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Russia Today anchor Liz Wahl quits live on air

Posted by Lara Salahi  March 6, 2014 11:02 AM

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Another Russia Today television anchor has come out in opposition the Russian state-funded channel.

Liz Wahl, an American anchor for Russia Today, announced her resignation from the channel at the end of her evening broadcast.

As a reporter on this network I face many ethical and moral challenges especially me personally coming from a family whose grandparents came here as refugees during the Hungarian revolution, ironically to escape the Soviet forces," she said.

Wahl mentioned that her father is an American veteran and her partner is a physician working on an American military base who, "sees every day the first-hand accounts of the ultimate prices that people pay for this country."

"And that is why personally I cannot be part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin," she said.

Earlier this week, another RT anchor Abby Martin ended her show Breaking the Set with a 90-second editorial about the ongoing political crisis calling Russia's presence in the region a "military occupation." Unlike Wahl, Martin did not resign and a response from the broadcaster indicated that she would not be reprimanded for her statements.

In an interview Wednesday night with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Wahl said that her decision to resign was well calculated.

She told CNN she had "hesitated to speak on this for a while for fear of repercussion," mainly from RT's management. She exercised a form of self-censorship.

"RT is not about the truth; it's about promoting a Putinist agenda," Wahl told CNN. "And I can tell you firsthand, it's about bashing America."


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