Thursday, 6 March 2014

News anchor quits live on air


A TV news anchor has quit live on air over her channel's presentation of Russia's incursion into Crimea.

Liz Wahl, who presents for Russia Today (RT), accused the channel of misrepresenting the crisis - and in particular the actions of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

It comes after her colleague on the channel, Abby Martin, also made an extraordinary speech criticising Russia's actions.

Wahl said: ''Personally I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin,'' anchor Liz Wahl said live from the network's Washington, D.C. studio.

''I'm proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I am resigning."

'Wahl cited her family heritage as part of the motivation for why she chose to resign.

Her grandparents, Wahl said, emigrated to the United States as refugees during the Hungarian Revolution to escape Soviet forces.

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