The Pardu

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Television News Takes Intriguing Twists: Russia Television (RT) and CNN


Two Russia Television (RT) hosts have expressed serious objection to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

There are no surprises here, but I love the essence of what is captured in the following video segments. Women television personalities (News hosts or reporters) appear to stand much taller than their male cohorts regarding issues related to Ukraine.  I do not make RT regular viewing; my infrequent visits have found only women reporters, so my complimentary observation might be a bit jaded by RT hiring practices. Nonetheless, these women have stood tall, when I only hear reluctant or carefully worded comments from men. The dynamic is particularly noteworthy as there has to be men employed by RT who feel same as Martin and Wahl.   

One host has actually resigned from the Kremlin sponsored television network (see broadcast below).  Neither host is native to Russia. They are Americans employed at the network. Wahl has indicated ancestry who emigrated from the old Soviet Union.

The third segment involves CNN Host Wolf Blitzer and CNN correspondent Christine Armanpour. The CNN on-air interaction ended well, but the more global (non-American media perspective) Armanpour and her delivery of her point are worth the viewing time.

Russia Television (from Washginton DC)

Abby Martin
The Mashable published a piece on Ms. Martin's comments the Russian invasion. 
Excerpt
RT anchor Abby Martin spoke out against Russia's military action against Ukraine during broadcast on Monday. 
"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," she said at the end of RT's Breaking the Set.
"I will not sit here and apologize or defend military aggression," she said. 
She goes on to blast the media for their coverage of the situation in Ukraine. "Furthermore, the coverage I've seen of Ukraine has been truly disappointing from all sides of the media spectrum, and ripe with disinformation," she said.
Huffington Post                             
                                 Liz Wahl


(RT) "........whitewashes the actions of Putin." 
"Personally I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin," Wahl, a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent for Russia Today, said. "I'm proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth and that is why after this newscast I'm resigning."

Earlier today, RT pulished an OP-ED (RT- OPR-edge) that is almost unbelieveable: About Abby Martin, Liz Wahl: Media Wars. It seems things are falling apart at RT- America


CNN'S Blitzer and Armanpour spar a bit.  


Longer version linked, here.

All is well that ends well! 

Compliments to Martin and Wahl; hope CNN writers and host are a bit more together on how CNN segments are presented.

A question that you the reader cannot answer. "Why do you think the soldiers inserted in the Ukraine are being portrayed as "NOT" Russian? I believe some are even speaking about being Russian as they small talk with reporters.

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