Russia Today correspondent quits over Malaysia Airlines ‘lies’

Russia Today correspondent quits over Malaysia Airlines ‘lies’

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 was candid in a tweet sent about her decision, saying first:

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.’”

Firth adds:

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“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.”

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