SEE IT: Anchor at Russian network quits on air over ‘whitewashing’ of Putin’s actions

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(Los Angeles Times) – An American journalist said she was quitting a Russian-backed TV station in an on-air protest Wednesday, telling viewers “I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government, that whitewashes the actions of [President Vladimir] Putin.”

Liz Wahl, an anchor for the English-language network RT, made her announcement after criticism that RT, also known as Russia Today, had taken a sympathetic stance on the Russian intervention in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

A day earlier, RT journalist Abby Martin made on-air remarks critical of the Russian government’s actions in Crimea, telling viewers, “What Russia did was wrong.”

Wahl prefaced her resignation Wednesday by citing Martin’s remarks, adding, “Indeed, as a reporter on this network, I face many ethical and moral challenges, especially me personally…. My grandparents came here as refugees during the Hungarian revolution, ironically to escape the Soviet forces.”

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