London-based Russia Today correspondent Sara Firth has publicly resigned from her job with the network, making a series of serious allegations about the outlet’s integrity on her way out.
Firth spoke with BuzzFeed about how the Malaysia Airlines crash catalyzed her career move, explaining that as the story unfolded, Russia Today’s direction of the narrative made her uneasy — and that it wasn’t the first time:
“When this story broke I ran back into the newsroom and saw how we were covering it already and I just knew I had to go… It was the total disregard to the facts. We threw up eyewitness accounts from someone on the ground openly accusing the Ukrainian government [of involvement in the disaster], and a correspondent in the studio pulled up a plane crash before that the Ukrainian government had been involved in and said it was ‘worth mentioning.’”
“It’s not worth mentioning. It’s Russia Today all over, it’s flirting with that border of overtly lying. You’re not telling a lie, you’re just bringing something up. I didn’t want to watch a story like that, where people have lost loved ones and we’re handling it like that… I couldn’t do it any more. Every single day we’re lying and finding sexier ways to do it.”