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Spiegel vs. Bild

by DoDo Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 05:24:24 AM EST

Bild Zeitung is Germany's leading tabloid, and also its leading right-wing propaganda outlet, similar to The Sun in Britain. Der Spiegel, Germany's onetime left-liberal weekly magazine of record, picked no big fight with it after its neocon makeover in the early noughties – when it came to support for U.S. imperialism and neoliberalism, or paranoia and scaremongering about immigration, the two complemented each other.

In the present scandal of federal defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (member of the Bavarian CSU), however, the two opinion-makers found themselves on opposed sides: while Spiegel was at the forefront of the media effort to expose the minister's serial plagiarism in his doctoral thesis, Bild did everything to stand by the conservative popularity champion. For now, Bild was winning: polls showed two-thirds majorities behind the plagiarist even after his doctoral title was annulled. So this week, Spiegel attacked the old-new enemy – on the cover:

Bild
The arsonists

Update [2011-3-1 5:24:24 by DoDo]: Breaking: federal defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg just declared his resignation on TV.


Both papers are post-war creations with Anglo-Saxon inspiration.

Bild Zeitung (means "Image Newspaper") is the flagship of Axel Springer Verlag, the German equivalent of the Murdoch Empire. While the daily paper offers a mix of Schumi, scary furriners, tits and football 'for the plebs', its founder was quite open about trying to further the mores of capitalism, Atlanticism and the CDU. On the Left, Bild's propagandistic reporting was particularly reviled by the 1968 generation, who coined the slogan Bild lügt (Bild lies). The paper's general direction didn't change after the death of the founder.

Like its British equivalent with Bliar, the Bild of the nineties made its special pact with Germany's Third Wayist luminary, Gerhard Schröder, and helped making him chancellor. Bild then returned to support right-wing politicians, at times boosting present Chancellor Angela Merkel and at other times egging her on from the right, and in love with the right-wing sharp-shooter of the day (including long-time Merkel rival Roland Koch, and now Guttenberg).

As Migeru put it, spoofing the government slogan Bildungsrepublik Deutschland (Education Republic Germany), Germany could as well be called BildZeitungsRepublik Deutschland. For another good formulation of what Bild is, I won't quote Spiegel, but will quote from the open letter of Judith Holofernes, lead singer of the band Wir sind Helden (for a background see story in the Salon):

Die BILD -Zeitung ist kein augenzwinkernd zu betrachtendes Trash-Kulturgut und kein harmloses "Guilty Pleasure" für wohlfrisierte Aufstreber, keine witzige soziale Referenz und kein Lifestyle-Zitat. Und schon gar nicht ist die Bild -Zeitung das, als was ihr sie verkaufen wollt: Hassgeliebtes, aber weitestgehend harmloses Inventar eines eigentlich viel schlaueren Deutschlands.Bild is not a trash culture item to be observed with a wink, nor a harmless "guilty pleasure" for well-coiffured upstarts, no funny social reference and no lifestyle citation. And least of all is Bild what you want to sell it as: a loved-hated but mostly harmless inventory of an actually much more intelligent Germany.
Die Bildzeitung ist ein gefährliches politisches Instrument -- nicht nur ein stark vergrößerndes Fernrohr in den Abgrund, sondern ein bösartiges Wesen, das Deutschland nicht beschreibt, sondern macht. Mit einer Agenda.Bild is a dangerous political instrument -- not just a strongly magnifying telescope into the abyss, but a malicious entity, which doesn't describe but makes Germany. With an agenda.

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Der Spiegel (means "The Mirror") was created at the instigation of the British occupying forces with the model of Time and similar Anglo-Saxon weekly news magazines, but, under the leadership of one Rudolf Augstein (which lasted over half a century), it quickly took a life of its own as the most unpleasant scrutiniser of anyone in power. It turned into an institution after the Spiegel Affair in 1962, when the then defense minister instigated a raid on the editorial offices and Augstein was put on trial for treason for leaking some NATO documents – but in the end Spiegel won and the minister had to go.

