Submitted by Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
A second reporter for the Russia backed television network RT (Formerly known as Russia Today) has resigned her position due to what she considered to be being required to obscure the truth and whitewash the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin. She made the announcement via a RT News Broadcast she anchored.
RT Reporter Sara Firth, based in London, resigned after five years with the network. She informed the publication Press Gazette the final straw came with a published report of the Malaysian Airlines crash in The Ukraine she considered to be evasive of the truth.
During the interview with Press Gazette, she reportedly stated that after the Thursday story:
“I walked into the newsroom, and they were running an eyewitness account of God knows who the person was blaming the Ukrainian government, and it is such a volatile situation. It’s the level of disrespect for the facts that really bugs me. I couldn’t do it any more, We’re lying every single day … and finding sexier ways to do it.”
According to Sarah, the RT Style Manual for editorials states that reporters are to cast blame on Ukraine or any other factor causing the downing of the Malaysian airliner and not blame Russia. She stated further:
“It’s scary that it’s genuine RT guidance on how to do a story, and you have to believe it to succeed there. You stop believing that what they say is the way it is and you stop being useful to them.”
For its part RT issued a statement on the matter that it was not surprised by Sarah’s actions and that it was anticipated because she accepted a position with another news agency.
“Sara has declared that she chooses the truth; apparently we have different definitions of truth. We believe that truth is what our reporters see on the ground, with their own eyes, and not what’s printed in the morning London newspaper.”
The Russian Government, especially under the leadership of President Putin has demonstrated a systemic disregard for the tenets of objective reporting and has been accused of going to such lengths of having reporters and dissenters imprisoned and in a few cases reporters were murdered with some evidence linking these crimes to the government. The oppression of the free press is rife and presented to be under the auspices a credible source of news while at the same time presenting reporting favorable to the Russian government and its leadership. It is showing further that Russia is returning to the days of Radio Moscow and Pravda of the Soviet period of Russia, something President Putin has declared to be a system he favors and laments that its collapse was one of the worst events in Russian history.
By Darren Smith
Photo Credit: RT via YouTube screen shot
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37 thoughts on “RT Reporter Resigns Over “Being Told To…Obscure The Truth” And Having To “Work For Putin””
The on air quittings only prove one thing. Mockingbird is alive and well and that the US is getting owned in the propaganda war.
Yep. Cant trust US media right or left.
Hell I dont even like my political party anymore. Both parties are garbage.
Dredd and Schulte- argue about labels…. But is it possible you both despise tyranny?
Anything is possible but that is beside the issue I commented on.
Which is how Saint Ronny Raygun afficianodos can subscribe to the murder of government (drowning someone in a bathtub is murder).
It is a philosophy that American government should be murdered.
Also, if they would drown the American government, what would they do to these forms of government:
(The Government of MOMCOM: Wartocracy – 2).
The approach to government that only wants to drown it in a bathtub reminds me of the Queen who had only one policy “Off with their heads.”
Mob tyranny or government tyranny are both bad, and both are wrong.
But if we want to remain sane we will fix what is wrong with government, which does not mean murdering it by drowning or waterboarding.
Or blaming individuals for social problems greater than any one person.
Sanity does not include making government bigger.
Fascinating article Dredd. Bookmarked to read later. Thank you!
Sad part is RT does have some good information when it comes to the US govt. Id still trust RT over US Media when it comes to covering US DOMESTIC policy and even some foreign.
Look we know we cant trust Putin but it isnt like you can trust any US major media either. The only things I tend to listen to Putin on is when he points out the hypocrisy and double standards the US govt both expects and imposes.
This is why Independent Media is becoming the better option.
HarryZ – that is why I get the British papers. They are kind enough to cover the things the MSM are too afraid of.
Other than Saddam, Russia was the main proponent of the false narrative that Operation Iraqi Freedom was “based on lies” (Turley), though to be fair, the Russian propaganda only grew legs when the false narrative was adopted by the Democrats in order to gain the White House.
From the Iraq Survey Group’s Duelfer Report:
Sharon Attkinson has a new book out called Stonewalled about the media in Obama’s Washington. Here is an excerpt from a story about it, and the link:
Dredd and Schulte- argue about labels…. But is it possible you both despise tyranny? There’s room in the world for different flavors of economic life.
Meanwhile I would love to hear each of your takes on this article:
The Imperative of Revolt
By Chris Hedges — http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_imperative_of_revolt_20141019/
Two leading political philosophers, Sheldon Wolin and John Ralston Saul, explore the corporations’ slow-motion coup d’état and the prospects of financial collapse and revolt.
Posted on Oct 19, 2014
FWIW, you can get a pdf of Bernay’s book, Propaganda, here:
It is scary how right he is, and how sooo many people never realize how they are being constantly manipulated.
Paul C. Schulte
The Nazis were Socialists. So, yes, I am concerned about the Socialists coming.
Yeah, socialists like the “sociable” ones here.
I would not expect the ilk of your words to know the difference or sameness among fascism, socialism, communism, and democracy.
The only word they know is SETDIABT government (“small enough to drown in a bathtub”).
I can’t discern why drowning a government makes it the best, even at the HQ of Saint Ronny Raygun (NAUGHTINGHAM).
The NAUGHTZIES in your persuasion have to use that since zee intellects … well … aren’t doing so … well.
You are using ilk incorrectly. In fact, your whole comment does not make sense. I am sure you think you have made a point, but damned if I can figure it out.
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