“Putin’s Pawn” No More: Journalist Quits

Liz Wahl knew she had to quit her job as a correspondent for RT – an English cable network funded by the Russian government – she told Politico. As the network continued to “smear America” for the sake of making the Russians seem better by comparison, and while it quieted news about brutal acts going on in Russia, she knew she had to leave, she said.

After Russia invaded Ukraine, Wahl told Politico, she realized the time had come, and decided to make her resignation public, on March 5.

knew I had to quit. I’d been a correspondent for RT—the English-language international cable network funded by the Russian government—for about two and a half years. I’d looked the other way as the network smeared America for the sake of making the Kremlin look better by comparison, while it sugarcoated atrocities by one brutal dictator after another. I’d been thinking about leaving for a long time, but was trying to hang in there until I figured out my next move.
“I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin,” I said. “I am proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth. And that is why, after this newscast, I am resigning,” she said on the air.

The news director asked Wahl why she did it, was it for some reason other than what she had stated on the air, she told Politico, but Wahl reiterated that it was due to RT’s propaganda.

With her heart racing, she said, Wahl simply walked out of the building.

She told her story to Politico, describing herself as “Putin’s pawn,” and now plans to stay in the United States and to work for a news organization dedicated to reporting the truth.


Ambassador Dimitrios Tsikouris (JD, MA) has a 36-year-long career in the Greek Diplomatic Service with assignments in Germany, the United Nations, New Orleans, Washington, DC, NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy, Iran, Belgium, Indonesia, Malaysia, and ASEAN.

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