Russian Today (RT), Washington, D.C. bureau newscaster, Liz Wahl has the courage of her convictions. In response to her Hungarian grandparents harrowing escape from Soviet oppression in 1956, Ms Wahl chose to protest the Soviet’s repetition of that same form of aggression in the Ukraine, and her employer’s handling of the event, by resigning from the state-owned Russian TV station for which she worked.
Ms. Wahl’s grandparents fled Hungry in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution. The revolution began in Budapest, as students protested the iron fist policies of the Soviet controlled Hungarian government. After a student was killed by government troops the protest became a national revolution, resulting in the collapse of the Gero-Hedegus government.
Although most of the fighting took place in Budapest, there were, from October 25 to 29th, a total of 71 armed clashes, that were reported between the military and the citizenry, in 50 rural communities as well. Soviet troops, with little help from the uncooperative Hungarian military, eventually quelled the rioters in Budapest and negotiated local ceasefires with the other revolutionaries.
As the Soviets sought retribution, arresting and executing thousands of Hungarian rioters, many citizens fled, seeking sanctuary in other countries. It was during the aftermath of the revolution that Ms. Wahl’s grandparents came to the United States as refugees.
During Ms. Wahl’s, surprise, on air resignation she stated, “I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin. I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I’m resigning.”
Liz Wahl is to be commended for her high ideals and we wish her well. This admirable woman would be a welcomed asset at another station and I’m sure she will easily find another job.