Bizarre: Russia Today Host Abby Martin Lashes Out at The Algemeiner (VIDEO)

November 25, 2012 1:26 pm 35 comments

Anti-Israel Russia Today presenter showing the Gershon Jacobson Foundation logo. Photo: Screenshot.

Russia Today presenter Abby Martin lashed out at The Algemeiner in her show last week after blogger Lakkana Nanayakkara called her out on some of the more outrageous accusations she leveled against Israel during the Jewish State’s “Pillar of Defense” operation.

On her show, ‘Breaking the Set’ the host on the Russian Government funded network complains that Nanayakkara “writes that I accused Israel of war crimes, terrorism, and practicing an apartheid state through multiple reports I had made the week prior.”

“I am not going to sit here and dispute the claims  made in this article,” she says going on, throughout the course of the segment, to heatedly accuse Israel of, among other things, targeting journalists, ”unwarranted arrests,” “torture,” “psychological warfare,” “practicing apartheid,” “dropping white phosphorous on an open air prison,” and of conducting a “full on war against the media.” She cites such discredited anti-Israel activists as linguist Noam Chomsky and  journalist Chris Hedges, as sources.

The animated host references the website of The Algemeiner’s parent Gershon Jacobson Foundation, which lists endorsements from Senator Joseph Lieberman, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gabriella Shalev, as proof that the paper is “Israel backed.” She also mentions a list of supporters of the Foundation which include Israel Bonds and Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, who’s involvement with The Algemeiner has only come in the form of advertising aimed at reaching the paper’s Jewish readers.

Martin also claims that the “U.S. corporate media” are “lackeys for U.S. Government,” and that “the U.S. Government has complete allegiance to Israel.”

“The RT Offices in Gaza were bombed by Israeli forces,” she claims, referring to an Israeli strike on an Islamic Jihad hideout situated on the second floor of a Gaza high rise that also housed members of the international media.  She also accuses Israeli spokesman Alex Selsky of “basically insinuating that RT is fair game to be attacked because of the side we (RT) have taken in our coverage,” calling him “unacceptable and despicable,” admitting perhaps inadvertently that RT has taken a side in their coverage.

The Algemeiner featured on Russia Today. Photo: Screenshot.

“And for any Israel backed media that attempts to smear my name, this show, and this network; keep this in mind, this is an opinion show and i’m entitled to my opinion, but the facts are the facts,” she concludes ironically.

The Russia Today network has been roundly criticized for its lack of objectivity as being under the auspices of the Russian Government. Former KGB officer and author Konstantin Preobrazhensky called it “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 targeted at the outside world.”

An article for The New Republic quoted Michael Moynihan, former managing editor at Vice magazine and a former editor at Reason, who praised one of the network’s shows while adding that “the rest of the network is farcically slanted and not worth engaging.” “The news bit is psychopathic conspiracy mongering about Tower Seven, and the Russia coverage is absolutely appalling,” he said.

A former employee of Russia Today told The Algemeiner in July on condition of anonymity, that RT typically engages in the reporting of conspiracy theories, and looks to book guests that support these theories.

“During the interview process, RT told me they wanted to report ‘the other side’ of the story, the one American mainstream media wasn’t reporting.  What that really meant was finding the side of a story which is anti-American and anti-Israeli,” the former employee said.

“The employee says he left RT after three months, following an editorial meeting in which the station manager shouted at a colleague for suggesting a story idea that was critical of Vladimir Putin, who at the time was Russia’s Prime Minister,” The Algemeiner reported.

A video of Martin’s Russia Today rant can be viewed below.

35 Comments

  • THE TERRORISTS ARE KILLING THE WRONG PEOPLE.

    How many Politicians have been killed in Congress?
    How many Politicians have been killed in Westminster?
    How many Politicians have been killed in the European Union?
    How many Bankers have been killed for financing ALL wars?
    How many CEO’s have been killed for providing those weapons for wars?
    How many Oligarchs have been killed for making fortunes from wars?
    NONE – NONE – NONE – NONE – NONE – NONE.

    What do you think would happen if those people mentioned above started to die on a daily basis by the very weapons they are selling around the world to kill MILLIONS of innocents?

    Time the TERRORISTS started to kill the PROPHETS-PROFITS of WAR.

  • Algea Miner

    Why would you call a newspaper about jews, algea miner anyway?

  • Abby is better than most mainstream presenters and can get a job at almost any TV channel she desires. She happens to be at RT right now not because she is ‘second-rate’ as some people here seem to imply but because she realizes that RT is generally not part of the endemic Jewish controlled global media machine – an entity she probably does not want to be a part of. She obviously feels comfortable working for RT as they provide a vehicle for her efforts in exposing and challenging the satanic Zionist-American alliance. She is obviously not in this for money or fame and as far as I’m concerned, she is one of the best presenters out there with high energy and naturalness, great delivery, a street-wise attitude and deep socio-political insight. We need more people like her.

