How Journalism Began to Look Like Mark Rutte / Villamedia

The campaign of scoring and hypocrisy was the theme of the 2022 media year. Mark Koster of Villamedia did the media photography.


Last modified: December 30, 2022, at 3:03 PM

Do you know who betrayed Anne Frank? No? Well, Hit Parol, NOS Journaal and NRC knew it. This media, which usually focuses on contest fake news coupons, couldn’t wait to report that the Jewish notary public had an “85 percent confidence” that reported Anne Frank to the Germans. The two papers and the Journal brought the scoop they based their book publication on, with the tabloid press gasping.

This story was too intense to verify death. Fortunately, he was also not allowed to be tested, so that was a nice bonus. The publisher had stipulated an embargo, which made it impossible to check things out before publication. Deal? Well, hop in the newspaper with her.

The revelation of Anne Frank’s traitor turned out to be the best liar of the year. The blunder was emblematic of the state of the country’s media. And it showed how carefully the quality of the press sausages was taken care of by the press, although it was evidently made in a stable containing the products of breeding for fattening pigs.

The revelation of Anne Frank’s traitor turned out to be the best liar of the year

2022 was a special year, because more than ever, quality journalism has dedicated itself to fighting fake news. In Nieuwsuur, Rudy Bouma is given plenty of space to expose conspiracy zealots and WEF haters as fools. At the NPO, they walked around the editors of Ongehoord Nederland with a folding press base because the broadcaster would not be doing journalism, but racist propaganda.

The NRC spent a lot of time proving that the “needle hole” was an invented phenomenon. De Volkskrant has been too busy proving that Gijrath & De Vlieger exaggerated in a podcast claiming that RIVM foreman Jaap van Dissel would be corrupt.

Jesse Frederick of De Correspondent has spent more time finding out what was wrong with the coverage of the supplementary case and the Arib case than researching a new political scandal.

In the year 2022, journalism has suffered from insane impostor syndrome. And, being afraid of making mistakes, he looked at the conifers to catch the neighbor if he was mowing the lawn properly and not accidentally taking a bush with him.
I get it. It is better to point out stupidity to another person, then it will not be so noticeable that you grope, question your work, and sometimes make mistakes in it. Attack is the best defence. jaundiced? Let’s be nice. As long as Louis van Gaal believed he could become world champion with Catenaccio, you can’t expect journalists to always play risky in attack.

Moreover, the rationing of the press has led to fear and disgust. Sources fall back when someone makes a huge mistake. And more and more.

Unfortunately, the solidarity between journalists is not very great. Ego, as fragile as Christmas balls, loves to bite the bullet when they feel threatened and are ready to stab a fellow into the back with a knife.
It hurts when moralists don’t see the ray in their eye. Gijrath & De Vlieger also revealed in March that Jack Smits, a senior editor at newspaper giant DPG, was fired in October 2016 for sexually harassing dozens of women. It didn’t initially make it into the development policy grant headlines, while those newspapers were talking greedily about the transgressive sexual behavior of others.

The editor of the Democracy Policy Group wanted nothing to do with the scandal. They quickly moved on to the next meeting when they learned from their boss the real reason Smits was out. Shut up guys. hop, hop, on.

Ronald Oakhujesen, former editor-in-chief of Het Parool, was the only person brave enough to admit he was “not proud” that he had done nothing with the information. The rest sleepwalked with explosive news in their back pockets.

Dagblad Trouw makes it all in colour. That newspaper printed another Saint’s Farewell to Smits that he called “an inconsiderate value,” an “inspiration,” and someone with an “essential role.”

In Holland, the merchant and the priest are not far from each other, not even in decent press

Then it was revealed that Dagblad Trouw was involved in more embarrassing slip-ups. The newspaper, always high on horseback morals, was found to have contributed a ‘defamatory’ article in 2017, according to the Public Prosecution Service. In a front-page letter, Resistance newspaper staffer Jill Brandt Curtius gave space to accuse a former colleague of rape in anonymous terms.
J’accuse is created in such a way that the attacker can only be one person: Gijs van Dam. He did not accept the treacherous attack, and began legal prosecution, demanding rehabilitation. He got it five years later.

Last month, prosecutors asked Corseus, Gilly Brandt, to receive a suspended community service order for defaming Van Damme. The court accused JBC that, as a journalist, he knew how media dynamics worked. The fact that Trouw was the instigator of this greedy accusation isn’t an issue anymore, as Trouw filled out the pages on Trump’s shooting during the raid on the White House. Or did the paper simply want to go on record on the #Metoo issue?

This brings us to the heart of the year. Hypocrisy went hand in hand with selfish motives. In Holland, the merchant and the priest are not far from each other, not even in decent press.

The big revelation of the year was about violations on The Voice by BNNVARA’s Tim Hofman. At the same time, a similar scandal occurred in that broadcaster. De Volkskrant provided that scoop as if a nuclear disaster had broken out in Mediapark: a story about tantrums by Matthijs van Nieuwkerk at DWDD.

Fortunately, there was still a kind of self-relativity. The NRC approached the newspaper ombudsmen to confront them about the duplicity of the editors. Huub Evers of De Limburger summed up the sentiment well. Taking the measure of others, that’s what journalists are good at. But when it comes to ourselves, it gets a little tricky.

With the editorial staff busy, there wasn’t much time to think about ethics, while that was important, Trouw’s Edwin Crolin explained behavior: ‘Whatever we accuse other organisations, we often do ourselves too.’ For example, if an email from a reader is lost. How often do we write that a receipt was lost in The Hague? As a journalist, did he gain more understanding of Mark—no active memory—rut him? the NRC asked annoyedly. Creolin gave the year’s most honest answer: “I don’t want to be quoted as that.”

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