re: Is Thom Hartmann a paid propagandist for Putin/Russia/RT?
First I want to say that I really respect most of what Thom has to say about a variety of subjects.
However, I find it ironic that, given his outspoken criticism of oligarchs in the U.S., he has chosen to work to further the agenda of Russian oligarchs by broadcasting on RT (Russia Today), which Putin and his cronies fund and oversee to ensure that their view-point is widely disseminated.
I don't want to jump to conclusions, but I also heard Thom today promoting the idea of greater cooperation with Russia, and an in-depth discussion of the merits of Marx and Engels Communist Manifesto.
Surely, if Russia is going to be a topic of conversation, we could also look at their extensive list of human rights violations, persecuted political prisoners, aggressive expansionists military actions, their repression of gays and woman, their lack of fair elections, and the list goes on.
Again, we need strong, intelligent, commentators to help us fight injustice around the world. I just hope that Thom has not simply sold his voice to a different group of tyrants, who are even more repressive and destructive than the ones in the U.S.