December 20, 2018
This guy is now saying he has some kind of mental disorder.
Is journalism a profession for people with mental disorders, in particular disorders which involve chronic lying?
Are they drawn to this job?
The German magazine Der Spiegel revealed Wednesday that one of its top award-winning journalists fabricated many of his articles, inventing characters, sources, and their quotes “on a grand scale” for many years.
Claas Relotius, a reporter and editor, admitted to fabricating parts of at least 14 stories following the magazine’s internal investigation. The publication said the issue “marks a low point in the 70-year history of Der Spiegel.”
“I am sick and I need to get help,” he reportedly told the magazine.
The reporter contributed around 60 articles to Der Spiegel, one of the leading German magazines for investigative reporting. He previously worked for other publications in Europe and won awards such as CNN Journalist of the Year in 2014.
The fabricated articles include a phone interview with the parents of free agent NFL player Colin Kaepernick and a story about an American woman who claims to have volunteered to witness the executions of death row inmates.
Relotius also drew the fury of locals in Fergus Falls, Minn., after spending three weeks in town and fabricating facts, characters and quotes from people in an effort to portray the town in a negative light.
“What happened is beyond what I could have ever imagined: An article titled ‘Where they pray for Trump on Sundays,’ and endless pages of an insulting, if not hilarious, excuse for journalism,” wrote Michele Anderson and Jake Krohn who investigated Relotius’ Der Spiegel article about the town.
Both Anderson and Krohn went on to reveal that the article doesn’t contain any truth except for the town’s population, the average temperature, and names of the businesses or public figures.
Nearly everything else, including a coal plant employee named Neil Becker, who doesn’t actually exist, or quotes from a restaurant employee, who was falsely called the owner of a restaurant and whose son was given a fictional illness, was made up.
So basically everything this guy wrote was completely fake. They’re not revealing the whole of it, but there is no reason to believe he ever wrote anything true as the top journalist for the top liberal newspaper in Germany.
He wrote a bunch of stuff attacking Donald Trump, he also wrote about the plight of the poor, pitiful immigrants in Germany.
Der Spiegel has violated journalistic norms and gone ahead and deleted most of his articles from the site, apparently. His profile, where it would normally list everything he wrote, is now blank.
But let’s think about this: this guy became famous and accoladed by simply making things up out of nowhere, creating fake quotes from real people.
This was incredibly bold. But imagine all of these authors that use “anonymous sources.” Surely, faking those is not so bold, because it can never be proven either way. If it turns out that the quote from the anonymous source is wrong, then you just say “oh well, my source must have been wrong.”
And anonymous sources are the basis of the entire Western legacy media industry at this point. The New York Times and the Washington Post, the two most influential newspapers in the world, rely almost exclusively on anonymous sources. And they very often turn out to be wrong.
What percentage of this news is simply falsified by fiction writers doing the exact thing that Claas Relotius was doing? I am certain it is not zero percent. So is it 20%? 50%? 80%?
There is no way to know for certain, but this situation with this journalist who was not simply widely read but given awards in America for reporting done in Germany has to be bringing into question the foundations of the entire industry.
One of the major reasons that the so-called “legacy media” is so aggressively attempting to shut down independent media, whether it be the Daily Stormer, Infowars.com, or the various figures on YouTube engaged in their own media operations, is that we are not held to a certain ideological standard, and thus can afford to be more accurate. Furthermore, we have no system of money behind us, so we can only achieve what we can achieve on our own merits.
It isn’t simply that they disagree with our ostensible bias, it is that they disagree with our methodology, which is going to lead to more honest and truthful information being disseminated.
That is the drive behind the push to make the internet into TV 2.0, where only official outlets are allowed to distribute information.
These gigantic media operations cannot compete with normal people, because normal people do not have anything to lose by simply telling the truth.
It is why they cannot even tolerate Sargon of Akkad having free speech, it is why they cannot tolerate a video gamer like PewDiePie being the most watched man in the world.
They have to have total dominance of the narrative, or no one will believe anything they say, because the political ideology they are pushing requires them to lie.
I have often said that non-Jewish journalists are white collar taxi drivers. And this is so. They are completely amoral mercenaries who will do whatever it takes to make a buck.
Some of them, also, have clear biological deformities.