- Feb 11, 2010
A devastating inside view of RT.WASHINGTON Staci Bivens knew something was seriously wrong when her bosses at Russia Today asked her to put together a story alleging that Germany Europes economic powerhouse was a failed state.
It was me and two managers and they had already discussed what they wanted, Bivens, an American who worked in RTs Moscow headquarters from 2009 through 2011, said of a meeting shed had to discuss the segment before a planned reporting trip to Germany. They called me in and it was really surreal. One of the managers said, The story is that the West is failing, Germany is a failed state.
Bivens, who had spent time in Germany, told the managers the story wasnt true the term failed state is reserved for countries that fail to provide basic government services, like Somalia or Congo, not for economically advanced, industrialized nations like Germany. They insisted. Bivens refused.
RT flew a crew to Germany ahead of Bivens, who was flown in later to do a few standups and interviews about racism in Germany. It was the beginning of the end of her RT career.
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