Liz Wahl, an anchor on state-funded Russia Today, shocked viewers last night when she took a stand against President Vladimir Putin… by resigning on air!
"I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin," Wahl said at the end of her broadcast, following a discussion of the "ethical and moral challenges" she has faced on the Russia Today team.
Wahl hails from a family who escaped Soviet rule during the 1956 Hungarian revolution and is the daughter of a U.S. veteran.
"I'm proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth," Wahl said. "And that is why, after this newscast, I'm resigning."
In a statement, Russia Today referred to Wahl's move as a "self-promotional stunt," an accusation she denied when later speaking with Anderson Cooper.
Wahl said the concept that she did this "for personal gain ... couldn't be farther from the truth."
She added that she'd "hesitated to speak on this for a while for fear of repercussion," but chose to finally act due to belief "the propagandist nature of RT (had come) out in full force" over its coverage of the Ukraine crisis.
"RT is not about the truth; it's about promoting a Putinist agenda," Wahl told CNN. "And I can tell you firsthand, it's about bashing America."