Brainwash Made In Germany

I love my family over everything and that includes also my grandpa and the topic will be about the German media but also about him and his generation. As said, I love him as any other family member and I also love to talk with him but if there is something I dislike to talk about with him, then it is politics. I tell you why later.

You notice that they are grown up with two media channels… Radio and TV. Some of you maybe noticed already that I don´t mince words. Especially not if I talk about the german government and the german old-school media channels. I am happy to say it loud, they’re in cahoots together and they want to turn people into zombies. Sounds funny, maybe crazy but it fits so well. There might be still some media outlets that are independent but they are outnumbered. The truth is the following…

The big german public-sector broadcasters and media outlets (TV and Radio) have a “Rundfunkrat” that could also be called a broadcast committee or the word council might fit better. What is the task of this broadcast council? It´s a supervisory body and they monitor the broadcast channels. It´s written that they do not influence the TV program but it´s written and known that they advise in regard to the TV program, which means they influence, even if it´s said they do not. Typical German logic at this point by the way, because you can clearly see in the sentence that they are able to influence but they mention it a little bit more harmless and mean it wouldn´t be much of a problem.

Other tasks of the broadcast committees are electing the directors of the broadcast channels and electing the whole administrative board, no influence? They do monitor the legal requirements and they do monitor and approve the pre-budget reports and the annual statistics. This should be enough of explanation about this committee. Now let´s go one step further…

Who are the members of this council? Now it becomes interesting! Most of the members have party membership. They are usually members in one of the big mainstream parties like the CDU or SPD for example. This, exactly this is the reason why TV programs and Radio are heavily influences by the politics and why people either elect CDU or SPD when we have elections in Germany. Because they have the power of the media and can influence people at will. Then there are many members who are active in other organizations which have their own political objectives. For the TV channel ZDF, the council is for example called ZDF-Fernsehrat consisting of members with their own goals, if you research.

Younger people did notice this already. I am talking about people in the age below 45 (roughly example and my experience). They usually very careful with the information they gather through those media channels and question things they hear. Call them the internet generation. They have free access and choice of information, while the older people like the pensioners rather avoid to browse deep through the internet or to find different articles with different opinions. They inform themself only through the old-school media and they believe everything, really everything they hear because they never heard or read the opposite. Relying on information’s that are heavily biased and media channels that only report in one direction. Now I must say again, I love my family and I love my grandpa but when it comes to politics and news, we simply have problems to talk with each other. It´s like if they would have washed the brain of my grandpa but apart from that it does not influence our relation, we just can´t get to one point when we talk about politics.

Now one example. If you go outside in Germany and if you ask younger people or people in your age about the Euro currency, you will hear most people immediately answer that this currency is the biggest shit that was forced on us without asking us German citizens. It´s the widespread opinion because young people (especially those who paid once with the other currency) question that this currency did come with any good effects and there are good reasons why people think so. It´s basically because people have now way less than they had when the Deutsche Mark was our currency. It´s because the price of any product has been doubled with the new currency while the income has not and it´s because people were able to save money with the old currency while they today can´t even come around for 25 days of a month with the new currency, no matter if they have a job. Politicians tell the opposite and as I said, therefore the media too. This topic alone could make a huge article but I just want to take it as an example here. Now if I talk with my grandpa about it, he will answer with what he learned in the TV news. It wouldn´t be that bad if we would just have a different opinion on the Euro subject. It´s bad because you can talk about any politics with him and what he will do is, answer as they tought him in the TV news. This is the problem. He has no access to different information’s and can only believe one source. What makes it more sad, he had more money and a better life with the old currency as well and every younger family member knows it but he can´t see it, because the media repeatedly told him how good the Euro currency is. There is a saying here in Germany… “Repeat things as often as you can, and at some point people will believe you” and this saying is about propaganda or hyping things up. And what they want is “yea-sayers”.

