Chancellor Merkel: Germany Always Has Good Respect Between Government and Media
Guest post by Joe Hoft
ABC News reported today that –
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told an audience including U.S. Vice President Mike Pence that she supports a “free, independent press” and that Germany has good experience with mutual respect between the government and the media.
Merkel was asked Saturday at the Munich Security Conference whether she doubts the quality of American newspaper reporting on domestic politics. The question came after President Donald Trump tweeted that “The FAKE NEWS media … is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
Merkel, who didn’t refer to Trump in her reply, said she largely reads German newspapers but “apart from that, I advocate a free, independent press and have high respect for journalists.”
She added: “We have always had very good experience, at least in Germany, with mutual respect.”
Merkel certainly nailed that one. When the Nazi’s and Hitler took over Germany in 1933 the media and the government began to act “with mutual respect”. During the course of the next dozen years the Third Reich took over the media and “with mutual respect” controlled all messages in the press. Under the Nazi’s –
The Propaganda Ministry aimed further to control the content of news and editorial pages through directives distributed in daily conferences in Berlin and transmitted via the Party propaganda offices to regional or local papers. Detailed guidelines stated what stories could or could not be reported and how to report the news. Journalists or editors who failed to follow these instructions could be fired or, if believed to be acting with intent to harm Germany, sent to a concentration camp. Rather than suppressing news, the Nazi propaganda apparatus instead sought to tightly control its flow and interpretation and to deny access to alternative sources of news.
Today’s Main Stream Media (MSM) is not controlled by the Third Reich but the MSM rarely fails to comply with the far left Democrat Party liberal platform. During the election, emails from Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Manager John Podesta released by WikiLeaks showed the efforts made by the MSM to collude with Hillary’s campaign.
Late last fall Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told Sean Hannity the American mainstream media is colluding with the Democrat Party in America.
Where the Third Reich used ‘thuggery’ to control the message of the media in Germany, today’s MSM in the US is controlled by an unhealthy need to be ‘a part of’ the Democrat team and to be ‘politically correct’ which supersedes their reporting integrity and America’s future. To those of us who followed this election from a perspective outside of the MSM, the bias of the MSM was and is so easy to see.