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Political outburst of sacked RT anchor Wahl was staged — US media

March 20, 2014, 20:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Wahl was an unknown TV anchor before and her act on RT brought her enormous popularity in the United States, US-based TruthDig.com says
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MOSCOW, March 20. /ITAR-TASS/. An act pulled on air of Russian state-run RT network by US anchor Liz Wahl, who denounced the heavy-handed editorial line that she claimed her bosses imposed on her and other staffers, was staged by a US neoconservative organization, US-based TruthDig.com news website reported on Thursday.

The news website drew such conclusion after it launched its own independent investigation into Wahl’s on-air statement, which led to her dismissal from the RT television channel.

According to TruthDig, Wahl’s outburst about allegedly propagandist policy of RT was well-staged by the Foreign Policy Initiative organization, which was founded among others by Robert Kagan, the husband of Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland.

The news website also pointed out that Wahl was an unknown TV anchor before and her act on RT brought her enormous popularity in the United States, where she appeared on the three major American cable news outlets — CNN, Fox News, MSNBC.

“What’s clear is what’s happening right now amid this crisis is that RT is not about the truth,” Wahl earlier told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “It’s about promoting a Putinist agenda. And I can tell you firsthand, it’s also about bashing America.”

However, during the investigation, TruthDig journalists spoke to Wahl’s former colleagues, who were all Americans and described her as a totally apolitical person interested only in money.

“It is the story, according to former colleagues, of an apolitical, deeply disgruntled employee seeking an exit strategy from a job where, sources say, she was disciplined for unprofessional behavior and had been demoted,” TruthDig journalists wrote describing their investigation into Wahl.

The TruthDig website says its main aim is to provide readers with insightful and accurate reporting on current subjects and on issues that need to be brought to readers’ attention. Journalists working for the website received many awards in the sphere of journalism.

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