(Wikipedia) - Abby Martin This article is about the journalist. For the fictional character, see The Country of the Pointed Firs. For similar names, see Abby Martin (disambiguation).
|Abigail Suzanne Martin September 6, 1984 (1984-09-06) (age 30) Oakland, California |
|Washington, D.C. |
|San Diego State University |
|Journalist, artist |
|Media Roots Breaking The Set Project Censored RT America |
Abigail Suzanne "Abby" Martin is an American journalist and host of Breaking the Set on RT America network, working at the Washington, D.C. bureau. Before hosting her own show, she worked for two years as a correspondent for RT America. Martin is also an artist and activist, and helped found the citizen journalism website, Media Roots. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Media Freedom Foundation which manages Project Censored. Martin appeared in the documentary film Project Censored The Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News (2013), and co-directed 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013). Contents
- 1 Early life
- 2 Graphic arts
- 3 Media Roots
- 4 Breaking the Set
- 5 Reception
- 6 Selected work
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Martin grew up in Pleasanton, California, where she attended Amador Valley High School, graduating in 2002. She became interested in journalism when her high school boyfriend enlisted in the military after the September 11 attacks in 2001. "I didn''t want him going to war, let alone fighting in one," she recalls. "I began to critically ask ''What is really going on?''" By the time she was a sophomore at San Diego State University, she began questioning the selling of the Iraq War by the media. She received an undergraduate degree in Political Science and minored in Spanish.
In 2004, she campaigned for John Kerry''s presidential campaign, but became disillusioned with the left right paradigm. Martin worked for a time as an investigative journalist for a San Diego-based online news site until moving back to Northern California. In 2008, Martin posted a video showing her support for the 9/11 Truth movement. She has labelled the US government''s version of September 11, 2001 as "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, but Martin told the Associated Press that she "no longer subscribes" to the theory that 9/11 was an inside job as she did in her youth. Graphic arts
After high school, Martin began painting. Themes in her paintings include politics, nature, and psychedelia. She also takes photographs and makes collages. Her works have been exhibited several times around California. She views art as "an amazing outlet" and a "way to interpret the ugly truths in the world and reflect a better future." Media Roots
Martin founded the organization Media Roots, a citizen journalism platform for reporting news, in 2009. As an independent journalist with Media Roots, Martin covered the Occupy Oakland actions during the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011. Martin reported from deep in the heart of Occupy protests, strikes, shutdowns, and police actions in Oakland, California. Her documentary video footage of Occupy Oakland protests was used by the family of Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old former Marine and Iraq War veteran, in a lawsuit against the Oakland Police Department. Martin''s footage was used to argue that the protests were non-violent at the time Olsen was allegedly hit in the head with a police projectile. RT took notice of Martin''s work and began using her as a correspondent. In the fall of 2010, she moved to Washington, D.C. Breaking the Set
Martin began hosting her own show, Breaking the Set, on RT America in September 2012 from Washington, D.C. The show mixes media criticism with investigative journalism. It describes itself as "a show that cuts through the pre-written narrative that tries to tell you what to think, and what to care about", and as a show that "cuts through the false Left/Right paradigm set by the establishment & reports the hard facts". The original opening credits depict Martin applying a sledgehammer to a television tuned to CNN. The current opening depicts Martin traveling in a helicopter over Manhattan''s Central Park. According to Rolling Stone magazine, past shows have investigated "Monsanto, Nestle, the U.S. federal electoral system, the drone program, the NSA, Israel, Obama, and even water fluoridation".
In January 2014 Martin discussed the question of Wikipedia''s editorial policy in relation to her and the programme that she worked on, challenging the disappearance of the Wikipedia article on her (an article which was later reinstated).
Martin drew widespread media attention when she closed her show on 3 March 2014 with a minute-long statement condemning the Russian military intervention in Ukraine. She appeared to be reading from a teleprompter, leading observers to conclude 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 also 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: ""e’ll be sending her to Crimea to give her an opportunity to make up her own mind from the epicentre of the story." Martin declined the offer, saying "I am not going to Crimea despite the statement RT has made." Reception
Journalist Nik Afanasjew of Der Tagesspiegel said Martin, who has attracted a growing American audience with Breaking the Set, looks like a model and acts like a punk. Writer Jeremy Koss describes her as "vibrant, artistic and outspoken". Millennial Magazine portrayed Martin as an "unfiltered" media representative for the Millennial generation who reports "stories that deserve public recognition". Selected workTelevision
- Breaking the Set (2012–present), host
- RT America (2010–2012), correspondent
- 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013), co-director
- Project Censored the Movie (2013), as herself
- Martin, Abby. (2011). Framing the Messengers: Junk Food News and News Abuse for Dummies. In Mickey Huff (Ed.) Censored 2012: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2010-11. Seven Stories Press. ISBN 1609803582.
- Martin, Abby. (2011). Media Democracy in Action. In Mickey Huff (Ed.) Censored 2012: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2010-11. Seven Stories Press. ISBN 1609803582.
- Media Roots Radio (2010–present)
- Project Censored, KPFA (94.1 FM), co-host
- Media Roots TV (2009–present)
- The Crisis of Civilization (2011), film poster