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Mon Feb 2, 2015, 07:18 PM

 

TYT Flashback: RT reporter says “Every single day we’re lying and finding sexier ways to do it.”



"It seems every time the world pays attention to Russia Today, the Kremlin-backed "news" channel, someone who works there realized they probably shouldn't.

Earlier this year, during the Russian invasion of Crimea, RT anchor Liz Wahl resigned on-air, refusing to be "part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin." (Fellow anchor Abby Martin also criticized the network, but still works there.) Following yesterday's anti-Ukraine coverage of the passenger jet shot out of the sky, another journalist has quit in a very public way. But at least it wasn't on TV. Just Twitter."* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz (Turner Classic Movies), Michael Shure, and John Iadarola (TYT University) break it down.


http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/russia-today-correspondent-resigns-over-coverage-of-ukranian?bftw=main#.ctd7R3WLk

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Reply TYT Flashback: RT reporter says “Every single day we’re lying and finding sexier ways to do it.” (Original post)
uhnope Feb 2015 OP
Tarheel_Dem Feb 2015 #1
tclambert Feb 2015 #2
blkmusclmachine Feb 2015 #3
LineLineNew Reply !
DeSwiss Feb 2015 #15
snappyturtle Feb 2015 #4
newthinking Feb 2015 #5
uhnope Feb 2015 #6
newthinking Feb 2015 #7
uhnope Feb 2015 #8
newthinking Feb 2015 #9
uhnope Feb 2015 #10
newthinking Feb 2015 #11
FBaggins Feb 2015 #14
FBaggins Feb 2015 #13
imthevicar Feb 2015 #17
freshwest Feb 2015 #21
stonecutter357 Feb 2015 #12
DeSwiss Feb 2015 #16
uhnope Feb 2015 #18
great white snark Feb 2015 #19
Turborama Feb 2015 #20

Response to uhnope (Original post)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 07:40 PM

1. Ahhh memories.

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 08:02 PM

2. So did Fox News offer her a job?

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Response to tclambert (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 08:18 PM

3. HA!

 

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Response to tclambert (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 3, 2015, 10:02 AM

15. !

 

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 08:31 PM

4. Old news. Yawn. Where is Liz Wahl working today?

It took two and a half years for her to figure out her midfit in a job?

http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-04-24/liz-wahl-former-rt-journalist-quits-and-prospers

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 09:37 PM

5. She did this PR with neocons. So how many western journalists feel safe enough to quit publically?

None, because they would never get another job if they ever exposed the heavy hand of their editor.

There are different kinds of propaganda. Don't fool yourself.

Project Censored:

WHAT IS MODERN CENSORSHIP?

At Project Censored, we examine the coverage of news and information important to the maintenance of a healthy and functioning democracy. We define Modern Censorship as the subtle yet constant and sophisticated manipulation of reality in our mass media outlets. On a daily basis, censorship refers to the intentional non-inclusion of a news story – or piece of a news story – based on anything other than a desire to tell the truth. Such manipulation can take the form of political pressure (from government officials and powerful individuals), economic pressure (from advertisers and funders), and legal pressure (the threat of lawsuits from deep-pocket individuals, corporations, and institutions).

http://www.projectcensored.org/censorship/

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Response to newthinking (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 10:18 PM

6. Putin apologia and RT BS knows no limits. + Golden Rolodex

 

Last edited Fri Feb 20, 2015, 03:43 PM - Edit history (2)

It's getting bizarre. Why does a progressive and probably antiwar website let active proponents of an actual fascist regime, that is actively waging war, run wild? Criticize them and you get:

LEAVE PUTIN ALONE! LEAVE RT ALONE


Ever notice that the Putin sympathizers repeat the same few sources over and over again?

They seem to have a fondness for the anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying website:
"Vineyard of the Saker"
Holocaust denial: http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2011/03/predictably-youtube-censors-alan.html

Here's a good DU summary showing how the website says the Ukrainian gov't is "99% comprised of Jewish Zionists" : http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016100356#post26

DU has been not allowing this website to be linked to for some time, because it's a lot like Stormfront or Vdare: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014808123#post4

The washed-up apologists club:

The most laughable: Robert Parry. Back in the 80s he did good work; now he's a bad joke. http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1014&pid=854333
Oh yes (Haters hate Putin because he's been too peaceful)

& his Consortium News http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1014&pid=854333
Common Dreams

John Pilger. http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017234336

Stephen Cohen. The once-respected scholar has so embarrassed himself lately that academia doesn't want money if his name is on it: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016112713#post2
see also http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251357086#post1
see also https://disunitedstates.org/?p=6170

And where does this money in Cohen's name come from? His one-percenter wife, Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of The Nation. Speaking of which:

The Nation http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2014/07/stephen_cohen_vladimir_putin_s_apologist_the_nation_just_published_the_most.html

Lawrence Wilkerson: Good whistleblower gone bad--now he's a professional gadfly/conspiracy theorist who goes on the Kremlin media to self-promote his very wrong predictions about the always-evil US.

I hate to add:
Seymour Hersh (great work during the Vietnam War but now he's lost it, having devolved into "the US must be wrong in every conflict" territory)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1014&pid=748466

Thom Hartmann--I agree with Hartmann's politics 99% of the time, but having his show on RT has really made him knuckle under to the guy paying his rent.

And these:
Of course Russia Today AKA Putin TV
Counterpunch: they've really lost it
PFIP
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More:
Glenn Greenwald: http://www.newsday.com/opinion/columnists/cathy-young/u-s-critic-blind-to-putin-media-control-cathy-young-1.7346637

Paul Craig Roberts: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025726000

Someone possibly named Michael Collins: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1403/S00159/the-childrens-crusade-obama-and-merkel-go-after-russia.htm
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More:
There's definitely something fishy about "The Real News Network"

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Response to uhnope (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 10:25 PM

7. How Cold War-Hungry Neocons Stage Managed RT Anchor Liz Wahl’s Resignation

You seem to have a terrible time dealing with facts. You are offended by someone who posts them?