After Augstein died in November 2002, under new chief editor Stefan Aust, the magazine began to change. Pre-Iraq-War articles about blood-for-oil were followed up by uncritical reprints from Kenneth Pollack's crap propaganda book about Saddam's WMD. Op-eds by Uri Avnery were followed up by increasingly open Likudnik ravings of one editor [Henryk M. Broder]. Articles about the plight of refugees and the hypocrisy of German politicians were followed up by scaremongering about foreign criminals. The paper known for its acerbic style began to show an infatuation with (still opposition leader) Angela Merkel. The economy section stopped interviewing economists challenging the common wisdom (previously a weekly practice).

Then, in March 2004, came the final sign of the neocon makeover: weeks after Spiegel On-Line posted a long article debunking in detail the then loud anti-wind-power propaganda of the traditional energy industry, the print edition posted the total opposite, with this cover:

THE WINDMILL MADNESS
From the dream of environmentally friendly energy to landscape destruction with high subventions

Crazy Horse told us that two of Der Spiegel's top technical writers resigned in protest over that article, but then I couldn't find the story – now I discovered it, and more, in the German Wikipedia article on Stefan Aust:

[Es] wurden Vorwürfe laut, [Aust] stehe hinter der besonders negativen Berichterstattung des Spiegel über die Stromerzeugung durch Windkraft, da Windkraftanlagen Austs eigene Pferdezucht bedroht hätten. Hintergrund ist, dass Aust einen Artikel der Redakteure Harald Schumann und Gerd Rosenkranz abgelehnt hatte, in dem über die Windenergie vergleichsweise positiv berichtet wurde. Kurze Zeit später veröffentlichte der Spiegel eine Titelgeschichte, in der die Windenergie vernichtend kritisiert wurde (,,Der Windmühlen-Wahn", Spiegel 14/2004). Schumann soll Berichten zufolge von ,,Desinformation" und ,,Propaganda" gesprochen und aus diesem Grund seine Kündigung eingereicht haben.[Aust] was accused of being behind Spiegel's particularly negative reporting about wind power generation because he saw his own horse breeding farm endangered by wind turbines. The background is that Aust rejected an article by editors Harald Schumann and Gerd Rosenkranz, which gave a comparatively positive reporting on wind power [this is the article I read in the on-line edition - DoDo]. A short time after, Spiegel published a cover story with a devastating critique of wind power ("The Windmill Madness", Spiegel 14/2004). According to reports, Schumann spoke of "disinformation" and "propaganda" and submitted his resignation for this reason.

With his personal style, new chief editor Aust managed to upset other editors enough that there was a rebellion in late 2007, which managed to force him out in February 2008. He was succeeded by a pair of chief editors, but one of those was a safe Atlanticist, and other top dogs of the post-1968 generation stayed on the editorial board.

But last week, the co-chief-editors divided up tasks, with one of them presiding over the print version, and the other the on-line version. There is hope for some improvement! Although, I won't expect editors who went along in the presentation of former Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazzin's anti-Muslim-immigrant book as a serious contribution to the 'integration debate' (and in presenting Sarrazzin as a hero of free speech) to grow a spine overnight.

Display:
By the way, Spiegelbild means "mirror image" in German...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Feb 28th, 2011 at 04:27:05 PM EST
There's quite a bit i'd like to say about this diary, but it's 2 in the morning in the middle of a week under a serious project. So i'll only say this diary is about the media fight for hearts and minds in Schland, and thus very important to understand.

Danke DoDo. Looks as if there's also a fight within Der Spiegel to make a new definition of what it represents. If i had the time, i could point to real schizophrenia in this magazine's empire.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Feb 28th, 2011 at 07:58:12 PM EST
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Looks as if there's also a fight within Der Spiegel to make a new definition of what it represents.

That's what I am hoping for – surely a return to the Augstein times is unlikely, but a smaller change in a paper read so widely is still something. Hell, even a big public fight between Bild and Spiegel without any substantial change is good :-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 03:40:43 AM EST
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DoDo,

This is fascinating on several levels and yes it would be helpful, if not entertaining, for crazy horse to expand on the topic of Der Spiegel and wind when he has time.

I've been following Der Spielgel's attacks on wind energy since the 90s.

