As the US election quickly approaches, Medienkritik would like to make its position known on this vital event. As a German publication, Medienkritik feels that it is not our place and it is not our job to interfere in internal American political affairs or to try to exercise influence on the election by endorsing one side or the other. Frankly, we feel that foreign attempts (such as the Guardian letter-writing debacle) to influence the outcome of the US election are despicable.
In 1945, after twelve years of war and the most brutal fascist dictatorship, democracy was re-established in West Germany by the United States and other democratic nations. The war against the Nazis and the ensuing occupation of Germany were marked by repeated setbacks, mistakes and losses that were costly in terms of both human life and financial resources. But despite the numerous defeats, despite losing hundreds of thousands of men on the battlefield, America saw the war through to victory and defeated the murderous regime of Adolf Hitler. During the Cold War that followed, the US refused to waver in Berlin in 1949 in the face of the Soviet blockade. The US did what it took financially to rebuild a nation in shambles and introduced the Marshall Plan. The US did not back down in 1961 when US and Soviet tanks stood only meters apart, turret to turret at Checkpoint Charlie. Despite widespread protest, the US refused to back off in the 1980s when the Soviets threatened to tip the strategic missile balance on the continent in their favor. During World War II and the Cold War, the US did what it took and made the sacrifices that had to be made year for year, decade for decade.
We Will Not Forget
We at Medienkritik will never forget what many in the German media have already forgotten: The United States of America liberated Germany from fascist tyranny and stood by our nation as both friend and protector for over four decades in the face of Communism until the Berlin Wall that divided our nation at its heart finally came crashing down. Because of the many painful sacrifices made by the United States, Germany today is a unified, democratic land at peace in the world and Europe is a continent bustling with democracies and open societies.
And our relationship with America today is based on more than our appreciation for their help in the past. Despite its flaws, America remains a bright example of freedom, forward thinking and the willingness to take risks. And with all due criticism: The US media’s reporting and commentary is far more diverse and interesting than the indoctrination-oriented German media.
So we want our readers to know that whoever wins the upcoming US elections, Medienkritik will continue to fight anti-American bias in the German media, wherever and whenever it should rear its ugly head.
In closing we would simply like to say this: Democracy is something that members of free societies should never take for granted. It has been dearly paid for in the past and continues to be dearly paid for around the world today in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. We at Medienkritik therefore humbly encourage all our American readers to participate in the political process and the upcoming election. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent, exercise that simple and basic right that signifies our freedom: Vote.