Russia Today Anchors Slam Putin’s Actions In Crimea

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Russia Today anchor Abby Martin slammed Putin’s actions in Crimea:

And RT anchor Liz Wahl resigned on air over Putin’s actions:

Glenn Greenwald and Gilad Atzmon argue that – if Martin isn’t fired – it will show that RT allows more independent journalism than most mainstream American media outlets.

Indeed, Greenwald points out:

Both Donahue and Arnett were fired because of their opposition to the U.S. war. Arnett was fired instantly by NBC after he made critical comments about the war effort on Iraqi television, while a memo from MSNBC executives made clear they were firing Donahue despite his show being the network’s highest-rated program because he would be “a difficult public face for NBC in a time of war”.

During that same time, MSNBC’s rising star Ashleigh Banfield was demoted and then fired after she delivered a stinging rebuke of misleading pro-war TV coverage by U.S. outlets, while Jessica Yellin, at MSNBC during the time of the war, admitted in 2008 that “the press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war that was presented in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president’s high approval ratings” and that executives would change stories to make them more pro-war.

And  Kevin Gostzola points out that U.S. news anchors similarly resigned in the run up to the Iraq war.

In any event, because we are for press freedom all over the world, we commend Martin and Wahl for having the courage of their convictions and speaking their truth.

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