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Nun, vor einem Jahr, da entdeckte ich diese Seite und war überrascht, daß jemand sich die Mühe macht und die Zeit nimmt, das, was uns permanent ärgert, zu kritisieren, zu kommentieren und richtig zu stellen.
Es war wie ein Jungbrunnen, diesen Blog lesen zu können.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch, weiter SO!

Alexander

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!

Happy Birthday! Thanks for the good work... Bring 'em on!

Weiter so.

Claus Kleber bezeichnete gestern Bremer als PROKONSUL (Öffentlich-rechtlicher Sender - heute-Journal im ZDF), und es ist richtig wohltuend, dies hier posten zu können. Danke, David! Großartige Leistung. Großartige Diskussionen! Es ist eine Bereicherung für unser deutsch-amerikanisches Leben hier im leider antiamerikanischen Deutschland. Aber heute titelt die WAZ, Schröder sagt Bush Hilfe zu. Na dann. Vielleicht ruft er ja jetzt die deutsche Meute zurück, wenn das noch geht.

Thanks for making this expat's life more bearable. Friends and family will attest that I'm much easier to get along with now that I can let off steam at the Medienkritik website and commiserate with others aggravated by the low tone in much of the German media.

Congratulations to you David et al!

This blog, like Karl B. has already said, has made life in Germany more bearable for this expat as well. Without the knowledge of others who felt this way, I would have gone crazy and possibly have taken a number of others with me.

Thank you David for taking on the media in Germany. I will continue to support you and your blog. Keep the pouring the pressure on the deplorable media outlets in Germany.

Congratulations!!!

I found your blog about a month ago. I thought I was alone in Germany. I'm not. I have to say that I am very happy for the Iraqis and hope and pray that they will develop into a democracy and that each Iraqi has the same rights we enjoy. I am excited for them and for us. Yesterday was a great day!!! Many will still die in the process but this is no different from the beginning of the US and Germany. God Bless the Iraqis.

Sincerely
Trish

Happy Birthday :-)!

It was quite a relief to find this blog, about ten months ago. I was feeling like the people who were having near death experiences in the 70's: "keep your mouth shut and don't tell anyone what you saw if you don't want to end up wearing a very tight shirt in a 'specialized' institution!". The greatest relief those people felt was when they found out that they are not alone, that other people went through the same things.

So, after I almost had a German-media-induced near-death-experience I found this blog and I realized that I am not that crazy (or at least not the only crazy one around here) :-)

Since the German media will not let us down and will do its best to supply this blog with themes, I wish you only the best and I thank you again.

good luck with your blog in the future.
it is always refreshing to come here after browsing german media websites.
keep up the good work!

Thanks from Normandy :)

excellent political entertainment!

Glückwunsch!

Ich weiss aber nicht, ob es eine gute Idee ist, nur noch Englisch zu schreiben. Es wäre sehr wichtig eine DEUTSCHE Seite zu haben, welche den Medien widerspricht!

I'll just add my voice to the "Thank God for Medienkritik, otherwise I'd go crazy living in Germany" faction. Perhaps more dissident voices will arise in the near future.

Let me just add my voice to the "Thank God for Medienkritik, otherwise I'd go crazy living in Germany" brigade. Hopefully, more European blogs critical of the mainstream will arise in the near future.

Moechte mich den Glueckwuenschen anschliessen.

Hier ein kleines Beispiel von "biased reporting"
Im Mannheimer Morgen stand gestern folgender Artikel:

"Nordkoreaner fluechten auf deutsches Botschaftsgelaende"

"In China leben zehntausende Nordkoreander, die wegen Hunger und Verfolgung ueber die Grenze gekommen sind. China erkennt sie nicht als politische Fluechtlinge an und schiebt sie bei einer Ergreifung ueber die Grenze ab, wo ihnen Lagerhaft und Folter drohen."

Wo ist da das grosse Aufheulen der deutschen Medien?

Herzlichen Glueckwunsch zum einjaehrigem Jubilaeum, und zu einem super gelungenen Blog. Ich lebe in den Staaten, und stuetze mich auf deutsche Medien, um Nachrichten aus der Heimat zu erhalten. Ich bin beim Lesen des Spiegels, u.a. oft so aufgebracht, dass ich es gar nicht erwarten kann anschliessend Davids Medienkritik zu oeffnen, um dort meine Balance wiederzufinden.
Danke!

