That question, posed to Russia Today correspondent Polly Boiko, kicked off a fascinating exchange this morning on Twitter.

Boiko responded thusly:

Then Sara Firth (or perhaps someone pretending to be her?) jumped in with this surprising admission:

Whoa. Firth (like Boiko) is a correspondent for Russia Today. Here are screencaps of her on the air:

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sara firth on tvsara firth 2

Readers thanked Firth for her honesty:

Firth responded with this:

And this:

And this:

Was her account hacked, perhaps?

Most readers are taking the tweets at face value:

The @Sara__Firth account, set up more than five years ago, is unverified. A hoax seems unlikely, but the possibility cannot be ruled out completely. Stay tuned as this story unfolds.

[Updates]

Firth reportedly told BuzzFeed, “I couldn’t do it any more, we’re lying every single day. Every single day we’re lying and finding sexier ways to do it.

BuzzFeed reports that Firth’s resignation was “in protest” of Russia Today’s handling of Thursday’s Malaysia Airlines crash.

“It was the total disregard to the facts. We threw up eyewitness accounts from someone on the ground openly accusing the Ukrainian government [of involvement in the disaster] and a correspondent in the studio pulled up a plane crash before that the Ukrainian government had been involved in and said it was ‘worth mentioning’.”

“It’s not worth mentioning. It’s RT all over, it’s flirting with that border of overtly lying. You’re not telling a lie, you’re just bringing something up. I didn’t want to watch a story like that where people have lost loved ones and we’re handling it like that.”

  • Infinite_Indeterminism

    We DO live in interesting times – IF account is correct, my respects to the lady!

    • aka_m

      Respect for telling the truth on RT – then I scrolled her twitter feed. All respect was lost with her poor palestinians crap.

  • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

    Sounds like somebody is about to become distressingly familiar with the inside of the Lubyanka Building.

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      The way I understand this, the correspondent is a West-European citizen, working in western Europe. Which means that unless she willingly hops on a plane to Moscow, they won’t be able to arrest her directly.

      And, of course, what with media attention and the Crimean screwup, I’m actually not sure WHAT they would do…

      • NachoCheese (D)
        • Infinite_Indeterminism

          Precisely…

      • http://www.fishmonkeyfilms.com Infidel Scarlet

        Her next of kin will probably start dropping dead until she realizes her real family is RT and she remembers what the truth is.

    • Elizabeth Bennett
  • BorderLine Guy

    Yet she’s off to work to cash her check for lying?

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      Good question – since this is just now unfolding, and we don’t know what further decisions she or her employers will take…

      • http://itooktheredpill.wordpress.com/ Red Pill

        Refresh this page and read the update.

        • Infinite_Indeterminism

          I was perfectly aware of the likelihood of updates, which is why I wrote what I did. The comment stands, with its timestamp*.

          *or whatever ridiculous phrase Disqus puts there in lieu of a timestamp…

          • Thale Taxurfeet

            “*or whatever ridiculous phrase Disqus puts there in lieu of a timestamp…”

            A time-stamp would beat the approximation verbiage…

          • http://itooktheredpill.wordpress.com/ Red Pill

            The Twitchy post had already been updated to show Sara Firth’s “I resigned” tweet when you posted your comment saying “we don’t know what further decisions she or her employers will take…”

            I was just trying to be helpful, not critical.

          • Infinite_Indeterminism

            Updates happen all the time – if I were to continuously update, I wouldn’t have the time to actually read what the page contained.

  • gone

    Don’t move here. Our “reporters” lie for the administration for free.

    • Russ

      Maybe Putin pays better, or at least offers better bennies. Like “Your head can stay attached to your body if you give me your soul. We’ll slip you some plutonium if you get out of line; it’s not as messy as a machete, and costs less than housing you for years in one of our rehabilitation camps.”

      • Infinite_Indeterminism

        Technical point: They generally prefer Polonium (possibly the 220 isotope of it, but I won’t swear to that specific number).

        • Russ

          I’ll concede that point. Didn’t do my research properly. I’ll do penance, now.

          • Infinite_Indeterminism

            No need, I’m just having a little fun on the side…

            And of course with the general background of this story, one needs the occasional joke, even if it’s about what poison a group of …jackboots are using.

    • Frogmouth

      No. They don’t. They earn quite decent money for their collusion.

