(By Ray D.)
CEO of Bertelsmann, owner of Stern, lauded by Johns Hopkins AICGS for "global leadership"...
Bertelsmann AG is far and away Germany's largest publishing firm. The media conglomerate also owns Gruener & Jahr, "Europe's biggest magazine publisher." And Gruener & Jahr owns Stern magazine, Germany's most widely read political weekly. At the top of the Bertelsmann empire sits CEO Gunter Thielen.
Late last year, Dr. Thielen was invited to a black-tie awards ceremony in Washington, DC by the good people of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) and awarded the institute's annual "Global Leadership Award." Apparently it didn't bother Karin Johnston and Jackson Janes, two self-anointed AICGS experts on German-American relations and German media, that Bertelsmann publications have propagated outrageous anti-American propaganda to millions throughout Germany over the past several years. Here is a picture from the dinner:
Dick Parsons (center) hands Gunter Thielen (left) the "Global Leadership Award" as Jackson Janes (right) looks on. (See more pics of Washington's German-American elite breaking bread with Gunter Thielen here)
And here are just a few examples of Bertelsmann's "global leadership" over the past several years:
- How America Lied To the World
- Stern: Americans Could Care Less About the Rest of Humanity
- Stern: Somalia in America's South
- Stern's Gallery of American Stereotypes
- The Voice of Her Master: Stern on Condoleezza Rice
- Stern: Anti-Americanism the Old Fashioned Way
- Stern: "America is Destroying the West"
Bertelsmann is also part owner of Der Spiegel, but hey, we at Davids Medienkritik don't want to spoil the party. So we would like to make a few nominations for the next award ceremony:
- Oskar Lafontaine
- Actors Billy Zane and Gary Busey
- Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick
- Ingo and Andreas Fischer of German website for kids "Helles Koepfchen"
- Florian Guessgen of Stern magazine.
On a final note: It also just so happens that Bertelsmann is a financial contributor to the Johns Hopkins affiliated AICGS. In fact, AICGS has taken money from quite a few interesting sources over the decades, including the East German government. Recently, when Davids Medienkritik contacted the German Embassy's press office in Washington, DC to conduct an interview on German media coverage of the United States, the representative left a message telling us that they were too busy with other issues and referred us to AICGS. They clearly felt comfortable that the institute would give us a point of view consistent with the German government's.