ARD German public television board has zero non-whites in nation that has millions of people of other ethnic origin.
Photos: ARD, Fair Use.
Yesterday I happened to watch Germany’s ARD 8 pm news, and was a bit surprised by its reporting on the GOP Convention.
According to Wikipedia, the ARD is the “world’s largest public broadcaster with a budget of €6.5 billion and 20,616.5 employees”.
The ARD 8 pm news is in fact such an institution, that one of the first unwritten rules one learns when moving to the country is that you do not call anyone at their home between 8 and 8:15 pm because you risk disturbing them as they loyally watch their ARD evening news.
Over the years, however, the ARD has become glaringly one-sided politically, and an avid purveyor of political correctness. It can be argued that elements of elitism have long seeped into leading network heads over time, as is the case with much of the established German media.
Lately all-out Trump and GOP bashing has become a full-time sport not only at the ARD, but throughout the massive German public media complex. Hillary Clinton, the scandal-fraught Democrat candidate, gets a free pass.
White network labels Republicans racist?
What caught my eye yesterday was the degree of zealousness and lengths that the network went to, to portray the RNC in Cleveland as racially tinged, telling viewers near the 12-minute mark that only among the “overly white event” only 18 of the over 2472 delegates are black (skipping the fact that a number of minorities made speeches at the convention, and that the party in fact is ethnically diverse, i.e. see the original GOP candidate field).
Grotesquely distorted, blind journalism
The ARD’s portrayal of the GOP was a carefully crafted and designed to grotesquely distort and discredit the true spirit of the party.
As Germany takes in immigrants of other cultures and countries, and as the country over the past decades has changed to one of having a greatly increased share of minorities, one might think that by now, in the year 2016, at least the country’s flagship media board of directors, especially at the flagship ARD, would reflect the public it serves. But looking at their own boards, we see it is virtually all snow-white.
Of the 8 ARD top board members, see image above, zero are non-white:
The same is true of their other supervisory boards, whose structures I’m not going to get into. Here we see pure vanilla.
Things are not any better at ZDF, the other leading network.
Or at renowned centre-left weekly Der Spiegel.
In the USA any major organization of that scale with such a lack of diversity would have had their pants sued off long ago.
German media far less diversified than GOP
So what could the GOP possibly learn from the ARD on ethnic representation and diversity? Nothing….except for what one should not do. And what excuse does Germany’s media have for employing so few minorities? Silence.
It’s of low human character to go around accusing others of a practice that you yourself are far more guilty of doing, and it is equally deplorable to falsely and deceptively portray the USA’s other major party as intolerant and to imply it is racist. Stunningly there even appears to be 2 members of clergy on the board here.
All white. Perhaps the ARD should rename itself to AFD
The ARD and most of German media are the very last who should be preaching others on ethnic diversity. It’s disgusting and offensive that they are attempting to cast half of the USA’s political spectrum as being tainted with racism when they themselves cannot be bothered to place any minorities on their very own boards.
Moreover, when ones looks at the boards at most major German corporations, the story is much the same. The reality is that corporate Germany, which likes to fancy itself as progressive and hip, is at least 30 years behind the USA or Scandinavia on affirmative action.
Those German institutions and organizations, who seem to like branding others as intolerant, really first need to look at themselves before passing judgement.