The irritating images went all over Europe: international TV stations and news portals took over the shrill images from the ORF charity gala for the fundraising campaign “Licht ins Dunkel”, in which half the government, the Federal President, but also the SPÖ boss Pamela Rendi -Wagner were present. The eXXpress readers were outraged: The political crowd and celebrities selected by the ORF clapped and danced, while the Austrians are said to be locked down at home. Particularly outrageous: the politicians shook without a mask, but the ORF cameraman next to them had to have FFP2 protection in front of their noses.
This “Marie Antoinette moment” of the unprofessional unprofessional tactlessness on the part of the political celebrities and the ORF leadership has now resulted in an ÖVP municipal council and also the FPÖ having filed advertisements. Presumably, not a single one of the alleged corona sinners will be asked to pay.
And the bosses of the state broadcaster, which is financed by compulsory fees, are simply on the diving station instead of apologizing decently to their viewers, to all Austrians – and to resign immediately. More and more eXXpress readers are demanding in the user forum that an early departure of Alexander Wrabetz and his security chief Pius Strobl would be appropriate.
“After all, the ‘Zeit im Bild’ brings the latest shock news from the Corona situation every day, and deeply sad-looking commentators are allowed to spread even more fears every day, but at the same time the bosses let the ORF celebrate extensively. It doesn’t go together, we Austrians are going to lose a lot … – that must have consequences, ”said an eXXpress fan on the reader’s phone.
In fact, the ORF has so far only given a brief press statement to the irritating incident that “all security measures had been observed”. But the pictures are also devastating for another reason: Fanatical Corona deniers all over Europe are now using these gala excerpts on social media platforms to support the fact that politics would lie to ordinary citizens.
The ORF general director, his head of security and the politicians clapping at ORF have also damaged the credibility of the important measures to contain the corona pandemic to the maximum.