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'RT' Anchor Quits On-Air, Says She Can No Longer Be 'Part of a Network That Whitewashes' Putin's Actions - VIDEO

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Liz Wahl, a news anchor for RT, the state-funded Russian TV network, resigned on-air today over the situation in Ukraine, saying she could no longer be "part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin."

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  1. That's amazing, good for her. I think what makes me so concerned and confused about the Russian people themselves, is why do they fall for Putin? Why are that seemingly so in lockstep with the bull he pushes, when so many of them suffer in poverty? Are they as a people so clueless? I hear about the Russians saying that the Ukraine is full of Fascists that are going to attack them. What?!? It is like they literally have no free will, no ability for objective thought. How do they get themselves free of "Communism", and dismantling the U.S.S.R., but then basically put themselves right back in it?

    Posted by: Critifur | Mar 5, 2014 7:59:36 PM


  2. @Critifur I would think fear is one serious motivator and another is, as she says, the whitewash or brainwashing that takes place. We have that here, in our own country, with the GOP who teach their children that being gay is the worst thing and to hate all gay people, to never let gay people achieve equality. I just hope more Russian reporters step up and refuse to hide the truth about Putin.

    Posted by: Cary Chauvet | Mar 5, 2014 8:28:06 PM


  3. Critifur,

    You have to understand that Putin came to power in time of instability. The 90's in Russia were quite different from the 90's in the West. Suddenly, people's whole world crashed. Western freedom was exciting, but it also brought with it loss of savings, loss of jobs, loss of some certainty in the future (while life in the USSR was bleak, people were not asking themselves if they'll afford bread the next day). And the properties that were owned by the state in USSR were suddenly up for grabs, and many had made money "out of thin air," including with Ponzi schemes, etc.

    Putin brought stability (or rather a couple of American wars brought payment for higher prices for Russian oil and gas). And at the same time, Putin was slowly crushing the independent media, channel after channel, if it weren't owned by a pro-Kremlin businessman (or at least, someone willing to toe the line), were taken away on some charges or through corporate raids and takeovers.

    And for the past 14 years Russian people have had a healthy diet of anti-American propaganda. And even if the propaganda is very crude, when you hear and read it daily all around you, your opinion slowly changes. Russians are not as plugged into the internet. And so the majority of them rely on local TV, radio, and papers, which are under control. (Why do people watch Fox News in the US?) Most of them have not been across the border and so know about the West only from local sources.

    I have encountered Russian people online who seem to genuinely believe that incest is quite legal in Norway. I am serious. I also have encountered Russian gays who think that the Native Americans are forcefully kept in reservations. You'd think they should know better than to trust Russian TV, but no, they don't. They also watch and read local sources all tightly controlled from the Kremlin.

    Posted by: Victor | Mar 5, 2014 8:45:29 PM


  4. Critifur,

    You have to understand that Putin came to power in time of instability. The 90's in Russia were quite different from the 90's in the West. Suddenly, people's whole world crashed. Western freedom was exciting, but it also brought with it loss of savings, loss of jobs, loss of some certainty in the future (while life in the USSR was bleak, people were not asking themselves if they'll afford bread the next day). And the properties that were owned by the state in USSR were suddenly up for grabs, and many had made money "out of thin air," including with Ponzi schemes, etc.

    Putin brought stability (or rather a couple of American wars brought payment for higher prices for Russian oil and gas). And at the same time, Putin was slowly crushing the independent media, channel after channel, if it weren't owned by a pro-Kremlin businessman (or at least, someone willing to toe the line), were taken away on some charges or through corporate raids and takeovers.

    And for the past 14 years Russian people have had a healthy diet of anti-American propaganda. And even if the propaganda is very crude, when you hear and read it daily all around you, your opinion slowly changes. Russians are not as plugged into the internet. And so the majority of them rely on local TV, radio, and papers, which are under control. (Why do people watch Fox News in the US?) Most of them have not been across the border and so know about the West only from local sources.

    I have encountered Russian people online who seem to genuinely believe that incest is quite legal in Norway. I am serious. I also have encountered Russian gays who think that the Native Americans are forcefully kept in reservations. You'd think they should know better than to trust Russian TV, but no, they don't. They also watch and read local sources all tightly controlled from the Kremlin.

