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.
30 responses to “(All White) German ARD Television Jabs At GOP – For Lack Of Ethnic Diversity!”
Color these guys surprised.
And, of course, the Democrats have supported Blacks for over a century and a half.
Looks like your German media are is clueless as their American counterparts.
ARD and ZDF are like NPR or PBS, only MUCH MUCH RICHER and fatter. Most of the 8 bn EUR we are forced to pay them each year is probably stolen though; as they have had 7 decades to develop an incestuous rot.
A few years ago I posted on my house bank, the Oldenburgische Landesbank. Of its 40 or so board members, all were white males! Not a single female – never mind a black. And if you spoke to them about the GOP and Trump, most would likely tell you the GOP is not diversified enough! This is the sort of stuff you have to expect out here. Granted today they have a couple of females on the board now.
Hillary for prison
Off topic, but could be important. I can’t reach Pierre any other way.
New Climate Etc. post about Environmental Progress: https://judithcurry.com/2016/07/19/clean-energy-emergency/#more-21877
Of course, sod isn’t going to like it but….sod it.
“Here we see pure vanilla”. Vanilla is a very dark brown. 🙂
The vanilla ice cream I know is quite pale.
“Of the 8 ARD top board members, see image above, zero are non-white:”
there are serious problems with the way these jobs are given to people close to the party in control, but none of them being nonwhite is not among them.
This is an absurd position on a blog, which was really shocked when Germany decided to open borders to about a million nonwhite people.
But even that million would be perfectly represented in a 100% white board, they only form 1/80th of our population and should not be represented on a 16 people board (on a pure math scale, of course).
There are well over 8 million non-German inhabitants in Germany – well over a million Turks. Again you are twisting things out of context.
My concern last year was not that 1 million people were entering the country, but of how they were flooding in uncontrolled, and doing so from countries teeming with terrorists. The terror attacks over the past months in Europe confirms my concerns are justified. But this is another topic. German leadership does not reflect the country’s diversity.
Aint it funny, looks like no matter on what issue you were to post, sod will be diametrically opposed!
“no matter on what issue you were to post, sod will be diametrically opposed”
Maybe sob is Pierre’s mother-in-law? 😉
(Sorry, Pierre, I hope you take that as the humour it was intended)
“This is an absurd position on a blog, which was really shocked when Germany decided to open borders to about a million nonwhite people.”
First, you pretend to not understand that we are just pointing out the glaring hypocrisy of the statists who proclaim “DIVERSITY IS STRENGTH” (which never fails to remind me of KRAFT DURCH FREUDE).
Second, the SPD-CDU government did not open the border to a million – to this day they declare that there IS NO UPPER LIMIT. About 1.3 million came in in 2015, about 200,000 in the first 6 months of 2016, another 200,000 in the rest of this year, plus 500,000+ via family reunion, making it another million for this year, but SPD-CDU will probably accelerate it once more.
They declared all borders to be non-existent for illegal immigrants and their “border controls” only serve to expediently import ANYONE who screams “ASYL” as any policeman stationed at the border testifies.
There. Are. No. Borders. Or in other words: The CDU has become the party of “NO BORDER NO NATION”, the battle cry of the Black Bloc.
For a number of years I have pointed out the identity of the goals of the “hard left” and the NWO globalists. It explains why the latter finance the former – and the “hard left” is simply controlled opposition, payed stooges to terrorize the population into submission.
“Second, the SPD-CDU government did not open the border to a million – to this day they declare that there IS NO UPPER LIMIT. About 1.3 million came in in 2015, about 200,000 in the first 6 months of 2016, another 200,000 in the rest of this year, plus 500,000+ via family reunion, making it another million for this year, but SPD-CDU will probably accelerate it once more.”
So let us make it 2 Million and consider the all of them to be “coloured” or “black” people. This would most likely quadruple the number of blacks, but would still mean that a group of 16 should not include a single one, for pure statistical representative values.
And the AFD (with many fans among regulars here) was even unhappy with our pretty diverse soccer team.
“So let us make it 2 Million and consider the all of them to be “coloured” or “black” people. This would most likely quadruple the number of blacks, but would still mean that a group of 16 should not include a single one, for pure statistical representative values.”
???? DIVERSITY IS STRENGTH is the Affirmative Action ideal! You have to cram your board FULL of grievance groups members! Say, 2 Arabs, 2 black Africans, 2 Lesbians, 2 gays, 5 people from undefined imaginary genders.
Just reflecting the oppressive reactionary old civilisation of white males is not progressive.
After all, SPD, CDU, ARD and ZDF define themselves as social revolutionary.
I’m awed by sod’s consistent ability to always get the general, the particular as well as the numbers wrong. What are the odds? I think he follows some kind of system.
“KRAFT DURCH FREUDE”
Or, as sod and friends might say, Macht durch chemisch induzierte Freude?
California Hippies are the bastard child of the proto-Green, proto-Nazi Wandervogel and MK-ULTRA.
Psychedelic Music was a CIA PsyOp to neutralize the anti Vietnam protest movement and turn their brains into mush – which worked.
BTW not an illogical combination given Allen Dulles’ Nazi contacts during his time in WW2 Zurich.
“California Hippies are the bastard child of the proto-Green, proto-Nazi Wandervogel and MK-ULTRA.” – DirkH
They certainly seem to have had a lot in common.
On a related note:
Having read the contributions of sod over many months and noted the German response to Greece, immigrants, and other perturbations in Europe, I am so glad we voted for brexit.
We have little in common with Germany.
Well well. you have your luvvies, and, you had Blair and Gordon Brown (and my all time favorite right after Maduro: Atlee.)
We’ll be getting there, until then, good luck outside the EU; I might find a need to escape the EU some day which becomes much easier with the UK outside.
German state TV was RAGING against Brexit, against Farage, against Boris Johnson, now against Trump, is rabid supporter of Hillary… it’s a total DDR rerun only the sugardaddy now is the progressive NWO movement -also known as the Globalists, or, the Fabians-, not the USSR.
And theoretically the German state TV should of course report neutrally about things happening in UK or USA – democracies are supposed to make their own decisions, aren’t they or that’s what we’re told by the exact same state TV employees who are RABIDLY partisan for the left (the Left today of course includes ALL BUNDESTAG members – the CDU has last year officially turned into a social revolutionary movement – with the total removal of all borders.)
German state TV may be very vocal in its opposition to individuals and popular movements in the UK and US , and may thereby influence German opinion – but Germany is now impotent to influence affairs outside the EU.
By manacling itself to so many other European states what once would have been an important voice from the world’s 3rd largest economy is drowned by the cacophony of different opinions from the other members of the EU.
Of course they could change that situation. I think that it is called article 50.
Indeed. Btw Germany is world’s 4th largest economy after China, US and Japan.
Donald Trump will be the next president of the USA. I can’t wait to find out how these numbskulls cope with that.
“I can’t wait to find out how these numbskulls cope with that.” – gallopingcamel
Not at all well, unless he succeeds, and then they’ll later tell you they were for him all along.
I have to admit there aren’t many axe-wielding Muslim Jihadis in the Repblican party.
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The divide isn’t over colour or ethnicity as far as I can tell, it’s over who values responsibility alongside rights as against those who just value rights