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Jesse Ventura's son to co-host show on Kremlin-backed TV station


Tyrel Ventura, the son of former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, will co-host a new television show on a network funded by the Russian government.

RT America (formerly known as Russia Today America) introduced the younger Ventura Monday as a host of a show called "Watching the Hawks."

Ventura's co-hosts when broadcasts begin on March 23 will be Sean Stone (son of filmmaker Oliver Stone) and Tabetha Wallace.

BuzzFeed notes the new show is replacing one called "Breaking the Set," whose host broke from Russia Today's editorial line last year by criticizing the invasion of Crimea.

Buzzfeed reports "Breaking the Set" frequently showcased conspiracy theories and "Watching the Hawks" may follow that path.

Ventura and Stone have been hosting a show on and recent guests included a "rogue Egyptologist" second-guessing scientific estimates of when the pyramids were built.

In 1999, when Tyrel Ventura was 19 and his father was governor, he told the Pioneer Press filmmaking is "what I've been put on this Earth to do."

His production credits since then include work on his father's TV shows "Jesse Ventura's America" and "Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura."

In promoting "Watching the Hawks," RT America says the program will focus on stories the rest of the media ignores.

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The Daily Beast describes RT America as a "state-backed TV network that spouts pro-Putin, anti-U.S. propaganda."

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