How Cold War-Hungry Neocons Stage Managed Liz Wahl’s Resignation
Posted on Mar 19, 2014
The “Freedom Selfie” from Jamie Kirchick’s Twitter feed.
By Max Blumenthal and Rania Khalek
The overthrow of Ukraine’s Russian-oriented government on February 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 US 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.”
She continued: “My heart goes out to the Ukrainian people who are wedged as pawns in a global power chess game. They’re the real losers here. All we can do is hope for a peaceful resolution and prevent another Cold War between multiple superpowers.”
But Martin did not resign. Instead, she appeared in the coming days on American cable news networks chiding mainstream hosts for their own self-censorship around US military interventionism and blasted the six corporations that control 90 percent of the US media. “You guys are beholden to advertisers that you cannot criticize,” she told CNN’s Piers Morgan. “And that’s why I work for a station I can criticize.”
Martin would not be a useful tool for American interventionists, nor would she accept RT’s offer to travel to Crimea.
Martin’s minute-long commentary put Wahl on the spot. Two days later, Wahl decided it was time to pull the string on her parachute and hope for a safe landing. She cited RT’s alleged censorship of an interview she conducted with former Republican Rep. Ron Paul as her final straw, however, Paul insisted that “what [RT] reported was exactly what I said.”
Crimea: Media War Games – feat. Abby Martin [RAP NEWS 23]
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell weighs in on the issue…
Corporate hack: “Abby Martin is an out an out lunatic! She’s a 9/11 Truther!” – James Kirchickhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ3WrI8XF9Uhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ3WrI8XF9U
The Most Interesting Part of Abby Martin’s Outburst on Russia Today: Its Aftermath
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/1168 … -aftermath
RT Anchor Who Condemned Russian Invasion Is Also a 9/11 Truther
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rt-anchor-wh … 1-truther/
Glenn Greenwald lauds bravery of RT’s Abby Martin, then NY Times outs her as 9/11 Truther
Posted by Orangutan. on Wed, 03/05/2014 – 9:48am
By Tony Ortega / Tuesday, March 4, 2014Let’s follow the bouncing ball on this one as it takes some unpredictable rebounds.On Friday, PandoDaily’s Mark Ames revealed that Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire funding Glenn Greenwald’s new journalistic effort, First Look, had helped fund efforts to bolster the opposition groups in Ukraine responsible for ousting President Viktor Yanukovych. Ames wondered about Greenwald and documentarian Laura Poitras, two people with access to the full cache of Snowden documents, working for a billionaire who was using his money to affect global politics.
On Saturday, Greenwald fired back, ridiculing Ames for suggesting that Greenwald wouldn’t act completely independently as a journalist, regardless of who was writing his paychecks. In fact, he said, he didn’t even particularly care about Omidyar’s political activities: “Prior to creating The Intercept with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, I did not research Omidyar’s political views or donations.”
On Monday, PandoDaily’s Paul Carr pointed out that in 2007, Greenwald had a very different attitude about the political ambitions of media owners when he lambasted The Politico because its president and CEO was a longtime Reaganite. Wrote Greenwald then: “There is nothing wrong per se with hard-core political operatives running a news organization. Long-time Republican strategist Roger Ailes oversees Fox News, of course. But it seems rather self-evident that a news organization run by someone with such clear-cut political biases ought to have a hard time holding itself out as some sort of politically unbiased source of news.” (Emphasis ours.)
Then, Tuesday morning, Greenwald seemed to be addressing this squabble when he celebrated RT anchor Abby Martin for her views on Putin’s invasion of Crimea.
For days, RT (formerly Russia Today), had been broadcasting Putin-friendly reports that bordered on outright propaganda. But then on Monday night, Abby Martin, who is based in Washington, went against the prevailing view at RT and announced, “Just because I work here, for RT, doesn’t mean I don’t have editorial independence and I can’t stress enough how strongly I am against any military intervention in sovereign nations’ affairs. What Russia did is wrong.”
Greenwald’s celebration of Martin sounded remarkably like his heated defense of his own independence just a few days earlier: “That that network has a strong pro-Russian bias is unquestionably true. But one of its leading hosts, Abby Martin, remarkably demonstrated last night what ‘journalistic independence’ means by ending her Breaking the Set program with a clear and unapologetic denunciation of the Russian action in Ukraine.”
And now, another strange bounce of this caroming story. The New York Times today, on its blog The Lede, where updates to the Ukraine situation tend to come in small, incremental bites, let loose with a lengthy takedown of Abby Martin, outing her as a longtime 9/11 “Truther.”
“Before she rose to prominence on television, she was an active member of what is known as the 9/11 Truth movement, whose members hold that the official history of the terrorist attacks is a cover for a concealed government conspiracy,” writes Times reporter Robert Mackey.
The piece linked to a 2008 YouTube video of Martin talking about the 9/11 attacks being “an inside job” as she marched in a Santa Monica protest.
For her part, Martin has denied reports that RT is sending her to Crimea for on-location reporting (and for “re-education,” some have joked). And she has blasted back at Mackey on Twitter…
— Abby Martin (@AbbyMartin) March 4, 2014
@RobertMackey Thanks for psychoanalysis, but your job isn’t to provide context it’s to discredit the message & the source. Well done journo!
— Abby Martin (@AbbyMartin) March 4, 2014
On Twitter Mackey defended the Times piece by saying it gives ‘context’ to Martin’s views about Crimea. The only context we can see is that being a Truther destroys her credibility. And now, we can’t help wondering what Greenwald will say to that (and we have a feeling we won’t have to wait long to find out).
Watch the 2008 video of Abby Martin describing her 9/11 views at a Santa Monica protest…
Russia Today responds: “Contrary to the popular opinion, RT doesnâ€™t beat its journalists into submission, and they are free to express their own opinions, not just in private but on the air. This is the case with Abbyâ€™s commentary on the Ukraine.
“We respect her views, and the views of all our journalists, presenters and program hosts, and there will be absolutely no reprimands made against Ms. Martin.
“In her comment Ms. Martin also noted that she does not possess a deep knowledge of reality of the situation in Crimea. As such weâ€™ll be sending her to Crimea to give her an opportunity to make up her own mind from the epicentre of the story.”
However, Martin subsequently tweeted that she would not be going to Crimea, despite the statement put out by RT.
Being smeared as a “9/11 Truther” in the MSM
Posted by Abby on Fri, 03/07/2014 – 11:18am
I just wanted to write a note considering the recent hack smear campaign against me for my radical roots in this movement. I stand by my grassroots activism and will never apologize for my past, which has gotten me to where I am today.Unfortunately, publications like the NYT, Raw Story and Mediate turned the story into the fact that I was a “lunatic” because I dared to question 9/11, the event used to get us into the never ending War on Terror. They embedded an angst ridden video of me at a rally during college making comments that I do not stand by today.
I also gave a statement in response that I do not think the attacks were an “inside job.” The language here is used as a discrediting factor, and it’s irresponsible to assert such an unknowable claim. I distanced myself from that language years ago.
However I maintain the fact we were lied to, as do many victims’ family members, government officials, commission members and world citizens. And as all of you know, I have never strayed from calling out the many inconsistencies in the official story as well as the cover up, and I will continue to do so on my platform, wherever that may be.
A “truther” on this issue is nothing to be ashamed of.