Video: Russia Today anchor blasts invasion of Ukraine; Update: I won’t go to Crimea, says anchor

posted at 2:41 pm on March 4, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

In this case, one can actually sympathize with Vladimir Putin. When an oligarch spends this kind of money on a propaganda machine, shouldn’t it stay bought? Abby Martin didn’t get the memo, but her editors did (via Mashable):

Shortly before wrapping up her show on the international, multilingual Russia Today (RT) network, Abby Martin announced she, “wanted to say something from my heart about the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s military occupation of Crimea.”

“What Russia did is wrong,” she said. “I admittedly don’t know as much about Ukraine’s history or the cultural dynamics of the region, but what I do know is that military intervention is never the answer, and I will not sit here and apologize or defend military aggression.”

Working for the station funded by the Russian government and broadcast in around 100 countries, would not compromise her editorial independence, she added.

“I can’t stress enough how strongly I am against any state intervention in a sovereign nation’s affairs,” she said.

Martin slammed the media coverage from everyone, but took particular aim at her own network:

Signing off she vowed to keep telling the truth as she saw it, and promised to return to the show that RT describes as cutting “through the pre-written narrative that tries to tell you what to think and what to care about” on Tuesday.

France 24 slammed the “propaganda machine” and offered a fact-check of the most outrageous claims coming from Russian media – most of which either originated at RT or was parroted by the broadcaster:

Over the weekend, Russia’s propaganda machine appeared to have gone into overdrive. As Russian troops and military hardware rolled into the Crimean peninsula, the country’s media were busy whipping up support for an armed incursion. Russian television even announced it was cancelling coverage of Sunday night’s Oscars to concentrate on the crisis next-door. The situation has led Ukrainian media bosses to publish an open letter in which they urge their Russian counterparts to report with balance and objectivity. In parts of eastern Ukraine and Crimea, Russian is the only language spoken: that makes Russian-language media the only source of news.

On Sunday, state news broadcaster Russia Today published an article alleging that 675,000 people had fled Ukraine’s “revolutionary chaos” in the past two months into Russia. The source of the figure appears to be Russia’s border guard service. The same day, state network Channel One Russia [ORT] broadcast these images claiming to show Ukrainians pouring into Russia. But in the same report, a sign is visible at 0:14 with the name of the crossing – ‘Shegyni-Medyka’ – which is actually situated on Ukraine’s border with Poland. ORT’s willingness to read from the same script as President Putin could be explained by the man who currently sits on its board of directors: Alexey Gromov. Once President Putin’s press secretary, Gromov is now Putin’s deputy chief of staff.

Russian media has been running footage of what they claim are attacks on Ukrainian government buildings by hooligans associated with the Euromaidan uprising in Kyiv. However, a closer look reveals a hint of staging:

A closer look at the video may help shine some light on the identity of the alleged assailants. The fighters appear to be armed with GM 94 grenade launchers and AK-100 machine guns: according to a weapons expert contacted by FRANCE 24, these sophisticated weapons are normally used by the Russian military. The yellow bus that the masked men use to make their getaway also seems out of place: that’s because this bus also belongs to the city’s local zoo, and can be seen on the zoo’s official website. Towards the end of the same footage captured live by French channel BFM TV, the armed men can be seen running back onto the same bus. At the one minute mark, the markings of a zoo animal can be seen on the vehicle door that closely resembles those found on the zoo bus shown here. Also visible on the front of the vehicle is ‘Тайган’, the name of the local zoo which translates to English as ‘Taigan’.

Basically, RT and the Russian media have been a non-stop clown show save for Martin’s brief statement, as Buzzfeed and The Week have already pointed out. It’s not as though the American media did all that much better, though, at least before the invasion.

So what happened when this went out to air in Russia? According to The Blaze and a pop-up in the YouTube video, it got censored, although this hasn’t been independently confirmed yet. (If it did, it would have to have been censored on rebroadcast — otherwise the video wouldn’t exist.) Assuming that’s accurate, it appears Putin is indeed getting his money’s worth out of RT these days.

Update (Allahpundit): RT’s decided to ship Martin off to Crimea to help fill the “gaps” in her knowledge about whether military action is warranted. I wonder what she’ll conclude when she gets back.

Update (Allahpundit): Presumably her next “assignment” is Siberia, then:

Miss Martin however told the Telegraph: “I am not going to Crimea despite the statement RT has made.”


