Kid Charlemagne made some interesting observations in the comment section of this blog on today's Tagesspiegel - and I'm delighted to post his comment:
More ridiculous off-the-cuff distortions from Malte Lehming in the Tagesspiegel today. He starts his article by describing Mubarak's Egypt in negative terms - autocratic, backwards, socialist - and then mentions that the U.S. gives Egypt 1.3 billion dollars a year in aid. Why this apparent discrepancy? Because Mubarak is a close friend of Bush's, of course! Never mind the Camp David Peace Accords of twenty-five years ago, signed by Jimmy Carter and Anwar Sadat, Lehming makes it sound like this money has only been coming because Mubarak shmused with Bush and made some secret deal with him.
Malte Lehming is not a journalist. He just makes things up as he goes along, explaining the world to us according to his fancy. The Tagesspiegel would do well to get a new U.S. correspondent.
Hmm... as I have said before: you need to have a deeply ingrained anti-American sentiment to become Washington correspondent of a German media outlet. Credentials as a journalist? Well, let's not be too demanding... Malte Lehming is definitely superbly qualified for the job.