Russian TV Anchor Quits On Live Broadcast
RT America is a TV news channel funded by the Russian government. Anchor Liz Wahl went off-script today and resigned to protest Putin. RT America responded in part:
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.
We wish Liz the best of luck on her chosen path.
UPDATE: Dang, I posted this before checking the TAC website. I see that Dan McCarthy already wrote about this story. He includes some interesting commentary about it, saying that he’s frustrated with RT viewers in this country who side with RT:
How can certain libertarians or government-skeptical leftists think that as long as the spin is coming from a government other than America’s it must actually be the truth?
Unfortunately, the answer is all too plain: if you think that the U.S. federal government is the source of all evil in your life, your country, and the world, then it stands to reason—almost—that whatever contradicts Washington is on the side of truth.
A Ukrainian immigrant friend who votes Republican told me that he’s so frustrated with fellow conservatives here who watch RT and believe it’s line about events in Ukraine and Crimea. He can’t understand why so many of them are ready to believe the best about Putin. It is possible, you know, to be critical of American foreign policy and critical of Russian foreign policy at the same time.