  • Abby Martin is a cocky, over confident, over dramatic journalist.

    But guess what. She is right and you can’t argue with her without making juvenile remarks and stooping to a level so low its embarrassing.

    • You forgot… she’s damn sexy at it too. What makes her more attractive is her conviction and confidence to stand up for what she believes in. A trait so lacking in many women today who are happy to play princess instead.

    • “Cocky”? “Over confident? No , I think passionate is the better term to describe her. We need more Abby Martin’s in the world. She is the real deal. As far as being “over-dramatic”. I don’t think she is anymore dramatic then say O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Olbermann, Cooper, etc. I think that’s just her personality.

  • Algemeiner is joke. Basically, If you discredit Israel’s actions then Algemeiner labels you as an anti Semite

  • Harry Joseph

    I is refreshing to hear somebody express a different opininon. I have been harrassed hated, threatened, made fun of, my apartment has been bugged, my emails and phone calls intercepted and monitored(ala Rupert Murdoch) , my entire life has been turned upside down by the so-called “Democratic” goverment sponsored main stream media. This has been going on and off for the past 20 years with no end in sight ! It could be because I have a different opinion . One based on religious principles of right and wrong, but who really knows ?

  • Gee, I like her and thinks she’s kind of cute and trying to have her own opinion which is refreshing. Not everyone is going to agree but at least she expresses it. I don’t support Russia per ce but never was this ever disguised or anything, I mean it is called Russia Today.

    • She’ll be absolutely ‘giddy’ that you think she’s
      “kind of cute”. Gee, maybe you should ask her to
      the Prom.

  • I think the point has been missed on both sides. A good journalist/anchor will report the facts without the rant. A rant is emotional and an opinion – and that has no place in real journalism. FOX news is just as guilty by reporting emotive rants – neither side is doing a good job. It use to be said that millions dialled in to listen to the BBC because you got unvarnished facts, I regret that over the last decade I have observed even this great institution leaning so far to the left with politically correctness that I am afraid we are now almost devoid of ANY news channel that can be trusted. The solution – watch FOX and RT, then take the middle ground.

  • Abby Martin is a cocky, over confident, over dramatic journalist. If that is what you want to call her. She also needs to eat food more . She also needs to get a different opening to her show. It’s cringe worthy stupid. But I don’t watch her anymore, she still needs to do something with that horrible opening.

  • Abby Martin speaks on behalf of the darkest elements of the corrupt Russian government. Fox news,news limited speaks on behalf of Rupert Murdoch & the darkest elements of secret societies. Both EVIL.Do not trust any government or main stream media or government controlled media.

    World War III was planned years ago.

  • Abby Martin has been protesting for truth and justice way before Russia today. America is waking up… mainstream media is becoming the alternate media

  • Abby speaks the truth and the truth obviously cuts!! keep up the fight Abby.. we love you :) )

  • Abby simply tells the truth to us awakening USA goyim and it instinctively rings true.

    Ironic that we must get this truth from Russian media while our own jewish-controlled media constantly lies to our face.

  • She speaks the truth. But many people do not like it.

  • Jay Meisenheimer

    She speaks the truth about Israel and its terrible apartheid policies. Just look at what Israel did: bombed a building filled with journalists, this is not corageus but criminal.

  • This article is utter crap and the trolls attacking Abby are childish keyboard warriors grow up!

  • WOW! Abby seems to have a chip on her shoulder. It’s obvious to anyone with more than one braincell that her ‘reporting’ style has some bad taste to it, the clues are:

    1, The facial expressions she poses look ANGRY and BITTER most of the time.

    2, The tone in her voice expresses ANGER and HATRED most of the time.

    Yep, she’s a typical commie alright, the anarchaic type bowing to the regime owned by ex-KGB; and who can trust them?

    Oh.. and she IS anti-Semitic, constantly bashing Israelis but ‘whitewashes’ Hamas. If anybody hasn’t seen this.. here she is arse-licking the islamist backer and pro-Hamas supporter/funder George Galloway (Britain’s most hated man; though the leftists/muslims love him):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrkY7wVGn7w#!

