news operation.

The news agency is one of several Kremlin-linked organizations the Times found were perpetuating these stories from protests. 

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