Russia Today Anchor Quits Live On Air Over "Whitewashed" Coverage Of Putin

Tyler Durden's picture

Presented with little comment, suffice to add former Washington DC RT correspondent Liz Wahl's comments that "personally she cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the action of Putin..."  At least RT was correct when it said yesterday that "Contrary to the popular opinion, RT doesn't beat its journalists into submission, and they are free to express their own opinions, not just in private but on the air."  One wonders if Ms. Wahl's next stop will be MSNBC, FOX or CNN, where the truly unbiased coverage can be found.

Today's drama takes to a entirely new level the statement voiced by another RT presenter who also denounced as "wrong" Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.

"I can't stress enough how strongly I am against any state intervention in a sovereign nation's affairs," Abby Martin declared in her news programme.


RT said it respected Ms Martin's views, and that she would not be reprimanded.


Ms Martin made her remarks at the end of her Breaking the Set show, broadcast from a studio in Washington.


"Just because I work here doesn't mean I don't have editorial independence," she said, adding: "What Russia did was wrong."


The outspoken presenter admitted that she did not possess in-depth knowledge of Ukraine's history or "cultural dynamics", but insisted that military intervention was not the answer.


"I will not sit here and apologise for, or defend, military aggression," she said.

RT responded as follows:

In response to the journalist's on-air statement, the Russian TV channel said: "Contrary to the popular opinion, RT doesn't beat its journalists into submission, and they are free to express their own opinions, not just in private but on the air."


The broadcaster added that it would send Ms Martin to Crimea to "give her an opportunity to make up her own mind from the epicentre of the story".

So far Ms. Martin has not taken up RT's offer to provide unbiased reporting from the "epicenter" of the story.

And now back to the US mainstream media's expansive coverage of the story of the day that it may well have been Kiev's current post-coup and US-supported acting government ordering the murder of its own civilians in an apparent provocation to escalate the regime change. Wait what?

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SilverDoctors's picture

Takes guts to quit on-air. 
BTFWWIII seems to be heating up, the largest US wholesale gun & ammo distributor just informed us privately that Russia has halted exports of all Russian ammunition to the US!
Said they received confirmation this morning, and have sold out of several hundred thousand rounds of Soviet 7.62 TulAmmo in the past 10 hours!

While Obama and Kerry threaten economic sanctions, Putin is already 3 steps ahead of the game! 

StacksOnStacks's picture

But yet she agrees with what the U.S. does?  Sounds like a typical sheep.  

Skateboarder's picture

For an exemplary display of cognitive dissonance?

Supernova Born's picture

NSA blackmail, bitchez.

Party line or you will pay.

At least she won't get an IRS audit notice in a month or two (coincidentally, or course).

ihedgemyhedges's picture

I'd buy her a few shots of vodka for damned sure........

kaiserhoff's picture

She speaks quite eloquently about the poverty and oppression in Russia.  That along with endemic corruption are messages many people here don't seem to notice.

philipat's picture

The irony is, of course, that it is only RT which comes close to "The truth". All the US networks and so-called "Cable News" channels are politicized propoganda.

Troll Magnet's picture

WTF is Ukraine?
WTF is going on in Russia?
I'm too busy being bombarded with every detail from the Oscar Pistorious case.

P.S. This bitch is dumb as fuck.

Anusocracy's picture

Potemkin village of news correspondents.

Pretty face, nothing behind it.

chumbawamba's picture

That was fucking gay.

I am Chumbawamba.

Troll Magnet's picture

She's now on a media tour doing the whole "I couldn't stand the propaganda" bullshit. On CNN no less. What a dumb bitch. She's just dying to work for the biggest propaganda networks.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Sometime honesty is own reward, but sometime, honest person is score big media contract!

Troll Magnet's picture

Sometimes actual talent is need to stay relevance. Troll Magnet is think this dumb bitch is lacks talent and brain to stay on air. Maybe she is can get a job at McDonalds as I am hear Obama is give raise!

strannick's picture

No one cares what you think honey, cause you probably dont. RT coveragevwent against her Time Magazine political instincts. Pretty sure that blinky eyed bimbo gets all her opinions from someone else.

