WASHINGTON — Staci Bivens knew something was seriously wrong when her bosses at Russia Today asked her to put together a story alleging that Germany — Europe’s 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 RT’s Moscow headquarters from 2009 through 2011, said of a meeting she’d 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 wasn’t 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.
No kidding, RT is state funded media. No, it really, really is. Putin pushed for this project personally.
Since RT is a known propaganda arm of an oppressive autocratic government, I am now appealing to the rest of Newsvine to kick RT out of Newsvine.
If you see an RT article, make sure to remind the person who printed it that RT is not journalism in any sense of the word.
I'd also recommend reporting the article itself as advertisement because that's what it is. It's advertising Russian Propaganda to sell the west on Putin's wild pack of lies and to protect his stolen empire.
These bastards who run RT are doing it to manipulate the world and prop up a modern autocrat.
Gossip magazines have far loftier journalistic standards. RT needs to go.