Russia Today Responds To Wahl Public Departure: Just A "Self-Promotional Stunt"

Tyler Durden's picture

Having expressed her perspective of Russia Today's "whitewashed" coverage of Putin's invasion of Russia, Liz Wahl resigned live on air yesterday. This came on the heels of her colleague Abby Martin's recent comments voicing here disagreements with Russian policies on the same state-funded network. Russia Today has responded... "When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor...But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt."


Russia Today full statement:

Ms. Wahl's resignation comes on the heels of her colleague Abby Martin's recent comments in which she voiced her disagreement with certain policies of the Russian government and asserted her editorial independence.

Abby Martin's comments...

The difference is, Ms. Martin spoke in the context of her own talk show, to the viewers who have been tuning in for years to hear her opinions on current events – the opinions that most media did not care about until two days ago. For years, Ms. Martin has been speaking out against US military intervention, only to be ignored by the mainstream news outlets – but with that one comment, branded as an act of defiance, she became an overnight sensation. It is a tempting example to follow.

When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.

We wish Liz the best of luck on her chosen path.

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SandiaMan's picture

She will be hired by CNN

knukles's picture

Well shit, there you have it!

There it was, the RT providing some of the "better" of financial news of the reality, sucking everybody in, gaining "credibility" when all of a sudden, its owners decide to propagandize something.

Now, where the fuck we seen that shit, before?

New Yawk Times, WSJ, CNN, CNBS, WTF (What the Fuck Broadcasting)  Like how many folks resigned from the Journal when Murdick took over?

So what else is new?

Gotta keep it in perspective.  RT is a propaganda outlet like any other MSM.  The Rus doings in Crimea reek of the Anschluss.  And so what?  The US invaded Grenada to keep a couple of medical students "free"
Hell, they're using the same language we've used in the past FFS.
And Vlad ain't the Angel of Freedom, by any stretch.

S'all fucked up

Skateboarder's picture

I'm quitting cuz... *glances at paper*... my partner... *glances down*.... Hungarian poverty.... *squints at paper*... dissemination of truth... *glance*... proud to be 'murkan.

No one will remember she used to be on RT when she shows up on one of the networks stateside.

Urban Roman's picture

She was confused, because the letter 'R' looks like a 'P' in the Russian alphabet.

BaBaBouy's picture

RT Exposed That 3 Ukrainian BILLIONAIRES $$$ Are Among The New Leadership!

This Is Highly Significant As To Whats Behind The Revolution...

And Of Course NOWHERE MENTIONED In The USA Media...

Kudos RT...

(Its Always About The $$$ MONEY... EVEN In Ukraine Just Follow The Billionaire Money Bitchies...)

tmosley's picture

God, that evil bastard Putin has now invaded RUSSIA.  Is there no place safe from this menace?

gmrpeabody's picture

"Hell, they're using the same language we've used in the past FFS."

ROFLMAO..., (I know what FFS is..) ;-)

macholatte's picture


Journalists my ass!

Those people are not journalists, they are reporters - entertainers. Nothing more.

Walter Cronkite once said he only worked about 3 hours a day. I believe that most of the MSM entertainers barely put in that much time. Diane Sawyer makes what, $10M/yr. Jim Lehrer of PBS makes what, $4M/yr. And the losers on MSNBC - Morning Joe makes $4M/yr with an audience measured as the lowest of the time slot shows.


Follow the money.

-- Deep Throat



jbvtme's picture

stick to the news, girls. you'd both be delivering mail or processing driver's licenses if it wasn't for your eyeliner and mascara.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Abby Martin.  Hot.  Brainy.  She ain't going out with me anytime soon.  But just as well, cuz there's a problem.

She is the preternaturally angry sort, always with anger focused on something or someone, a built-in anger always seeking its next victim, whose anger will, one day, inevitably, sure as death and taxes, be turned on whomever she is with. 

And boy, wouldn't that be fun, day in and day out.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

You know where they discovered her, as a citizen journalist covering Occupy Oakland.

Arius's picture

You go Ms. Wahl!

you are right!  raise your voice and your concerns ... you are an example for all of us!

God speed to you!

looking forward to seeing you on your next show !!!

eurogold's picture

Hope RT sues her and bills her for the hijacked Air Time !

acetinker's picture

You mean that sort of righteous indignance also apparent in Matt Lauer, Dianne Sawyer, (I especially hate that wretched cunt) and others in US media?  Say it ain't so!

giggler321's picture

Dianne Sawyer - that ZH thumb nail makes her look like Dana Barrett, a.k.a. ZUUL

acetinker's picture

You're gonna have to provide some more in4mayshun.  Who is Dana Barrett?


Lore's picture

Here's to a pair of pompous, brainwashed, ignorant DRAMA QUEENS: 


palmereldritch's picture

Being the vacuous Statist-porn-star-for-hire that she is... it's off to Al Jizzeera

Tim_'s picture

Igor Kolomoysky is a jew.

Rule by oligarchs: Kiev appoints billionaires to govern east

"The newly-appointed Dnepropetrovsk governor is Igor Kolomoysky, Ukraine’s third-wealthiest man, with an estimated fortune of $2.4 billion."

"Kolomoysky has a dual Ukrainian-Israeli citizenship and controls his business empire from Switzerland."

Akhmetov joins Ukraine oligarchs in pledging to protect homeland

"Rabbi Shmuel Kaminezki, spiritual leader of the Jewish community in Dnipropetrovsk, praised Mr Kolomoisky and denied Russian claims that extremists out to persecute Russians and other minorities had taken over power in Ukraine."

