Since our initial exchange, we have heard nothing back from Markus Günther regarding his article that suggests Americans are hypocrites who suppress their own history of slavery and oppression of Native Americans. (Mr. Guenther is the Washington, DC correspondent for a major German newspaper chain.) We at Davids Medienkritik have therefore emailed Mr. Günther this open letter:
Dear Mr. Guenther:
Since I have not heard from you since our last email, I can only assume that you have no intention of addressing the obvious problems and mistakes with your article "Gedenken and Verdrängen." Once again, I openly request that you address the obvious problems with your work (that we have identified on our blog) in a follow-up article - one that corrects the false and misleading innuendo of the first piece. Otherwise, I will see myself forced to directly contact your editors in Germany. I will also post an article on my blog encouraging readers to do the same.
We simply will not allow this form of disingenuous America bashing to go unanswered - it has gone on for far too long in German media and it needs to change. You of all people should know that - and stooping to satisfy the outrageous appetites of those virulently anti-American members of your audience is no excuse for publishing sensational distortions.
If you refuse to act to correct your work and set the record straight - we (the community that follows Davids Medienkritik) will take action.
We demand that Mr. Guenther publish an article directly addressing our criticisms and setting the record straight. We will no longer sit back and accept this sort of "journalism" in German media - we will no longer quietly discuss the problem on this blog. We are serious about action on this. Read all about the problems with Mr. Guenther's work here.