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Isn’t this show usually pro-Putin?

NotCoach on March 4, 2014 at 2:42 PM

She’s headed for a gulag. Or due some polonium poisoning. Too bad, she’s cute.

ConstantineXI on March 4, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Oh, Putin will personally teach her a lesson.

Oil Can on March 4, 2014 at 2:44 PM

What’s the over/under on how long Abby Martin has left to live?

rbj on March 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Update (Allahpundit): RT’s decided to ship Martin off to Crimea to help fill the “gaps” in her knowledge about whether military action is warranted. I wonder what she’ll conclude when she gets back.

I was going to joke “Enjoy the gulag, Abby”. Maybe that’s for after she returns from Crimea. Or maybe she’ll have an “accident” covering the military manuevers there.

Bitter Clinger on March 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Oh, Putin will personally teach her a lesson.
Oil Can on March 4, 2014 at 2:44 PM

He’s had at least two bastards by that rhythmic gymnast he’s been porking. Think he’s ready for a new model trophy yet?

ConstantineXI on March 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

RT’s decided to ship Martin off to Crimea to help fill the “gaps” in her knowledge about whether military action is warranted. I wonder what she’ll conclude when she gets back.

She won’t get back.

If the lady were smart she would quit right now, I mean RIGHT NOW.

Bishop on March 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

You should update the update.

The reporter says she is not going to Crimea, “despite the statement RT has made.”

http://www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-15-putin-in-another-world/#1928

Nessuno on March 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Re-education camp. She’ll come back a changed girl. Very similar to the DNC convention. No one can withstand that!

butch on March 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

I wonder what she’ll conclude if she gets back.

FIFY

Deano1952 on March 4, 2014 at 2:48 PM

It’s Russia Today’s version of Rachel Maddow. “I don’t know much, but I’m always against war.” Granted, she’s accidentally right, but that was like watching MSNBC.

Ronnie on March 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

She needs to do a reverse Snowden!

Deano1952 on March 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

She won’t get back.
If the lady were smart she would quit right now, I mean RIGHT NOW.
Bishop on March 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

If she’s not already on the plane and out of Soviet airspace by now it’s too late.

ConstantineXI on March 4, 2014 at 2:50 PM

You should update the update.

The reporter says she is not going to Crimea, “despite the statement RT has made.”

http://www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-15-putin-in-another-world/#1928

Nessuno on March 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Well then, it’s either the gulag or deportation for her.

Bitter Clinger on March 4, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Profile in courage.

MTF on March 4, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Boy oh boy! Those d@mn bloggers and twitterers sure screw up a good meme. Next thing you know, that’ll be where the true news is found.

platypus on March 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

It’s Russia Today’s version of Rachel Maddow. “I don’t know much, but I’m always against war.” Granted, she’s accidentally right, but that was like watching MSNBC.
Ronnie on March 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

She’s about to get an education in tyranny she won’t soon forget.

ConstantineXI on March 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

RT’s decided to ship Martin off to Crimea to help fill the “gaps” in her knowledge about whether military action is warranted. I wonder what she’ll conclude when she gets back.

She’s coming back in a box after being accidentally shot 52 times by Russian troops in a tragic case of mistaken identity. Problem solved.

novaculus on March 4, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I think Abby had better be looking for another job, outside Russia. She might find her next assignment is in Irkutsk reporting on global warming.

simkeith on March 4, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Oh, I get it. She’s an artist in S.F who now lives in D.C., from which city she does her show.

Lots less interesting than if she were a Russian anchor living in Moscow who made a statement like this one.

MTF on March 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

She looks like Mary Katherine.

22044 on March 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I watched a couple of her videos. She is a nut job and I had to do my best not to turn them off.

Oil Can on March 4, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Oh, I get it. She’s an artist in S.F who now lives in D.C., from which city she does her show.
Lots less interesting than if she were a Russian anchor living in Moscow who made a statement like this one.
MTF on March 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Televised suicide.

ConstantineXI on March 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

I’m guessing the American media finds her incredulous. And difficult.

BKeyser on March 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Then I clicked on the video to watch. Looks aren’t everything!

22044 on March 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM

RT’s decided to ship Martin off to Crimea to help fill the “gaps” in her knowledge about whether military action is warranted. I wonder what she’ll conclude when she gets back.

