RT anchor Liz Wahl said she could no longer be “part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin.”
Russia Today anchor Liz Wahl announced her resignation live on air Wednesday, saying she couldn’t “be part of a network that whitewashes the actions” of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Wahl began her remarks by referencing comments another personality on the government-funded TV network made criticizing Russia’s invasion of the Ukrainian region of Crimea.
“Last night RT made headlines when one of our anchors went on the record and said Russian intervention in Crimea is wrong and indeed, as a reporter on this network, I face many ethical and moral challenges,” Wahl said.
Wahl noted her grandparents were Hungarian refugees who fled Soviet oppression, and that she could no longer work for the station. She also cited her “partner” who works as a “physician at a military base.”
“He sees every day the firsthand accounts of the ultimate prices people pay for this country,” Wahl said of her partner. “That is why, personally, I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin. I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth. And that is why, after this newscast, I’m resigning.”