    • Harry Myers

      But all the koolaid they can drink is free.

    • Thale Taxurfeet

      “Don’t move here. Our “reporters” lie for the administration for free.”

      Not only for free, but squee with delight when they can actively conspire with and offer narrative suggestions to Teh Ø Administrivias.*

      * See Journolist cultist gone wild.

  • MawJacker

    And how is this much different than many in the media here with Obama?

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      She admitted it, in public – and resigned.

    • Blake Waymire

      Ms. Firth has the integrity to admit it and (at some point, at least) resign.

    • Elizabeth Bennett

      Our reporters do it for free…. I think

      • Rena

        Free? I believe they still get a pay check at the end of the day regardless…

  • http://itooktheredpill.wordpress.com/ Red Pill

    I thought at first that it was a parody account. No journalist working for a leftist organization could speak out like that and keep their job. The “I resigned from RT today” tweet makes me think that this is legit.

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      Well RT is only ran by the Russians . . . it’s not as far left as MSNBC or CBS.

      • http://itooktheredpill.wordpress.com/ Red Pill

        One of the things Sara Firth said is, “We’re taking a paycheck and for that we have to always obey.”

        That is exactly why many governments (including ours) want to:

        A) Grow the size of government,

        B) Take over big businesses, and

        C) Drive small businesses out of business

        ALL who take a paycheck have to obey their employer.

        When government controls the people’s paychecks, government controls the people.

        • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

          There can be no political liberty without economic liberty.

          • http://itooktheredpill.wordpress.com/ Red Pill

            Actually, true freedom is a 3-legged stool requiring economic, political, and spiritual liberty.

        • http://www.islate.org/ Apple Tablet

          You’re a fool, government doesn’t take over big business, big business takes over government. Are you that blind that you can’t see that big business controls our election process?

          • http://itooktheredpill.wordpress.com/ Red Pill

            So, that government takeover of GM never happened?

  • NachoCheese (D)

    The third screen cap says:
    “FOLLOW @SARAFIRTH_RT”

    Only problem is that there is no twitter account with that handle.

    This might be legit (though the double underscore between first and last names is odd – there is no account with only one underscore). Also, the twitter account “@sarafirth” is some college kid (that likes to drink too much), and definitely not a T.V. personality.

  • http://www.jabootu.com/acolytes/bnotes/ Apostic

    Assuming this is on the up & up: In a more better world, Firth would be receiving Cheryl Atkinson’s business card with the words “See me” written on the back….

  • CrazyEddie999

    Watch out for umbrellas.

    • http://www.jabootu.com/acolytes/bnotes/ Apostic

      Heh. Took me a sec to get that. For those that don’t, see

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      It’s good to see that some people remember Cold War history…

  • Walter Sobchak

    EVERYBODY who works for RT is paid to peddle pro-Putin propaganda.

  • Kawfy

    How refreshing to have a journalist with ethics. Maybe she and Sharyl Atkisson can team up and give these “news” orgs a run for their money.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Next on MSNBC: when will we get paid for peddling pro-Obama propaganda? We’ll ask that dumbass Krystal Ball to find out.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Over there, instead of the Magic 8 Ball or Ouija Boards, they listen to the wind from Howard Stern’s arse.

      • Thale Taxurfeet

        Someone needs to give ’em a set of wind-chimes and maybe a can of air freshener.

    • Thale Taxurfeet

      Krystal Ball’s gaze is seriously lacking in perception.

      *snort*

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    So, if the Obama administration did pay the media to peddle propaganda for him, would they pay the female reporters less than the men like they do with the WH staffers?

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Seemingly on the level– it’s being reported on by media in the UK who would be in a position to know. (I’ll admit, I wondered about it when I saw the word “paycheck,” since you’d think she’d have spelled it “payCHEQUE.”)
    http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/russia-today-london-correspondent-resigns-protest-disrespect-facts-over-malaysian-plane-crash

  • Determined

    First of many ripples from this disaster. A good result.

  • Perso Nasplit

    BFD. ALL the “news” organizations lie or misrepresent. If you ever live an actual national or world news story, and see how they ALWAYs getr it wrong, you dont blame the reporters, because all they are doing is being paid to read a script and look good(MSNBC still hasnt learned that last bit). You blame the organization as a whole, and read between the lines.

