German Public Broadcasters Promote Newspaper of Controversial Muslim Publisher

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last month, the joint “Media Academy” of Germany’s two public television networks, ARD and ZDF, hosted a three-day seminar in Wiesbaden on the topic of “Islam in the Media and in Society.” As reported in Germany’s Islamische Zeitung, or “Islamic Newspaper,” the final day of the seminar featured presentations by representatives of the Turkish newspaper [...]

World Cup: German Striker’s “Inner Nazi Party Rally”

Posted by John Rosenthal

It is halftime during Germany’s 4-0 thrashing of Australia at the World Cup in South Africa on Sunday. The game is being broadcast back to Germany on ZDF public television, and ZDF anchor Katrin Müller-Hohenstein is in the midst of reviewing the highlights of the first half with expert analyst Oliver Kahn, the former star [...]

America is the Bomb: A German View of the Nuclear Threat

Posted by John Rosenthal

A 132-minute German public television documentary on the nuclear threat might seem like good news for transatlantic relations and the prospects of forming a united European-American front against Iran, North Korea, and other potential nuclear proliferators. Unless, that is, one watches it. See my new article on the ZDF documentary “The Bomb” in the Weekly Standard [...]

America is Somehow to Blame: German Public Television on 9/11

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last Sept. 11, German public television ZDF marked the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by broadcasting a prime-time documentary titled “September 11, 2001: What Really Happened.” By enticingly implying a discrepancy between what the film itself repeatedly terms the “official version” of 9/11 and the reality of the events, the mere title already provides [...]