Paul


Paul Gipe

by pgipe (pgipe(at)igc.org) on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 11:45:33 AM EST
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I wonder why they go into another round of this old spectacle. After all the roles are clear: Spiegel as the Skandalblättchen or (faux) muckraking paper, Bild as the breadline tabloid for the plebeian petit-bourgeois, and 'lifestyle magazine' Focus, the self-described "modern news magazine".

And regarding their critical stance on renewables (they're even more dismissive of PV), they fail to think things through and ask the really tough questions. Yes, they may be right that renewables will not be the timely, qualitatively and quantitatively adequate replacement for fossil fuels to let business as usual expand. Numerically that's very probable and I actually agree. But what are the consequences of that? Ever thought of how this might lead to long-term curtailment and decline? I have yet to see them write seriously about topics like Peak Oil. For a muckraking paper their heads are very much in the sand (or up their asses). They're happy to do their ritualistic opposition, counter-opposition, and counter-counter-opposition.

So what's the matter with Bild now (a deserving target to be sure)? What allegations does the current Spiggl issue bring to the table?

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Mon Feb 28th, 2011 at 09:15:26 PM EST
Why now? I think because of the confrontation over Guttenberg, and the chief editor change last week.

From what I gather, the Spiegel article contains nothing new, just a summary of all the sh*t Bild spewed in recent times (although at least presented for a wider audience than the taz readership and politicised internet users with a brain). That's why I preferred to quote Holofernes instead (in addition to being lazy; having translated that already in a comment).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 03:36:56 AM EST
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and 'lifestyle magazine' Focus

A note to non-Germany-based readers: Focus was launched in the nineties by Burda (yet another media empire) as a weekly news magazine to rival Spiegel. Spiegel went in the glossy magazine direction itself while fighting off that challenge.

Also for information on the German media landscape, total circulations of media mentioned in the diary and comments and some others, according to the advertisers' database:

Weekly magazines:

  • Hörzu (Springer, glossy TV magazine): 1,579,928
  • Spiegel: 1,201,127
  • Stern (Bertelsmann, glossy): 1,069,243
  • Bunte (Burda, glossy): 823,259
  • Focus (Burda): 724,541
  • Die Zeit (liberal/right of SPD, Helmut Schmidt): 652,400
  • SUPERillu (East German glossy): 570,674

Dailies (Mon-Sat ave.):
  • Bild (Springer, tabloid): 3,715,299
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung ("SZ") (centre-left broadsheet): 544,173
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ("FAZ") (conservative broadsheet): 464,271
  • Die Welt (Springer, conservative broadsheet): 330,827
  • Frankfurter Rundschau (centre-left broadsheet, SPD and union-close): 167,994
  • die tageszeitung ("taz") (alternative-left broadsheet, close to Greens): 81,132
  • Neues Deutschland (left broadsheet, close to Left Party): 45,513


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 04:11:14 AM EST
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There is one more media empire: the WAZ Group, which is SPD-close and sells a number of regional papers, with Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) as its flagship. The database has a total circulation number for the entire group: 902,228.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 04:23:21 AM EST
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There's one more empire that is generally not recognized as such:

M. DuMont Schauberg - Wikipedia

Das Kölner Unternehmen ist der drittgrößte Zeitungsverlag Deutschlands. [...]
Zeitungen [Bearbeiten] Zeitungsgruppe Köln
Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Kölnische Rundschau, Express

They also own a stake in Haaretz.

I guess fortunately, they've shown no desire to date to play a role in national politics.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 09:42:00 AM EST
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Bild ist not the only one defending Googleberg - while waiting yesterday, I had the opportunity to look what the BUNTE had to say. The whole discussion was more or less how courageous the couple is, how they stick together... oh and I forgot how beautiful they look together, her being a granddaugther or something of von Bismark.

Well, you know like the whole thing was only a "Hexenjagd" by the jealouse people, oh and did I mention - they look so wonderful together.

Glamourpaar in der Krise

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 12:46:01 AM EST
That's interesting. I read in the taz (didn't check myself) that conservative broadsheet Die Welt stayed faithful to Guttenberg, too, but that's just another bastion of the Springer empire, while Bunte belongs to Burda. Meanwhile, the top conservative daily, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) is none too pleased with Guttenberg as it was among the plagiarised.