Now this was just one example and the article would be much more huge if I would come up with several other examples and I could, but this article is already long and I do not want to expand it further as I did talk about similar subjects on my blog already and if not, I can do it another day. But a week ago I talked with friends about this subject but another friend came up with it and told me exactly the same about his grandpa and people were the same opinion… If you only have one source like TV or Radio that represent only one opinion, you will be indoctrinated and your opinion will be manipulated. It´s not so that older people wouldn´t have access to any other information’s but it´s a fact that they usually don´t use the internet as heavy as we younger people, if at all. Younger people here in Germany instead question things and try to find information’s that address not only one opinion but also the opposite, basically because it´s the only way how you can create your true own opinion. Yes, I mean you can´t if you just listen or watch a source that repeats one and the same opinion again and again. But that´s how younger people actually think about the German media.

This subject is not so much of a problem that it would split up families. I mean that would be pretty strange! No, it´s only a problem that younger people noticed that it is quite hard to talk about these subjects with their grandparents. That´s all. Politics and news, is a subject that younger people tend to avoid to talk about with their grandparents. That´s the only generation conflict but other than that it has indeed not much of an effect. My friends for example love their grandparents as I do love mine, it´s simply that there is one subject that people avoid to talk about with them. Nothing more.

To make it clear… it´s always ok to have different opinions and most people I know respect it. In fact, different opinions are good. It´s just that people are sick to accept only the mainstream media opinion that usually does not come up with any facts but with imputations. The image of the German media channels is so heavily damaged that if you come up with them as a source, it´s the same as if you want to tell people that Santa Claus in fact lives and that you know because you have read it in a kid´s book. That´s what a lot of people today think about our German media channels. And if our grandparents come up with these sources, it´s like “Umm, ok!”. And if you question it or if you mention it is biased and if you ask for some facts, they say “They mentioned it and they wouldn´t if it would not be true, because they are the big media channels, why should they lie?”. Why should they? Because they are basically infiltrated and if not that, then call it “connected” with the biased clique in the politic which is the reason why political correctness is a modern neologism. And they only want to hammer one opinion into the heads of the citizens, because it makes it much more easy to achieve their goals.

Now it would be fine if I could come up with a study that proves what I said here but well, I´m just a blogger. But I can say I wouldn´t come up with this, if it would be only my experience. No, it´s something that are many of my friends or family member aware of or other people I met. Most people don´t trust the German media anymore because they are too biased and because they are political influenced. But this is now slowly changing and I tell you why and this can prove what I said…

The pressure on the German media is so strong that they now slowly start to mention their mistakes. I mean slowly but first journalists start to make it to a topic in the TV program, in Radio Shows and even in news articles. Why? As said the pressure starts to get strong, the citizens use all channels where they can comment and nevermind what I talk about, if Facebook, comments under news articles, Twitter, nevermind where, it´s not possible to hide anymore that people strike against the way how the media channels report one-sided. There are millions of comments and they all contain a different opinion than the mainstream media and the amount of the comment attacks on the media channels, that makes it strong. It´s the raising voice of the people, who are forcing journalist to act and to admit that people actually have a different opinion than the media and that people wish or let me say demand, that the media stops to report biased. With big pressure I mean that I could randomly seek one news article to randomly select 20 comments below the article, and the comments would prove that people are pissed about the article or news. At the moment there is a big shitstorm on the media channels here but this is so obvious that I might create an article about the shitstorm alone. Especially because I have seen a report about this topic yesterday in the TV. And it´s funny but this report made me wonder because I´ve seen it in the medium that is target of the shitstorm and this makes clear they start to concede and that is not bad.

But as said, I might talk about this subject again in another article. I usually try to be not too political on my blog because it can inflame passions but I also don´t want to hold back my feelings or opinions. My blog is not much focus of political subjects but the blog can be at times because I want to have a voice too and because it is at times a subject that interests me as well. But for today it´s enough I think.

7 thoughts on “Brainwash Made In Germany

  1. Applicable to other countries too. Sad but true. Thanks for saying all this. I am in the generation of your grandfather but I still follow my own ‘rebel’ mind …

    1. I am happy that you understand that I didn´t want to generalize too much with the age and generation. I was afraid that it could been seen like I would want to do.

