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Defectors on the News Front

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Culture – a term noting the ethnic adherence to a society’s customs, social habits and values has recently been witnessed in dialogue on the news front. American news anchors are speaking their American minds, culture and values on the Russian Today (or RT) a Moscow funded news agency.

First on live television, Abby Martin, RT American news anchor voiced her disagreement with RT’s flagrant display of disinformation and false reporting regarding Russian military behavior in the Ukraine. Subsequently, Abby endured some American flak for not quitting her position but continuing on with RT. She has stated her ethical position is to report the truth. Abby is paid by the Kremlin, and therefore it is difficult to ascertain her strict loyalties, yet she has stated she has “editorial independence.” If the going gets rough, we shall see where she stands.

Following Abby’s editorial, American journalist, Liz Wahl made Putin’s hater list. Liz decided to publicly cite her disagreement with Russian actions and quit during a live RT broadcast. Quite notably, Liz planned her counter-attack and played her cards. Liz stated she tried to remain objective, but this came to a stunted halt when her supervisors and network continued to censor her work and distort truth.

Are these unique news anchor incidents only the first glimpse of the larger cultural and societal and clash looming between Russia and the United States? While the United States adores Freedom of Speech, and ranked highly – Number 46 on the 2014 Press Freedom Index, Russian press has one of the worst ratings – scoring 148 out of 179 countries.

Further, while Americans deem journalistic façade and disinformation inappropriate, one of the foremost Russian news agencies – Pravda is reported to mean Truth and Justice (Правда, IPA: [ˈpravdə]). Due to the Press Freedom Index, it can be ascertained something is inaccurate in this designation.

Cultures do not quickly change. The variations between these cultural giants has been constant. Yet, with higher stakes at play – It can be assumed drawing lines in the sand may become more commonplace in journalistic days ahead.