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RT's Abby Martin Smeared As 'Truther' By US Corporate Media For Ukraine Stance

Let's follow the bouncing ball on this one as it takes some unpredictable rebounds.


The New York Times today [Tuesday March 4], on its blog The Lede, where updates to the Ukraine situation tend to come in small, incremental bites, let loose with a lengthy takedown of Abby Martin, outing her as a longtime 9/11 "Truther."

The piece linked to a 2008 YouTube video of Martin talking about the 9/11 attacks being "an inside job" as she marched in a Santa Monica protest.
 link to 911blogger.com

Glenn Greenwald lauds bravery of RT's Abby Martin, then NY Times outs her as 9/11 Truther

Posted by Orangutan. on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 9:48am

By Tony Ortega
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Let's follow the bouncing ball on this one as it takes some unpredictable rebounds.

On Friday, PandoDaily's Mark Ames revealed that Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire funding Glenn Greenwald's new journalistic effort, First Look, had helped fund efforts to bolster the opposition groups in Ukraine responsible for ousting President Viktor Yanukovych. Ames wondered about Greenwald and documentarian Laura Poitras, two people with access to the full cache of Snowden documents, working for a billionaire who was using his money to affect global politics.

On Saturday, Greenwald fired back, ridiculing Ames for suggesting that Greenwald wouldn't act completely independently as a journalist, regardless of who was writing his paychecks. In fact, he said, he didn't even particularly care about Omidyar's political activities: "Prior to creating The Intercept with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, I did not research Omidyar's political views or donations."

On Monday, PandoDaily's Paul Carr pointed out that in 2007, Greenwald had a very different attitude about the political ambitions of media owners when he lambasted The Politico because its president and CEO was a longtime Reaganite. Wrote Greenwald then: "There is nothing wrong per se with hard-core political operatives running a news organization. Long-time Republican strategist Roger Ailes oversees Fox News, of course. But it seems rather self-evident that a news organization run by someone with such clear-cut political biases ought to have a hard time holding itself out as some sort of politically unbiased source of news." (Emphasis ours.)

Then, Tuesday morning, Greenwald seemed to be addressing this squabble when he celebrated RT anchor Abby Martin for her views on Putin's invasion of Crimea.

For days, RT (formerly Russia Today), had been broadcasting Putin-friendly reports that bordered on outright propaganda. But then on Monday night, Abby Martin, who is based in Washington, went against the prevailing view at RT and announced, "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. What Russia did is wrong."

Greenwald's celebration of Martin sounded remarkably like his heated defense of his own independence just a few days earlier: "That that network has a strong pro-Russian bias is unquestionably true. But one of its leading hosts, Abby Martin, remarkably demonstrated last night what 'journalistic independence' means by ending her Breaking the Set program with a clear and unapologetic denunciation of the Russian action in Ukraine."

And now, another strange bounce of this caroming story. The New York Times today, on its blog The Lede, where updates to the Ukraine situation tend to come in small, incremental bites, let loose with a lengthy takedown of Abby Martin, outing her as a longtime 9/11 "Truther."

"Before she rose to prominence on television, she was an active member of what is known as the 9/11 Truth movement, whose members hold that the official history of the terrorist attacks is a cover for a concealed government conspiracy," writes Times reporter Robert Mackey.

The piece linked to a 2008 YouTube video of Martin talking about the 9/11 attacks being "an inside job" as she marched in a Santa Monica protest.

For her part, Martin has denied reports that RT is sending her to Crimea for on-location reporting (and for "re-education," some have joked). And she has blasted back at Mackey on Twitter...

@kgosztola @RobertMackey Saying we were lied to re 9/11 is enough to warrant a hit piece for speaking consistently re military intervention?

Abby Martin (@AbbyMartin) March 4, 2014  https://twitter.com/AbbyMartin/statuses/440936987571134464



@RobertMackey Thanks for psychoanalysis, but your job isn't to provide context it's to discredit the message & the source. Well done journo!

Abby Martin (@AbbyMartin) March 4, 2014  https://twitter.com/AbbyMartin/statuses/440938706870878208


On Twitter Mackey defended the Times piece by saying it gives 'context' to Martin's views about Crimea. The only context we can see is that being a Truther destroys her credibility. And now, we can't help wondering what Greenwald will say to that (and we have a feeling we won't have to wait long to find out).

Watch the 2008 video of Abby Martin describing her 9/11 views at a Santa Monica protest...

 link to www.rawstory.com

Russia Today responds: "Contrary to the popular opinion, RT doesn't beat its journalists into submission, and they are free to express their own opinions, not just in private but on the air. This is the case with Abby's commentary on the Ukraine.

"We respect her views, and the views of all our journalists, presenters and program hosts, and there will be absolutely no reprimands made against Ms. Martin.

"In her comment Ms. Martin also noted that she does not possess a deep knowledge of reality of the situation in Crimea. As such we'll be sending her to Crimea to give her an opportunity to make up her own mind from the epicentre of the story."

However, Martin subsequently tweeted that she would not be going to Crimea, despite the statement put out by RT.


MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell weighs in on the issue...

Corporate hack: "Abby Martin is an out an out lunatic! She's a 9/11 Truther!" - James Kirchick

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ3WrI8XF9U

The Most Interesting Part of Abby Martin's Outburst on Russia Today: Its Aftermath
 link to www.newrepublic.com

RT Anchor Who Condemned Russian Invasion Is Also a 9/11 Truther
 link to www.mediaite.com



Abby Martin responds:

 http://911blogger.com/news/2014-03-07/being-smeared-911-truther-msm

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Being smeared as a "9/11 Truther" in the MSM

Posted by Abby on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:18am

I just wanted to write a note considering the recent hack smear campaign against me for my radical roots in this movement. I stand by my grassroots activism and will never apologize for my past, which has gotten me to where I am today.

Unfortunately, publications like the NYT, Raw Story and Mediate turned the story into the fact that I was a "lunatic" because I dared to question 9/11, the event used to get us into the never ending War on Terror. They embedded an angst ridden video of me at a rally during college making comments that I do not stand by today.

I also gave a statement in response that I do not think the attacks were an "inside job." The language here is used as a discrediting factor, and it's irresponsible to assert such an unknowable claim. I distanced myself from that language years ago.

However I maintain the fact we were lied to, as do many victims' family members, government officials, commission members and world citizens. And as all of you know, I have never strayed from calling out the many inconsistencies in the official story as well as the cover up, and I will continue to do so on my platform, wherever that may be.

A "truther" on this issue is nothing to be ashamed of.

Keep Fighting,
Abby

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truthers live 10.Mar.2014 11:09

rAT

ANY publicity for the 911 Truth movement, good or bad, is a blessing.

Abby Martin is a moron 21.Mar.2014 12:22

obvious

It'a already been pointed out on real media(not RT or PressTV) this is controlled opposition. Martin is useful to "prove" Russia doesn't censor. Meanwhile, real journalists challenging Putin are beaten and shot.

And Abby claims to be informed and educated. Please. Either she's a gullible fool or she's a willing participant in the deception.