“The coverage of ORF was, is and remains independent. There were no orders to the ORF. They would also not be successful because ORF editors report independently and without instructions, ”said the ORF communications department about the newly emerged chats in the current political crime thriller. A few hours ago, the eXXpress revealed that significantly more media are mentioned in the SMS and WhatsApp messages from Thomas Schmid, the ex-Secretary General in the Ministry of Finance, than has been reported by some daily newspapers.
And: The ORF is also specifically mentioned when Schmid reported to the then Finance Minister Hansjörg Schelling on the progress made in the obvious political intrigue to break up the red-black core-Mitterlehner coalition in January 2017.
At that time Schmid wrote (see SMS printout): “From my point of view, the situation is developing very much to the benefit of the ÖVP. The driving in of the SPÖ with the new elections and the result that work will then continue will be assigned to the ÖVP. ” And Thomas Schmid then listed which media brought the “good”, including the fee-financed state broadcaster: “ORF – had an assignment to report on the crisis.”
Specifically, the question now arises: Who accepted the aforementioned “order” on ORF? Can such explosive political reporting – after all, it is about the demolition of a federal government – take place without the involvement of the Director General? An ORF insider, who does not want to be named, said in an eXXpress conversation: “It is difficult to imagine that General Director Wrabetz knew nothing about all of this. The info boss could hardly have been ignored either. One thing is certain: it cannot have been an ORF intern going it alone. “
By the way, Alexander Wrabetz was elected as ORF head for the third time a few months earlier, in August 2016 – 13 SPÖ representatives voted for him, as did the Green Board of Trustees and the NEOS Board of Trustees, Hans Peter Haselsteiner.
The fact alone that a “preselection” has apparently been made of what the Austrians can be shown from the Schmid chats is irritating: Apparently there was a silent agreement among some Austrian media, not mutually with the complete disclosure of the SMS and Charging WhatsApp content.
And what is also noticeable: Those ORF stars who always present themselves as the highest moral authority on social media channels such as Twitter have so far remained silent about the mention of their own company in the Schmid chats and about a presumed instrumentalization of ORF reporting to implement a political one Intrigue. An internal review of the obvious allegations would have to be a matter of course in order to maintain the high compliance requirements.