This is a very important blog for not only challenging the German Media, but for keeping German/American relations from further deteriorating. Please keep on making good posts to keep the debate alive.

Alles zusammen now:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MEDIENKRITIK
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...
[hoots, wild applause]

Alles zusammen now:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MEDIENKRITIK
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...
[hoots and wild applause]

Alles zusammen now:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MEDIENKRITIK
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...
[hoots, cheers, and wild applause]

Noch einmals!

HAPPY...

(No, actually posting that three times
was a mistake on my part...)

(Entschuldigen...)

Come to think of it, it doesn't look that bad...

(Okay, I'll shut up now...)

Happy Birthday! Thanks for your efforts.

"... SPIEGEL and STERN, two German weeklies, known for their substandard journalistic quality ..."

Sorry for spoiling your party. The SPIEGEL is the leading investigative magazine in Germany. Its founder, Rudolf Augstein, was honoured in 2001 with the title "German Journalist of the Century". For one thing, you cannot lump DER SPIEGEL and Stern together. The Stern is popular press. And for another thing, David, to insinuate that the SPIEGEL is known for its "substandard journalistic quality" when you really mean "it doesn't share my enthusiasm for George W. Bush Jr.", is sub-standard in its own right. By the way, you want outstanding journalistic quality in Germany? Read DIE ZEIT.

The SPIEGEL is the leading investigative magazine in Germany. Its founder, Rudolf Augstein, was honoured in 2001 with the title "German Journalist of the Century".

Yeah, in fact only Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky and Susan Sontag have won as many prizes for outstanding work in Germany...shouldn't that tell you something? You may want to look at who is doing the awarding...

@Ray D.
"... only Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky and Susan Sontag have won as many prizes..."

Looks like someone is jealous! Let me take the opportunity and award the "German Pout of the Century" prize to you!

Thanks very much for an excellent blog and window into German political commentary.

@Ray D. ("... look at who is doing the awarding")

The Missouri-based International Press Institute named Rudolf Augstein one of 50 Press Freedom Heroes.

Mikhail Gorbachev said: "In the 80s we began with Glasnost because the situation in our country was ripe for it. But one cannot today hide [the fact] that among the guides to our openness, next to the old guard of Russian journalism, were leading western journalists, like Rudolf Augstein."

The French monthly Courrier International calls DER SPIEGEL a "a great, very great investigative magazine".

@David: Danke und herzlichen Glückwunsch! Weiter so!

Congratulations on your success! Your stated purpose is one I hold dear: to improve US/German relations. Please keep up the good work.

From a few visitors daily the audience of this blog has grown to more than 2000 per day on average (as of May 2004). I guess that puts us somewhere around the top ranks of all German blogs. Looking at stats of US blogs, we'd probably be ranked in the top 30 range.

Congratulations on the anniversary but Top 30 with 2000/day is slightly off.

Note from David: You're right, Groucho. Thanks for the link.
I made the guess just from trying to remember the truthlaidbar stats when I last checked them. The site wasn't accessible (at least not for me) at the time of my posting.
Got it wrong. Apologies. Top 30 remains a goal, though...

2000/day (especially given how many more blogs there are) is very good and Top 100 is quite an accomplishment in any case. (Don't know where there is data on German only blogs though.)

The Missouri-based International Press Institute named Rudolf Augstein one of 50 Press Freedom Heroes.

Mikhail Gorbachev said: "In the 80s we began with Glasnost because the situation in our country was ripe for it. But one cannot today hide [the fact] that among the guides to our openness, next to the old guard of Russian journalism, were leading western journalists, like Rudolf Augstein."

The French monthly Courrier International calls DER SPIEGEL a "a great, very great investigative magazine".

Hmmm...an international press agency, a former Communist dictator and a French monthly named "Courrier International" also praised Augstein...aren't you proving my point for me unwichtig, namely that the hard left is the one piling praise on Augstein?

