- German Backlash Against “Lying Press”
by Daily Bell Staff, http://www.thedailybell.com/
Lying Press? Germans Lose Faith in the Fourth Estate “Mendacious swine journals” reads this sign held by a German protester at a recent PEGIDA demonstration in Dresden, listing various German media outlets … Germans are losing faith in their media. Nowhere is this more apparent than in mistrust of refugee crisis media coverage. Where did journalists go wrong? And how much of this skepticism reflects a preference for rumors over facts? – Der Spiegel
One of Germany’s most prestigious mainstream magazines, Der Spiegel has just devoted an extensive article to the emerging perception among the German public of a “lying press.”
The article addresses the anger felt by Germans over their “lying” media, an anger that has been growing because of the recent surge in Muslim immigration in the country. The suspicion is that the German media is not reporting on the true extent of Muslim misbehavior, including various kinds of crime and attacks on women.
By featuring an extreme nomenclature, Der Spiegel has purposefully polarized the debate. Its editors have done so to contrast the seemingly simplistic accusations of the German public with the oh-so-complex realities of modern mainstream journalism.
People should be aware of what Der Spiegel is doing because inevitably these tactics will be used to create additional credibility for the struggling mainstream media in countries outside of Germany. Here is an example of how the article introduces shades of gray into what should be clear-cut media malfeasance. First the blunt media indictment:
The book “Gekaufte Journalisten” (Bought Journalists), by Udo Ulfkotte, a former editor with the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) … contains claims such as: Freedom of the press is just an illusion, and top journalists are merely an extension of the NATO press office.