A tweet from the Austrian journalist Michael Fleischhacker, who in turn comments on the tweet from another journalist. The other journalist’s name is Armin Wolf and he obviously doesn’t like the eXXpress research, at least if it concerns the relationship between an Austrian public prosecutor and his employee and their compatibility with compliance rules, and if they investigate the suspicion of possible abuse of office and incitement to do so. The ORF presenter tweeted: “If we should now deal with the love life of WKStA employees or the question of where journalists get files from, and not the content of these files, then that has exactly the goal of Trump’s head of disinformation Bannon put it: Flooding the zone with shit. “
Interesting. Even if the suspicion of abuse of office should be confirmed here and – presumably – an attempt was made to bring about a change of government with selected chats, that should not interest us. We should only concern ourselves with the contents of the file.
Well, if we are concerned with the public interest – and that is exactly what journalism is about – then we should be interested in both: the contents of the files and the serious suspicion that is in the room here. In both cases, the presumption of innocence applies to those concerned.
But if, as with Wolf, only one thing is of interest to us, namely the contents of the files, because only those – presumably – are really bad and relevant, then the suspicion of “flooding the zone with shit” must be directed to Armin Wolf himself judge. The Austrian journalist Fleischhacker notes: “When the good guys pass on something, it’s all about the content, when the bad guys pass something on, the passing on becomes a state-threatening spy affair. Sounds a bit like flooding the floor with shit, to be honest. “
So it is when some are the good and the other the bad – and when the end justifies the means in one case and the means may not be lawful because of the end in the other.