"'The Jewish community is very proud of his decision to leave his comfort zone and really devote protect the homeland and develop the region,' the Rabbi said."

"'What the Russians, with their propaganda on television and in their statements, are doing is trying to show that Ukraine is anti-Semitic, which is not true. It is very safe here for the Jews. This new Ukrainian leadership is not a fascist leadership, they are patriots,' he added."

A Lunatic's picture

Didn't Tylers shitcan you once already for pimping your shitty blog on their site........?

Angus McHugepenis's picture

Tylers: The poster who keeps spamming this idiotic Angry Sinners blog under various names is becoming very, very tiresome. His useless comments followed by "Bitches" and more recently "Bastards" linked to this junk site are pure spam. I went to the site to look for a contact email which I could abuse severely but alas there was none. While on that shit site the other day, I happened to notice a couple of lines in his post about how he took an enjoyable shit while reading the paper. Quality stuff there, dontcha think?

There is something severely mentally wrong with this idiot to have at least 5 ZH screen names while pumping a useless blog that doesn't even run ads for the piddly click revenue, and I even disabled all my filters just to see if there were any ads. Nope.

The Vineyard, Mister Kitty, National Blessing, The Dunce, orez65

Feel free to abuse the fuck out of this "Smith" idiot in his comment sections, or on his twatter account which is posted on his blog.

frenzic's picture

Look it's the internet, you don't have to click every link you come across. Besides if you hover over it you can see where it leads. When no or almost none new readers emerge from pimping a blog or whatever they'll stop spamming and you'll win without having to put up a fight. This site is regulated enough as it is, a bit too much even lately. Don't make it worse for us and yourself. Feeding trolls attention is not a way to get rid of them.

Angus McHugepenis's picture

frenzic: I'm quite familiar with how the internet works and the fact that you couldn't even find a clear photo of your avatar and learn how to upload it.

Do stop by again when you wish to have your idiocy and balls exposed to the cheering masses. I'll make the arrangements.


infotechsailor's picture

His blog sucks hard. Bible banger movie reviews 

Clever Name's picture

I'm sure we will all doubt Liz's motivations, but I have to say I've never seen any "reporter" resign because of some moral dilemma. Didnt Olberman, Donohue and Jesse just get canned?

As an aside; Wahl is gorgeous, Martin is sexy and hot but not so good looking and I'm sure is a demon in the sack...

WhackoWarner's picture

Again and again and again and again  It just never ends here.  Wahl is pretty? and sexy and hot?

Were we not discussing journalism and media?  WTF?

YOU are the problem whether you know it or not.


YOU lose your job or resign? Please let me know so I can discuss if you are sexy and hot and therefore deserve another consideration. 

Clever Name's picture

I guess you missed the "As an aside" part...

Lore's picture

Re: "demon in the sack..." 

Sure, if you're suitable prey and don't mind being tossed out with yesterday's kitchen scraps. Think about it.

Rakshas's picture

............. Yeah...... I'm good with it....


>>>>>> Lauren Lyster >>>>>>> Used to tune when I was working in Singapore

mmmmmmmmm Legs...... er...... Lauren

matrix2012's picture

How's Lauren Lyster now after moving to YAHOOOOOOOO ? Did watch her in RT but never follow her to YAHOOOOO... must admit her legs are catching the eyes :-)

Atomizer's picture

Really? Guess that channel will now have 50 viewers. Always discount the hotel and airport contracts as trure viewers.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Yeah, sorta like that hotel room doormat, USA Today.

chubbar's picture

Don't worry about her, she's smart, she'll land on her back, er feet!

SF beatnik's picture

Gee, thanks,  I was worried.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

You know who her prior employer was to RT

Why CNN and not just any CNN but CNN International the International Arab Informercial Channel.

Atomizer's picture

MSMBC channel offering. They need the reds depolyed back home.

Wahooo's picture

Boob job and a makeover and she'll be just fine.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Her interview with AC on CNN is worth reading:

If she indeed felt as strong as she did, it was her responsibility to look for another job and/or take up the 'Propagandist' issue with her Editor.

In the meantime, Ms. Wahl, please answer these questions:

1. Why did you take the job there in the first place?

2. You didn't realize it was -- as you call it -- a Propagandist medium?  What about journalistic/pre-employment Due Diligence?

3. When did you finally become aware it was 'Propagandist'?

4. Why not take your objections up with your boss/editor and quite professionally, i.e. quietly? 

5. Why the sudden, dramatic and public Disavowal?  Did having a military 'partner' get to him or to you?

6. After the initial fanfare dies down, do you you that other networks will want to hire someone who exits by criticizing them in a Farewell speech?

Antarctico's picture

6. After the initial fanfare dies down, do you you that other networks will want to hire someone who exits by criticizing them in a Farewell speech?

Well, that's the kicker isn't it? She's pulled the pin on air once, who's to say she won't do it again if she is dissatisfied with another on-screen gig. If I was running a broadcast news/infotainment program, I sure as shit wouldn't take the risk by hiring her. She will make the talking head tour this week and by this coming Monday, she will be yesterday's news and no one will ever see her on screen again.

Berspankme's picture

drama queen. media whores blow obama's faggot dick all day long but now she is interested in "dissemenating news". Fuck you cunt- tell the truth about US destabilizing Ukraine with paid neo nazis

adonisdemilo's picture

Where was the "holier than thou" attitude when the US was bombing Iraq and Libya.