  • Lawrence Kulak

    Israels repeated failure to assert its just claim over the lands which constitute the Biblical Legacy of the Jewish People is what leads to all these expressions of anti-semitism. After all there is an expression “blank or get off the pot”. The world does not understand the timidity of the Jews in asserting their claims. It is only the self hating Jew himself who understands it. He is holding out because he enjoys behaving like the non-Jew. Hence it is the Jews themselves who fuel anti-Israel sentiment. Even the Arabs themselves would be glad if the Jews finally got it over with and annexed all Biblical lands once and for all. Didn’t the Arabs make a trial run in 1948, only to look back over their soldiers and see that the Jews were not really serious when they expanded their conquest in 1967 and then gave back the temple mount to the Arabs.

  • Lawrence Kulak

    Its too bad that Abby Martins face was not embedded in the rubble of the RT office in Gaza. It might have looked better.

  • Noel Lyle-Stirling

    Whatever the rights are wrongs of the Israels , Arab conflict,and there is wrong on both sides < notice that while some people are prepared to condemn Miss Martin and RT,nobody seems prepared to condemn Cnn, The Fox Network and the rest of the mainstream media ,w ho like to BBc and the so called independent tv stations over here,inthe UK always tow the government line
    I'm not saying that RT is perfect , but at least you get a lot of news and opinions as opposed to government aurhorised propaganda

  • Bizarre? Nazi tactics? KGB lackey? What a load of crap. She is a breath of fresh air in willing to call out the truth about israeli aggression, and you mindless jew-bots can’t stand her because she isn’t nice to you? Well poo poo for you!

  • Benjamin Freeman

    Very surprised no one has commented yet that Abby Martin is using German Nazi tactics because she is voicing her distaste for Israel bombing a journalism building in Gaza.

    It’s so obvious she’s a Nazi. Who else would complain of Israelis killing innocent civilians? Red blooded Americans support Israel, even if Israeli bulldozer operators drive over American peace protesters like Rachel Corrie. She had it coming to her. Her orange vest wasn’t bright enough!

  • Larry A. Singleton

    Has anybody seen this scags “interview”, rather hit-piece on Israel spokesman Alex Selsky? It was one of the most dispicable, ugly, obscene things I’ve ever seen. I sure as hell hope she doesn’t have gall to put “journalist” on her resume. This evil little tramp should be working for Al-Jazeera or the Muslim Brotherhood or just go straight over to Hamas.

    Her “references” Noem Chompsky and “other human rights activist”? Give Me A Fucking BREAK!

    The real tragedy is, like it says in Kramer and Horowitz’ books Jew Hatred and the promotion of genocide is becoming fashionable. And the sheeple in this country are so stupid, so illiterate, so historically ignorant they can’t see that the language being spewed by these “peace activists” is almost verbatum from Nazi Germany when they started “boycotting” jewish stores pior to World War II! The granddaddy of these precious hero palestinians was none other than the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who literally sat nose to nose with Adolf Hitler planning the Final Solution!! There’s a picture of him SHAKING HANDS WITH HEINRICH HIMMLER IN 1943!!!!!

    Listening to this brain dead “brainwashed” bitch makes my skin crawl. Here’s some info I wish everybody would copy and spread around like a religious tract. Particulary “The Haj” by Leon Uris

    I add a few “other” things because I’m not one of these phony flag wavers. The biggest enemy we have is out own US government.

    Read The Haj by Leon Uris. And ask these questions:

    Questions for “Palestinians”:

    What year did the nation of Palestine come into existance?
    What were its national borders and what year did it cease to exist?
    What currency did the nation of Palestine use and whyis there no history of it?
    Name one leader to the “nation of Palestine” prior to Yasser Arafat.

    SHORT LIST (See Full list Facebook page)
    The Haj by Leon Uris
    Muslim Mafia by Gaubatz and Sperry
    Because They Hate by Brigitte Gabriel
    “Slavery, Terrorism and Islam” and “Holocaust in Rwanda” by Peter Hammond
    The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America by David Horowitz
    Ivory Towers On Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America by Martin Kramer
    The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism by Andrew G. Bostom
    The Legacy of Jihad by Andrew G. Bostom MD
    A Concise History of the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden
    The Book of Jewish Knowledge by Nathan Ausubel
    The New Moody Atlas of the Bible by Barry J. Beitzel
    The Al Qaeda Reader by Raymond Ibrahim
    Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law
    Sahih al-Bukhari
    The Koran: Pickthall
    The Quran: Yusuf Ali: Translated by Prof. Syed Vickar Ahmed
    Holy Qur’an with Commentary: Maulana Muhammad Ali
    The Second Message of Islam by Mahmoud Mohamed Taha
    Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated Washington by Paul Sperry
    American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us by Steven Emerson
    Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores by Michelle (the hottest woman on the planet) Malkin
    Vince Flynn’s “Term Limits” as a solution to our political problems.
    Taken Into Custody by Stephen Baskerville and The War Against Boys by Christina Hoff Sommers

    I recently sent these links to UNRWA’s Facebook page. The next day they were gone and my ability to post was removed. UNRWA and the UN are unapologetic mouthpieces for terrorists.

