Abby Martin Biography
Abby Martin also known as (Abigail Suzanne Martin) is an American citizen journalist and presenter who hosts the web series The Empire Files. Previously a 9/11 conspiracy theorist, she hosts the Breaking Set on the Russian network RT America from 2012 to 2015, working from the Washington, D.C. bureau. Martin also serves on the board of directors for the Media Freedom Foundation which manages Project Censored. In 2015, Martin launched The Empire Files, an interview and documentary series, hosted by Telesur.
Abby Martin Age
Abby Martin was born on September 6, 1984, in Oakland, California, United States. She is 34 years old as of 2019.
Abby Martin Salary
Abby Martin worked at WKRN as a sideline reporter. She also has worked in RT American and there a journalist’s salary was estimated to be $47,000 to $63,000 yearly.
Abby Martin Net worth
Abby Martin earns her income from her businesses and companies. She also earns her income from her work as an American citizen journalist and presenter. She also earns her income from the Awards industry and other sites. She has an estimated net worth $ 2 million dollars.
Abby Martin Education
Abby Martin grew up in Pleasanton, California, where she attended Amador Valley High School, graduating in 2002. After high school, she began painting and photographing, as some of her works which were exhibited around California. She became interested in journalism through her old high school boyfriend who was enlisted in the military after the September 11 attacks in 2001.
“She didn’t want him going to war”, she critically recalls.what’s going on?’” By the time she was a sophomore at San Diego State University, she began questioning what she called the “selling” of the Iraq War by the media. She received an undergraduate degree in political science and minored in Spanish.
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Abby Martin is not yet married but she is in a relationship with her longtime boyfriend Mike Prysner.
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In 2008, she posted a video showing her support for the 9/11 Truth movement. She labeled the US government’s assertions about the attacks on September 11 as being “propaganda”. During the administration of President George W. Bush, she said of the attacks: “I’ve researched it for three years and every single thing that I uncover solidifies my belief that it was an inside job and that our government was complicit in what happened.”
The New York Times described her as a 9/11 conspiracy theorist while the Institute of Modern Russia’s online journal, The Interpreter, stated that in Martin’s work, “facts reported by the news media compete on less than equal footing with conspiracy theories”. A 2015 BuzzFeed News article stated that she was “involved in the 9/11 truth movement” and that she “frequently showcased other conspiracy theories”.
Shortly after beginning her show on RT, Martin she stated in an interview with Mark Crispin Miller that “the media dismisses things that are too controversial as conspiracy theory”. In March 2014, Martin told the Associated Press that she “no longer subscribes” to the theory that 9/11 was an inside job as she did earlier.
In 2009, Martin helped found the citizen journalism website Media Roots. She co-hosts the Media Roots Radio podcast with her brother, Robbie Martin. Later, she became a supporter of the Occupy movement.
Breaking the Set
In 2012, Martin began hosting her own show, Breaking the Set, on RT America. The show mixed media criticism with investigative journalism and described itself as “a show that cuts through the false left/right paradigm set by the establishment and reports the hard facts”. The original opening credits depict Martin applying a sledgehammer to a television tuned to CNN.
The Past shows investigated Monsanto, Nestle, the U.S. federal electoral system, the drone program, the NSA, Israel, Obama, and water fluoridation. Martin received attention in the media when she closed her show on March 3, 2014, with a minute-long statement condemning the Russian military intervention in Ukraine.
She appeared to be reading from a teleprompter, leading observers to suppose that her remarks were made with the consent of the show’s producers. Glenn Greenwald wrote a piece that compared Martin’s statement favorably to the behavior of the United States media during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
RT issued a statement saying: “Contrary to the popular opinion, RT doesn’t beat its journalists into submission, and they are free to express their own opinions, not just in private but on the air.” RT added: “[W]e’ll be sending her to Crimea to give her an opportunity to make up her own mind from the epicenter of the story.”
Martin declined the offer, saying “I am not going to Crimea despite the statement RT has made.” The New York Times wrote that RT notified Martin that what she had said about Ukraine was “not in line with our editorial policy”. Breaking the Set came to an end in February 2015, with Martin deciding to “focus on investigative field reporting”.
Speaking for RT, Anna Belkina told BuzzFeed: “Abby decided that this is the time for her to try something new. We are proud of the great work she has done as the host of Breaking the Set.” In January 2017, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report titled, Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections, following allegations of Russian involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election.
The report characterized RT as a “Kremlin-directed campaign” to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Hillary Clinton and harm her elect-ability and potential presidency. The report accused Breaking the Set of being critical of the United States and Western governments, stating that it had been promoting “radical discontent.”
The Empire Files
In September 2015, Martin launched The Empire Files, an interview and documentary series. The show was originally hosted by Telesur English, a media outlet funded by several left-wing Latin American governments. Martin clarified, “The show is totally independent of Telesur.
We merely sell them the content; they have zero control over anything we do”. The show has featured interviews with Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Jill Stein, and Rafael Correa and on-the-scene reports on the Palestinian refugee camps, the 2017 Venezuelan protests and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
In 2018, she increasingly stringent sanctions on Venezuela imposed by the Trump administration allegedly obstructed wire transfers to Telesur, thereby impeding the network’s funding of The Empire Files. Starting in August 2018, The Empire Files moved to a donation model to continue
Abby Martin Millennial Magazine portrayed Martin as an “unfiltered” media representative for the Millennial generation who reports “stories that deserve public recognition”. Journalist Michael C. Moynihan states that “Martin’s politics are odious and frequently incoherent”.
Martin was criticized for her past support of the 9/11 truth movement. In 2014 New York Times columnist Robert Mackey contrasted Martins critical remarks on the occupation of Crimea with her conviction “that the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were part of a government conspiracy.”
Author and media consultant Chez Pazienza criticized Martin for being a 9/11 Truther, a term also used to describe her by journalists Lloyd Grove, Michael C. Moynihan and P. J. O’Rourke of The Daily Beast.
Another journalist of The Daily Beast, James Kirchick, states “her stern delivery and vocal timbre and inflection combine to form a bad impersonation of Rachel Maddow if the MSNBC host had long hair and was a devotee of InfoWars”.
British media campaigner of and co-editor of Media Lens, David Cromwell, states that Martin is a “superb independent journalist … who has risked her life to report what the corporate media is not telling you about Venezuela”. Pro-Bolivarian Revolution website Venezuelanalysis describes Martin as a “[r]enowned journalist”.
Regarding her work on Venezuela, libertarian journalist and author John Stossel states that Martin “does government-funded propaganda for Telesur”. On September 8th, 2018 Martin stated on a live Internet broadcast that she had more journalistic freedom while working with RT than any other American news outlet.
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President Nicolas Maduro held an international press conference from Miraflores, Caracas, fighting back against the opposition and the U.S. endorsement of Juan Guaido, who swore himself in as the president of the republic on Tuesday. He took several questions from the international press, and here’s some of what he had to say.
Well, Sharmini, thank you very much for doing this, because the corporate media has essentially been covering Venezuela with wall to wall pro-coup, pro-regime change propaganda. And this is nothing new, of course, we know that there’s another side of the story that’s been completely obfuscated from the elitist media circles, and that essentially even includes some left media circles, unfortunately, as well.
Look, we know that this has been coming ever since, of course, 1999 when Hugo Chavez was democratically elected in Venezuela. We know that the U.S. empire and its cronies and its regime change proxy fronts, the Organization of American States, the Lima Group, all of these entities have been pushing for undemocratic regime change efforts in Venezuela.
So you can go to the 2002 coup, where they ousted Hugo Chavez at the barrel of a gun, tried to privatize the national resources. So they really revealed their hand then and they haven’t stopped since. I mean, we’re talking about leadership here that has a mass base of support. We’re talking about 6.2 million people, Chavistas in the country that went out last year to vote for Maduro.
The opposition is too fragmented to win elections, so they choose to boycott elections, and then they use the elections to say they’re illegitimate because they decide not to run. It’s quite fascinating to call something a dictatorship that has free and fair elections, and the opposition actually told the UN to not come and observe.
So it is just unbelievable. I mean, last year when the elections were held, Maduro asked the opposition, “Please, we want a dialogue, we want you to run.” They were begging opposition members to run in the elections. The polling places were attacked, socialist enclaves were attacked, people were assassinated and lynched.
Juan Guaido himself snuck out of Venezuela and traveled throughout Latin America to make sure that everybody’s on the same page. This was an agreement, I mean, to do this. And actually, it’s kind of surprising in a way that they managed to get away with it because the Maduro government seemed to have been taken by surprise by all of this. But this was really planned in the long term.
And the most interesting development that I just saw coming over the newswire, so to speak, is that Trump just announced that Elliott Abrams, who was one of the most radical, most violent, most brutal architects of U.S. foreign policy towards Central America, who favored the death squads in El Salvador, is being appointed as being the point person for Venezuela right now.
So you just get an idea of just how far right all of this is moving and what they’re doing in order to make sure that the government of Venezuela is removed from office as quickly as possible.
All right. Now, the context to some of this, which is that a lot of the U.S. media is covering the crisis in Venezuela as if Venezuela was a gem and a beacon of democracy and equity and that somehow the Chavez administration and now the Maduro administration has driven it to the state it is in now, and somehow it needs to be saved. Let’s take a look at some of the clips from mainstream media in describing what is going on today.
Sure. Well, I think of course we can’t characterize all the protests in the way that I experienced the fascistic kind of violent wing of the protests that are given a wink and a nod from the opposition leaders, and that’s an important thing to understand. So even though they’re not openly calling for that violence, they allow it, they codify it and they encourage it.
It’s gone all the way to Trump, but we can’t forget that Obama declared Venezuela that unique national security threat 2015, slapped sanctions on Venezuela. Trump escalated those, added 63 more, the troika of tyranny talk, and all of this has been fomented. But the media, it’s quite shocking what they’re doing.
You have the Washington Post today basically admitting, at the same time gaslighting us, saying this is not a coup. It’s all dressed in constitutional garb. The same opposition that just tried to blow up Maduro on television just weeks ago is now a strict constitutionalist, just a law-abiding constitutionalist. So that’s an interesting kind of talking point.
But the media is fascinating, because the Washington Post editorial board, not only did they immediately endorse this guy, this random guy as the new president of Venezuela, they also just published an article yesterday that was quite fascinating. They said, according to White House officials, that U.S. strategy has been to try to convince Venezuelans that Maduro cannot lead and try to build up Guaido as the legitimate leader.
This is actually quoted in The Washington Post. So on one hand, they’re gaslighting us, saying no, it’s not a coup. The New York Times called that actually a “Russian talking point.” And at the same time, they’re just blatantly explaining how the coup has been in effect and potentially carried out by the Trump administrations. It’s quite fascinating.
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Since October 2017, America experienced three of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history. This epidemic coincides with a frightening resurgence of white nationalism. Sometimes the two trends overlap.
But why here? Both phenomena can be explained by a common historical thread—to unravel it Abby Martin sits down with indigenous scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to discuss her latest book
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In today’s society, journalists all around the world are under scrutiny. For people like Abby Martin, that statement couldn’t reign truer. Martin is an independent journalist from Pleasanton, California. Martin spoke at Diablo Valley College on Thursday, Oct. 25 about what she does as an independent journalist to bring light to the big issues that aren’t being reported on, not only in the United States but also around the world.
Martin has her own TV show that airs in Latin America on teleSur called “The Empire Files”. Martin is forced to produce the show in Latin America because of the U.S. sanctions regarding reporting on corporate media within the country. In her show, she discusses major issues around the world, that are not shown in mainstream media.
Martin also strongly criticizes the current journalism climate in the United States saying, “Our brains have been collectively destroyed by the Trump Administration.” She voiced her opinion strongly about what she believes the United States is coming to. When talking about President Trump, Martin provided some light to why she believes journalism has gone under so much scrutiny.
Martin’s feelings about corporate media were not only heard but they were visible as well. Throughout her presentation audience members could visibly see how passionate, but also knowledgeable, she was about the topic. Martin said that if she was in the corporate media reporting, “they would shut off my mic within 10 seconds.”
She emphasized the fact that the corporate media works hand in hand with the government by protecting the ruling people. Martin moved out of U.S. topics as her presentation moved on and wanted to provide some light on what goes on outside the country that the majority of society doesn’t see.
Martin used Israel’s recordings of journalist killings as an example. Although Martin told the audience that the corporate media is recognizing these events, she pointed out that the way that these companies reported did not provide the complete information of what happened. Martin said sarcastically, “Israel is our biggest middle eastern ally because they have the strongest democracy.
They are killing journalists because they are a collaborator with the U.S. corporate media.” said Martin. At the end of her presentation, Martin gave suggestions on changes that she would like to see to the U.S. media make. Martin formerly worked at the Russian news channel, Russia Today, which she believes the U.S. media should take from their approach on reporting to the public.
Russia Today features a style of straight reporting, where there is no censorship, according to Martin. Martin emphasized that the audience of these types of articles are adults, and people who are old enough to understand what is going on and can comprehend the details completely and correctly. Martin said, “Russia Today gave the power to the radical journalists.”
Another issue of Martin’s was censorship in media, using Google’s new search algorithm as an example, saying the search engine, “acquiesced to the government to censor media without a law being passed.” The new algorithm inserts more noteworthy news sources, such as the Wall Street Journal or Washington Post, which suggests that similar sources are more credible.
Martin cited that this plays right into the government censoring information because major news articles are apart of the corporate media protecting the higher up government officials of this country. Martin wanted to provide a method for anyone willing to listen to go and look for the types of stories she spoke about to help spread awareness of the corporate media censoring important articles and information that the public deserves to read about.
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