“A surprising amount of understanding for the Russian aggression” now attests the left-leaning “Standard” of all things to the Green Federal President and election campaigner Alexander Van der Bellen (78).
He would have delivered this text in the book “The Art of Freedom”: “Hardly anywhere is the position taken that the annexation of Crimea in March 2014 also had a history, namely irresponsible talk of Ukraine joining NATO, with which Russia of would have been practically cut off from the Black Sea. Did anyone really think that Vladimir Putin would stand by and do nothing? Anyone who criticizes the Ukrainian government is immediately branded as a ‘Putin understander’. Is the independence of opinion leaders also beginning to falter? Has the freedom of the press, which should be characterized by a variety of opinions, become a voluntary synchronization of the media?”
What is really surprising is that seven years ago, Van der Bellen still saw himself on the side of the “Putin understanders” because he also criticized the government in Kyiv.
And noteworthy: Even then, Van der Bellen sharply condemned the “conventionalization of the media” – as we now experience it daily in the mainstream media.
Eight days before the Hofburg elections, Twitter user Robert Willacker posted this remarkable quote on the social media platform and immediately caused a lot of reactions: “Isn’t it? is that from him?” asked followers. And a “Standard” reader wrote: “I’m surprised the ‘Standard’ outs the UHBP VdB as a Putin understander & sexist misogyne. Mr. Rauscher & Mrs. Hausbichler take over. A special edition would have been needed for the nonsense that Heini Staudinger spouts.”
More understanding came from this web user: “Long life, many utterances. I think you can find something wrong with EVERY person. The basic values that a person stands for are important – and if the worst comes to the worst, of course, how they feel about questionable statements from the past.”