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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.
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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".

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