Russia Today Anchors Slam Putin’s Actions In Crimea

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Russia Today anchor Abby Martin slammed Putin’s actions in Crimea:

And RT anchor Liz Wahl resigned on air over Putin’s actions:

Glenn Greenwald and Gilad Atzmon argue that – if Martin isn’t fired – it will show that RT allows more independent journalism than most mainstream American media outlets.

Indeed, Greenwald points out:

Both Donahue and Arnett were fired because of their opposition to the U.S. war. Arnett was fired instantly by NBC after he made critical comments about the war effort on Iraqi television, while a memo from MSNBC executives made clear they were firing Donahue despite his show being the network’s highest-rated program because he would be “a difficult public face for NBC in a time of war”.

During that same time, MSNBC’s rising star Ashleigh Banfield was demoted and then fired after she delivered a stinging rebuke of misleading pro-war TV coverage by U.S. outlets, while Jessica Yellin, at MSNBC during the time of the war, admitted in 2008 that “the press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war that was presented in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president’s high approval ratings” and that executives would change stories to make them more pro-war.

And  Kevin Gostzola points out that U.S. news anchors similarly resigned in the run up to the Iraq war.

In any event, because we are for press freedom all over the world, we commend Martin and Wahl for having the courage of their convictions and speaking their truth.

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  • Sammy

    RT has always been a very right wing news organization. They’ve had everyone fooled, and it is really remarkable. Other than that, it’s generally info-tainment, not serious analysis. Like CNBC, like CNN, like all of ’em. Heritage Foundation, Military Goons, Wall Street Gold Bugs – that’s not a news network, it’s the cartoon channel.

  • Robert Barsocchini

    A lot of propaganda going around right now. Looks like the reporter who resigned, who is obviously very ignorant on many subjects, might have resigned for nothing:

    Russia has had at least 16,000 troops in Crimea since the 90s, as part of a military agreement with Crimea, and is allowed to have up to 25,000. Saying they invaded is like saying the USA also, just now, invaded Germany, since it has 50,000 troops there, and Japan, Korea, and all 130+ countries where the US has troops.

    Obviously, we should want all foreign bases closed, and the country with the most is the country that has war-murdered the most people since 1945.

    And let’s remember: the USA, the country considered to be by enormous margin the greatest threat to world peace, just carried out a Nazi-led regime change in Ukraine, wherein the US-backed forces, as in Syria, mass-murdered people, including civilians, on their own side to blame it on the government and justify their illegal regime change. They are now flying Nazi, fascist, white power, and US Confederate slave state symbols all over Kiev, including in government buildings.

    We DO NOT want the USA to take over the world. That would be bad, bad news. We DO want deterrents to total US global fascism, which is what the US carries out to as great an extent as it can, and what it is working around the clock to carry out in totality.

    • From that article you posted, PCR says:

      “My criticism of Greenwald and Martin has nothing to do with their integrity or their character. I doubt the claims that Abby Martin grandstanded on “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine” in order to boost her chances of moving into the more lucrative “mainstream media.” My point is quite different. Even Abby Martin and Greenwald, both of whom bring us much light, cannot fully escape Western propaganda.

      For example, Martin’s denunciation of Russia for “invading” Ukraine is based on Western propaganda that Russia sent 16,000 troops to occupy Crimea. The fact of the matter is that those 16,000 Russian troops have been in Crimea since the 1990s. Under the Russian-Ukrainian agreement, Russia has the right to base 25,000 troops in Crimea.

      Apparently, neither Abby Martin nor Glenn Greenwald, two intelligent and aware people, knew this fact. Washington’s propaganda is so pervasive that two of our best reporters were victimized by it.”

      • Jenny

        I don’t think anyone, including Glenn Greewald should take on air talent too seriously. Come to think of it, don’t take Glenn Greenwald too seriously. I don’t care what anyone says, as a face on TV today you are not permitted to make independent decisions about much of anything. The idea that RT is directly funded by the Kremlin is laughable nonsense, so is the idea that they are status quo challenging academics. At the risk of sounding mysoginistic, RT can now hire other young and attractive announcers.

  • Modelcaster

    Liz is such a cutie. Note the inquistive head tilt as she’s done with her resignation speech. Anyone less professional would have torn off their mic and stormed out in a blaze of obscenity. This is all part of propaganda effort, people do see these resignations and it does have the reliable affect of influencing perception. This on nearly the same day Hillary Rodham starts accusing people of being Nazis. Good show.

  • ClubToTheHead

    Liz Wahl can’t be considered to be an independent journalist since her husband is a doctor working on military base, subject to security clearances.

    His employment had no chance of surviving the scrutiny of military mass psychosis.

    She crumbled before a real threat to her husband’s economic livelihood, and so for all it’s better that she resigned.

  • Strannik z

    You left out the word “no” in link to Kevin Gosztola, thereby reporting his position exactly backwards.

  • Booya

    lol, that was some mighty fine presstitution.

    Liz Wahl can work for CNN, MSN, or FOX, so many pentagon propaganda choices!

    Fact of the matter is, Russia did not “invade” they have an agreement to station a specific number of troops via Crimea, the same way the U.S. Imperialists have an agreement with countries where they have bases.

    The hypocrisy of U.S./Euro media is astonishing, I’m at a lost for words. This is stuff that Goebbels would give out Propaganda Medals for.