    Here’s a great article with excellent maps & other articles on “Palestine”:
    Note: Replaced the “.”coms or orgs with a “-”. Otherwise it was rejected.

    History of Israel & “Palestine” in VERY easy to understand maps
    masada2000-org/historical.html

    The “Mandate for Palestine” is the Best Reply to “Occupation”
    mythsandfacts-org/article_view.asp?articleID=162&order_id=1

    Palestinians ‘Peoplehood’ Based on a Big Lie Eli E. Hertz
    mythsandfacts-org/article_view.asp?articleID=53&order_id=2
    There is No Palestinian State by Efraim Karsh
    thedailybeast.-com/articles/2011/09/16/there-is-no-palestinian-state.html

    Why a Special Issue on UNRWA? By Steven J. Rosen
    meforum-org/3344/unrwa-special

    UNRWA Resists Resettlement by Alex Joffe (Personally I like the pdf version.)
    meforum-org/3350/unrwa-resettlement

    Teaching “The Right of Return” in UNRWA Schools
    israelbehindthenews-com/library/pdfs/RightofReturninUNRWASchools.pdf

    UNRWA’s Anti-Israel Bias
    meforum-org/2996/unrwa-anti-israel-bias

    Hypocrisy exposed: U.N. ignored Israel’s repeated pleas to act against Hamas rockets, then rushed to stop Israel’s self-defense UN Watch publishes 20 urgent letters sent this year by Israeli representatives to the U.N. unwatch-org/cms.asp?id=3614958&campaign_id=63111

    (Nazi Propaganda by John Ging. Total F-ing Denial.) Statement by John Ging, UNRWA Director of Operations in Gaza7 January 2009 unrwa-org/etemplate.php?id=357

    Hamas from cradle to Grave by Matthew Levitt
    meforum-org/582/hamas-from-cradle-to-grave

    Arafat’s Swiss Bank Account by Issam Abu Issa
    meforum-org/645/arafats-swiss-bank-account make sure to check out foot notes.
    washingtoninstitute-org/policy-analysis/view/plocca-2002-empty-words

    Investing in Yasser Arafat By Michael Kelly
    levitt-com/newsletters/1999-01.html#THIRD

    Palestinians enraged that Romney told truth about their lack of interest in peace, call him “ignorant” and “prejudiced”. Great examples of how “safe” Israel would be next to a Palestinian state.
    jihadwatch-org/2012/09/palestinians-enraged-that-romney-told-truth-about-their-lack-of-interest-in-peace-call-him-ignorant-print.html

    Islamists Project Islam’s Worst Traits onto Christians by Raymond Ibrahim
    raymondibrahim-com/9669/islamists-project-islam-worst-traits-onto

    Muslims Project Islam’s Worst Traits onto Israel and the Jews by Raymond Ibrahim
    raymondibrahim-com/8348/muslims-project-islam-worst-traits-onto-israel

    David Horowitz Chilling Exchange With Muslim Student
    youtube-com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=ownvVnxRaUY&NR=1
    Israel Delilah missile-Missile specifically designed to avoid civilian casualties
    youtube-com/watch?v=zvMH-Z5IFjI

    “The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within.”
    muslimbrotherhoodinamerica-com/

    The Violent Oppression of Women in Islam (pdf)
    frontpagemag-com/upload/pamphlets/ViolentOpp.pdf

    The Violent Oppression of Women in Islam
    terrorismawareness-org/videos/108/the-violent-oppression-of-women-in-islam/

    Kuwaiti Professor Abdallah Nafisi-Listen to the last half of the video and what he says about Jews and Journalists. That’s after the first half where he praises terrorists and prays for Anthrax attacks in the United States.
    youtube-com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=M32M-2B2mz8

    IslamWorld
    islamworld-net/ (Even though this is a Muslim website it’s a pretty great resource.)

    The Rape and Murder of Pakistan’s Christian Children
    frontpagemag-com/2012/raymond-ibrahim/the-rape-and-murder-of-pakistans-christian-children/

    Sina’s Challenge faithfreedom-org/challenge.htm (Or “Mo was a scumbag-prove he’s not.)

