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If One America News Network (OAN) sometimes sounds like Kremlin propaganda, then it could be because the owner, Robert Herring Sr., is married to a Russian, who spent almost 50 years absorbing propaganda in the Soviet Union, and an additional decade in the Russian Federation. Additionally, OAN has had at least one Russian national, who also worked for the Kremlin’s “Sputnik” news, as a reporter, until at least 2020.

Robert Herring Sr.’s Russian wife is Tatiana Valeryevna Herring, and, like him, seems to have been born in 1941. He found her in Russia ca 2000, at the beginning of the Putin era, when rising oil prices meant that the economy was starting to pick up in Russia. So, Tatiana survived the Soviet era and the 1990s crisis, and maybe even prospered, only to leave for the United States as the economy was looking up. Really? Why? For love? Or is there something missing in this story?

Robert Herring started OANN in July 2013. What happened in Russia in that year? Snowden was given asylum, Russian whistleblower Alexei Navalny was accused of embezzlement, and “the late Sergei Magnitsky, was found guilty of tax evasion in July in an outrageous and shameful posthumous trial that made even Josef Stalin’s show trials look tame in comparison.” Ukrainian chocolate was also banned: https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2014/01/10/the-5-biggest-events-that-shaped-putins-2013-a30835 According to a US Congressional Review: “the vast majority” of the 1.5 million documents stolen by Snowden “have nothing to do with programs impacting individual privacy interests–they instead pertain to military, defense, and intelligence programs of great interest to America’s adversaries. A review of the materials Snowden compromised makes clear that he handed over secrets that protect American troops overseas and secrets that provide vital defenses against terrorists and nation-stateshttps://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2022/09/27/putin-just-granted-russian-citizenship-to-former-u-s-security-contractor-snowden-who-stole-1-5-million-classified-documents-reality-winner-leaked-one-document-on-russian-military-hacking-of-voter-s/

If the stories broadcast by the Trump-endorsed One America News Network sometimes look like outtakes from a Kremlin trolling operation, there may be a reason. One of the on-air reporters at the 24-hour network is a Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin’s official propaganda outlet, Sputnik.

Kristian Brunovich Rouz, originally from the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, has been living in San Diego, where OAN is based, since August 2017, reporting on U.S. politics for the 24-hour news channel. For all of that time, he’s been simultaneously writing for Sputnik, a Kremlin-owned news wire that played a role in Russia’s 2016 election-interference operation, according to an assessment by the U.S. intelligence community”. https://web.archive.org/web/20210101062209/https://www.thedailybeast.com/oan-trumps-new-favorite-channel-employs-kremlin-paid-journalist

From a lawsuit: “Kristian Rouz is an employee of OAN. According to Herring, “Rouz collects and analyzes articles from other sources and writes articles based on those sources for OAN.” While employed by OAN, Rouz also wrote articles as a freelancer for Sputnik News, a Russian state-financed news organization. According to Herring, “Rouz chose the topics and viewpoints of the articles he wrote for Sputnik News” and earned approximately forty dollars per article. Herring alleges that Rouz’s work for Sputnik News “had no relation to his work for OAN,” despite Rouz working for the organizations at the same time.” https://cases.justia.com/federal/appellate-courts/ca9/20-55579/20-55579-2021-08-17.pdf Also a Politico article: https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/06/18/oan-liberal-reporters-327915

One ex-video producer [at OAN], Ernest Champell, said he was told on his first day at work, “Yeah, we like Russia here,https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jun/15/oan-oann-fox-news-donald-trump

H stories’: OANN journalists say owner dictates ‘conspiratorial’ reporting
June 11, 2020 https://web.archive.org/web/20201002164925/https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/h-stories-oann-journalists-say-owner-dictates-conspiratorial-reporting

Herring founded “Herring Networks” shortly after his meeting/marriage to the Russian. Of course, this was also shortly after his retirement. However, if he is “bleeding money” with his station(s), is there another source of funding? The money that he made from selling his company could disappear quickly, especially in California:
He founded Herring Networks in San Diego in 2003, followed by the One America News Network in 2013… One station owner and commentator advised Herring. He shared that the network is “bleeding money,” but that’s not what the company is about”. (“10 Things You Didn’t Know About Robert Herring” By Allen Lee Posted on November 21, 2020 Updated on November 4, 2021 https://moneyinc.com/robert-herring/ )