Moderator,
please correct this obvious mistake, it should read ‘Siberia’ (or Gullag) instead of Crimea.

huntingmoose on March 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Pardon my ignorance, but I was under the impression that RT was run by American Leftists.

mjbrooks3 on March 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

…do they have an IRS?

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM

She looks like Mary Katherine.

22044 on March 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

But it stops right there. MH is about 1,000,000 times more intelligent.

Oil Can on March 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM

She looks like Mary Katherine.

22044 on March 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Balderdash!!

This chick’s got nothing on MKH.

Bitter Clinger on March 4, 2014 at 3:05 PM

MTF on March 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Makes more sense now.

Bishop on March 4, 2014 at 3:06 PM

She sounds like Maddow from MSLSD!!

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Makes more sense now.

Bishop on March 4, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Yes, it does.

Bitter Clinger on March 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

She looks like Mary Katherine.

22044 on March 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

22044: A bits,..but I’m still going with,..shes a Maddow Clone:)

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Update (Allahpundit): RT’s decided to ship Martin off to Crimea to help fill the “gaps” in her knowledge about whether military action is warranted. I wonder what she’ll conclude when she gets back. [Emphasis added.]

When?

BTW, Larry King’s new political talk show, “PoliticKing,” (didn’t know he had one, didja?) is carried in the USA on RT.

Gene Hunt on March 4, 2014 at 3:12 PM

On her program, Martin has accused Israel of using “Hitler’s methods” against the Palestinians[2][3] and asserted that the official American government explanation of the September 11 attacks in 2001 is “propaganda.”[4]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaking_the_Set

Murphy9 on March 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Well,…….speaking of RT:

Seagal: US not listening to Russia about Ukraine

Published on Mar 3, 2014
************************

Actor and activist Steven Seagal was recently part of an American delegation to Russia in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Now he is critical of the stance the US is taking regarding Russia and the crisis in Ukraine. “I hear a lot of political rhetoric, and I hear a lot of political spinning and I’m not, in America, hearing anything from the Russians at all. And that’s not because they’re not giving comments. I think that they’re just not being heard,” Seagal said. RT’s Meghan Lopez talks to the martial artist about his thoughts on how the US and the Western media are handling the tense international situation.

VIDEO:(5:15)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRnXo-ZbL1A

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Shes off to Siberia for a fact finding mission!!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Update (Allahpundit): RT’s decided to ship Martin off to Crimea to help fill the “gaps” in her knowledge about whether military action is warranted. I wonder what she’ll conclude when she gets back.

Assuming she gets back.

JellyToast on March 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM

RT has a show with George Galloway as well. Sputnik.

Murphy9 on March 4, 2014 at 3:19 PM

“I admittedly don’t know as much about Ukraine’s history or the cultural dynamics of the region, but what I do know is that military intervention is never the answer,

What she said was “I admittedly don’t know as much as I should about Ukraine’s history or the cultural dynamics of the region, but what I do know is that military intervention is never the answer…”

DarkCurrent on March 4, 2014 at 3:19 PM

UPDATEY:

Ukrainian political crisis
1m
Russian TV anchor who criticized Russia’s actions in Crimea says she refused assignment to cover embattled region – @NBCNews
read more on nbcnews.com

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Meh, its not as if we need any lessons when it comes to propaganda. Our liberal media sold us the toppling of a duly elected president by a mob with good publicity as some kind of heroic struggle for freedom.

And conservatives who are the target of slander and lies by these people every day here in the US, suddenly start to believe the MSM when they claim that they inform us accurately about situations abroad.

Valkyriepundit on March 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

She sounds a bit like that Maddow fella.

Bmore on March 4, 2014 at 3:25 PM

She looks like Mary Katherine.

22044 on March 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

?!?!?!?!

Bmore on March 4, 2014 at 3:28 PM

And she was never heard from again…

echosyst on March 4, 2014 at 3:28 PM

She has obviously had a mental breakdown.

claudius on March 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Update (Allahpundit): Presumably her next “assignment” is Siberia, then:

Miss Martin however told the Telegraph: “I am not going to Crimea despite the statement RT has made.”

Breaking the Set is a television program on the Russian RT TV-network. It is hosted by Abby Martin from Washington D.C.

