– Russia Today Responds To Wahl Public Departure: Just A “Self-Promotional Stunt” (ZeroHedge, March 7, 2014):
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.
– Russia Today Anchor Quits Live On Air Over “Whitewashed” Coverage Of Putin (ZeroHedge, March 5, 2014):
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.