By: Steve Dellar | 12-24-2018 | News
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Germany – Former CNN’s ‘Reporter Of The Year’ Winner Fired For Fake News

The German soccer supporters of Dynamo Dresden beat US President Donald Trump by almost a year when they boasted for the first time in 2015 from the ‘terraces’ of their favorite club about the “Lügenpresse” or ‘lying press.’
POTUS popularized the term later on during the Presidential election cycle by calling it “Fake News.”

Three years on and it appears the Dresden fans were onto something now that Germany is in the midst of its own ‘Fake News’ scandal.

Germany, which has seen many small rightwing news outlets pop up ever since the 2015 immigration crisis as a large part of the voting public swung right and the media didn’t follow, is seeing one of the pillars of its ancient journalistic corps crumble to pieces.

The centrist-oriented magazine ‘Der Spiegel,’ which has a huge loyal subscriber base in Germany, has had to admit that it’s star reporter, Mr Claas Relotius (who in 2014 won CNN’s ‘Reporter of the year’ award), has been making up facts and quotes in his article ever since 2011 at least.

The German Journalists’ Union DJU calls the case “the biggest fraud scandal in journalism since the Hitler diaries.”


The German magazine Der nieuwsSpiegel has now also charged fallen journalist Claas Relotius with fraud. The magazine suspects that he put money that he collected among readers in his own pocket. already, Relotius admitted that he had "largely" falsified his stories for the magazine.

The journalist raised money for orphans in Turkey via a private email address. The money was collected on a private bank account. How many people have donated money and where that money has gone is not known according to Der Spiegel.

The editorial staff of Der Spiegel said they were not aware of the collection campaign.

Mr. Relotius first wrote as a freelancer for Der Spiegel, but since a year and a half, he was hired under a fixed contract.
According to the magazine, nearly sixty stories of his have been published since 2011 in the magazine and on Spiegel Online.

According to his own statements, at least fourteen of those stories were partially falsified.


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Anonymous No. 93189 2018-12-24 : 13:28

News passed off as real, but is fiction equals Mislabeling and is Criminal Fraud not Freedom of the Press. It is clearly an abuse of Part B and the 1st Amendment.

Note: Part A is Freedom of Religion and the Freedom of the Press is Part B.

I feel Fake News skewed to mislead or mis-inform is equal to Deliberate Mislabeling of a product an equal to ORGANIZED CRIME, when done at the corporate. An Criminal Fraud at the Reporter level.

I like that idea of criminal actions and Product Liability Law Suits.

Think about what Fake News costs just our USA economy each year. It is likely in the billions.

Jeff Allen No. 93191 2018-12-24 : 14:31

It has to make everyone question all awards. Whether it’s movies, music or news. Giving an award to recognize what you should be doing right all along seems rather vain to begin with in my opinion. Than again, news now a days seems to be nothing more than opinion pieces than reflections of events.

Anonymous No. 93240 2018-12-25 : 16:37

Germany should be sanctioned for interfering in the USA election with all these anti-trump articles.

188bet No. 93274 2018-12-26 : 17:52

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