Another RT Reporter Quits Over Pro-Russia Propaganda

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It seems every time the world pays attention to Russia Today, the Kremlin-backed “news” channel, someone who works there realized they probably shouldn’t.

Earlier this year, during the Russian invasion of Crimea, RT anchor Liz Wahl resigned on-air, refusing to be “part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin.” (Fellow anchor Abby Martin also criticized the network, but still works there.) Following yesterday’s anti-Ukraine coverage of the passenger jet shot out of the sky, another journalist has quit in a very public way. But at least it wasn’t on TV. Just Twitter.

London-based correspondent Sara Firth, a five-year veteran of the network, quit following a too-real Twitter conversation with a co-worker:

Firth told the Press Gazette that coverage of the Malaysia Airlines crash was “the straw that broke the camel’s back for me.” (The network was one of many pro-Russian outlets that floated the unsubstantiated rumors that Ukraine was responsible, possibly because it was aiming for Vladimir Putin’s plane.)

I couldn’t do it anymore,” Firth told Buzzfeed. “Every single day we’re lying and finding sexier ways to do it.” Nothing sexier than some Putin conspiracy theories.

Update: RT responds in a statement, alleging that Firth was about to quit for another job anyway.