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RT Responds to Quitting Reporter: ‘Apparently We Have Different Versions of the Truth’

RT just tweeted out a press release concerning Sara Firth, a London-based RT correspondent who publicly announced she quit her job this morning, saying she was tired of working “for Putin.”

According to the release, they “were not surprised” that Firth decided to leave the Kremlin-funded television network, and claimed that Firth recently told them she “was likely to take an offer from another firm.”

“Sara has declared that she chooses the truth,” they wrote. “Apparently we have different versions of the truth.”

The press release went one step further, however, and slammed the media for speculating about Russia’s part in the MH17 crash: “In our coverage, RT, unlike the rest of the media, did not draw conclusions before the official investigation has even begun. We show all sides of the story, even if everyone else has already decided who to blame.”

Here’s the full text of the release below:

The text:

We were not surprised by Sara Firth’s decision to leave RT after 5 years as a Moscow and London correspondent, as she has recently informed us that she was likely to take an offer from another firm. The plane crash is an absolutely terrible tragedy, there are a lot of questions that surround it and everybody is looking for answers. More than 15 RT journalists are working on this story — from Moscow, from the Russian-Ukrainian border, London, Berlin, Washington. RT Spanish journalist Francisco Guaita was one of the first TV correspondents to get on the scene late last night. Our reporters are in the Netherlands and Malaysia.

Sara has declared that she chooses the truth; apparently we have different versions of the truth. We believe that the truth is what our reporters see on the ground, with their own eyes, and not what’s printed in the morning London newspaper. In our coverage, RT, unlike the rest of the media, did not draw conclusions before the official investigation has even begun. We show all sides of the story, even if everyone else has already decided who to blame.

[Image via Sara Firth/screenshot]

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