Anchor Liz Wahl announces her resignation from RT America

WATCH: RT anchor Liz Wahl quits on-air, slams Putin’s actions into Ukraine

Wahl told viewers of RT America that she could not be part of a network that 'whitewashes the action of Putin' and then resigned.



Anchor Liz Wahl resigned from her position at RT America on Wednesday, ending her on-air broadcast with a monologue ripping the news outlet’s political slant and funding.

(RT stands for Russia Today and the channel’s slogan is ‘Question More’.)

“Personally, I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government, that whitewashes the actions of Putin,” Wahl said. “I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth and that is why, after this newscast, I am resigning.”

Russian troops have invaded and taken control of much of Crimea, an area of Ukraine.

Ukraine’s president has since called on Russian president Vladimir Putin to “stop this mess.”

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that Canada will send two “observers” on an “unarmed military mission” to Ukraine.

Harper also called Russia’s invasion of the country “a clear violation of international law.”

After her broadcast, Wahl spoke to The Daily Beast about her resignation.

“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,” she said.

“It actually makes me feel sick that I worked there… It’s not a sound news organization, not when your agenda is making America look bad.”

(Read The Daily Beast’s full story and interview with Wahl, by reporter James Kirchick.)

Wahl started off her broadcast with the following editorial:

“Last night, RT made international 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, especially me personally coming from a family whose grandparents, my grandparents came here as refugees during the Hungarian revolution, ironically to escape the Soviet forces.

“I have family on the opposite side on my mother’s side, that sees the daily grind of poverty, and 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.”

Here’s anchor Abby Martin – “one of our anchors” as Wahl called her – denouncing Russia’s invasion of Crimea:

Just Posted

Home care transition could exasperate worker shortage: Seniors advocate

Advocate fears impact of eight-hour shift model on an industry under stress

New festival celebrating Croatian culture to be held in Victoria

CROfest will be held May 4 and 5 at Croatian Catholic Church of St. Leopold Mandíc

High of 14 C for Wednesday

Plus a look ahead at your weekend forecast

Tryouts underway for Oak Bay High golf team

Cool April weather brings a chilly start for school team

WATCH: Police call Happy Valley shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident

One person in custody, another fled following crash on Kelly Road

Wanted by Crime Stoppers

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt?

Images of one of the word’s most iconic landmarks were seared into… Continue reading

Should B.C. parents receive money if they make sure their kids are vaccinated?

New survey looks at public opinion around government’s role in forcing immunizations

‘Cutthroat’ sport of wine tasting happening in B.C.

BC Tasting Games are underway with competitions in three Okanagan communities.

Early data suggests no post-legalization spike in drug-impaired driving charges

Many police departments are prioritizing investigations related to drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

Most Read