TV reporter quits over Russia incursion

Another anchor from the state-run Russia Today network is protesting the actions of Russia.

Liz Wahl, an American, quit on the air this afternoon.

“I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government which whitewashes the actions of Putin,” Wahl said. She said her grandparents emigrated from Hungary to the U.S. to escape oppression at the hands of the Soviet Union. “I’m proud to be an American, and believe in disseminating the truth. And that is why, after this newscast, I’m resigning.”

Earlier this week, another American anchor editorialized on air against the Russian move into Crimea, although she did not quit.

  • MrE85

    Well then, problem solved. I wonder what she thought of Mother Russia before the current crisis? A lot of people are upset about Putin’s latest move, but few are really surprised.

    • I detect your attempt to minimize her gesture but she quit mostly over her news organizations inability/unwillingness to tell a story truthfully and in context. In that regard, she has more guts than most people in the business.

      • MrE85

        I agree that on a personal level, her actions were laudable. I was just making the point that resigning in protest rarely changes anything at a workplace.

    • John Peschken

      When someone does something courageous, I don’t see the point in criticizing them for not doing it sooner. It takes guts, and sometimes you have to work up to it.

  • kennedy

    Going against the establishment in a time of strife takes courage. Look how few in the USA questioned the government in the months after September 11. And look at the backlash they got. I imagine that government control in Russia is even stronger, making this a very risky and courageous act.

  • MrE85

    Her former employer responds:

    “When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional,” the channel said. “But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.”