Bitter Clinger on March 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Ukrainian political crisis
6m
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Ukraine: “If Putin gets away with saying he’s defending the rights of Russian speaking people, that is the same excuse Hitler used’ – @KateNocera
end of alert

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Her and her brother are both fruitloop 9/11 truthers & Snowden/Greenwald devotees. That Bay area sure can run out some losers.

reddevil on March 4, 2014 at 3:36 PM

BTW, Larry King’s new political talk show, “PoliticKing,” (didn’t know he had one, didja?) is carried in the USA on RT.

Gene Hunt on March 4, 2014 at 3:12 PM

I’m only aware of this because it is advertized incessantly on the NBC/MSNBC “news” service to which riders of the PATH train in NY/NJ are subjected treated.

steebo77 on March 4, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Vlad will make her into a lamp for his man-cave.

slickwillie2001 on March 4, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Breaking the Set is a television program on the Russian RT TV-network. It is hosted by Abby Martin from Washington D.C.

Bitter Clinger on March 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Well then, she’s not totally suicidally insane. Although I don’t think much of her chances of staying employed there after this situation has died down.

Fenris on March 4, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Update (Allahpundit): Presumably her next “assignment” is Siberia, then:
=========================================================================

Lol,…I had a Sh*t-luck guess!!

Shes off to Siberia for a fact finding mission!!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 3:16 PM

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Well then, she’s not totally suicidally insane. Although I don’t think much of her chances of staying employed there after this situation has died down.

Fenris on March 4, 2014 at 3:42 PM

From the same Wikipedia entry:

An official statement from RT stated: “Contrary to the popular opinion, RT doesn’t beat its journalists into submission” and that “there will be absolutely no reprimands made against Ms. Martin.”

We’ll see about that.

Bitter Clinger on March 4, 2014 at 3:48 PM

She looks like Mary Katherine.

22044 on March 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

22044: She does,…now where did ya go.:0

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Will they send communist shill Candy Crowley to pimp Putin instead?

viking01 on March 4, 2014 at 3:51 PM

My question is where are the massive international left-wing protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine? You know the ones that are so prevalent whenever the US goes to war against repressive dictatorships.

heretic on March 4, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Don’t have much sympathy for her. She’s a Truther.

blammm on March 4, 2014 at 3:57 PM

22044: She does,…now where did ya go.:0

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Heh, but she sounds like RM!
I did Google Image searches of both MKH and Abby Martin – there is a resemblance!
But as I followed up, looks aren’t everything!

22044 on March 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Make her a mainstay on MSNBC – might save what little credibility it has left.

vnvet on March 4, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Will they send communist shill Candy Crowley to pimp Putin instead?

viking01 on March 4, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Only if KFC has locations in Moscow.

slickwillie2001 on March 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Don’t have much sympathy for her. She’s a Truther.

blammm on March 4, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Yeah, I read that too. Was going to say something but you beat me to it. Nothing is more despicable than a Truther in modern political culture.

OliverB on March 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

She has verbal grammar problems.

ebrawer on March 4, 2014 at 4:33 PM

For a momenti thot this was oboobi slamming the media

There’s nothing more Hopenchangey than watching this guy try to frame western impotence in the face of Russian aggression as some sort of image problem that can be corrected by his pals in the media, especially knowing that his “red line” humiliation last year in Syria surely emboldened Putin internationally.

Funny how tyrannical minds think alike.

AH_C on March 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Oops wrong thread

AH_C on March 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Galtian on March 4, 2014 at 5:06 PM

“what I do know is that military intervention is never the answer…”

Miss Maddowski, if it weren’t for military intervention (and a nasty winter) you’d be singing “Deutschland über alles”.

whatcat on March 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Putin will take a lesson from Hillary on this one;

Those that report truths that are even slightly inconvenient become part of the pile of bodies resulting from “accidental death” or “suicide”.

Given, Putins line of bodies is much longer than Hillary’s. It doesn’t make it any better that Hillary has a line of bodies stretching from D.C. to N.Y. to Arkansas.

Diluculo on March 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Not going to Crimea.
Siberian Re-Education Camp #61 seems more likely to be her next extended vacation spot.

orangemtl on March 4, 2014 at 6:44 PM

This Woman: A Journalist, Courageous and Dedicated To Integrity

Our Media: Water-Carriers For A Set Of Dictators Who Tell Any Lie Necessary To Keep Their Party In Power…….Cowards!!

williamg on March 5, 2014 at 2:58 AM

Huh, state media babe goes rogue.

NPR, take note: it can be done.

Akzed on March 5, 2014 at 8:57 AM