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In der vergangenen Woche schrieb ein Redakteur der Washington Post anlässlich des 30. Jahrestages des Mauerfalls eine sentimentale Kolumne, in der er sich darüber aufregte. dass die damalige Euphorie naiv gewesen sei, weil „sich die Politik der 1930er Jahre in Osteuropa noch immer abspielt.“
Last week, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, an editor at the Washington Post penned a sentimental column fretting that the euphoria of that day was naïve because “The politics of the 1930s are still playing out in eastern Europe.”
The first days of January offer a good time to take stock and consider some life improvements for the twelve months to come. Many are making New Year’s resolutions, including, it seems, the Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum.
Echo chambers – the lack of different opinions on a certain issue – are threatening people’s right to information in the modern age. In today’s world of social media saturated with fake news and sensational, online media fighting for page views, the echo chamber effect is growing, and those media outlets that pride themselves on professional journalism have a special obligation to restore a little reason to the discourse.
Under Soviet occupation, November 7 was a compulsory holiday in Hungary. Since the end of communism and the re-birth of a free Hungary, we remember the one hundred million victims of communism. In her recent piece in the Washington Post, Anne Applebaum uses November 7 as an opportunity to disparage democratic political parties and leaders – including Prime Minister Orbán – whom she dislikes, bizarrely comparing them to Bolsheviks.
Earlier this month, the Washington Post published an article on page one with the enticing, clickable title, “Hungary intends to stop migrants with ‘hunters’ near border wall,” by their Berlin-based correspondent, Anthony Faiola. Unfortunately, he got a few things wrong.