Russia Today Reporter Quits in Protest at Malaysia Airlines Crash Coverage

Russia Today Reporter Quits Protest Malaysia
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LONDON — Sara Firth, a correspondent for English-language news channel Russia Today, has ankled the Kremlin-controlled web in protest at its coverage of the Malaysia Airlines disaster in Eastern Ukraine.

The London-based journalist said the channel’s reporting of the crash was the “straw that broke the camel’s back,” according Press Gazette, a website for U.K. journalists.

Russia Today has taken President Putin’s line that Ukraine was to blame for the crash, rather than the pro-Russian rebels.

“Yesterday (Thursday), when the story broke, you get the kick in your stomach when you’re going to get the facts and it’s this huge story.

“And I walked into the newsroom and they were running an eye-witness account of God-knows who the person was blaming the Ukrainian government, and it is such a volatile situation,” she told Press Gazette.

“I said (in a 2012 interview), if I was asked to burn the facts and not tell the truth, I’d be a goner, and so I’m gone. It’s the level of disrespect for the facts that really bugs me.

“I made my decision yesterday when we started covering the story and this morning I woke up and I just knew that I can’t go back in any more.

“The thing is, once I made the decision, you have to be honest with yourself and it’s so difficult … Once you start telling the truth it’s brutal.”

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  1. Hollwyood Mark says:

    Here is the full story on RT anchor who quit in March of this year:
    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/how_cold_war-hungry_neocons_stage_managed_liz_wahls_resignation_20140319
    Truthdig dug out the truth after The Hollywood Reporter was duped by her neocon handlers:
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/russia-today-anchor-liz-wahl-689798
    I think we shall see a similar story with Sarah Firth – don’t take the bait Variety – oh snap – you already did! Sad. They burned THR and couldn’t go back there so they went to Variety. I wish you guys had checked THR duping first….

  2. Hollwyood Mark says:

    http://21stcenturywire.com/2014/03/25/exposed-neocon-tool-liz-wahl-embarks-on-rear-guard-pr-defense-tour/
    In case anyone is curious about Liz Wahl, the last outraged RT newscaster to quit her job. Check out the link above.

  3. Dan says:

    Now if only American journalists would have the same ethics.

  4. Doug Deaton says:

    God bless her for her character and honesty; something so lacking in the “modern day” Russia that is now, looking more like the old failed state Soviet Union and run by the KGB… after all, isn’t Putin a leftover from that regime? Once again, Russia is caught in a series of lies, and it’s another case of the “Emperor’s New Clothes” – and they are only trying to convince themselves. Everyone else in the world knows the truth!

  5. jsanjuan1967 says:

    I don’t trust Putin at all! He is tyrant today!

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