February 03, 2016

German journalist claims news agenda set by government

Rebel Staff

The retired head of the German public service broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) has claimed his former network and others are told what to report on by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. 

His admission follows a humiliating episode for the broadcasting institution, which has had to issue an apology for reportedly ignoring hundreds of sex attacks committed by migrants during Cologne’s New Year celebrations.

Speaking during a recent radio event in Berlin where journalists talked about the German media landscape and the freedom of the press, Dr. Wolfgang Herles said reporters are instructed to compile news reports that are to “Ms. Merkel’s liking”, Breitbart London reports.

“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,” he said.

“[…] The topics about which are reported are laid down by the government.”

It is alleged that the orders on what—and what not—to cover are sent to media outlets from unspecified places in the government. These instructions are then passed on to individual journalists by news bosses—reporters are reportedly told to frame stories in a way that “serves Europe and the public good”.

Asked if the German media class had “got out of whack”, Dr. Herles replied: “Today, one is not allowed to say anything negative about the refugees […] This is government journalism and that leads to a situation in which people no longer trust us. This is a scandal.”


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commented 2016-02-05 17:58:29 -0500
If as he claims the news agenda is being set by the government (which most of us suspect is true) then there needs to be an investigation and those responsible exposed and held responsible. Any failure to address this issue will only lead to it’s continuance and unfortunately cues other governments as to what they can get away with. People need to be able to hear the truth about what is going on and make up their own minds about what is relevant. The press needs to be free to tell it as they see whether we agree or like it or not,
commented 2016-02-05 16:26:28 -0500
This guy would be another great interview for one of the rebel staff.
commented 2016-02-05 16:25:24 -0500
This does reiterate the necessity of government not having too close of a relationship with the media say like a state owned broadcaster.
commented 2016-02-05 14:30:10 -0500
Andy Neimers. What you say may be true but I do not accept the premise that leaders are willing enablers of the slow and inevitable destruction of their own country. First of all, it makes them traitors which could result in prison or even execution. What leader in their right mind wants to sacrifice themselves for the destruction of their own country? What about all of the other politicians and advisors in government? You would think there would be some resignations followed by public outcry statements about this obvious path to self destruction. All levels of politicians, police and journalists are all complicit in the destruction of their own country. I just find it impossible to believe they are all convinced that international socialism is the new normal and that the cost is somehow immaterial or secondary. These countries continue on and ignore reality to support the very people who are committing crimes like rape and murder. This is not international socialism but assault, rape, murder and leaders cover up the motive of these crimes or argue that it is the actions of a few criminals. This is willful blindness and total insanity. I feel sorry for the young girls and women as they are the front line sacrifice for this muslim death cult called Islam.
commented 2016-02-05 04:59:51 -0500
Excellent question WILLIAM MCDONNELL and a stab at the core of this evidently insane “path of self destruction”"… I would first of all note that it is NOT manifest in all corners of Europe… i.e. the Baltic States, Poland, Romania etc…. It is however manifesting itself in those parts of Europe that have been willing to submit their national identities to the altar of “international socialism”… Kissing socialism’s butt, and the Kumbaya dream of “all men are brothers”, has come home to roost in all those countries, now experiencing daily manifestations of that naive belief… The really telling part of that ultimately dead-end mental status is the inability of the Angela Merkels of the world to admit it, even though their countries, and citizens, are now floating in shit up to their ears… Compelling some portion of their press corps to deny evident reality is only a temporary “fix”… The wast majority of people know better and will prevail… With “messy” results….
commented 2016-02-04 16:14:41 -0500
With Twitter and Facebook and all the other social media the average citizen of the west is aware of what is going on around the world. Why is it the western countries continue down this path of self destruction? Who has this lock tight grip on leaders like Cameron and Merkel that they are willing to be the instrument that destroys their own country?
commented 2016-02-04 15:30:26 -0500
