On Wednesday morning, as the summer recess ended, a special session of the National Council – once again – turned into a mud fight between the parties. Actually, the main thing should be about inflation. Activities in Parliament are continuing as they were before summer. But this time there will be consequences for the TV broadcast. FPO has detected another big ORF scam.
At the start, Kai Jan Kreiner (SPO) once again had a bad time with the ÖVP. It is responsible for high inflation and its fare cap is an “outrageous limit”. Chancellor Kármán Nehmer (ÖVP) spoke of “the dark and sinister world of the FPÖ”, criticized the FPÖ for its closeness to Viktor Orbán, and once again pointed to the low purchasing power in Spain, which according to the FPÖ is the lowest in the country. Is. Very exemplary. Eva Maria Holzleitner (SPO) described Nehmer’s speech as controversial. The Chancellor should explain why a shopping cart costs “several times less” in Germany. OVP club president August Voginger once again pointed to the comparatively good purchasing power in Austria with the plate.
Then liberal federal president Herbert Kickl took the stage. He first thanked the SPO for calling this special meeting together. This is what democracy looks like. However, forming a united party against the FPO is not democratic. Then Kickal came to speak about the government’s “lies” in the inflation debate – but no one could follow him for very long. ORF parliamentary reporter interjected on ORF 2 at 12:57 p.m. Unfortunately, the broadcast must end now, he said. This was followed by a few minutes of advertisement for ORF Tax. After that, ZIB started.
Kikal’s full speech could only be viewed on ORF III or later in the parliament’s media library.
The FPO is stunned: ORF has proved again that it has “turned into a propaganda organ of a powerful and self-proclaimed elite,” said Christian Hafeneker, the FPO’s media spokesman and secretary general. The silencing of government critics in public broadcasting is a manipulative method otherwise known only from authoritarian regimes and should therefore be condemned in the strongest terms.
This act, which is highly questionable in the context of democratic politics, “fits perfectly into the long list of ORF scandals and shows one thing very clearly: the ORF compulsory tax must be abolished and ORF must undergo real reform! ” With the new ORF law, “the privileged knights of Kunigliberg siphoned an additional 40 million euros per year from citizens’ purses into an already lavish budget”.