A reporter for Russia Today, a Kremlin-backed English language news channel, finally had enough of "work(ing) for Putin" in the aftermath of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight.
Sara Firth quit, posting a series of blunt tweets that accuses RT of bending its coverage to please Russian authorities instead of broadcasting the truth.
Immediate after the crash in eastern Ukraine -- thought to be caused by a missile -- RT began airing allegations Ukraine's government brought the plane down. For Firth, enough was enough.
Polly Boiko is also a RT reporter.
Firth didn't stop there.
RT style guide Rule 1: It is ALWAYS *Ukraine's fault (*add name as applicable)— Sara Firth (@Sara__Firth) July 18, 2014
I resigned from RT today. I have huge respect for many in the team, but I'm for the truth. pic.twitter.com/mZ1g0R7N0D— Sara Firth (@Sara__Firth) July 18, 2014
Russia wasn't the only country making accusations as soon as the plane was shot from the sky Thursday. But it was the only country accusing Ukraine, instead of separatists or Russia itself, of firing the missile. Another RT reporter chided the rest of the world's "rather wild speculation."
An RT spokeswoman hit back at Firth, saying:
"Sara has declared that she chooses the truth; apparently we have different definitions of truth. We believe that truth is what our reporters see on the ground, with their own eyes, and not what’s printed in the morning London newspaper. In our coverage, RT, unlike the rest of the media, did not draw conclusions before the official investigation has even begun. We show all sides of the story, even if everyone else has already decided which side is to blame."
Firth is the second RT journalist to quit in a high-profile protest of the broadcaster's political bent. In March, anchor Liz Stahl quit on the air, saying, "I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin."