January 28, 2020
JOURNALIST LIZ WAHL AND CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE MOE DAVIS
ADDRESS APPEARANCES ON RT NETWORK
Liz Wahl, the journalist who famously resigned on air from RT network in 2014 after Russia invaded Crimea, has issued a statement defending Moe Davis after an opponent in the Democratic primary campaign for the 11th Congressional District seat criticized him for making an appearance on the Russian-sponsored network years ago.
“I resigned from RT in 2014 when Russia was invading Ukraine and its propaganda campaign was intensifying,’’ Wahl wrote in a statement. “This was years before it was known that Russia would later interfere in the 2016 presidential campaign to help elect President Trump. It was also when the now-infamous troll farm was created and that time can be pinpointed as a turning point in Russia’s weaponization of information.
“At the time that I was there, RT did in fact book reputable guests. They ranged from sitting congressmen to former Director of the National Security Agency Michael Hayden. Moe Davis was among our reputable guests. After my departure, which helped to familiarize the public about what RT was and the evolving nature of its mission, many respectable guests stopped appearing. Yet in 2016, Bernie Sanders appeared on RT. Larry King has a show on the platform. So to smear Moe Davis for appearing on the channel several years ago is a cheap shot for political advantage.”
Davis served in the Air Force for 25 years, retiring at the rank of Colonel in 2008. His military awards include the prestigious Legion of Merit, six Meritorious Service Medals, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Davis stopped appearing on RT after Russia attacked Crimea in 2014 and has declined to appear on the network since that time.
“It’s disappointing when an alleged Democrat who never served a day in the military attempts to smear my patriotism through innuendo,’’ Davis said. “That’s the kind of thing you expect from Donald Trump, who this week belittled veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries saying they had ‘headaches’ and it is ‘not very serious.’
“I’m proud of my 30-plus years of military and federal service, and I encourage people to examine it closely. My record is why so many people who have served in positions of significant responsibility are speaking up on my behalf. If my opponent had a record of her own she could present to show that she’s best qualified to serve in Congress, then she would be doing that rather than trying to ‘Swiftboat’ me.”