Jesse Ventura launches show on Russian state-funded television network

The wrestler-turned-governor once known as "The Body" is willing to work for a network owned by the Putin regime

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published June 8, 2017 11:46AM (EDT)

Jessie Ventura   (AP/Jim Mone)
Jessie Ventura (AP/Jim Mone)

It looks like Julian Assange isn't the only self-proclaimed freedom fighter willing to sell out to RT, the Russian state-funded television network.

Jesse Ventura, the former wrestler who served as Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003, is launching a new TV series on the station.

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"I have total artistic control and I can talk about anything I want. We’re more interested in talking about our country. I didn’t join RT to report on Russia," Ventura told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

He added, "I am working for the enemy of mainstream media now."

Ventura also insists that he isn't going to focus on Russia, which is consistent with a February news release that described Ventura's show as intended to discuss "both the current news agenda and deeper issues such as government hypocrisy and corporate deception, with Jesse’s distinctive take on stories sidelined by the mainstream media."

In a statement, Ventura said that "what you will hear from me is opinions, not agendas. I look forward to holding our government accountable. I will be exercising my First Amendment rights with no filters."

This isn't the first time that Ventura has had his own TV show. He hosted a talk show called "Off the Grid" for Ora TV until he left due to a pay dispute, as well as three season of "Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura" for the TV network truTV. On the latter series, he discussed topics ranging from 9/11 conspiracy theories and the JFK assassination to Area 51 and (with Alex Jones) alleged federal plans for setting up a police state.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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