A News anchor for RT quits live on the air over the network’s coverage of Russia’s military action in the Ukraine.
This is a bold move on her part. I know I’ve been critical of RT in the past, but I think that, as questionable as this coverage can be, they do represent something interesting about journalism—and I think that important thing they represent sort of shows in this. Could you imagine a CNN star quitting live on air because of serious ethical questions they had with the network? Probably not. CNN would do everything in its power to keep it hush-hush, as would Fox. The only thing I can compare this to is Keith Olbermann’s exit from MSNBC, but that was over far-less-lofty contract issues.
The image that RT shows the world is as skewed as everyone else, and it’s not necessarily a good skew. But there’s a degree of transparency at play, at least in this case, that’s admirable. (The next question: How loud did her boss yell at her after this? And will anyone else—say, Larry King or Thom Hartmann, the two most famous folks on the network these days—follow suit?)