Speaking of media empires, there is another conservative one beyond Axel Springer Verlag: Bertelsmann. Its flagship is glossy magazine Stern. Spiegel has a traditional non-aggression pact with that paper, because both papers reside in Hamburg, and Stern's editors helped Spiegel survive during the Spiegel Affair by lending their own equipment (for use in place of Spiegel's own which was confiscated).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 03:31:18 AM EST
[ Parent ]
absolutely fascinating.

as america's moral value/stable currency/safe harbour reputation/imperial image declines, apparently so does their grooming of world opinion through co-option of our political processes.

von googleberg has stepped in it, couldn't happen to a nicer stooge. what a puffed-up piece of work! drunk on his own myth...

MoA's b is so onto this, and the swarm of internet volunteerism around it is very inspiring.

i wonder how many other VIP ghostwritten/ripped off theses are starting to smell a bit off in the cupboard.

excellent diary

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 04:50:28 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Right, let it not remain unmentioned that in Guttenberg, the USA lost the German politician who appeared most willing to talk about internal matters with US diplomats, as reflected by WiiLeaks cables.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 06:24:48 AM EST
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Lovely propaganda everywhere all the time.

And what do we have? facts? Puff.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 04:42:09 AM EST
Reality-based community - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality--judiciously, as you will--we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out


So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 05:35:50 AM EST
[ Parent ]
.... helped create the reality of a US that still produces 1/10 of the world oil supply but has less than 1/50 of world reserves and consumes 1/5 of world oil supply.

Only problem is some actions to create new realities are one time plays ~ burn the oil, and then its gone.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 10:58:55 AM EST
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Zu Guttenberg will resign now live on ZDF.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 05:15:48 AM EST
Breaking: Guttenberg resigned.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 05:22:57 AM EST
From Spiegel's live-blog, it appears the news came out first an hour ago – where else, on Bild's homepage...

Guttenberg is now out, but he is young enough to count on collective amnesia and return in a few years.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 05:28:10 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Who's diarying this, you or Verrückter Pferd?

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 05:34:41 AM EST
[ Parent ]
For now I promoted this diary and live-blogged it. I could write a longer diary on the Guttenberg phenomenon, but if Crazy Horse is willing, that would be best as he can write more powerful prose that suits this media star.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 05:49:29 AM EST
[ Parent ]
thanks for the support, but... we watched the live reports, but i'm in the middle of a serious data analysis and can't really write this up. i only saw the ZDF version, haven't been to spiegel live blog.

so i'll have to beg off. the impression is that this is another huge slap at Merkel, the Union (CDU/CSU), and the government.

Can't write more, as i'm under some time pressure at the moment. But we are elated in this house that he had to resign, and we are resigned to an even worse idiot taking his place.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 06:28:49 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Comment at GuttenPlag Wiki:

Plagiate - GuttenPlag Wiki

schicker Titel

Herr Minister (aD) Dr. (aD) zu Guttenberg

Nice title:
Mr. ex-minister ex-Dr. zu Guttenberg

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 05:34:43 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Guttenberg again uses the hypocritical line about the recently killed Bundeswehr soldier in Afghanistan, implying that the media's focus on his person and plagiarism misses the really important story. Well, yes: what was that soldier there for in the first place? And again: the fakery in Guttenberg's doctoral thesis has its parallels with his fakery as policymaker.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 05:39:11 AM EST
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Closing sentence:

Abschließend ein Satz, der für einen Politiker ungewöhnlich klingen mag: Ich war immer bereit zu kämpfen, aber ich habe die Grenzen meiner Kräfte erreicht.In closing a sentence which may sound unusual for a politician: I was always ready to fight, but I reached the limits of my powers.

False humility and he acts as if he is a victim. No sorry.

He really wants to return in a few years (and may have every chance with Bild and his two-thirds majority of cognitive dissonance hit voters).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 05:43:05 AM EST
[ Parent ]
DARVO

DARVO refers to a reaction perpetrators of wrong doing, particularly sexual offenders, may display in response to being held accountable for their behavior.

DARVO stands for "Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender." The perpetrator or offender may Deny the behavior, Attack the individual doing the confronting, and Reverse the roles of Victim and Offender such that the perpetrator assumes the victim role and turns the true victim into an alleged offender.

