(By Ray D.)
SPIEGEL Interviews Republican Senator Richard Lugar
A small glimmer of hope this Christmas at Der Spiegel. Today the magazine's website published an interview on Iraq with the US Senate's Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Republican Senator Richard Lugar. Make no mistake, these sorts of interviews with US conservatives are extremely rare in the German media. Typically, the "America experts" interviewed in Germany overwhelmingly represent the left-wing view of US politics.
If SPIEGEL and other large German publications are truly serious about informing their readers about US politics and not simply taking advantage of anti-American stereotypes and fears, we need to see A LOT more interviews like this one. In particular, we need to see more interviews with Bush supporters to give the German people an unfiltered understanding of their worldview. If a transatlantic dialogue is to begin, both sides need to listen to what the other has to say.
It would also help if Der Spiegel stopped exploiting hatred of Bush and the USA for profit with magazine covers like these:
We at Medienkritik believe that it is possible to successfully challenge the German media and demand more fairness and balance. It is a fight worth fighting for anyone and everyone interested in improving transatlantic ties.