A second anchor working for the English language Russian TV network RT has broken with their employer’s coverage of the invasion of Ukraine. Liz Wahl criticized the “whitewashing” of coverage of Vladimir Putin, and then resigned on air:
“Personally I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government which whitewashes the actions of Putin,” Wahl said during her show Wednesday afternoon. “I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why after this newscast I’m resigning.”
Another American anchor for the network, Abby Martin,made similar criticisms of RT on the air on Monday.
RT issued a statement to Buzzfeed, calling Wahl’s actions, “a self-promotional stunt”…
Although Wahl resigned, Abby Martin – a 9/11 truther and conspiracist extraordinaire – headed off to Ukraine ostensibly to find out for herself what’s going on. …
But Wahl seems sincere – now. The Daily Beast writer James Kirchik relates a converstaion he had with Wahl a few months ago
where the anchor was troubled by her employer’s relentless propaganda. But the question arises; how could you not possibly know when you took the job what kind of “news” outlet you’d be working for?