Liz Wahl

Live On-Air Resignation from RT Television Network

Broadcast 6 March 2014, Washington, D.C.


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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 firsthand accounts of the ultimate prices that people pay for this country.

And that is why, personally, I cannot be part of [a] network, funded by the Russian government, that whitewashes the actions of Putin.

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

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