During a live news broadcast of "Russia Today," news anchor Liz Wahl announces her resignation, stating her opposition to RT America's editorial agenda.
Wahl expressed her disagreements with the editorial policies and practices within the network. Wahl said she believes the network "whitewashes" the military actions and strategies of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
"Indeed, as a reporter on this network, I face many moral and ethical challenges," Wahl said during her report that was just over a minute long.
"I'm proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth. And that is why after this newscast, I am resigning," she said.
Shortly after her announcement, RT released the following statement regarding her decision:
Ms. Wahl's resignation comes on the heels of her colleague Abby Martin's recent comments in which she voiced her disagreement with certain policies of the Russian government and asserted her editorial independence. The difference is, Ms. Martin spoke in the context of her own talk show, to the viewers who have been tuning in for years to hear her opinions on current events, the opinions that most media did not care about until two days ago. For years Ms. Martin has been speaking out against US military intervention only to be ignored by the mainstream news outlets -- but with that one comment, branded as an act of defiance, she became an overnight sensation. It is a tempting example to follow. 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. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.