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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: greg from: idaho
March 06, 2014 10:41 AM
Good for you Liz Wahl, Its nice to see people finally stand up to the white wash of the media.

by: meanbill from: USA
March 06, 2014 10:38 AM
DID SHE QUIT because she didn't want to report the news on the YouTube video, "Behind snipers not Yanokovych, but somebody from new coalition" ...
The taped telephone conversation between Estonia Foreign Affairs Minister Urmas Paet and EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton, on February 26, 2014?
Urmas tells Ashton, the snipers that killed the protesters and police, were from the new coalition.. (LOOK it up on YouTube) ........ REALLY

by: Frank
March 06, 2014 10:38 AM
Good for her, I applaud. Someone remind me how many CNN or Fox reporters quit when our government was telling them what to report on?
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by: Bob from: USA
March 07, 2014 11:00 AM
That is because, other than MSNBC, which is a semi-official mouthpiece for the Obama administration, nobody at Fox or CNN is being told to parrot the government line. Your applause is misplaced. She knew what RT was, and if she didn't, she is an idiot. The same is true for American reporters for Al Jazeera.

by: Free Voice from: Philadelphia
March 06, 2014 10:37 AM
Are you kidding? Try having an anti-administration opinion at MSNBC or any NBC affiliate or most of the US mainstream media. Watch how quickly your career fizzles. The only difference is the US neworks would have cut her off with the broadcast delay or our own NSA would have cut the broadcast after filtering it through Britain. Expect lots and lots of demonization of Putin, the Kremlin and Russia as we ramp up to try to entangle them in a Vietnam-style war. We are becoming more and more predictable as a country. And why is the President so upset? Putin is merely trying to "fundamentally" change Crimea like Obama is "fundamentally" changing America.

by: heinrich from: zwahlen
March 06, 2014 10:31 AM
Her frustration is understandable, however she will see that at other big media outlets, their will be also limitations to what she can express personally. Fox, CNN. ABC, BBC carry plenty of states and corporate propaganda as well.
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by: Dave from: 'Merica
March 06, 2014 11:15 AM
Anyone heard from Abby lately?...(just wondering)...
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by: Grimaldy from: Chicago
March 06, 2014 10:47 AM
Oh my Goodness!

She just did not know who her employer was. Or the editorial policy of the station. She obviously thought she was working for Fox News.

The expression "talking head" comes prominently to mind.
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