Abby Martin works for RT, aka Russia Today, the English-language, Kremlin-managed cable news station that's been wackadoodle with its Ukraine coverage. On Monday, Martin blasted Russia's invasion as "wrong." But did she go off the reservation, or just add a layer to Putin's propaganda offensive?
Here's what she says in her closing monologue, shown above:
Before I wrap up the show, I wanted to say something from my heart about the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine and Russia's military occupation of Crimea. 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.
Russia Today responded in a statement that they'd be sending her to Crimea to see for herself, rather than the confines of their Washington bureau.
Russia Today later released a statement saying: 'Contrary to the popular opinion, RT doesn’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 Abby’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 we’ll be sending her to Crimea to give her an opportunity to make up her own mind from the epicentre of the story.'
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