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hyde7
17th September 2010, 12:22
A large number of Germans believe that Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats are too conservative, a poll showed Friday. Meanwhile support for the environmentalist Greens has grown to record heights.

More... (http://www.thelocal.de/politics/20100917-29895.html)

JohnPaul44
17th September 2010, 23:49
Hallo, Hyde!

The LOCAL is a great addition to the forum. It allows non-Germans to get relevant and interesting news from Germany without having to struggle with the often difficult German in the other publications. Thanks for adding it!

Although I have only read a few stories in it, I believe I do detect a slight "liberal" tone to some of the stories. For example, the story headline, "Germans consider..." and the very first words of the story itself, "A large number of Germans," sets the tone of the story and at first glance implies a majority, when on further reading, only a minority consider Merkel's conservatives to be too conservative.

I am sure you know that the choice of words and their placement can transmit more meaning than the bare facts of the story itself. I would guess that the the writer of the story (and the editor) is not a conservative. Big surprise!!

I am used to and enjoy dealing with such slanted journalism myself, but others may not be so suspicious.

Anyway, thanks for adding it to the forum!

John

hyde7
18th September 2010, 16:03
Although I have only read a few stories in it, I believe I do detect a slight "liberal" tone to some of the stories.

Unlike in the US, German periodicals openly declare or reflect a political stance ranging from left to right, liberal to conservative. I really don't know that I would label THE LOCAL as "liberal," even though that term in Germany, so abused in the US, means something a bit different from the US term. It is fair to say that a majority of Germans are liberal (or even, shudder, socialistic) in the sense that they think government should help make society better by enabling a more level playing field rather than every man for himself. But "slanted" journalism is in the eye of the beholder. For instance, only a fool would believe that Fox News is truly "fair and balanced." At least German periodicals don't pretend they have no bias one way or the other.

I'm glad you like the addition of THE LOCAL. There is also a Swedish version, which I believe was the original.

JohnPaul44
18th September 2010, 17:04
the sense that they think government should help make society better by enabling a more level playing field .

That depends on what you mean by a level playing field. One of my pet peeves is the destruction of the American public school system by 60 years of liberal domination. I recently talked to a highly paid school administrator here in California about the abysmally poor performance of students in local schools. She told me, in a very sincere voice, that even after 50 years of steady decline, required standards for public schools were still set far too high and must be further reduced to allow all students to "achieve."

Achieve what? Why, equality, of course!