March 5th, 2014
08:39 PM ET

RT responds to Liz Wahl's resignation

Former RT anchor Liz Wahl just spoke with Anderson Cooper about her decision to resign on-air over the network's coverage of the Ukraine crisis. RT just released the following statement on Ms. Wahl's resignation. 

"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.  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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  1. robholl

    Definitely lending my support to Liz Wahl and Abby Martin for standing up to the blatantly one-sided FOXNEWS-like Putin echo-chamber that's characterized RT's 'reporting' on this crisis.

    The Whole World Is Watching to see what the repercussion of actions like these brave and ethical journalists/anchors unfolds as the crisis continues and beyond.

    March 5, 2014 at 10:07 pm |

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