An American journalist based in the Washington D.C. office of the Russian-funded Russia Today network quit during a live broadcast last night, bringing to light the fact that the network has actively been censoring criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Liz Wahl cited “ethical and moral challenges” at Russia Today as the major motivation for her resignation during the broadcast, accusing the network of “promoting a Putinist agenda” and aligning its interests with those of Moscow.
“I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth,” she said, “and that is why, after this newscast, I’m resigning.” “I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin.”
Wahl told Anderson Cooper in her first interview since resigning Wednesday night that portions of her interviews regarding the current crisis in Ukraine were being cut out and altered to protect Russian interests.
“I felt that I could no longer work here and go on television and tell the American people that this is what’s happening and have it pose as news,” she said. “It’s something that I don’t feel comfortable with.”
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.
Late last year, Russia Today kicked gay reporter Jamie Kirchick off the air for wearing rainbow suspenders and discussing Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws. Afterward, they ordered a taxi to leave him on the side of the road on the way to the airport.
Keep it cute, RT!