Among other concerns, Wahl, citing her own family’s escape from Soviet terror to find refuge in the United States, said she could not be part of a network that is funded by the Russian government and “whitewashes” the actions of former KGB man and current president Vladimir Putin.
RT and some critics of the move suggested Wahl was engaged in a self-promoting publicity “stunt” following the international attention showered on another journalist for the network, Abby Martin, who spoke out on air about her strong disagreements with the Russian government’s policies in Ukraine. Across much of the U.S. establishment media, however, which has also been blasted by critics and even former reporters as largely propaganda, Wahl is being celebrated as a sort of hero for her decision.
“I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government, that whitewashes the actions of Putin,” Wahl told viewers in announcing her resignation. “As a reporter on this network, I face many ethical and moral challenges, especially me personally. My grandparents came here as refugees during the Hungarian revolution, ironically to escape the Soviet forces.... I'm proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I am resigning.”
Since her departure, the former RT journalist has become even more vocal, lambasting her ex-employer in a series of media interviews. In a segment with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, for example, Wahl said she decided to resign from Kremlin-funded outlet amid the crisis in Ukraine because “the propagandist nature of RT came out in full force.” She also cited an interview she did with non-interventionist champion Ron Paul in which a key question and answer were cut out by RT.
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Photo at top: Screen-grab of announcing her resignation during her live show