Like I said, you need to take a close look at who is doing the awarding in this case, the same goes for those lavishly passing awards out to the likes of Moore, Sontag or Chomsky...it's all political, and a way of making America-bashing legitimate and even rewarding. Unfortunately, it has very little to do with any real merit.

For years the first thing I did once I started the Internet was checking what's new at SPIEGEL online. But after years of an increasing anti-Americanism (not to mention their hostile attitude towards Israel) which culminated within the last weeks in a really hysterical and scary campaign I finally deleted the link from my favourites. Now my first click is "David's Medienkritik" and I feel much better now. Thanks a lot guys!!!

@Ray ("... the hard left is the one piling praise ...")

Your problem is that you perceive the world in black in white.

When talking about Mikhail Gorbachev (a Nobel Prize winner), all that comes to your mind is "a former Communist dictator".

"Courriel International" is French? It must be left then.

It is left? Then it is bound to produce "substandard journalistic quality".

It's Anti-Bush? Then it's Anti-American.

Either you are with us, or you are against us.

That's not how the world works and this is not the way to get any problems solved.

CONGRATULATIONS, DAVID!

Your blog is the best birthday present I've ever had that I didn't find out about until a year later. Thanks for your principled stand, David. You’ve made a difference. I will never lose faith in humanity as long as there are people like you around. May you always be the burr in the media’s saddle, the gadfly in their face, and the David to their Goliath.

Your problem is that you perceive the world in black in white.

It's Anti-Bush? Then it's Anti-American.

Either you are with us, or you are against us.

That's right, I am just a primitive Bush supporter who sees everything in absolutes and is incapable of seeing the world in its many shades of moral gray relativism like our infinitely more wise European friends. I have seen the light!

Gee Unwichtig, couldn't you do any better than that? If your sources are as good as your hackneyed Euro-snob stereotypes, I'm sure I was right on the money. Yeah, I'm sure all the sources you named are really conservative, would you be willing to bet on it?...I think not. I am simply calling a spade a spade.

BTW, I also don't consider the Nobel peace prize to be a particularly politically neutral prize either.

@Unwichtig

When talking about Mikhail Gorbachev (a Nobel Prize winner), all that comes to your mind is "a former Communist dictator"

Well, you sure are a failed human being !

Weren't you arguing at some point in the past that the Iraq war wasn't moral ? I guess it was you, but I don't feel like looking it up. I remember you had some "moral" position that made me sick.

Now you feel that Gorbachev is unjustly called "a former Communist dictator"...

What a heck are you doing here ? If you believe that freeing the Iraqi people wasn't moral and Gorbachev isn't really "a former Communist dictator", get the hell out of here ! I am against ANY form of censorship, but if this were my blog you wouldn't have the chance to impart your wisdom here anymore.

Now don't take this personally, you are what you are, a victim of your environment. But go write on Spiegel's forum (if they have one) and spare us your moral relativism.

@WhatDoIKnow (apparently nothing)

"Now you feel that Gorbachev is unjustly called 'a former Communist dictator'... "

unwichtig never said that. You should read more carefully what other people write. The fact that Gorbachev was 'a former Communist dictator' doesn't diminish the fact that he deserves at least as much credit for making Germany's reunification possible as does Reagan or Bush senior. In case you haven't noticed: People do change sometimes. How would you feel if everyone referred to G.W.Bush as 'a former alcohol addict'?

The fact that Gorbachev was 'a former Communist dictator' doesn't diminish the fact that he deserves at least as much credit for making Germany's reunification possible as does Reagan or Bush senior.

That's a bit of a stretch to put it lightly. Gorbachev deserves credit for German reunification? Or was he forced to accept reform at home and reunification in Germany by the circumstances in which he found himself, i.e. due to the failure and implosion of the communist system he was so long a proponent of?

In terms of Reagan and Bush senior deserving credit, that is a bit short-sighted and badly put, they were simply the last two links in a long chain of American leaders whose steadfast resistance to communist tyranny helped to bring about the eventual end of the Cold War and communism in Eastern Europe. Just as Gorbachev was the last in a long chain of dictators who was forced to chose between reform or collapse. To his credit he chose reform, but that does not mean that he "contributed to German reunification" or should be remembered as one of the world's great democrats.

jo

Yep, Gorbachev deserves at least as much credit as Reagan and Bush Sr. Right on... Your knowledge of late Soviet history seems as crappy as your ideas.

If you really want to argue on this subject, let's do it ! But you would better get informed before saying anything, because I won't waste my time if you come up with Spiegel-like arguments. If you gained your knowledge on Gorbachev in a fast-food style, than have the decency to keep your mouth shut.

WhatDoIKnow:

"Your knowledge of late Soviet history seems as crappy as your ideas"

Well, I have to admit that I don't know anything about recent history. Actually, I've been living in a cave in the deserts of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for the past 25 years. So I'd love to hear what really happened in 1989. In particular, I'm interested to hear how Bush sen. prevented those Soviet tanks from running over my fellow Eastern German protesters and how he forced the Soviets into the 2+4 treaties. Also I heard something about "glasnost" and "perestroika". I'd love to know what the American government has to do with that! I hope you will share your vast knowledge with me and I'm looking forward to your explanations.

P.S. In a related topic, why did the U.S. manage to run down communism in huge countries like Russia or Poland but failed in tiny countries like Cuba or North Korea?

"Wasn't Yassir Arafat a Nobel Prize Winner, too? Just wondering."

Indeed he was, which in itself should lay to rest the "50 billion flies can’t be wrong" argument about Augstein’s awards, I should think. The grotesque anti-American slant at SPIEGEL has been documented by many articles in this blog. If anyone wants to seriously debate that slant, which was fully evident long before Augstein’s demise, bring it on, but if you do, please take the time to read the articles and address their substance. The argument that Augstein must surely have been the paragon of journalists because he had the right to wear a bunch of shiny awards at cocktail parties is unlikely to impress anyone on this blog. If your tastes run in that direction, try the SPIEGEL forum.

jo

When I read what you say I realize that you really know nothing besides fast-food history. I sure won't be the one who will educate you, especially since it is obvious that you are set to believe only what you want.

I can fully understand the heated discussions on the present political situation. OTOH, if someone shows that kind of ignorance when it comes to the Soviet Union, than that person has no excuse. Any volunteers to help out jo ? Don't count on me. I'm so arrogant that I give private history lessons only to advanced students. Beginners will have to do some homework before coming to me.

Come on, WhatDoIKnow, don't be so lame! I'd love to find out if your knowledge is really as broad as you claim. So far you didn't share any of it and seems to me that you're just a vain pretender. You see, I've actually been there in '89 when the wall came down and I was one of those crazy East Germans who stormed West Berlin, bought bananas and yelled "Wahnsinn!" The change did happen really fast but who says that fast-food is bad?

jo: seems to me that you're just a vain pretender

My pride is hurt and my heart is broken.

WhatDoIKnow,

I'm sorry! The truth can be tough sometimes but I didn't mean to hurt your feelings. Is there anything I can do to make you feel better? Should I buy you a banana?

Ray: In terms of Reagan and Bush senior deserving credit, that is a bit short-sighted and badly put, they were simply the last two links in a long chain of American leaders whose steadfast resistance to communist tyranny helped to bring about the eventual end of the Cold War and communism in Eastern Europe. Well put!

Jo: Wenn Europa den 60. Jahrestag des D-Day zelebriert, gedenkt es einr ganze Serie von amerikanischen Befreiungsaktionen. Das sind: [... Auflistung ...] schließlich die Wiedervereinigung. Die wurde den Deutschen nicht von Gorbachow "geschenkt", sondern von Bush sr. gegen den Widerstand von Paris und London eingefädelt und abgesichert. Josef Joffe, Gullivers Landung Die Zeit, 03.06.2004, (S 1.)

For further reading I suggest Timothy Garton Ash's In Europe's Name, Germany and the Divided Continent (Random House, 1993), a detailed look at the differing sides of the Cold War / Ostpolitik debate. Ash, a Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, gives the SPD Ostpolitik a mixed review, hinting that it may just as well have prolonged the demise of communism as helped things along. Neverthelss, he is fair, gives credit where credit is due, and does not choose sides in the debate. Jo's position is so obviously driven by leftist ideology that it's hardly worth comment except to point out more serious discussions elsewhere.

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