    Just look at the news organizations slamming Israel and supporting hamas, or slamming hamas and supporting Israel. You arent getting the full story, but only hearing the side THEY want you to hear, so they can mold your uninformed opinion(unless you are hearing firsthand accounts from both sides, or are living it yourself, you are more than likely mis- or un-informed).

    You are being manipulated. Face it. Don’t jump to conclusions(especially with a mat), and research BOTH sides before you yell the truth from a mountain. Chances are, you’ll learn something, and thats never bad.

  • Gandalf

    I wish our journalists here in America would do the same. We know how they lie everyday.

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I pray that this becomes a new trend: Journalists ‘outing’ themselves on live tv as corrupt paycheck collectors for the left wing consortium.

  • CabezaQueso

    DAY-UM! That Betty is a total POA.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    RT, when there is no need to suck up to Putin on a story or to bash Obama, is probably no better nor worse than any other internationally-broadcasting outlet. On a theoretically “neutral” story, where there’s no dog in the fight for them directly in, say, the Middle East (a story involving the Gulf States on something other than oil), they’d probably report on it more truthfully than Al-Jazeera would. Same for the Far East (more truthfully than CCTV), etc etc.

    And always remember, never EVER trust domestic broadcasters reporting news to a domestic audience.

  • junkbondtrader41

    You would be amazed at how many on the right use RT as a bona fide source. It’s especially popular among the Ron Paul set. They’ll tell you they trust it more than any American news source, Fox included! (Fox is all “neocon,” New World Order shills, you see.)

    You gently point out to them that they, alleged “patriots,” are actually placing more faith in the openly propagandist megaphone of our former Communist enemies and it doesn’t sway them an inch!

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Perhaps their belief is, what does Russia stand to gain, if they’re reporting something which essentially hews to the facts, such as they can be known from all available sources, but contradicts the sort of spin on it that we’re getting in the West? In other words, they think– “If RT can give an alternate explanation, for the same set of facts, which does NOT flout common sense, is what they’re doing really ‘lying’? We know OUR media lie, and maybe RT does too, but maybe, just maybe, they’re right enough often enough to develop that sort of credibility which you need in order to counter the one-note NWO view we get over here!”

      It’s a sort of Principle of Candor, i.e., you assume, in the absence of knowledge on your part for a motive for the speaker to lie about it, that the speaker is telling you what they sincerely believe the truth of the matter to be. The question is whether there is evidence for you to believe there is knowledge to be had that the speaker’s motives are not pure. And if there IS such evidence, are you willfully disregarding it, i.e., you’d rather NOT know?

      • junkbondtrader41

        A Ron Paul guy, I take it? :)

        But seriously, if this is just a legit, “alternative” take on the news, and assuming these Tweets above from the former RT correspondent are correct, you would have to assume that is NOT the case. And that this Tweeter is confessing to having sold her integrity for 30 pieces of silver.

        The narrative of RT is that the U.S. and the larger West are the bad guys. They package the news accordingly. Just as, admittingly, Fox News frames the news in a center-right, Republicanish way, MSNBC does so in a prog left way, CNN and the big three frame it in a bullsh*t-I’m-pretending-to-be-objective-but-anyone-can-see-which-conclusion-I-think-you-should-reach-way, etc. I get it.

        That’s what makes RT such a popular choice for the Paul folks, many of whom take a step beyond non-interventionism into an overtly anti-American view of foreign policy. They claim the mantle “patriot,” except when it comes to supporting the nation they’re claiming “patriotism” towards when conflict arises with someone else! They will intellectually make a case for how WE were the bad guys in basically every war since the Founding! Their view is that the U.S. has strayed so far from the principles of the Founders that true “patriotism” REQUIRES being opposed to the America that exists today, while their allegiance is to an America that once was and should be again.

        And when you think about it, that is not far from the prog left’s position! They bristle when you “question their patriotism” for things like opposing the War on Terror, because they’ll tell you they’re all for “patriotism” for the multi-culti, welfare-state petri dish they want to build, but just don’t have much use for what we were and are!

