Russia Today Anchor Quits Live on Air
American Liz Wahl criticizes Putin's 'whitewashes'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2014 6:16 PM CST
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(Newser) – The standoff in Ukraine is translating into drama at the Kremlin-funded Russia Today TV network. American anchor Liz Wahl announced during a live broadcast from DC today that she was quitting, reports the Daily Beast. Wahl, who recounted how her own grandparents had fled Hungary to escape Soviet persecution, said she could not be "part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin." Her move comes a day after (former) colleague Abby Martin made headlines with an on-air condemnation of Russia's moves in Ukraine, notes the Telegraph.

"Just because I work here, for RT, doesn't mean I don't have editorial independence, and I can't stress enough how strongly I am against any military intervention in sovereign nations' affairs," said Martin. She, too, works out of DC and is still with the network, though her bosses announced after her criticism that they would be sending her to Crimea to see the situation first-hand. Martin said she had no intention of going.

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Norman Johnson
Mar 6, 2014 6:55 PM CST
Geez,ya think Putin is so bad,what about Stalin?Now there was a bad guy.
Mar 6, 2014 10:13 AM CST
Would be interesting though to see if her opinion changed if she took up managements offer to go to Crimea to see things first hand. I kinda doubt it but interesting to see if there is anything on the other side of the story. I do respect her decision though and imagine it had to be a hard one to conclude.
Mar 6, 2014 9:17 AM CST
Did she complain when Obama ordered action against Libya or Syria? Apparently, they complain only when it suits them, rather than when it is called for. Her agenda is showing under her slip, just another unemployed person today. Funny how some see only one side and complain when others' do the same as the USA action in foreign affairs. Too funny. I guess our government and news media would rather Ukraine and Crimea do as they say and not allow them to have freedom of expression or a free vote.