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RT news anchor speaks out against Russian intervention

Russia Today is a Kremlin-funded news television network with English-speaking stations in the United States.
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   March 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- Abby Martin of Russia Today ended her broadcast with a firm message that she was against the Russian intervention in Ukraine.

"Just because I work here for RT, doesn't mean I don't have editorial independence," said Martin. "I cannot stress how strongly I am against any intervention in a sovereign nation's affairs. What Russia did is wrong."

She continued to say while she doesn't know much about the history of Ukraine or the cultural structure there, she does know: "Military intervention is never the answer. I will not sit here and apologize or defend military aggression. Furthermore, the coverage I have seen of Ukraine has been truly disappointing from all sides of the media spectrum and rife with disinformation."

RT has been criticized for their pro-Kremlin biased coverage of the Russian military occupation of the Crimean region of Ukraine.

"Above all, my heart goes out to the Ukrainian people who are now wedged as pawns in a global power chess game. They're the real losers here," Martin said finally. "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 keep telling the truth as I see it."

Media analysts say that Martin was reading from a teleprompter and therefore more than likely had her producer's consent. RT's Editor-in-Chief, Margarita Simonyan, said in a tweet that Martin's monologue was typical of her style.


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