So this refugee crisis media control by the government is going on in Germany too it seems according to this German journalist. This is obvious to anyone who looks on the internet and sees all the garbage going on in the world but is not being reported by any main stream media, anywhere. This has to be 100% illegal and needs to be stopped. How can people today have any desire to even be a journalist if they can’t report on what they know to be the truth. The stinking insane witch Merkel is trying to control the internet too by having gullible Zuckerberg remove any criticism of islam from facebook and you tube. Just who does she think she is, the royal queen of the world? She should be taken away in a straight jacket and locked up in some remote insane asylum never to be heard from again, ever or worse. If enough people complain in Germany I’m sure they could have her removed.
commented 2016-02-04 14:04:18 -0500
M’mmmm — and was Aldous Huxley correct when he stated: “Welcome to the Brave New World”?
commented 2016-02-04 13:01:56 -0500
Hyacinth…the Liberal trolls are quiet because reading causes an overload to their brain due to under usage. They can read, however, they cannot decipher sense from nonsense.
commented 2016-02-04 12:42:00 -0500
I’m glad to see this man speaking out!
commented 2016-02-04 11:45:29 -0500
Acuuna – I read a story in the second book of Maccabees this morning. Where a Jewish mother was forced to watch as her 7-sons were brutally tortured and murdered in front of her, in an effort to make them turn from God, and worship idols. As each son had his turn, the mother spoke to each of them instilling courage and faith, and a willingness to die for God’s truth. She told them that God would return their lives to them for eternity. The mother was put to death, after her sons. I just pray, that I have as much faith and courage to draw on when it is my turn.
commented 2016-02-04 11:40:54 -0500
After hearing what Mr. Wolfgang Herles has said, no further proof is needed that the political class is using ‘1984’ as a ‘manual’ to brainwash & subjugate their ‘subjects’.
commented 2016-02-04 11:05:55 -0500
the systematic deconstruction of western civilization begins with the abandonment of western values.
and it is happening everywhere.
and peoples lack of concern has doomed us all already. and you are going to lose a lot more before this evil cancer is recognized for what it is.
well done.
commented 2016-02-04 09:49:15 -0500
Interesting to note that the resident Liberal trolls are quiet on this article. Perhaps to avoid drawing attention to the fact that censorship is happening in Canada?
commented 2016-02-04 07:35:46 -0500
It’s all part of the Bildergerg BS to control the world. I just wonder what is the end-game?
commented 2016-02-04 02:52:52 -0500
Actually Drew, it may make it easier for them to cut off the head since it is being held still in that lower cavity, twitching but otherwise motionless.
commented 2016-02-04 02:23:36 -0500
The left wing fools think this is for the better. They will learn the hard way. You can’t have your head shoved up your a&& if it is cut off by fanatics.
commented 2016-02-04 02:21:14 -0500
Lad Reme Canada’s MSM is worse they do it without orders from the government.
commented 2016-02-04 02:02:44 -0500
Canada’s MSM is a good example of what is happening all over Europe.
commented 2016-02-03 23:24:50 -0500
Well what a big huge surprise this is. William I agree. Now we need to hear from the cops. Can you say CBC?
commented 2016-02-03 23:20:21 -0500
Scandal is appropriate and crime when you think of the infringement of freedoms and reckless endangerment pf the public safety. Unfortunately they think the “public good” is allowing a problem to fester until it erupts into massive violence which will not end pretty and is just as unfair to Muslims who wouldn’t take part in these kind of attacks when there is a backlash. The Architect: I see allot of similarity in what is going on in Canada as in other European countries. It is hard to find a conservative voice on TV. Is it really that surprising? Shame on the news reporters who are the last and most important line of defense in any democracy.
commented 2016-02-03 23:15:44 -0500
Dr. Herles said “This is government journalism and that leads to a situation in which people no longer trust us.” Sounds like Canada has become a clear example of that. The result, however, is that government thinks they are gaining control, when in fact they are losing it. And a government out of control is often much worse than a government in control.
commented 2016-02-03 21:35:39 -0500
The journalists are afraid of losing their job and I understand that. Now we need to hear from a retired police officer with enough guts to come forward. This will turn up the heat on Merkel, hopefully in time to save Germany and maybe Europe.
commented 2016-02-03 20:18:42 -0500
hmmmm, sounds eerily similar to a previous German government……….hmmmmm………..how did that go again? I think there was some military involved too
commented 2016-02-03 20:05:23 -0500
Time for some Media Rebels to get busy in Germany!
commented 2016-02-03 20:03:35 -0500
Surely the original headline must have been " … set by high level Merkel government degenerates."
commented 2016-02-03 20:01:35 -0500
That sounds just like the Censorship Board of Canada (CBC)!
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