News / Europe

Russia Today Anchor Quits On Air

Russia Today anchor Liz Wahl announces here resignation on the air.
Russia Today anchor Liz Wahl announces here resignation on the air.
VOA News
A news anchor for the Russian government-owned television outlet, Russia Today (RT), resigned on air yesterday.

Liz Wahl worked in the Washington, D.C. bureau, and said she no longer could work for “a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin.”

“I'm proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I am resigning," she went on to say.



In an interview with the website The Daily Beast, Wahl said she felt “sick” for having worked at RT, adding that she was censured by RT management.

"In order to succeed there you don’t question," she told the website.

According to the RT website, it is  “an autonomous non-profit organization,” but it receives its funding from the Kremlin.

The network’s coverage of the Ukraine crisis has portrayed Russian intervention in Crimea as a “stabilizing” force for Ukraine and that Russia was forced to act.

RT issued a statement after Wahl’s resignation, saying:
 
When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.

We wish Liz the best of luck on her chosen path.

 
Earlier this week, another American RT host strongly criticized the Russian foray into Ukraine at the end of her show.
 
“I can't stress enough how strongly I am against any military intervention in sovereign nations' affairs,” Abby Martin said Monday at the end of her show, Breaking the Set.

You May Like

Photogallery South Africa Bans Travelers From Ebola-stricken Countries

South Africans returning from affected West African countries will be thoroughly screened, required to fill out medical questionnaire, health minister says More

Multimedia UN Launches ‘Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years’ in Iraq

Move aims to help thousands of Iraqi religious minorities who fled their homes as Kurdish, Iraqi government forces battle Sunni insurgents More

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

IT specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about disease More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 2
    Next 
by: Anna
March 24, 2014 8:30 AM
Would you have done the same if you were Liz Wahl? What would you have done differently?


by: DL from: Australia
March 08, 2014 4:56 PM
Can't believe the twisted cynicism in the commentaries. Here's a woman of principle who should be congratulated. Let there be more willing to stand up for their convictions!.


by: Diana from: Russia
March 08, 2014 1:24 PM
People in Russia are tired or double standards. O'Bama seems to have the right to do whatever he wants. Once Putin takes actions or someone thinks that he does he is blamed to be a tyrant. Since when has it become leagal to act in the interest of only one country in this world?


by: Liz from: USA
March 08, 2014 12:33 PM
Good for you Liz, and good luck finding another job where you can do the same mature wise thing...resign on the air. Have you heard? Ron Paul says he wasn't censured by RT. And I guess you think the US media doesn't shovel out propoganda on us? This is Iraq all over again....need to make more money on another war.

In Response

by: Vic
March 10, 2014 8:04 AM
Ha ha, she wont have to look for another job. . . ever. She got paid so well for this, she's pretty much set for life.


by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
March 07, 2014 1:17 AM
We are very proud of Liz Wahl for what she did March 6, 2014, she stood up for what is right. She is on the right side of the law. It takes a person to take a stand for her belief. Liz we salute you. You are a born hero, and we wish there were lot of people in the world like you. that will stand for the truth. Rt news is Putin propaganda news, it is how he spread his messages. Liz we love you, and we stand with you. Be Bless


by: bob from: usa
March 06, 2014 4:49 PM
A bit of crocodile tears from her and others. Why would any journalist work for Russian state television which has always been controlled by the state. I ask the same question to those reporters who work for another slanted, and government controlled, news organization, Al Jazeera. You took the money knowing quite well who you were getting into bed with, and now you expect people to respect your decision to resign!

In Response

by: Vic
March 10, 2014 8:01 AM
All news organizations are government controlled. Especially CNN, ABC, CBS, BBC.
This reporter got paid well to preform this. She probably will never have to work for a living again.


by: Anonymous
March 06, 2014 3:42 PM
The #1 purpose of RT is to not only try and make the world believe Putin but most importantly earn support for Putin and fool the public inside Russia for any violations Putin is commiting. It is Russias only real propaganda machine they have, nothing can believed on the RT news. They even used RT to try and fool the Russian public about Syria too. Putin spews lies all over the news on a regular basis.


by: Charles Edwin Shipp from: San Pedro, CA (by L.A.)
March 06, 2014 10:57 AM
Thanks for reporting. I put your link and info into the TALK page of Wikipedia (the RT, Russia Times, article). Keep up the good work.


by: Adam
March 06, 2014 10:56 AM
“I can't stress enough how strongly I am against any military intervention in sovereign nations' affairs,”

If she really means it, then she won't be looking for a job in the U.S. media establishment; whitewashing U.S. military interventions is their bread and butter.

Most likely she's an opportunist looking for a lucrative career at CNN, FOX, et. al.


by: Trollertrash
March 06, 2014 10:56 AM
So why was this "proud to be an American" working for the Rooskies in the first place?! She was an American traitor! By making a big show of it I hope no network picks her up. She obviously cannot be trusted. I hope her career has hit the "Wahl".

Comments page of 2
    Next 

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbasi
X
Scott Stearns
August 21, 2014 9:20 PM
The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Video

Video Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbas

The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Video

Video Nigeria's 'Nollywood' Movie Industry Rolls in High Gear

Twenty years after its birth in a video shop in Lagos, Nigeria's "Nollywood" is one of the most prolific film industries on earth. Despite low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigerian films are wildly popular in Africa and industry professionals say they hope, in the future, their films will be as great in quality as they are in quantity. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Lagos.
Video

Video UN Launches 'Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years' in Iraq

The United Nations has launched what it describes as one of the biggest aid operations in 30 years in northern Iraq, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the extremist Sunni militant group calling itself the Islamic State. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces battle the Sunni insurgents, the fighting has forced more people to flee their homes. Kurdish authorities say the international community must act now to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California.
Video

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ferguson Calls for Justice as Anger, Violence Grips Community

Violence, anger and frustration continue to grip the small St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Protests broke out after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager on August 9. The case has sparked outrage around the nation and prompted the White House to send U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to the small community of just over 20,000 people. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas has more from Ferguson.
Video

Video Beheading Of US Journalist Breeds Outrage

U.S. and British authorities have launched an investigation into an Islamic State video showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley by a militant with a British accent. The extremist group, which posted the video on the Internet Tuesday, said the murder was revenge for U.S. airstrikes on militant positions in Iraq - and has threatened to execute another American journalist it is holding. Henry Ridgwell has more from London.
Video

Video Family Robots - The Next Big Thing?

Robots that can help us with daily chores like cooking and cleaning are a long way off, but automatons that serve as family companions may be much closer. Researchers in the United States, France, Japan and other countries are racing to build robots that can entertain and perform some simpler tasks for us. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
Video

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
Video

Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
Video

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.

AppleAndroid