Russian TV anchor resigns over crash stories: ‘Every single day we’re lying’

A TV anchor quit her influential post on Friday because she was tired of telling lies for a station that slavishly follows the country’s president, attacks his opponents and bends “truth” to political necessity.

Unfortunately, she worked for a Russian television station.

Sara Firth, London-based anchor for the Russian “news” Russia Today outlet, quit publicly Friday, with a broadside that accused the station of lying to cover up Russian role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine.


Photo: New York Daily News

“I couldn’t do it anymore,” she said in an interview with the website Buzzfeed. “Every single day we’re lying and finding sexier ways to do it.”

(That sounds vaguely like a poorly watched American-owned “news” network whose initials start with an M and end with a C — except for the sexy part.)

The UK-born Firth, who’s been with the station since 2009, said Russia Today has been a propaganda vehicle for Russian President Vladimir Putin for years. But she found its callous dishonesty over the suspected shootdown of the commercial plane too much to stomach.

The Putin News Network, for its part, responded with a public statement of its own Friday that accused Firth of planning to leave the network for a different job anyway – implying her criticism might be motivated by something other than devotion to journalism.

“Sara has declared that she chooses the truth; apparently we have different definitions of truth,” the statement said.

Actually, Firth isn’t the first reporter to have a different definition of “truth” from the one Russia Today uses. In March, American anchor Liz Wahl quit the station on the air during a broadcast from Washington, declaring, “I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I’m resigning.”

Spewing state-sponsored propaganda gets tiresome even for Russia Today anchors apparently.

Their American network counterparts should take a lesson.

Some Twitter users thought so, too.

MSNBC comes clean? Now, that would really be news.

H/T: New York Daily News

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].


33 thoughts on “Russian TV anchor resigns over crash stories: ‘Every single day we’re lying’

  1. Mary Brown says:

    All news sources lie and slant stories to fit their agenda

  2. Russell Smith says:

    Huh, I thought she was talking about Obama. Because this country is too quick to point the finger of blame before even waiting for any evidence to be found. All the evidence that HAS been found so far points to a false flag but the Ukrainians, the US sponsored side of all this, so why am I not at all surprised?

  3. KunTewk says:

    If you are waiting from one of the slugs in the US news media to quit, forget it.

  4. awkwardMEOW says:

    In other news, Russian TV anchor found dead via gunshot.

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  6. Mark Daniel says:

    I thought that the station that starts with m and ends with c was like the Russian station. Last week a Howard Stern fan showed that the reporters on that station are not traitors, they are just dumb a$$e$. They lack the ability to know when somebody is feeding a joke story to them and the obamma administration is trying to see how far they can go before somebody at the station catches on.

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