A problematic approach to journalism

When you diss track someone, you shouldn’t be recognizably worse than the person you are damning. In Germany journalism has a problem with its credibility it’s generally called “lying press” (Lügenpresse). And here we see a pretty good example of how a major news outlet “der Spiegel” is actually causing this crisis.

The fact, that societies are politically divided isn’t anything new. And nobody blames you for not liking Donald Trump. I mean he isn’t exactly a character who is sympathetic on the first moment. And it’s also not new that the German news outlet “der Spiegel” has developed a collective dislike of Trump. So they took a video of a speech of his and are tearing it apart.
The problem: When you know English and listen carefully, you recognize that the commentator is twisting his words to blame him for things he didn’t say.

Title: “Videoanalyse zu Orlando-Attentat: Wie Trump Hass auf Muslime schürt”
Translation: “Video analysis on the Orlando-Attack: How Trump stokes hatred towards Muslims”

Donald Trump: Radical Islam is coming to our shores.

The commentator, Sandra Sperber, explains: Horror scenarios, and simply wrong claims, that’s the mixture applied by Donald Trump when he pipes up. And now he abused the attack on a gay club in Orlando (Florida) as the opportunity for a great anti-terror speech in typical Trump-style.

Donald Trump: We’re importing radical Islamic terrorism into the West through a failed immigration system.

Sandra Sperber: Donald Trump insinuates the attacker was an immigrant.

Well, Trump didn’t say this. We can reason, that Trump meant the attacker’s parents who immigrated from Afghanistan to the U.S. But Ms Sperber doesn’t bother, because she has a different objective.

Sandra Sperber: At another another point of his speech he is says he [the attacker] was born in Afghanistan.

Trump is voided while the commentator is delivering her “truth”, so we won’t know what Trump really said.

Sandra Sperber: But it’s a fact, that the man was born in New York and hence is a U.S. citizen.

This is true so far, but she should have said “and hence was a U.S. citizen”, because the attacker is now dead.

Sandra Sperber: But Donald Trump doesn’t like it so much to adhere to facts, but rather to what he believes and therefore he now repeatedly demands an immigration ban for Muslims.

Donald Tump: It will be lifted, this ban, when and as a nation we are in the position to properly and perfectly screen these people who are coming into our country.

Sandra Sperber: Like I said, the attacker from Orlando didn’t immigrate into the U.S., but he was born there, but after his speech Donald Trump, via Twitter, adds fuel to the fire, “he wouldn’t only want to only ban a religious community but whole nations”.

Well, but the Tweet says

“In my speech on protecting America I spoke
about a temporary ban, which includes
suspending immigration from nations tied to
Islamic terror”

It is the particular right of a nation to control, regulate and limit immigration, particularly in times like these.

Donald Trump: We cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to poor into our country, many of whom have the same thought process as this savage killer.

Sandra Sperber: Not only that Donald Trump generally asperses* all Muslims, he also claims that thousands of them would “poor” into the country. An innuendo to the refugee crisis, but the fact is that that not even 4.000 Syrian refugees have come to the USA since October last year, after all a country with over 300 million population. But numbers and facts obviously aren’t interesting for the prospective coming U.S. president. Donald Trump stokes fears and hopes that this will bring him victory in the elections.
*) I could also translate it with suspect, but I believe “asperse” fits better what Ms Sperber wanted to say.
**) She figuratively uses her hands to put the word “poor” in exclamation marks.

The whole commentary, der Spiegel calls it Video analysis, is made of insinuation and innuendo.

Of course Ms Sperber doesn’t mention that according to new estimates in 2016 there are 3.3 million Muslims living in the U.S. That’s 1% of the overall population.

And just by the way: It was the attacker who killed 49 who was stoking fear and not Trump. Trump only presents his reasoning and how he would act.

By the way, here in Germany, we aren’t eligible to vote in the United states.
On the one side, often enough I am angry about the arrogance of U.S. administration towards people all over the world. They are significantly influencing our lives and not always to the better,  we don’t have a voice.

And this is the point, that makes this “video analysis” so ridiculous: Ms Sperber is trying to influence our opinions here in Germany. For what reason?! We can’t vote anyway.

The staff of der Spiegel appears to have an agenda and they have turned from a reasonably neutral news outlet, to leftist/liberal opinion-making and in parts shrill anti-Israel and anti-Semitic and I suppose the latter to be the factory of Jakob Augstein, who was ranked number 9 in a report of the Simon Wiesenthal Center on the 2012 Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs.