Dubious comparison from German World Cup reporter sparks out protest
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Dubious comparison from German World Cup reporter sparks out protest

Yesterday evening many people held their breath while watching the World Cup football match Germany against Australia. Not only because of the goals, but mainly because of a comment from a German reporter during the halftime break.

maandag 14 juni 2010 15:25
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Katrin Müller-Hohenstein, a World Cup reporter from the German public TV channel 2, commented on the goal of one player of the German team, Miroslav Klose, “that this is for him an ‘innerer Reichparteitag’ today, I mean seriously, that he hits the goal.”

The literally meaning of that expression is “to have a one- upmanship”, or in other words, it’s used to express ones emotion of satisfaction.

Although this expression is fundamentally dubious. The so called Reichsparteitag – Nuremberg Rally, was the annual rally of the NSDAP (Nazi Party) in the years 1923 to 1938 in Germany, to propagate the absolute claim of power and the ideology of the Nazis.

Immediately, after Müller- Hohenstein said this, many voices sparked out protest in several blogs, twitter- accounts and other sites. From “a fast excuse for this faux pas is needed,” over “she should leave the channel,” to cynical expressions, the protest of viewers is demonstrated.

Directly after the match Dieter Gruschwitz, boss of TV channels 1 and 2 in Germany, said, that “this is an verbal faux pas for which she and we are sorry for. It had happened in the excitement of the situation. We regret this and it will never happens again.”

Until now, Katrin Müller- Hohenstein personally not apologize.

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