A top German journalist has admitted what we all know – German media is answerable to the German government and not committed to reporting the facts. Why they bother to call Germany a democracy is the only mystery. This is one of the country’s Barack Obama wants us to model – they have such great values.
The former head of the national public service broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), Dr. Wolfgang Herles, confessed that Germans were losing faith in the media and, he said, other media outlets also check with the government on what to report and not to report, according to a Breitbart report.
“We have the problem that – now I’m mainly talking about the public [state] media – we have a closeness to the government. Not only because commentary is mainly in line with the grand coalition (CSU, CDU, and SPD), with the spectrum of opinion, but also because we are completely taken in by the agenda laid down by the political class”.
It gets worse.
“…the topics about which are reported are laid down by the government,” he said.
“There are many topics that would be more important than what the government wants. But they, of course, want to deflect attention away from what doesn’t happen. Yet what doesn’t happen is often more important than what does happen – more important than gesture politics”.
Varied government sources send the message that the news is to be reported in a way that “serves Europe and the public good”.
ZDF has been stunningly silent on migrant violence and sex assault. Herles confessed the German media gets marching orders to publish that which is to “Ms. Merkel’s liking.” That would be the Chancellor who grew up in communist East Germany.
“Today, one is not allowed to say anything negative about the refugees” said Dr. Herles, concluding: “This is government journalism and that leads to a situation in which people no longer trust us. This is a scandal.”
None of this should come as a surprise. Merkel has been silencing social media.
That means that whatever is going on there is probably worse than we imagined. Take this grandfather’s plight. Germany won’t even protect their citizens.
The media in the US doesn’t even pretend they’re neutral. In 2011, Comcast’s (NBC) executive vice president, David L. Cohen, hosted about 120 people in his home for a dinner, each of the attendees giving at least $10,000 for Obama’s reelection campaign. Google executive Marissa Mayer had hosted a reported $30,000-a-head Democratic fundraiser featuring Obama .
CNN’s deputy bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is the wife of Tom Nides who was Hillary Clinton’s deputy.
CBS News President David Rhodes’ brother is Obama Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes. Ben Rhodes, is an Obama spokesperson who was instrumental in changing the Benghazi Talking Points.
ABC News president Ben Sherwood’s sister, Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, is Special Assistant to Barack Obama on national security affairs.
It couldn’t happen here, no way! We have a free press.