A "Russia Today" anchor broke through the Iron Curtain.
Liz Wahl, who was a Washington, D.C. correspondent for the state-owned television station, quit live on-air Wednesday because she does not agree with the network’s backing of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine’s Crimea region.
The self-described “Filipina-Hungarian-American” said she faces several “ethical and moral challenges” as a reporter for the network.
Wahl described herself as the daughter of a veteran who grew up in the United States. Her partner, she said, is a military-base physician “where he sees every day first hand accounts of the ultimate prices 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,”
she said as she went off-script on live TV. “I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I’m resigning.”
During her minute-long statement, Wahl also mentioned the “international headlines” that Abby Martin, a host of the show, made Tuesday night when she said “Russian intervention in the Crimea is wrong.”