Liz Wahl made it clear on Wednesday that she was proud to be an American and could no longer work for RT America, the Kremlin-funded TV network, because it forced her to twist the truth. After her on-air declaration, she explained her decision to the Daily Beast.
Wahl’s decision was something she put plenty of thought into, even if her announcement stunned viewers. She told the Daily Beast exclusively: “When I came on board from the beginning I knew what I was getting into, but I think I was more cautious and tried to stay as objective as I could.” But Wahl's superiors continued to repeatedly censor her and distort the truth. Wahl felt the only way she could preserve her integrity would be to exit the news network.
Looking back, Wahl cannot believe she worked for the network. “It actually makes me feel sick that I worked there,” Wahl said to the Daily Beast. “It’s not a sound news organization, not when your agenda is making America look bad.”
RT referred to Wahl’s on-air resignation as a “self-promotion stunt,” in a statement to Buzzfeed. RT said Wahl’s resignation came on the heels of RT host Abby Martin ending her program “Break the Set.” Martin condemned Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and when RT wanted to send Martin to Crimea, which is now being threatened with occupation by Russian troops, she refused. But Martin and Wahl obviously differ.
The Daily Beast pointed out that while Martin might be praised by many for refusing to go Crimea, she also continues to work for RT and “cash Putin paychecks,” while Wahl is now unemployed. During a phone interview with Buzzfeed, Martin said she didn't have any plans on resigning like her former colleague.
“I think we have different jobs here and you’re going to have to ask her why she did what she did,” Martin told Buzzfeed. “I honestly have no comment. I’m just going to maintain what I did for now. I don’t know what her motivations were.”
“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 told network viewers.
“I’m very lucky to have grown up here in the United States. I’m the daughter of a veteran. My partner is a physician at a military base where he 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. I am proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth and that is why after this newscast I’m resigning.”
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