This occurs, for instance, when an actually guilty perpetrator assumes the role of "falsely accused" and attacks the accuser's credibility or even blames the accuser of being the perpetrator of a false accusation.

Not to suggest that zu Loserberg is a sexual offender as well as an academic plagiarist - but it's a recognised behaviour pattern among offenders of all kinds, especially those with entitlement issues.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 06:04:23 AM EST
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In case of a politician, a DARVO effect would be the more harmless version: I think when politicians do it, the victim reversal is often a quite conscious rhetorical tool.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 06:07:14 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I wouldn't see him as that sophisticated, politically or personally.

Remember he was saying a few days ago that the plagiarism was "accidental" and there was "some problem" with his references, but he completely denied etc etc.

In fact he's following another standard pattern for the right - which is faked-up image over substance, and pretence of professional adult competence.

The mass criticism, and the astonishing realisation that he would be held to the same standards as other candidates and wouldn't get a break for being born special, must have come as a real surprise.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 06:24:12 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Remember he was saying a few days ago that the plagiarism was "accidental" and there was "some problem" with his references, but he completely denied etc etc.

That's exactly what was clever rhetorics. He pretended that the problem was with the footnotes (implying that the problem was with an infidesimal part of what he wrote), rather than in the body of the text. This didn't fool anyone halfway familiar with what was up, but it wasn't those people who have to be fooled. And it worked on the masses, see the polls.

That the mass criticism in the scientific community would turn out this massive, to be honest, surprised even me.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 06:30:02 AM EST
[ Parent ]
It usually takes some time for the shock about the magnitude of this scandal to sink. Academics needed to see the evidence for themselves to get riled up about it. But when you see things like this (black denotes the rip-offs on pages 15-407 of his dissertation, without guaranty of accuracy, by User8 of GuttenPlag Wiki)

GuttenPlag Wiki Statistic

it's hard not to get pissed off, especially when you have been slaving away at your PhD.

Re: DARVO. Years ago I heard about a similar case of a successful middle-aged doctor (medical) who blatantly cheated on a marathon run by taking shortcuts or driving a car, I don't remember. The technical evidence was crystal-clear. Yet he refused to just let it go and sued the marathon organizers. As Professor Lepsius (G.'s supervisor's successor) said in an interview "When does he know what he's doing?" and "I'd be interested to know what a psychologist has to say about this."

But overall in this instance it wasn't so much about ego but about political calculations. First a trickle of admissions after calling the allegations "absurd". Then planting the narrative of the "fallen soldier" hunted by the remorseless media. A comeback by mid-decade is more or less inevitable - who else do they have? Merkel's not gonna stay forever.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 10:30:51 AM EST
[ Parent ]
A comeback by mid-decade is more or less inevitable

That's what I fear – he should have stayed a few more days to be more publicly damaged... and if he gets away if this, and if he continues to get away with more serious stuff like Kunduz, I shudder at the thought of what decisions he could take as Chancellor.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 01:48:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ah. I'm just reading that there are rumours Guttenberg received news last night that prosecutors want to call for the lifting of his immunity, so that he can be tried for copyright violation... so it's not over and his fake image can be hurt further. Then again, a number of conservative politicians spoke openly about his eventual comeback.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 03:07:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
There's even more. the Bundestag president stated that he believes there should be an investigation of misuse of public funds, since some of the plagiarism comes from the the research service of the Bundestag. the president is even from Karl Xerox's party.

The Greens and SPD have been quite careful about attacking, knowing how popular the fool is. But Jürgen Trittin (former Green environment minister) said today that 20% of the dissertation came from the research service.

So there may be two separate investigations.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 04:28:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Three: the university is investigating him for whether the fraud was intentional, too; but surely the legal ones will count more in public opinion.

Now for something else: who will succeed him and what will become of his plans to introduce a professional army?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 04:39:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Another visualization of Guttenberg's plagiarism is available from Gregor Aisch at vis4.net:

Click to enlarge.

by Magnifico on Wed Mar 2nd, 2011 at 10:57:44 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Exactly the position of Michèle Alliot-Marie.

I did nothing wrong, nothing unethical.

MAM was thrown to the wolves because of unfavourable opinion polls. The proof that there is no problem with French ministers schmoozing with foreign businessmen who are in the inner circle of repressive régimes, is that her husband is still minister!