    Posted by: Victor | Mar 5, 2014 8:45:34 PM


  5. Wow, the misinformation, disinformation and propaganda is disintegrating before our very eyes!

    Brave lady. Wonder what kind of trip they'll offer her though?

    Posted by: edude | Mar 5, 2014 8:51:38 PM


  6. The time has come.

    Posted by: Canny | Mar 5, 2014 9:17:10 PM


  7. This young lady is a combination of both brains and beauty. Good for her for being so brave.
    Many people in Russia are fed-up with Putin and have protested in the streets against him. He doesn't seem to get it - or care - that almost the whole world is turning against him.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Mar 5, 2014 9:20:44 PM


  8. Why did she work there in the first place if she did not agree with it?

    Posted by: jalapeno | Mar 5, 2014 9:55:54 PM


  9. This upsets her but not the flat out anti Semitic crap her network has produced for years?

    Posted by: Lee | Mar 5, 2014 10:39:51 PM


  10. Maybe one day, we'll see a Faux News reporter quit in the same manner? Naw. They'd never get up the millions a year.

    Misinformation on the news happens everywhere: newspapers, TV, online, etc.

    How many of you have heard about the what's taking place in Honduras w/ the US backed coup that's ruled with an iron fist for several years? Gays and undesirables are killed or disappeared.

    Why do you think none of the major TV news programs has covered the TPP trade agreement? Could it be that the agreement greatly benefits content companies that own the major broadcasters and cable companies? ;-)

    Posted by: Ace | Mar 5, 2014 10:40:41 PM


  11. Obviously, she had no problem with RT's whitewashing of the Russian anti-gay law.

    Posted by: borut | Mar 6, 2014 5:42:50 AM


  12. Unfortunately she's only on RT, the English language channel for the West. Only one or two things have broken through into Russian language broadcasting, which is much more scripted.

    Victor is right about how brainwashed some Russians are. I saw an interview with a Russian woman in Boston who trusted only Russian news and didn't believe anything she saw in the West. In Boston.

    Posted by: KevinVt | Mar 6, 2014 10:10:17 AM


  13. Where was this bimbo when US President George W Bush ordered the invasion of the sovereign nation of Iraq? Hypocrisy much?

    Posted by: Rupert | Mar 6, 2014 10:49:21 AM


  14. @rupert, well the other one, Abby Martin, was surely against it. She was even a 9/11 truther at one point. So her whole reason for being on RT is that she's anti establishment US.

    Posted by: KevinVt | Mar 6, 2014 11:52:52 AM


  15. Critfur: All the Russian Press is state controlled now. All they hear is that The CIA is infiltrating old soviet bloc countries and destablizing the governments. This is the story in Ukraine. The story in the Russian press is that the CIA has overthown the legitimate government and set up a puppet government of fascists and terrorists. That ethic Russians have been threatened and burned out of their homes and killed by these thugs in the employ of the US. That's why they back Putin in this.
    Also the Russian press has been full of stories for the past 5 years saying all of Russia's economic problems are caused by the US meddling in the Russian economy.

    This is dictator 101. Identify and outside threat to blame all the shortcomings of local problems on. Control the press.
    If all the populace hears is that country X is trying to destablize your economy, is overthrowing neighboring governments, is terrifying your ethnic groups in these neighboring countries, you would be up in arms too.
    Also in Crimea, the majority Russian speaking area of Ukraine, all they get is media from Russia so they are hearing the same thing. They are terrified that they are going to be killed or persecuted if the revolution succeeds.

    Posted by: Liam | Mar 6, 2014 12:13:57 PM


  16. that's actually a profoundly brave thing she's done.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 6, 2014 12:47:02 PM


  17. This is admirable, but does she really think that America is any better? Surely people can understand that we believe in what we believe and other people see things in a different way? I don't think the vast majority of Americans really know anything historically about the 20th century. We used to be accused of being American-centric, but it seems we are just stupid-centric now.

    Posted by: Alex N | Mar 6, 2014 4:53:12 PM


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