Journalism, activism, propaganda

A classic, mechanical telephone is dusty on a workbench

No connection under this number

Here is a reason why I am no longer available for some media, based on my resume.

In the past I was available as an expert for the media, which were created years ago with high journalistic quality, care and ethos and formerly had a wide reach, such as ARD, ZDF, Deutschlandfunkt, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel and Spiegel Online, Süddeutsche Zeitung, as well as BILD as Germany's leading tabloid newspaper. As an enlightened and liberal person, this is no longer possible today without betraying one's own ideals and principles.

The list of media houses to be criticized can be easily expanded considerably, especially the houses owned by political parties or party-related foundations would should be be listed too. I deliberately focus on the media with whom I have worked directly in the past and from which I have first-hand experience.

Why everyone should quit speaking to, buying from or doing business with “progressive media”?

Political correct journalism, opinion piece and reporting mashups

The decision is based on blatant, system-immanent shortcomings in quality, a one-sided political agenda, and the excesses of political correct journalism in these media houses that are stuffed to the brim with hubris and hypocrisy. Confirmation bias, one-sided narratives that distort reality and the framing* of a long list of publishing houses are the cause of numerous scandals. As an example, I would like to refer to the "DER SPIEGEL Affaire 2.0" (Claas Relotius, DEC 2018), various debates about the prevalence of political correct journalism](Georg Restle et al., JUL 2018) and the increasing impure mashup of opinion (commentary) and report (reporting) since the millennium. Unfortunately this is not journalism but confirmation biased activism and propaganda**.

Stop the money supply

Sometimes things have to rot to the bitter end in order to be open for revitalization and improvement again. The money supply via subscriptions, single purchases, ads and paid content only delays this urgently needed process. In concrete terms, this means: no subscriptions, individual magazine purchases, ads, website visits and clicks, placement of paid content, discussions, interactions or other forms of communication that would enhance posture journalism, but exclusively fact-based deconstruction.

The same applies to the public service broadcasting of ARD, DLF, ZDF, etc.: Refusal of the payment of radio contribution (formerly GEZ) for infantile propaganda, as well as exorbitant pensions.

I am curious to see how long this crisis will last.

Definitions*, **:

“To frame is to select some aspects of a perceived reality and make them more salient in a communicating text, in such a way as to promote a particular problem definition, causal interpretation, moral evaluation and/or treatment recommendation for the item described.” - Robert M. Entman: Framing: Towards a Clarification of a Fractured Paradigm, 1993

Propaganda is information that is not objective and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively to encourage a particular synthesis or perception, or using loaded language to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information that is presented. Propaganda is often associated with material prepared by governments, but activist groups, companies, religious organizations and the media can also produce propaganda. In the twentieth century, the term propaganda has often been associated with a manipulative approach, but propaganda historically was a neutral descriptive term. -