The well-known activist and demo organizer Martin Rutter is planning a petition and rallies against the public broadcaster ORF. He talks to Report24 editor Florian Machl about the reasons. The strikingly different reporting on climate stickers is just as much a topic as the obvious lack of arithmetic when it comes to the number of participants in rallies. It is also strange that alleged riots always happen right in front of the ORF camera.
On Monday, Martin Rutter was a guest in our “Critically Speaking” format – and the entertainment fitted this motto perfectly. The new direction of the initiative https://www.direktdemokratisch.jetzt/ was presented: Untruths, intentional one-sided misrepresentations and the like have no place in an ORF, which is legally obliged to be objective. These activities are all the more strange because the employees of the public service earn on average twice as much as all other fellow citizens.
Martin Rutter reported on one-sided reporting and his observations in the course of the alleged corona pandemic. ORF cameras were “accidentally” present when the police formed a cauldron against peaceful demonstrators without any reason and used pepper spray. Rutter suspects that there was a clear agreement between the ORF and the police to deliver exactly the images that the government apparently expected.
Florian Machl once again reports on the administrative process against the ORF in Vienna. Here, too, it was proved that one cannot or does not want to calculate at the radio station. Thus, much smaller numbers of participants were always intentionally claimed. One also remembered completely absurd ORF reports of demos, where no pictures of the demonstration itself were intentionally shown and the reporter spoke a few streets away from radicals with a dramatic expression.
The allegations by ORF employees that they were attacked, spat on or otherwise attacked during the Corona demos and that they needed securities were also exciting. Demo veteran Rutter only knows of one case where a few young people threw snowballs. Otherwise nothing would have happened in that direction.
Furthermore, the question was raised as to whether civil society protests should only be directed against the ORF’s misconduct or whether one should also – as usual peacefully – march past other newspapers and their editorial buildings. In this fascinating interview, Martin Rutter reveals which protest strategies are planned for the near future.
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