RT Reporter Resigns Over “Being Told To…Obscure The Truth” And Having To “Work For Putin”

Submitted by Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

rt-russia-today-logoA 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:

Sara Firth
Sara Firth

“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


USA Today


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””

  1. The on air quittings only prove one thing. Mockingbird is alive and well and that the US is getting owned in the propaganda war.

  2. Yep. Cant trust US media right or left.
    Hell I dont even like my political party anymore. Both parties are garbage.

  3. laudyms

    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:

    Androcracy, Aristocracy, Autocracy, Communist state, Confederation, Consociationalism, Corporatocracy, Corporatism, Demarchy, Democracy, Despotism, Empire, Ethnocracy, Fascist state, Federation, Feudalism, Garrison state, Gerontocracy, Green state, Hierocracy, Isocracy, Interregnum, Kakistocracy, Kratocracy, Kleptocracy, Kritarchy, Kritocracy, Kyriarchy, Logocracy, Matriarchy, Mediocracy, Meritocracy, Minarchism, Monarchy, Nanny state, Nation-state, Nomocracy, Noocracy, Ochlocracy, [Oilagarchy], Oligarchy, Panarchism, Pantisocracy, Parliamentary state, Patriarchy, Provisional government, Plantocracy, Plutocracy, Police state, Polyarchy, Presidential, Puppet state, Republic, Socialist state, Sociocracy, Squirearchy, Stratocracy, Sultanism, Superpower, Supranational union, Synarchy, Technocracy, Thalassocracy, Theocracy, Timocracy, Tribe, Tyranny, Unitary state, [Wartocracy], Welfare state

    (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.

  4. 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.

    1. HarryZ – that is why I get the British papers. They are kind enough to cover the things the MSM are too afraid of.

  5. 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:

    From Baghdad the long struggle to outlast the containment policy of the United States imposed through the UN sanctions seemed tantalizingly close. There was considerable commitment and involvement on the part of states like Russia and Syria, who had developed economic and political stakes in the success of the Regime. From Baghdad’s perspective, they had firm allies, and it appeared the United States was in retreat. The United Nations mechanism to implement the Oil For Food program was being corrupted and undermined. The collapse or removal of sanctions was foreseeable. This goal, always foremost in Saddam’s eyes, was within reach.
    … • Huwaysh instructed MIC [military-industrial complex] general directors to conceal sensitive material and documents from UN inspectors. This was done to prevent inspectors from discovering numerous purchases of illicit conventional weapons and military equipment from firms in Russia, Belarus, and the Former Republic of Yugoslavia.

  6. 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:

    Reporters on the ground aren’t necessarily ideological, Attkisson says, but the major network news decisions get made by a handful of New York execs who read the same papers and think the same thoughts.

    Often they dream up stories beforehand and turn the reporters into “casting agents,” told “we need to find someone who will say . . .” that a given policy is good or bad. “We’re asked to create a reality that fits their New York image of what they believe,” she writes.

    Reporting on the many green-energy firms such as Solyndra that went belly-up after burning through hundreds of millions in Washington handouts, Attkisson ran into increasing difficulty getting her stories on the air. A colleague told her about the following exchange: “[The stories] are pretty significant,” said a news exec. “Maybe we should be airing some of them on the ‘Evening News?’ ” Replied the program’s chief Pat Shevlin, “What’s the matter, don’t you support green energy?”

    Says Attkisson: That’s like saying you’re anti-medicine if you point out pharmaceutical company fraud.


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    Girl Reporter

  7. 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

  8. 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.

    1. 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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