        Never say never, I won’t claim there won’t someday be a breaking point for me. There may very well come a time when we’ve drifted so far from the traditional America that I was raised to love towards the Obamified sewer we’re becoming, but I’m not there yet.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          A quick illustration of what I mean RT is trying to do, from a scene from the old NYPD Blue series:

          Medavoy: “We’re operating under the theory that the bodega owner shooting was a personal grudge, since apparently there was no money taken from the till.”
          Sipowicz: “Oh, you like ‘theories,’ now? Try this one: The bodega owner was shot by an itchy-fingered crackhead when he couldn’t get the till open fast enough– and then the crackhead panicked and ran…”
          Medavoy: “As good of a theory as mine, Andy, gotta say…”

          It’s the Jonathan Haidt “Conservatives are actually more open-minded” strain in me coming out, whenever I look like I’m gonna shill for the likes of a Ron Paul.

  • maze

    The entire US news media and Democratic party gets paid to spread Obama’s lies and propaganda….whats worse?

  • bkeyser

    Outside of acknowledging her own lack of integrity, isn’t the only difference between Ms. Firth and say, Diane Sawyer -or anyone on msnbc- her new found desire to correct the shortcoming?

  • Ken P

    This is as suspect as the Liz Wahl resignation. I’m not buying this at all.

  • mrspinky85

    Maybe her and Atkinson can team up to get us the real truth.

  • Bob Richards

    Wow. That took some guts.

  • sumlikeit

    Bravo for her. Wow.
    I pray to God she doesn’t end up with Polonium poisoning.

  • Dobermite

    When are people in the American media going to have the guts to do likewise?

    Not every American reporter can be a radical leftist, there has to be some of them who are sick and tired of covering up for this corrupt crypto-Marxist we call a President, or turning a blind eye to his corruption, because they want to please their leftist bosses in newsrooms and at newspapers who sign their checks.

    At what point do these people grow a conscience like Miss Firth?

    At what point do they say, “I no longer wish to be a propagandist for the Democrat party and a Palace Guard for the Obama administration?”

  • Dina Strange

    I wish one of american reporters admit it as well. That they are working for GE or Murdoch.

  • ‘Tom Crawford

    Still waiting for acts of conscience from the US media as well. [crickets chirping]

    If more “journalist” came to their senses and reported the news and not their opinions or what the Administration tells them to report – we wouldn’t think real journalism is dead then.

  • The_Raven

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t there another female RT reporter/newsreader that quit on-air recently, with a message at the end of her newscast?

    • Thale Taxurfeet

      Yup. Liz Wahl…

  • Rena

    I was right in there with Sean… I thought someone had to have hacked her account… amazing… now only if some of the msm here would do the same about Obama… or perhaps not… he has already consumed their brains

  • Sockpuppet Politic

    “Daniel Masterton @DanielMasterton

    @Sara__Firth @Polly_Boiko @ukTanos really, that’s shocking, a BBC or Sky reporter would never be asked to do such a thing

    3:09 AM – 18 Jul 2014”

    Yeah, sure Daniel. You keep on thinking that.

  • Brian Lee Morris

    Did nobody else notice in the photo in the article that it shows her twitter account as @sarafirth_rt? The other is obviously a fake account.

  • crazy american

    i remembered a similar story when another RT journalist quit on air. Wondering as to why the american media reported do not quit on air when then manufacture lies. like WMD’s in iraq, slaughter of innocents in palestine or for that matter even afganistan!!!!

  • Matthew Del Rossi

    Imagine if most of our media took their talking points from the administration.

  • Dobermite

    RT is state controlled media, all you had to do was watch them for five minutes to know that, but then again the same is true of CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, MSLSD, CNN, the NY Times, the Washington Post and the list is endless.

    Every single one of these outlets, and more, are propagandists and attack dogs for the Democrat party, and Palace Guards for the Obama administration.

    • bitter clinger

      Cheers!

  • jaded

    Now if the US media would follow suit and admit the same…

  • Julien

    Hmmm she surprised RT try to not blame Russia first ? For now I saw these guys as “liberator” and I did the screenshot myself.

  • BorderLine Guy

    Liz Wahl also had no issues taking the Russian bribe checks, and everyone that applies and goes to work there knows exactly what they are doing.

    I think we should stop with the “Wow, she’s brave” crap when these “reporters” and “anchors” are simply saying “Well, I longer get paid ENOUGH to keep lying to people.”

  • https://twitter.com/rockinranger81 Ben Bollman

    Reporters here could take a page from her.

  • Adam Cooper

    I think miss Firth is going to have an unfortunate accident soon.

  • Danny Wheeler

    This lady is brave.