Abby Martin: I Stand by Everything I Said and the Corporate Media Missed the Point

Abby Martin Breaks the Set on Ukraine Conflict Perspectives, and Washington’s Shadow Lobbyists.


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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin remarks on the media circus resulting from her comments condemning Russia’s military response to the unrest in Ukraine. Abby then speaks with RT correspondent Alexey Yaroshevsky who was recently on the ground in Kiev to discuss Putin’s speech on the incursion in Ukraine, as well as his perspective on the potential outcomes of the crisis. BTS wraps up the show with a second look at Abby’s interview with investigative journalist for the Nation, Lee Fang, discussing his research into the dwindling numbers of registered lobbyists in Washington, under what has been coined the ‘Shadow Lobbying Complex’.

Pic: Abby Martin (C)

Pic: Abby Martin (C)

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  • Thurlow Weed

    One segment of the video has absolutely nothing to do with the other, one is all about narcissism, the other investigative journalism. Abby’s 15 minutes of fame are over, and no alchemy can change that.

    • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

      Chip on your shoulder much

      • Thurlow Weed

        No, I think I’m correct in my assessment of this former paid tool of the Putin regime. But, if you’d care to debate that, you must supply an argument instead of a psychiatric diagnosis.

        • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

          I think everyone’s first impression of all things RT is ‘propaganda’. I’ll admit to sharing that view, initially, in regards to Ms. Martin. Many people conflate propaganda with lies, which certainly can be the case, but very importantly not always so. Important caveats to this point also include the absolute ubiquity of subjective interpretation a la hermeneutics. Everyone has a bias. Everyone. Glenn Greenwald has written extensively on this subject, also on the related topic of journalistic independence.

          I don’t think she made a scene for the spot light. Maybe she’s doing the gig in general for the money. Who’s to say. Anyone that can afford to only work for someone they unreservedly admire is pretty lucky, I think. I’ll say again that I think she’s a bit myopic about the Crimea but that doesn’t change my respect for her other reporting and for the shear courage of conviction she’s displayed recently.

          • echar

            It certainly took some integrity. It would take a lot more to quit though. Before you jump down my throat. I quit the highest paying job I have ever had working for Conagra foods. I didn’t realize who I was working for, also I was a different person when I started.

            It’s pretty cool that she is reporting on American corruption, yet also tawdry that it’s paid for by Putin. Yet indicative of how low such has fallen.

            Right or wrong, I am suspicious of any information coming from mainstream or indie news media. At least P.T. Barnum’s intention was to make people smile, as well as the loot.

          • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

            The thing that sucks is that news reporting, especially investigative stuff and anything that’s broadcast outside of the internet is really expensive and so it gets financed by people with money. And most people with control over that much money are at least a little evil.

          • echar

            I read your reply to me, for some reason it’s not showing up. You make an excellent point.

          • Eric_D_Read

            Good point on the false perception of lies=propaganda.
            Propaganda is simply information promoted in service to an agenda. No more. No less. The best propaganda is actually strategically useful truths or half-truths.

        • Eric_D_Read

          How do you figure her as a “former paid tool of the Putin regime” when she still works at the same network?
          Either she’s still a paid tool because she works at RT, or the fact that she can criticize Putin and still keep her job indicates that RT is more committed to journalistic integrity than any major US media outlet. For example, try to imagine anyone at MSNBC calling Obama a war criminal (or anyone at FOX doing the same with Shrub or Cheney) and still having their job Monday morning.

      • Andrew

        Someone’s getting over a crush.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Not contesting your assessment of those particular items, but you have to admit her strong statement against the incursion deserves some praise. The fundamental quality that is wanting in today’s “journalism” was amply on display on that occassion: courage.

      I think I’ll cut her a bit of slack for the time being.

      • Thurlow Weed

        “Not contesting your assessment of those particular items, but you have to admit her strong statement against the incursion deserves some praise.”

        If joining the ranks of Berlin and Washington against Moscow is your idea of a praise-worthy act, then Pepsi must taste better than Coke, and that’s all there is to it, case closed, let the praise for Martin resume.

        • Liam_McGonagle

          Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.

          But I honestly can’t imagine how you drew THAT out of her statement–unless you’ve only been reading 2nd hand accounts, and not her statement itself. She specifically condemned the behavior of both Putin AND western governments. I don’t know how she could have been any clearer.

          I’ve been critical of Martin on many occasions. But fair is fair–on this particular issue she demonstrated integrity and courage.

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