We said yesterday this was bound to happen, today Liz Wahl Washington correspondent for Russia Today quit live on the air and accused the Kremlin funded network of “whitewashing” Russia’s military intervention in the Crimea region of Ukraine.
Veerng off script, Wahl said: “I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government 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’m resigning.”
As the daughter of a military veteran and the wife of a military base physician the network’s coverage of a potentially explosive crisis presented ethical and moral dilemmas, she said.
Wahl cited another RT host, Abby Martin, who made headlines on Tuesday when she declared: “Russian intervention in the Crimea is wrong.” In a tweet she later called Martin “my girl” and commended her for going “spectacularly off-message”.
Via- The Guardian
Twitter Responds: Liz Wahl quits Russia Today on air
— Liz Wahl (@lizwahl) March 4, 2014
Just spoke to grandparents who came to US as refugees escaping Soviets during Hungarian revolution. Amazing to hear amid new Cold War fears
— Liz Wahl (@lizwahl) March 5, 2014
— NoMoreCocktails (@NoMorCocktails) March 6, 2014
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) March 6, 2014
Liz Wahl. уже одно то, что журналист работает в RT его полностью характеризует. зачем обсуждать их уход?
— mar adentro (@kulyov) March 6, 2014
— RT (@RT_com) March 6, 2014
Video: RT Anchor Quits On Air
“It actually makes me feel sick that I worked there,” Wahl told The Daily Beast exclusively.
She had been planning this move for some time. “When I came on board from the beginning I knew what I was getting into, but I think I was more cautious and tried to stay as objective as I could,” she said, explaining that she was repeatedly censured by her superiors.
The Kremlin’s influence over RT is subtle, Wahl said, but management manipulates its employees, punishing those who stray from the narrative. “In order to succeed there you don’t question,” Wahl explained.
RT has had some doozies recently, like “Self-defense forces ranks swell in anticipation of Crimea showdown with radicals” and “Tea, sandwiches, music, photos with self-defense forces mark peaceful Sunday in Simferopol.”
On Tuesday, RT anchor Abby Martin denounced Putin’s invasion of Crimea. “I can’t say enough how strongly I am against any state intervention in a sovereign nation’s affairs. What Russia did is wrong.” Soon after, Martin’s bosses said they would sent her to Crimea, which she declined.
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