Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Red card to Der Spiegel



Following the reactions to "Der Spiegel" article. They decided (finally!) to take out the article and apologize. I think that's the minimum they could do, probably following some pressures even from the German politicians. I do not think they did have much of a choice.

I copy-pasted their note here (in German, Italian and English). However, I still believe that Germans should boycott Der Spiegel until the Editor in Chief and Achilles are fired from the newspaper. They insulted Germans (as I previously explained) and all the hard-worker Italians who emigrated to Germany many years ago. They also went against any "European Union" feeling or effort. Therefore against the efforts of their own government.

As Alessandro Nesta said in this morning interview: "Italians are hard-workers who went abroad to work. Foreigners (meaning Der Spiegel in this case) criticize us but then want to eat and dress as we do. There is probably a bit of jealousy"

Here the newspaper's excuses:

Introduction in German:

In eigener Sache

Satire darf giftig sein, muss zuspitzen, übertreiben. Sie darf aber nicht so missverständlich sein, dass sie nur beleidigt. Die Kolumne "Eingeölt und angeschmiert", die SPIEGEL ONLINE am Dienstag veröffentlicht hat, ist solch ein Fall.

Apology in English

An Apology to our Readers

Satire can be poisonous, pointed, even exaggerated. But it should never be so clumsily executed as to merely be insulting. The column, "Eingölt und angeschmiert" (Oiled up and greasy), published in German on SPIEGEL ONLINE on Tuesday, unfortunately, was one of those instances.

In his writing for SPIEGEL ONLINE, Achim Achilles was commissioned to formulate a column that explores the boundries of political correctness. In almost every instance, he has succeeded -- demonstrating wit and charm. In this instance, however, that unfortunately wasn't the case. In several passages, his column crossed the boundary between good and bad taste. In others, he amassed clichés that, in their sum, led to considerable misunderstanding and anger.

The editor in chief and executive editors of SPIEGEL ONLINE apologize for the publication of an unedited version of the column. We had no intention of hurting the feelings of others in the manner that this column has done.

On Tuesday, the column was edited and an editor's note was attached in German and Italian providing an apology for the incident. Earlier today, we removed the article in its entirety from SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Sincerely,

The Editor in Chief and Executive Editors of SPIEGEL ONLINE

Apology in Italian

A proposito di Achilles:
Perorando la nostra causa

La satira puo essere velenosa, pungente, esagerata. Però non deve mai dare adito a fraintendimenti, così da risultare solo offensiva. Questo è accaduto con la colonna "Eingeölt und angeschmiert" ("Unti e fregati") pubblicata martedì da SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Il nostro autore Achim Achilles è incaricato di scrivere i suoi articoli al limite della political incorrectness. Gli riesce quasi sempre con spirito e charme - ma non questa volta. In alcuni passaggi il suo articolo ha superato i limiti della decenza, in altri ha messo insieme tutt'una serie di luoghi comuni, che hanno portato ad incomprensioni e proteste.

La Direzione di SPIEGEL ONLINE si scusa per aver pubblicato l'articolo in questione senza averlo precedentemente rivisto. Non avevamo e non abbiamo l'intenzione di ferire i sentimenti altrui, com'è invece successo evidentemente con quel testo.

Già ieri abbiamo aggiunto una nostra nota di scuse in italiano ed in tedesco all'articolo. Ma oggi abbiamo provveduto a toglierlo definitivamente da SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Vi saluta

La Direzione

SPIEGEL ONLINE



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Apology in German

Unser Kolumnist Achim Achilles hat den Auftrag, an der Grenze zur political uncorrectness zu formulieren. Das gelingt fast immer mit Witz und Charme. In diesem Fall nicht. Seine Kolumne überschritt in einigen Passagen die Grenzen des guten Geschmacks, in anderen häufte er Klischees an, die in der Summe zu Missverständnissen und Empörung geführt haben.

Dass der Text unredigiert veröffentlicht wurde, dafür bittet die Chefredaktion von SPIEGEL ONLINE um Verzeihung. Es war und ist nicht unsere Absicht, die Gefühle von Menschen zu verletzen, wie es offenkundig durch diese Kolumne geschehen ist.

Bereits gestern haben wir in einem redaktionellen Zusatz an dem geänderten Artikel auf Deutsch und Italienisch um Entschuldigung gebeten. Heute nun haben wir ihn komplett aus dem Angebot von SPIEGEL ONLINE entfernt.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Chefredaktion, SPIEGEL ONLINE

PS. I will also boycott Audi who had its advertisement on that page. Advertisers should be more attentive of where do they place their advertisements. (I don't have the money anyways... but I will one day :) )

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