Dutchy wrote:You take it way to personal, my American friend.
You, sitting across the ocean have no idea. RACISM is used as a bludgeon in this country. Racist! is about the worst term you can use against a person here and is regularly used to shut down all conversation. A white can no longer criticize a POC (new phrase in the social-justice world Person of Color, or anybody but white) without be accused of racism! Charges of racism! can and often WILL lead to loss of job, career and friends. Yes, it is personal, particularly to those of us who live our lives in many more ways that overcome racism than those hurling the insults. Just look at this forum, people like Tommy will use articles like Der Spiegals to paint a picture of America that is simply not true and millions of electrons will be used to refute that silliness.
jcancel wrote:The Americans who did notice were the Minnesota residents, right?
According to a Der Spiegel account, the Relotius affair began to unfold in early December, when the reporter received an email from the US:
The message came from a woman named Jan, short for Janet, who was doing media work for a vigilante group in Arizona conducting patrols along the border to Mexico. She asked Relotius—who two weeks earlier had written an article ostensibly about this vigilante group in the darkly dazzling DER SPIEGEL report “Jaeger’s Border”— what exactly he was up to. How, she wanted to know, could Relotius have written about her group without even bothering to stop by for an interview?
The co-author on that piece had already been raising flags about Relotius, which were repeatedly dismissed, but editors eventually started to doubt the award-winning reporter’s accounts. https://qz.com/1507017/a-german-journal ... far-right/
The story "Jaeger's Border" would prove to be Relotius' undoing. It was one fabricated story too many, because this time, he had a co-author, who sounded the alarm while also collecting facts to counter his fiction. That co-author, Juan Moreno, has been traveling the world as a reporter for DER SPIEGEL since 2007. In the dispute with and surrounding Relotius, Moreno risked his own job, at times even desperately seeking to re-report his colleague's claims at his own expense. Moreno would go through three or four weeks of hell because his colleagues and senior editors in Hamburg didn't initially believe that Relotius could be nothing more than a liar.
In late November and into early December, some at DER SPIEGEL even believed that Moreno was the real phony and that Relotius was the victim of slander. Relotius skillfully parried all allegations and all of Moreno's well-researched evidence, constantly coming up with new ways of sowing doubt, plausibly refuting accusations and twisting the truth in his favor. http://www.spiegel.de/international/zei ... 44755.html
Finding that article proved abit more difficult. Because there was no official translation, searching for "Jaegar's Border" does not provide any links to the article, Search 'jaeger's grenze', http://www.spiegel.de/plus/buergerwehr- ... 0160834460