How Cold War-Hungry Neocons Stage Managed RT Anchor Liz Wahl’s Resignation
Posted on Mar 19, 2014


The “Freedom selfie” from James Kirchick’s Twitter feed.

By Max Blumenthal and Rania Khalek

For her public act of protest against Russia Today’s coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory and supposedly advancing the agenda of Vladimir Putin in Washington, D.C., previously unknown news anchor Liz Wahl has suddenly become one of the most famous unemployed people in America. After her on-air resignation from the cable news channel, Wahl appeared on the three major American cable news outlets—CNN, Fox News, MSNBC—to denounce the heavy-handed editorial line she claims her bosses imposed on her and other staffers.

“What’s clear is what’s happening right now amid this crisis is that RT is not about the truth,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “It’s about promoting a Putinist agenda. And I can tell you firsthand, it’s also about bashing America.”

Wahl’s act of defiance eventually earned her invitations from “The View” and “The Colbert Report,” offering her the opportunity to introduce millions of Americans to a Russian government-funded network whose Nielsen ratings have been too low to measure, but which commands a massive following on YouTube. Wahl was the toast of Washington, winning plaudits from a variety of prime-time pundits, from MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (“remarkably badass”) to the conservative Amanda Carpenter (“Liz Wahl is proud to be an American and in the last five minutes I think she made everyone else proud to be one, too.”)

The celebration of Wahl fed directly into a BuzzFeed expose on “How The Truth Is Made at Russia Today,” with writer Rosie Gray painting a portrait of an “atmosphere of censorship and pressure” on American staffers toiling in RT’s D.C. offices. RT had long been the subject of criticism and ridicule for its promotion of Zeitgeist-style trutherism and libertarian paranoia, but Wahl now placed RT under unprecedented scrutiny, with mainstream U.S. media sounding the alarm about a bulwark of soft Russian power situated just blocks from the White House.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/how_cold_war-hungry_neocons_stage_managed_liz_wahls_resignation_20140319

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Response to newthinking (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 10:30 PM

8. thanks for the laugh. Of course it was a conspiracy!!!!!!!

 

because you Putin-sympathizing bigots can imagine people who do things out of conscience

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Response to uhnope (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 10:51 PM

9. Well there goes another liberal site on to your communist black site list

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Response to newthinking (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 10:53 PM

10. overpaid.

 

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Response to uhnope (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 10:56 PM

11. really bugs you

when people don't toe your line eh?

I figure every one of your jabs means that it has struck a nerve. Do you really think that people don't see through the seething in your posts?

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Response to newthinking (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 3, 2015, 09:58 AM

14. Did you read the entire piece?

Are Bloomenthal and Khalek also right-wing neocons?

Six current employees of RT were interviewed for this investigation. All are Americans who made no secret of their qualms with the network’s coverage of Russia-related issues. Some said they bristled at an increasingly suffocating atmosphere rife with heavy-handed editorial imposition, while others in different positions at the network said they still enjoyed a modicum of independence. All insisted on speaking anonymously for fear of repercussions. Four of the sources were personally acquainted with Wahl and worked or interacted with her on a regular basis.

...snip...

The overthrow of Ukraine’s Russian-oriented government on Feb. 22 and the Russian invasion of Crimea five days later sent shockwaves through RT’s Washington bureau. Abby Martin, a host of the RT program “Breaking the Set,” who was known for her trenchant critiques of mainstream U.S. media and denunciations of American militarism, was among the staffers who bristled at Putin’s actions.

In the final segment of a March 3 broadcast of her show, Martin lashed out at the invasion: “I can’t stress how strongly I am against any state intervention in any sovereign nation’s affairs. What Russia did is wrong. … I will not sit here and defend military aggression.”



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Response to uhnope (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 3, 2015, 09:40 AM

13. Results of your Jury Service

ALERTER'S COMMENTS

Almost everyday this poster insults others with insults like this. Why does DU put up with trolls like this?

You served on a randomly-selected Jury of DU members which reviewed this post. The review was completed at Tue Feb 3, 2015, 09:14 AM, and the Jury voted 2-5 to LEAVE IT.

Juror #1 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: I followed the threads and what I found was a good debate on issues. Lots of information is being provided by both sides of the argument. If this post from uhnope has any failing it is that it doesn't rise to the level of the other posts, but I don't see it as an hideable offense.
Juror #2 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: Whining when you get called out for pushing propaganda on DU is childish. Stick to legit sources and you won't have a problem... but then of course you won't be able to make the same points.
Juror #3 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: To be fair, the person in question ALWAYS defends RT's bullshit.
Juror #4 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #5 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #6 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #7 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: Just doesn't seem to me to be that harsh.

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Response to FBaggins (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 3, 2015, 11:50 AM

17. Only one thing to say to you sir,

 

Well done.

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Response to uhnope (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 09:41 PM

21. Good grief, this deserves an OP of its own. You laid it all out, uhnope!

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Tue Feb 3, 2015, 07:46 AM

12. rt

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Tue Feb 3, 2015, 10:10 AM

16. ....

 



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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #16)

Tue Feb 3, 2015, 12:43 PM

18. thx for the post. Describes RT and FOX pretty well

 

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Tue Feb 3, 2015, 05:57 PM

19. K&R!

Outstanding job unhope. The Putin/Russian apologists have become experts at ducking into DU's dark corners....but then you show up with a big ass flashlight.

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Sat Feb 14, 2015, 10:52 PM

20. K&R

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