    Free Speech, Muhammad’s Character — And Ours by Andrew G. Bostom
    pjmedia-com/blog/free-speech-muhammad%E2%80%99s-character-%E2%80%94-and-ours/ (Be sure to check out the links in this article. Especially the reviews of his book “Sharia versus Freedom: The Legacy of Islamic Totalitarianism”)

    “They don’t care about the people there. They regard them as expendable in the cause of jihad.”
    http://www.jihadwatch-org/2012/11/they-dont-care-about-the-people-there-they-regard-them-as-expendable-in-the-cause-of-jihad.html

    Behind the Scenes: Palestinian Demonstrations
    youtube-com/watch?v=gDohNq9BORo&feature=player_embedded

    A Japanese View of the Palestinians by Yashiko Sagamori (Long view of “Questions for ‘Palestinians’” below.) freeman-org/m_online/mar03/sagamori.htm

    If Muslims really wants to cure “Islamophobia,” here is an easy way. They can:

    1. Focus their indignation on Muslims committing violent acts in the name of Islam, not on non-Muslims reporting on those acts.

    2. Renounce definitively not just “terrorism,” but any intention to replace the U.S. Constitution (or the constitutions of any non-Muslim state) with Sharia even by peaceful means. In line with this, clarify what is meant by their condemnations of the killing of innocent people by stating unequivocally that American and Israeli civilians are innocent people.

    3. Teach Muslims the imperative of coexisting peacefully as equals with non-Muslims on an indefinite basis.
    4. Begin comprehensive international programs in mosques all over the world to teach against the ideas of violent jihad and Islamic supremacism.

    5. Actively work with Western law enforcement officials to identify and apprehend jihadists within Western Muslim communities.

    If Muslims do those five things, voila! People like me will no longer suffer from the illness of “Islamophobia”!

    But of course they won’t do any of these things, and this five-point list, which I have posted here many times, is just an exercise in bluff-calling. If Muslims in the West are as “moderate” as they claim, they would have been long since doing all of these things.

    But they aren’t, and they’re not going to. One would think that fact would start to wake up government and law enforcement authorities. Of course, it hasn’t, and probably won’t.

    Robert Spencer jihadwatch-org

    Islamophobia: Thought Crime of the Totalitarian Future David Horowitz & Robert Spencer frontpagemag-com/upload/pamphlets/Islamophobia.pdf

    “The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within.” Frank Gaffney
    muslimbrotherhoodinamerica-com/

    “It’s Time to Break Up AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner and the Rest of the Telecoms.” AlterNet / By David Rosen and Bruce Kushnick

    Today’s telecoms provide overpriced and inferior service, and are systematically overcharging the hapless American consumer.
    http://www.alternet.org/news/150752/it‘s_time_to_break_up_at%26t,%C2%A0verizon,_comcast,_time_warner_and_the_rest_of_the_telecoms/

    “How the Phone Companies Are Screwing America: The $320 Billion Broadband Rip-Off” AlterNet / By David Rosen and Bruce Kushnick

    Americans are stuck with an inferior and overpriced communications system, compared with the rest of the world, and we’re being ripped off in the process.
    http://www.alternet.org/story/148397/how_the_phone_companies_are_screwing_america:_the_$320_billion_broadband_rip-off?page=entire

  • This site is a joke. Abby Martin was dead on right. And WTC7 is obvious to anyone with even half a brain. Moron.

    • “This site is a joke. Abby Martin was dead on right.”

      Abby Martin is an American-hating loser who couldn’t get a job at a legitimate network. So she decided to become a lackey for a propaganda wing of the Russian government and the KGB.

  • I can acknowledge that RT chokes when it comes to tackling the Russian government’s faults. However, this article too demonstrates a deferral of objectivism, the bias of this faceless blogger’s article is palpable. Favourite exmaple: Chomsky is ‘discredited’. Chomsky is still a widely respected academic, if he were a fringe radical he wouldn’t have knotched up over 50 years tenure at an institution of MIT’s calibre. Furthermore, Amnesty International, the European Union and United Nations, amongst scores of other organisations, have oftentimes expressed condemnation for the human rights abuses of the US and Israel. In this regard, RT still is calling this ugly spade a spade. To perjoratively render anyone who criticises hegemonic power as anti-this or anti-that thus serves to reinforce hegemony.

  • LOL. She lackeys for the Russian government.

    I am very familiar with RT. It hires unqualified, second-string presenters from the US for its English-language service, and then makes sure they toe the party line.

    It is indeed run by the successors to the KGB, and it really should not be considered as a reliable site. I do not even think most Russians accept this kind of nonsense.

  • why is it “bizarre” that this woman responded to your series of articles about her? And it’s much easier to smear the network she speaks instead of actually addressing the facts

  • “Former KGB officer and author Konstantin Preobrazhensky called it “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 targeted at the outside world.” ”

    EXACTLY!

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    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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