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 06:29:37 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The narrative I was hearing in the past couple of days was that he would survive this...

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 05:51:51 AM EST
[ Parent ]
There was a wave of protest from the scientific community that surprised even me (after the silence in the first weeks of the scandal). It started as a reaction to Merkel's quip last Wednesday that 'I hired Guttenberg as a minister, not as a scientific assisstant': a bunch of outraged doctoral candidates initiated a web-based signature collection on Thursday. They gathered 35,000 signatures. On the weekend, the successor of Guttenberg's supervisor spoke clear words, flat-out calling Guttenberg a fraudster. Then leaders of universities all around Germany spoke in similar terms -- dozens of them. Finally yesterday, even Guttenberg's supervisor felt forced to distace himself and call his earlier defense of Guttenberg mistaken. There were even CDU politicians who spoke criticism (and some did not fail to note how the Guttenberg affair contrasts their push on intellectual property in the last few years). So the part of the media that had Guttenberg in its sights had lots to write about without any muckracking.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 06:04:28 AM EST
[ Parent ]
He said yesterday he would stay on and fight. Out opinion is the merkel's hand was forced, and she forced him out this morning.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 06:31:41 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I'm thinking Merkel was really caught in a trap in this scandal. Had she fired him publicly earlier, she would have done so against majority opinion within the party and in the population – leaving her vulnerable to accusations that she just used the opportunity to get rid of another potential rival. But Guttenberg's exit after she held on to him so long will surely hurt her (both in public image and intra-party authority) for a long time, too. And her 'minister, not scientific assistant' quip was a real blunder, alienating parts of the elites she'd rely on as support.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 06:40:32 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Merkel has a PhD, too, but has devalued it by her quip.

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 08:13:00 AM EST
[ Parent ]
More Merkel über alles.

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 08:10:41 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Although established media contributed a lot of discoveries to the plagiarism analysis of Guttenberg's doctoral thesis, the main work was done by the internet site GuttenPlag Wiki, which also provided nice tools to display the individual plagiarisms, and became the source used by established media for an overview.

GuttenPlag Wiki doesn't plan to call it victory and quit: they plan to check the doctoral theses of 30 more leading politicians...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 06:16:28 AM EST
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Nobody's pure; they should be rated on a scale of 1 to 10?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 06:31:42 AM EST
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Guttenberg was so much of an empty shell and total media politician that he would have to have been the prime suspect among top politicians anyway. So I don't think many others will be found. If I'd have to bet, FDP leader Guido Westerwelle is another empty shell. Then there is Left Party top dog Gregor Gysi, who is no stranger to some tricksery (and is a media lover too).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 06:49:48 AM EST
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I admit I can't say that much on the current gestalt ofSpiegel. I stopped readinmg it in the mid nineties because of its neoliberalism. I still wouldn't say that they are neoconservative, but perhaps I just missed the latest developments. It already started to shift right under older Augstein, him more and more given to reactionary rants and being a nationalistic euro-sceptic (all a french plot, you know).

But more generally, Spiegel doesn't do policy, but rather politics. And that means politicians: Who is not, who not, who is raising, who is falling, what politicians are friends and whose are barely on speaking terms - that is the world of Spiegel. Because they don't really do policy, they were easy victims to prevailing wisdom like neoliberalism.

That was always a problem: Even their biggest hour was among other things a long running feud between Strauß and Augstein. Now the personal life and their personal quirks matter: and Spiegel is still good if you want to find about corruption or embezzlement etc.

Guttenberg was exactly in their line of business: A big story about the meteoric rise of an empty hat. they could admire him, speculate about his future (chancellor) report about how Seehofer and Merkel fear him, doubt him, tear him down. Perhaps all at once. Or first Hosianna and then the cross.

Now Guttenberg did sell himself to Bild and Springer first, that did perhaps help the attack on Bild. Perhaps is was a warning shoot: Next time you get such a good story, share!

Not to forget the pandering to the prejudices of Spiegel readers: Look a the uneducated and bigoted and working class Bild readers. We read the oh so deep Spiegel and are informed.

So nothing unusual to see here.    

by IM on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 01:01:03 PM EST


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