Imagine a world where one day you realize you are working for “them.” The job you have had for over two years – in which you apparently thought you worked for an initialed organization with no background – is actually a state media company. Mysteriously, a foreign government has been putting money into your checking account during your pay periods, almost like they know that is when you get paid.
This is the tragedy that befell Liz Wahl who after two years of working for Russian state media realized she worked for Russian state media.
After one of her colleagues Abby Martin got great press when she condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Wahl decided she had had enough (of not being famous). So she went into a monologue about how her family had some mixed background where parts were from Hungary and other parts were not and that one her parents was a veteran and her partner works for the US military (it was less than perfectly coherent) then finished with an on air resignation.
Wahl was shocked (shocked!) to be working for a media organization that promoted a pro-Russian perspective despite it being owned and operated by the Russian government to provide a pro-Russian perspective.
Wahl claimed “It actually makes me feel sick that I worked there.” Her previous employer had another take.
When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.
Sounds about right.
But hey, Wahl got to go on CNN, MSNBC and be featured all throughout the American corporate media establishment. So if it was not a self-promotional stunt it should have been.