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The Afternoon Ticker: Elshamy, Matthews, Wahl

  • Imprisoned Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Abdullah Elshamy might “die within days,” according to a doctor who reviewed his blood tests. Elshamy has been on a hunger strike for the last 110 days; imprisoned in Egypt for a total of 269 days for alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will be the keynote speaker Thursday at the Massachusetts Bar Association dinner. The dinner hosts over 1,000 lawyers and legal industry professionals.

  • Former RT reporter Liz Wahl, who made headlines for quitting her job while on-air in March, is back on the air–temporarily. Wahl will be filling in at TheBlaze TV this week for Amy Holmes and Laurie Dhue.

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Dave Marash On His ‘Inspiring’ New Job

Marash“The possibilities are inspiring,” says veteran newsman Dave Marash in describing his new job as co-news director of Sante Fe’s public radio station.

An official announcement named Marash, and former print journalist Zélie Pollon, as KSFR-FM’s new leadership team.

“My wife Amy and I moved to New Mexico in October of 2012,” Marash tells TVNewser, “and with all the legendary zeal of the convert, I love it out here.

“My friend Zelie interviewed me [for a KSFR program], and, afterwards, George Weston, the station’s general manager, asked me about possibly working at the station.  It turned out the news directorship was open.  Zelie and I talked about taking the job together as a job-share and convinced ourselves, and eventually, George and others, that this might work to everyone’s advantage.”

Marash says he also hopes to anchor a weekly interview news show.  In addition, he’s excited to turn the newsroom into a “workshop” by approaching ”all the local colleges and high schools about possible interns, who will trade their time and energy for training in reporting, radio writing and audio editing.”

A sixteen-year veteran of ABC’s Nightline, Marash made headlines in 2008 when he exited Al Jazeera English after expressing to management his disappointment in a lack of editorial input from its American staff.

Just this last week, American journalist Liz Wahl - citing editorial bias at Russian network RT – resigned her anchor job, albeit in a public, on-air announcement.

Larry King: ‘I Don’t Work for RT’

larrykingFollowing RT anchor Liz Wahl quitting on-air Wednesday afternoon, Larry King has been getting some heat for his show that airs on RT America.

King tells The Daily Beast about his ties to RT:

“I don’t work for RT,” said the 81-year-old King, whose podcasts, Larry King Now and Politicking, are licensed for a fee to RT America by New York-based Ora TV, in which King has an equity stake. “It’s a deal made between the companies…They just license our shows.”

He also vowed to stop airing on RT if any of his interviews are altered:

“If they took something out, I would never do it,” he insisted. “It would be bad if they tried to edit out things. I wouldn’t put up with it…As long as they don’t, as long as they’re carrying stuff critical of them, I’ve got no problem with it.” Attempting to distance himself, he added: “You may not like what Russia’s doing now, but I’m really a party removed.”

Liz Wahl Would Definitely Join CNN and ‘Maybe’ Join MSNBC

CavutoWahlLiz Wahl hasn’t gotten any job offers as of yet. The former RT anchor, who quit on air Wednesday afternoon, told Neil Cavuto she’s not sure what she’ll do next.

Cavuto: “Would you go to MSNBC?”
Wahl: “Maybe.”
Cavuto: “Would you go to CNN?”
Wahl: “Yes.”
Cavuto: “Would you go to Fox?”
Wahl: “Oh my gosh, well, we’ll see what offers stand.”

“I didn’t realize how much of [Russian president Vladimir Putin's] views would actually be pushed in the newscast,” the former Fox News intern said about her 2 and a half years at the network. She says RT has “a fringe following.”

“People actually believe what is being said on air here,” said Wahl, who will be back in front of the camera this Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

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The Afternoon Ticker: Wahl, Ross, Ruhle

  • Liz Wahl, the RT anchor who quit at the end of show yesterday will be on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” today. Will Fox News offer Wahl, who once was an intern at the channel, a job? Find out at 4pmET.

  • ABC’s Brian Ross and his investigative team have been awarded the 2014 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for its year-long investigation into the coal industry. The award was presented at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government last night.

  • Bloomberg TV will devote two hours of programming tomorrow to International Women’s Day. Anchor Stephanie Ruhle will showcase some of the most extraordinary women leaders in business, technology, sports, media and more Friday morning on “Market Makers.”

What Do You Think of Liz Wahl’s On-Air Resignation?

Liz Wahl is looking for a job today. The RT America reporter — and former CNNI contributor and once a Fox News intern — quit at the end of a broadcast on the Russian government-backed, Washington D.C.-based news channel Wednesday. The granddaughter of Hungarian refugees, and daughter of a member of the U.S. military, Wahl told Anderson Cooper she couldn’t continue on the channel because, “It’s about promoting a Putinist agenda and I can tell you firsthand, it’s also about bashing America.”

The network called Wahl’s actions “nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.” What do you think?

Anchor Liz Wahl Quits on Air

Liz Wahl, a reporter for the English-language, Kremlin-backed network RT, quit at the end of a newscast today. Wahl talked about “the ethical and moral challenges” she faces as a reporter for RT. Her grandparents fled to the U.S. as refugees escaping the Soviet occupation of Hungary following WWII. “I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that white-washes the actions of Putin,” said Wahl.

“I’m proud to be an American, and believe in disseminating the truth and that is why after this newscast, I’m resigning.”

Wahl’s resignation follows yesterday’s on-air denounciation by another RT anchor. “What Russia did is wrong,” said Abby Martin on the Kremlin-backed channel. “Just because I work here, for RT, doesn’t mean I don’t have editorial independence and I can’t stress enough how strongly I am against any military intervention in sovereign nations’ affairs.”

WahlCooperMore: Liz Wahl appeared on AC360 tonight, with Anderson Cooper in Kiev, and talked about how RT works. “RT is not about the truth. It’s about promoting a Putinist agenda and I can tell you firsthand, it’s also about bashing America.” Cooper asked about the management structure at the network: “Management is Russian, yes. Middle management, they are American and their role is to make sure — it’s kind of part of that censorship role to make sure we’re in line.”

More: RT has released a statement about Wahl’s resignation: “When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt. We wish Liz the best of luck on her chosen path.”