(By Ray D.)
No...we haven't been drinking too much Glühwein. Today SPIEGEL ONLINE ran a translated article from the Wall Street Journal with a conservative, American view of the transatlantic debate on torture and terrorism. EUREKA!
This is a very positive first step after the publication has run countless pieces from The New York Times and conducted countless interviews with left-wing Bush critics. Today's WSJ piece is a highly rare example of the German media attempting to provide readers a fair, balanced view of conservative-American thought in unfiltered form.
For Germans to understand American politics, they must at least have a chance to read opinions and ideas from both sides of the debate. Davids Medienkritik has never been about promoting the Bush administration or neo-conservative thought. It has been about promoting fair, balanced, unbiased media coverage of the United States and the American political system in the German media.
Present all sides fairly and objectively and let the reader decide: That is what good journalism is all about. SPIEGEL ONLINE's decision to run the WSJ piece is a first, small step towards that objective. Let's hope this is not the last time we ever see this. In the meantime we will continue to do our jobs...
Note: Here is the WSJ article in original English. (Registration required)
UPDATE: Hold your applause ladies and gentlemen. SPIEGEL ONLINE botched the translation after all.