      Someday I told my grandpa, it´s not bad to watch mainstream media but if it´s the only source, how can you prove that all what they say is right? To build an opinion, you better read or watch several sources. I agree it might need some “rebel” mind and it takes more time to inform but I think questioning things is nothing bad. I wouldn´t trust anything just because it´s big or mainstream. I think this is the wrong way.

      But as said, the generation of listeners, viewers and readers is not the problem. The problem is the biased mainstream media.

      By the way. It´s interesting to hear that the biased informations are not a German phenomena. Thanks for your opinion. 🙂

      1. I think it is a worldwide phenomenon, led by the USA, where people are rather docile in taking suggestions and following them. I have seen enormous changes in the way news are given to the population during the time I have lived here in the U.S., much of it driven by competition between TV channels : when the news is a marketable item, it decays.
        Currently I find the cleanest news to be given on the French channels, France 24, and TV5. There are commentaries but they do explicitly present the opinions of the people interviewed. In the U.S. the ‘suggested meaning’ of the news is called ‘spin’ – they spin the news in whatever directions the channel chooses. I watch different sources,mostly from Europe, for the same information, then I feel that I can better evaluate what is reported.
        I thank you for this interesting conversation! V.

      2. Yes I also heard about article spinning. In the mentioned documentary yesterday, they interviewed an involved person of a bigger media channel and he said that it is simply more cost-effective to spin articles or stories. He also mentioned that the quality of the articles might suffer but it´s less work and better for the competition as you can be an “authority” if you bring stories out as fast as possible as things happen in the world. It´s now more about “bring it out” rather than “let´s create a quality report that discusses more than one standpoint. You brought a good point!

        This is interesting. I had french in school but forgot most of it but I wish I didn´t. One thing is sure, with more than one language you can indeed access more than one source. fortunately I speak german and english and that is also very ok. Maybe I could check out french news websites. Maybe they have the articles also in english.

        You´re right. The more sources, the better you can evaluate the truth or find your opinion. Exactly and very well said!

        I thank you too. Nice to meet you! 🙂

  2. It does seem to be a worldwide thing. Whoever owns the media controls the way the news is presented. In Australia big business owns the commercial TV, radio stations and newspapers and they are very biased towards the right. The government owned TV and radio is probably less biased so now that we have a right wing, conservative government they are threatened with funding cuts. It used to be that newspapers reported news and that opinion was in the editorial or political columns and appeared with the authors name attached. That seems to be no longer the case as they take their opinions and present them as facts. You are quite right to say that to be informed you must look at all sides of every question and it is good that we have the internet to help us do that. Politics, like everything else these days, is being “dumbed down” so that instead of explaining how they will fix health care, education etc a party need only put out soundbites like “We will get rid of the governments big bad tax on everything.” and if enough people are lazy or stupid enough to accept that they get away with it.

    1. True, those who own the media or who can influence them enough, they will write what is right or wrong. Agree, I mean if you read a blog and the author writes his/her opinion about any happenings, it can be quite interesting to read and I love to read opinions but in a media or news magazine I rather demand to read about happenings without a predetermined opinion, and if, then please with facts that can back up the written words. Otherwise it should be “tagged” as column of an author as you said, so that I can see what I get. If it´s a news I prefer a neutral article with facts. You made a good point. There is indeed a difference but today it´s not possible anymore to notice what exactly we read. I even liked to read columns but it must be clear that it is one.

      Apart from that and true as well… that´s the power of the internet. You can seek all kind of informations today, so that we have it not too bad. It is also interesting how this technology can fire back on the media as it happens right now in Germany. It gives people the chance to join in, to comment and offer criticism. Now that I found some very fair reports in the TV and news magazines over the last days, it shows that at least some journalist took the critism of the “internet crowd” very serious. But it took some time but the pressure due to the peoples outcry and the amount of comments is probably the reason. The report yesterday was quite self-critical and I wouldn´t have thought that any journalist would be so fair to admit some mistakes. The internet makes it possible because it gives the people a megaphone. 🙂

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