Evil Peanut's picture

re-posting this from elsewhere "So many ignorant people posting in here its ridiculous. Let me break it down in simple terms for you. Some G20 countries got together and orchestrated this entire thing. All you need to do is google it. The neo nazis are running the show now in the Ukraine. Google it. John McCain supports the new government. John Kerry supports the new government. Others like Canada's Harper support this new government and many of their ministers as well. This is a global conspiracy. GOOGLE IT. We have hard evidence from non partisan sources that this was all orchestrated there is even hacked emails, money exchanges, recorded audio and videos. GOOGLE IT. There is no excuse for staying ignorant."

disabledvet's picture

if true "then Putin fell for it."

(btw President Putin and the Russian Parliament have not made this claim. They have called Kiev Rus "their's" and passed legislation to "annex" it.)

and again...we haven't had large scale conventional war on the European Continent..let alone this particular part of the Continent...for almost 70 years...and for good reason.

you phuckers who knock NATO better take a cold hard look at the alternative. What President Putin is doing might "sound" right in his view (he had all his chess pieces in place before these moves)...but the incongruity that this is coming just after the Olympics...and that no one is really bringing up this fact...says to me pretty much all of you here have a truly stupendous ignorance of what war really means.

"everybody's got a plan until his buddy gets his head blown off." then he REALLY has a plan. My personal view is that what Russia is doing is suicidal...yet equally as terrifying is a ratcheting UP effect vis a vis US Diplomacy.

This is happening VERY quickly too as "one fail safe after another falls" they never even existed.

All you need to do is say the word.
Isn't that deterrence enough?

garypaul's picture

I only come here to read your comments Boris :) 

Independent's picture

Let me give you another reason

apparently she is a Argentinian daytime news host,  always thought the Argentinian women were more sexy than Hungarian, have you heard those hungarian girls talk, not sexy at all.

I can see why that Casey guy went to Argentina, I mean who cares if the place is melting down financially, it just means these babes are easier to get.  All women like a guy with cash even if your skin around the eyes has more folds than your wallet.

better yet this Russian lady doing a self tour of Crimea in my opinion is much hotter and she doesn't even have a ton of makeup

jeff montanye's picture

read this link:

apparently the u.s. propaganda is so strong even glenn greenwald and pat buchanan both thought the russians had put new troops into ukraine.  apparently not.  the 16,000 date from the 1990's.

and the agreement signed between the two countries authorizes up to 25,000 russian troops in ukraine so they can send in 9,000 more and still be in compliance with a signed agreement between sovereign nations! (couldn't help the exclamation point),

don't remember any signed agreements with afghanistan, iraq, somalia, yemen, libya, pakistan, syria, iran, lebanon .... and they are a hemisphere away from any u.s. territory, not on the border of our country and being prepared for missile sites with the missiles directed at us!

fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture



Dude, great to see you posting again. Missed you brother. BTW there is a bunch a weird people around here now so watch your taint.

ebear's picture

"Pretty face, nothing behind it."

Or as they say in Mongolia:

All hat, no yaks.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

If Boris is have a daughter, she is just like news anchor girl.

Actually Boris is have daughter, is not look or act even small bit like news anchor girl, but you are know what is mean.

fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

Boris, love your posts and your sense of humor so do not get pissed off but if your daughter had a face like this girl I would do her.


Sorry buddy but my penis is a dick.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Even if she's a cunt that sells out her own Country for war because the money she's getting is too good?

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

May Boris suggest you are to keep closely eye on dick, he is someday to get you in heaping piles of trouble.

Independent's picture

I wonder if these two hoes from RT that quit recently, if they are going to lock up their new Ukrainian house servants and beat them up and not pay them a dime from the money thay make from their new Zion Network TV million dollar contracts.  I hear the goons in Kiev are selling all of farmland in Ukraine to Nuland Zion Farms kibbutz international for ten million dollars, she figures the Alaska purchase is a precedent.  However out of that ten million dollar 9 million with go to Cuntess Ashton for brokering the deal.

Arthur Schopenhauer's picture

Hey buddyee... You think joke funny?  How funny soon you will see when your daddy come find you here.

zerozulu's picture

Good attempt by RT to set an example for US news caster. But I doubt any one got that much courage in US.

angel_of_joy's picture

It's not RT's fault.

It's their Washington office, and they have to work with whatever the local job market can offer...

