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

Mood Tense Ahead of Scotland Independence Vote

As race to persuade undecided voters continues, No voters say they believe life in Scotland will slowly improve and do not want to take a risk by endorsing independence More

South Africa’s 'Open Mosque' Admits Everyone, Including Critics

Open Mosque founder plans to welcome gay worshipers and allow women to lead prayers More

Ukrainian Activist in Despair About Future of Her Country

IrIna Dovgan, accused of being a spy and tortured by pro-Russian separatists, is appealing to UN Human Rights Council to support her country 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.
NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Spacei
X
September 17, 2014 4:20 AM
The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Future of Ukrainian Former President's Estate Uncertain

More than six months after Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych fled revolution to Russia, authorities have yet to gain control of his palatial estate. Protesters occupy the grounds and opened it to tourists but they are also refusing to turn it over to the state. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Mezhigirya, just north of Kyiv.
Video

Video China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

China says its has sentenced three men to death and one woman to life in prison for a deadly knife attack in March that left more than 30 dead and 140 injured. Beijing says Muslim militants from China's restive western region of Xinjiang carried out the attacks. Now, more than six months after the incident, residents in the city are still coping with the aftermath. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Kunming.
Video

Video Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Community

Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
Video

Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
Video

Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Bedouin Woman Runs Successful Business in Palestinian City

A Bedouin woman is breaking social taboos by running a successful vacation resort in the Palestinian town of Jericho. Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Zlatica Hoke says the resort in the West Bank's Jordan Valley is a model of success for women in the region.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid