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Abby Martin is an American studio anchor and correspondent at the Russia Today networks in their Washington, DC bureau. A rather strange place to find someone who is a controversial advocate of honesty and transparency in the media by corporations and governments. Martin brings a very appealing presence to the subject, but seems a bit odd delivering sermons on the ills of corporate America and the misdeeds of the government from a soapbox provided by Vladmir Putin. The last time I looked, Putin was not an advocate of media freedoms or honesty in reporting. I wonder if Ms. Martin asked her superiors at RT whether she could do an on-air interview with
Ksenia Sobchak (Putin's god-daughter) about transparency in the Russian media what the result would be. The Russia Today network has been criticized for its lack of objectivity due to being under the auspices of the Russian Government. It is registered as an autonomous non-profit Organization funded by the Federal Agency on Press and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation. Former KGB officer and author Konstantin Preobrazhensky called the RT Network "a part of the Russian industry of misinformation and manipulation," and a former adviser to Russian President Putin labeled it "the best Russian propaganda machine we currently have targeted at the outside world." In a recent piece on Russia Today, news anchor Martin said in her Brainwash Update that Israel's targeting of Gaza media centers, which killed journalists and endangered employees of many news organizations, was a war crime. Even though she was not alone in this opinion, Martin became the victim of a smear attempt by the Israeli lobby, which accused her of support for terrorism because she dared call illegal Israeli actions by the same name. Her reports concerning Gaza may have been some of the most honest shown to American television viewers. She was obviously upset by the seemingly intentional attacks on newsmen by the Israelis, including fellow staff at RT, during the Israeli Gaza massacre. Abby Martin is a fresh voice in the wilderness, but too bad she can't have a platform like The Young Turks instead of Putin's RT. Her reporting on Breaking the Set is extremely good, but association on RT with the all too many conspiracy theorists and borderline crackpots the network airs will rob her of credibility. Face it, the Federal Agency on Press and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation is only interested in presenting news stories that discredit the US government, American corporations and other US institutions. The type of American viewer that needs to hear Abby Martin is, unfortunately, the same type of individual that will see her employment at RT as a discredit to her credibility.
Not only did she draw the ire of the Israeli groups, but U.S. Senator Rand Paul threatened to get her arrested and stripped of her press credentials for asking him tough questions in the Capitol building. It seems to me that when a reporter is drawing serious flak from the powers that be, it must be due to the reporter getting too close to something they'd much rather not have attention drawn to. A week after the video of the attempted interview with Abby Martin came out on YouTube, the RT office, where Abby works, got a phone call from the Senate Media Relations Committee. The Committee was acting on behalf of Rand Paul and alledgedly threatened both Abby and the entire RT news organization. The alledged threats included possible ambiguous charges being brought for violating the rules of the Committee floor, the possible arrest of Ms. Martin as well as the termination of the entire RT staffs press credentials. After a month of meetings and deliberation, the Senate Media Relations office backed down and did not carry through with any of these threats. Martin is a natural on the air as she is a very intelligent and attractive female with a timely and refreshing perspective on government, corporate, media and journalistic ethics. Her approach is fresh and appealing, but her experience and background in broadcast journalism is limited. This coupled with the fact that her employers make little effort to conceal their delivery of Russian propaganda within the news stories they present places Martin on slippery pavement. But, hopefully, she can find an anchor position on television somewhere between the US mainstream media and the thinly-veiled Putin television propaganda. Possibly in the European English-language networks or in some form of print media.
Before taking the job at RT, Abby was involved in the creation of numerous new media projects. She is a self taught editor, videographer, writer, journalist and artist. In 2009, she founded her own citizen journalism media organization called Media Roots based in Oakland, California. There, she editorially managed and produced hundreds of multimedia stories, including front line coverage of the Occupy Oakland crackdowns. Martin is also the youngest member on the board of Project Censored, the largest research organization in the country, that works to publish the top 25 censored news stories every year. While based in the Bay Area, she hosted a weekly radio show with Project Censored on KPFA, a Pacifica affiliate FM radio station. Abby received her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from San Diego State University with a minor in Spanish. Throughout her education, she lived in Spain and Costa Rica to pursue her Spanish studies. During her free time Abby loves to take photos and create art, go traveling and hiking to explore new places. Aside from graduating from San Diego State University, she was also involved in community organizing for multiple causes. She pioneered the creation of Media Roots to help inform and connect the community.
Over the past seven years a variety of different venues in San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area have exhibited Abby's paintings. She is currently living in Washington DC hosting her own television show called Breaking the Set. You can check out her art at www.abbymartin.org, follow her on twitter at www.twitter.com/AbbyMartin, or like her page on Facebook.
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Yabanci is a book by a Dutch woman who moved from Holland to Turkey to start a new life in a Turkish village overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A great read for those who are considering a move abroad or have lived in a different culture. Available in English as an ebook or in Dutch in both print and popular ebook formats...
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