Russian TV host condemns 'military aggression' in Ukraine
The host of the English language Russian TV show Breaking the Set broke from Moscow's propaganda line to condemn Russian "military aggression" in Ukraine on air.
The host, Abby Martin, works for RT - a TV network funded by the Kremlin. Just yesterday, Buzzfeed featured an hilarious post on coverage of the crisis by RT that was painfully pro-Russian.
An anchor with RT, the English-language Russian network funded by the Kremlin, told viewers that she “will not sit here and apologize or defend military aggression” in Ukraine. “What Russia did is wrong,” Abby Martin said in her closing monologue on Monday.
On Tuesday, RT announced that it will be sending Martin to Crimea to learn more about the situation, which she admitted she did not know as much as she should about. The network also made it clear that its journalists can express their opinions and that RT “doesn’t beat its journalists into submission” on pro-Russian sentiments.
Martin echoed those sentiments in her original monologue, saying that she has editorial independence on the network. She also denounced the coverage of Ukraine for being “truly disappointing from all sides of the media spectrum and rife with misinformation.”
“Above all, my heart goes out to the Ukrainian people, who are now wedged as pawns in the middle of a global power chess game. They’re the real losers here. All we can do now is hope for a peaceful outcome for a terrible situation and prevent another full-blown Cold War between multiple superpowers. Until then, I’ll continue to tell the truth as I see it,” she concluded
It would be interesting to see if a Russian-language counterpart to Martin could get away with saying that on TV broadcast in Russia. I doubt it - which makes this screed by the hysterical Glenn Greenwald all the more ridiculous. Simple minded dolts like Greenwald who can't tell the difference between Iraq and Ukraine as far as reasons for intervention deserve nothing but contempt. Russia invades Ukraine and rather than condemn that action outright, Greenwald plays a little moral equivalence game by comparing what Russia did with America's invasion of Iraq and what Martin did with how US broadcasters responded.
Forget Greenwald. Martin deserves kudos for speaking out. But that won't change RT's ridiculously biased coverage of Russian military aggression in Ukraine.