Wahl said she faces several ‘ethical and moral challenges’ as a reporter for the Russian-funded TV network. ‘I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I’m resigning,” she said.
By Sasha Goldstein / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 6:31 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:06 PM
A “Russia Today” anchor broke through the Iron Curtain.
Liz Wahl, who was a Washington, D.C. correspondent for the state-owned television station, quit live on-air Wednesday because she does not agree with the network’s backing of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine’s Crimea region.
The self-described “Filipina-Hungarian-American” said she faces several “ethical and moral challenges” as a reporter for the network.
Wahl described herself as the daughter of a veteran who grew up in the United States. Her partner, she said, is a military-base physician “where he sees every day first hand accounts of the ultimate prices people pay for this country.”
“And that is why personally, I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin,” she said as she went off-script on live TV. “I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I’m resigning.”
During her minute-long statement, Wahl also mentioned the “international headlines” that Abby Martin, a host of the show, made Tuesday night when she said “Russian intervention in the Crimea is wrong.”
Wahl tweeted about “my girl” Abby Martin for going “spectacularly off-message in Ukraine broadcast.”
She also wrote about her grandparents who fled Hungary during revolution of 1956.
Just spoke to grandparents who came to US as refugees escaping Soviets during Hungarian revolution. Amazing to hear amid new Cold War fears
— Liz Wahl (@lizwahl) March 5, 2014
RT released a statement later Wednesday, writing that Wahl made “a big show of a personal decision” as part of “a self-promotional stunt.”
“We wish Liz the best of luck on her chosen path,” the network wrote.
Wahl described the TV stations inner workings during a segment with Anderson Cooper on CNN later Wednesday.Link… http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/russia-today-anchor-quits-live-air-russian-invasion-ukraine-article-1.1712043