After being caught out coordinating a neoconservative think tank-sponsored political stunt, ex-RT presenter Liz Wahl has been doing the rounds again this week…
DAMAGED GOODS: Wahl’s on-air FPI kamikaze mission makes future employment with broadcast news very tricky.
Wahl talks about the ‘truth’ but seems to be a little too loose with it.
Her recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter was scheduled as a result of Max Blumenthal and Truth Dig’s damning expose of her not-so-spontaneous and much celebrated on-air resignation from RT America. She’s now dutifully performing what is known in PR circles as ‘rear-guard action’.
Due to the negative exposure and revelations of her stage-managed exit and teaming-up in advance of her resignation with pro-war neocon think thank Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) and its ‘senior fellow’ James “Jamie” Kirchick, this week Wahl has been forced to do a little overtime for FPI in order to sweep-up Kirchick’s mess. Here Wahl does what any loyal corporate journalist or politician does as standard – attempting to re-write history:
“I knew that I had to quit in the wake of what was going on and was thinking about it for a couple of months, but it took a while to gain the courage. I was going to quit quietly, however on this day I was particularly appalled and disgusted by the coverage of the Ukraine, especially when one of my interviews was censored,” says Wahl, who joined RT in 2011 after working overseas as a reporter on the island of Saipen.
“All these things pushed me over the edge and I thought, ‘I can’t do this quietly. I needed to do it publicly and let the viewers know exactly what the station is about.’
“I went to the bathroom and scribbled some thoughts on a piece of paper and decided that this was the course of action to take. And then it went down on air,” she reveals.
Unfortunately for Wahl, Truth Dig’s investigation tells an entirely different story:
“Kirchick acknowledged having been in contact with Wahl since August, but cast himself as a passive bystander to the spectacle, claiming that they merely “stayed in touch periodically over the past 6 months, and I always encouraged her to follow her conscience in making a decision about her professional future.”
Kirchick wrote that by quitting, Wahl paid “the price real reporters—not Russian-government funded propagandists—have to pay if they are concerned with quaint notions like objectivity and the truth.”
Later that evening, Kirchick tweeted a photo of himself with Wahl (see below), calling it a “Freedom selfie.” The two had apparently gathered to celebrate…”
Wahl’s PR backtracking also refutes her own admission that she ‘wanted the attention’. Here she admits, “I have faith that it will work out. I wanted to get attention and I did want to make a splash — but I never thought it would make so many waves”. Clearly, Wahl is not the brightest spark in the hardware shop, as evidenced by her somewhat inaudible ‘Clueless’-style interview with FOX News presenter Neil Cavuto:
Later in that Hollywood Reporter piece, Wahl continues to pile it on, now trying to extract sympathy from public, claiming that she is in imminent danger as a result of her PR stunt”: “I haven’t felt like my life has been in imminent danger and I haven’t had any death threats, but there’s been some pretty terrible things out there in the depths of Twitter and on blogs. I just try not to read them and I feel pretty safe where I am in Washington D.C.”
In the depths of Twitter… Yes, very scary indeed.
In the Cavuto piece Wahl claims to be concerned with a new “Cold War”, yet her efforts have only fanned the flames of stereotypical Russian fear in America, and now we know that this was not by accident.
What’s becoming more and more apparent throughout this story, is that Liz Wahl will allow herself to be used by just about anyone. She worked for 2 and a half years with RT America, allegedly she tells us against her own ‘principles’ – and did so for money. Then, sensing she was going to get the sack from RT, she allowed herself to be used by Kirchick and FPI, which in this case, was used to help promote tension between the US and Russia. As far as journalism and hard news goes, she’s already damaged goods.
It will be amusing to see – now that she has given herself away to a very nasty clique of neoconservative operators in Washington, where Wahl will end up next?
At this stage, it looks like a toss-up between E! Entertainment, The View, or have another go with the FOX casting couch…
SEE ALSO: No Act of Conscience: Liz Wahl RT ‘Resignation’ Was Planned Neocon Think Tank PR Stunt
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