London-based RT reporter Sara Firth resigned after the questionable coverage from the network on yesterday’s shooting down of Malaysia Airlines’ MH17 over eastern Ukraine. She told BuzzFeed:
“When this story broke I ran back into the newsroom and saw how we were covering it already and I just knew I had to go,” she said.
“It was the total disregard to the facts. We threw up eyewitness accounts from someone on the ground openly accusing the Ukrainian government [of involvement in the disaster], and a correspondent in the studio pulled up a plane crash before that the Ukrainian government had been involved in and said it was ‘worth mentioning’.
“It’s not worth mentioning. It’s Russia Today all over, it’s flirting with that border of overtly lying. You’re not telling a lie, you’re just bringing something up. I didn’t want to watch a story like that, where people have lost loved ones and we’re handling it like that.
“I couldn’t do it anymore. Every single day we’re lying and finding sexier ways to do it.”
Firth worked for RT for the past 5 years.
RT, who has a history of “inventing” the truth when it suits them, said in a press release, “Sara has declared that she chooses the truth; apparently we have different definitions of the truth. We believe that the truth is what our reporters see on the ground, with their own eyes and not what’s printed in the morning London newspaper.”
Firth isn’t the first RT reporter to resign over the network’s perceived manipulation of facts. Anchor Liz Wahl resigned on the air earlier this year in the wake of the network’s apparent twisting of facts in the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea.