Russia Today anchor quits on air

Russia Today anchor Liz Wahl quit during a live broadcast on March 5, 2013.</p>

Russia Today anchor Liz Wahl quit during a live broadcast on March 5, 2013.

Liz Wahl, an American anchor for Russia Today in Washington, DC, dramatically resigned Wednesday during a live broadcast.

Wahl's resignation comes after another Russia Today anchor, Abby Martin, said on air that she disapproved of Russia's incursion into Crimea. Some doubt Martin's action was authentic, however, and have suggested she was attempting to make Russia Today, a news agency funded by the Kremlin, look more credible in front of an American audience.

It's hard to question this move by Wahl, though. Watch below. And for full coverage of the situation in Crimea, see our live blog.


Full Transcript:

Last night RT made headlines when one of our anchors went on the record and said Russian intervention in Crimea is wrong and indeed, as a reporter on this network, I face many ethical and moral challenges. Especially me personally, coming from a family whose grandparents — my grandparents came here as refugees during the Hungarian revolution, ironically to escape the Soviet forces.

I have family on the opposite side, my mother’s side, that sees the daily grind of poverty and I’m very lucky to have grown up here in the United States. I’m the daughter of a veteran. My partner is a physician at a military base where he sees every day the firsthand accounts of the ultimate prices that people pay for this country.

And that is why, personally, I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin. I'm proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth and that is why, after this newscast, I'm resigning.