Podcast: Hajo Schumacher about his interview with Silvana Koch-Mehrin

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Is provocation a legitimate journalistic technique?

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An interview with the politician Silvana Koch-Mehrin came under suspicion of sexism because of specifically provocative questions. What was an upset on Twitter leads to bigger questions about responsibility in journalism – in our podcast “Die Medien-Woche”.

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The journalist Hajo Schumacher conducted an interview with the politician Silvana Koch-Mehrin about her breast cancer. Because of some disrespectful questions, a shit storm against Schumacher started on Twitter earlier this week, he was accused of sexism. In one question, Schumacher remarked, for example, that Koch-Mehrin used “the stereotype of the classic blonde”.

In an interview with “Medien-Woche”, Schumacher commented on the allegations and answered the question of whether provocation as a journalistic stylistic device is legitimate. He also comments on the criticism that Schumacher deliberately asked excessive questions in order to help Koch-Mehrin, with whom he has long known, to gain more attention. Which ultimately leads to a classic in the journalism rulebook – the subject of closeness and distance.

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The “Media Week” is a podcast about the world of media and its makers. Christian Meier, editor at WELT, and Stefan Winterbauer, editor of the Meedia industry service, talk every Friday about the most important topics of the week. Profound, analytical, entertaining.

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