I still remember Laureen Lyster, and her excellent economic show on RT.  She gave up her chance of reporting freely at RT, and went to work for Yahoo Finances of all places (probably for a better pay), where she is now an absolute nobody.

Captain Benny's picture

Lyster was a hero in my book!   True patriot by seeing through the BS.   I'd assume she relocated to Cali, hope she got a CCW... She painted a truth target on her back years ago.   She's got serious balls.  Bravo!

Hopeful Skeptic's picture

I find it amusing the number of commenters here who - appropriately - view the U.S. media with skepticism, yet regard outlets like RT with utter and unquestioning credulity.


merizobeach's picture

And how do we know when ZH is telling us the truth?  When they are calling out the lies of others.

angel_of_joy's picture

This bitch is dumb as fuck.

This bitch is too dumb to fuck.

Here, fixed for ya...

DeadFred's picture

I never expect them to tell me the whole 'truth' but I love them for letting me seeing events from another angle

johngaltfla's picture

The fun thing is that her quitting exposes just how much of a fraud the MSM in our country is. Hell 99.9% of us knew RT was propagandist bullshit. Now if only ABCNBCCBSCNNFNCBBGMSNBCFBN would have the balls to admit the same. (FWIW, I didn't mention newspapers because who gives a fuck about them?)

Harbanger's picture

"Hell 99.9% of us knew RT was propagandist bullshit."

I'm not so sure about that.  US liberals are scratching their heads right now.  Most thought that Hitlery Clinton loved RT and Al Jazeera.

Independent's picture

Great post Gooch, yeah I guess the Zionazi establishment will have to take over quite a few countries before they can squash the truth.  Sure every foreign network has a slant but a discerning world citizen can now compare and contrast.  By the way that Blond Russian presenter is darn sexy in the second video down. The reason Al Jazeera and RT are gaining viewers like crazy is because everyone has seen how big US media owned by the select few pro Israel families dictate behind the scenes and follow publicly the US government line.  There is no more real investigative reporting on a national scale, not even on a state wide scale.  Its only small local news stuff on small local issues.

jeff montanye's picture

maybe not on "national news stations" (msm).  this is not bad even though the funder, pierre omidyar, has his political biases; the writers there seem independent:

Soul Glow's picture

Politics is currently a shitshow, yet somehow currently has lasted centuries.  How people have not figured that the people they elect only have monied interests in mind is beyond me.  I guess people have a hard time putting the shoe on the other foot when it comes to understanding that the monied elite are not like you and me.  

They don't have rules - all cops can be payed off, judges, hitmen, it doesn't matter.  Anyone can be payed off.  As long as they believe that the payment has value.

As long as they believe....

Ghordius's picture

I'm also not so sure about that. imho RT and Al-Jazeera are similar in that they are quite factual... as long as they are not reporting on their home turf

Charles Nelson Reilly's picture

A couple of observations as I work in the same building as RT America in DC and see their employees on the elevators and in the lobby all day.

1) wahl & Martin are big time liberals. RT hires attractive women and as she says tries to mold the news to their slant

2) most RT employees are liberals who aspire to be in the media anyway they can.

3) their bosses don't give a fuck about their ideaology

Arius's picture

all media are liberals man ... it is actually a requirement to get the job ... get a grip.


i find interesting your elevator observation that their bosses dont give a fuck about their ideology .... hmmm .... i doubt that.  look i will take your observation if they work on a mill somewhere in minessota, but in DC ? in a media job?  i would guess your views matter to your boss ... but go ahead and say it... grow some guts ... their bosses are liberals too!  i am sure you gather that much from their conversation right?

zhandax's picture

Look her up on Startpage.  She came from CNN.  RT wasn't liberal enough for her.  No one with a 'journalism' education wants to report news.  They want to blather endlessly about libtard horseshit.  From the few people I knew in the college of journalism in the 70's, I think they had to recite the communist manifesto to get accepted.  One of them was editor of the university newspaper.  There were several nights we got into a heated political discussion and I woke the next day to an editorial of why I was full of shit.  No quotes, no citations of facts I presented, no request for discussion.  That is the way they are trained; attack anyone who disagrees with the libtard agenda.  We are still friends.  He used our 'discussions' to hone his editorial skills, and I just enjoyed drinking beer and pointing out to the rabid believer how all those grand concepts had failed before.