Herring Networks Inc. is a media company based in San Diego, California. It was founded in 2003 by Robert Herring. Through its Herring Broadcasting division, the company owns and operates two cable networks: AWE Network (originally known as Wealth TV), an American lifestyle and entertainment cable network founded in 2004, and the conservative news service One America News Network (OAN or OANN), founded through a strategic partnership with The Washington Times[1] in 2013
1. “USA Today: Herring to launch conservative news channel”. Archived from the original on 2020-08-01. Retrieved 2019-08-31. https://web.archive.org/web/20200801165035/https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2013/03/14/herring-launches-conservative-news-channel/1987433/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herring_Networks
The Washington Times is owned by the Moonies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Washington_Times https://web.archive.org/web/20180718205913/http://www.operationsholdings.com/about-us/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unification_Church#Holy_Spirit_Association_for_the_Unification_of_World_Christianity_(1954–1994) Previously at the Washington Times: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Solomon_(political_commentator)

Since its inception in 2013, One America’s owner, Robert Herring Sr. has tried to “minimize coverage of Russian aggression”… “In 2000, Robert Herring Sr., who is 76, sold the family’s business, Herco Technology, for $122 million. He retired and met a woman in Russia who became his third wife…

The channel he created is a rapid-fire cavalcade of headlines…. Almost all of the reports are read by the anchors over video footage provided by the Reuters, Associated Press and Euronews services, as well as by RT, the Kremlin-funded news outlet that a U.S. intelligence report calls “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine….

Both Charles and Robert Sr. have said they voted for Barack Obama for president in 2008….

Producers said Herring repeatedly urged against running stories critical of Russia. (Herring’s online streaming company, KlowdTV, features a package offering just Herring’s own channels and RT. Another package adds Glenn Beck’s The Blaze and Newsmax.)

“Wouldn’t it be better if we started working with Russia, than to keep blaming them for everything,” Herring tweeted in October. “Lift sanctions, no NATO on their borders.” ( See: “An inside look at One America News, the insurgent TV network taking ‘pro-Trump’ to new heights” By Marc Fisher July 5, 2017 https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/an-inside-look-at-one-america-news-the-insurgent-tv-network-taking-pro-trump-to-new-heights/2017/07/05/7475f0a4-4fa2-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html )

Herring launched One American News Network (OAN) in 2013. Rachel Maddow, host of a show on MSNBC, ran a segment stating that OAN employee Kristen Rouz worked for OAN, but was “also being paid by the Russian government to produce government-funded pro-Putin propaganda for a Russian government funded propaganda outfit called Sputnik.” Herring sued Maddow and related entities for defamation. Maddow filed a motion to strike the complaint pursuant to California’s anti-SLAPP statute, which the district court granted.

The panel first addressed Herring’s argument that the district court should have considered five pieces of proffered evidence outside of the pleadings in determining whether to grant Maddow’s motion to strike. Because the motion to strike mounted a legal challenge, not a factual challenge, to Herring’s complaint, the panel held that Herring’s reliance on evidence outside of its complaint in defending against the anti-SLAPP motion was improper and inconsistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure…

On July 22, 2019, The Daily Beast published an article entitled “Trump’s New Favorite Channel Employs Kremlin-Paid Journalist.” The article, written by Senior National Security Correspondent Kevin Poulsen, read: “If the stories broadcast by the Trump-endorsed One America News Network sometimes look like outtakes from a Kremlin trolling operation, there may be a reason. One of the on-air reporters at the 24-hour network is a Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin’s official propaganda outlet, Sputnik.” The article asserted that Rouz was reporting for OAN while “simultaneously writing for Sputnik” and that “Kremlin propaganda sometimes sneaks into Rouz’s segments on unrelated matters, dropped in as offhand background information.” The article provided two examples. In a “segment on the Syrian rescue workers,” Rouz referred to their “‘involvement in military activities, executions, and numerous war atrocities,’ but [did not] disclose that those ‘allegations’ were hoaxes that originated with Vladimir Putin and his proxies.” And in a different report, “Rouz cast Clinton’s criticism of Brexit as an extension of her ‘grievous insults and fake narratives against Russia’—an assertion that makes sense only in the context of Rouz’s multiple reports claiming Russia was framed for hacking Democrats.” The article also quoted a former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent, who stated: “This completes the merger between Russian state-sponsored propaganda and American conservative media…. We used to think of it as ‘They just have the same views’ or ‘They use the same story leads.’ But now they have the same personnel….https://cases.justia.com/federal/appellate-courts/ca9/20-55579/20-55579-2021-08-17.pdf

Food for thought regarding Herring’s former company: “Herco’s neighbor in the business park is Scientific Atlanta, which is now building an adjacent 108,000-square-foot plant, said Gary Licker, a Pardee vice president. Scientific Atlanta will employ 500 to manufacture listening devices for Navy submarines.” https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1989-08-08-fi-292-story.html