Kurt Krömer attacks Julian Reichelt – he mimes the good man

“Chez Kroemer”
Kurt Krömer attacks Julian Reichelt – he takes refuge in the victim role

Julian Reichelt with Kurt Krömer

The former “Bild” editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt was a guest at “Chez Krömer”

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Julian Reichelt was dismissed as editor-in-chief of the “Bild” newspaper a year ago. He didn’t want to reveal why with “Chez Krömer”. Otherwise little could be gleaned from the journalist.

You can’t always be as lucky with your guests as you were last week: the former Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache sat completely unprepared in Kurt Krömer’s interrogation room and didn’t know afterwards who he was dealing with. He was with this “Tschess Krömer”, said Strache this week on Austrian television – in obvious misjudgment that the program is called “Chez Krömer”.

A week later, the sacked “Bild” editor-in-chief is sitting in the same place Julian Reichelt, and it’s a completely different caliber. A well-versed media professional who knows exactly what to expect here. And who has put together a clever strategy for how he wants to present himself here.

Because that itself Kurt Kromer The fact that this guest should bite his teeth during the 30-minute program was also due to the fact that Reichelt did not give the sharp dog, but tried to take differentiated positions and repeatedly admitted his own mistakes.

Kurt Krömer confronts Julian Reichelt with AfD praise

He countered the fact that he received praise from the AfD for his reporting critical of refugees by claiming that he himself was part of the media culture of welcome. Anyone who read the “Bild” newspaper back then may now rub their eyes in amazement. But Reichelt insists that his position has always been that the Syrians must be helped. With the establishment of no-fly zones in the country. Or by taking in Syrians in Germany. But then quickly adds: “Personally, I could not have imagined how bad the management of this catastrophic situation could be – that we do not deport criminals.”

Even when Krömer accused him of the steep increase in complaints to the press council during his tenure, Reichelt pursued this two-pronged strategy: concede and dismiss. “I now see the press council as such a politicized instrument that you can’t take all these reprimands seriously,” he said, ironing out the criticism. But then pushes afterwards: There were legitimate complaints, such as the publication of children’s chats after the murder in Solingen.

When Krömer comes to speak of Reichelt’s alleged affairs with subordinates who “picture“editor-in-chief later lost his office, the otherwise belligerent journalist suddenly becomes defensive and presents himself as a victim. He speaks of “disgusting and defamatory reporting as part of a campaign that has usurped my private life”. The compliance procedure, which led to his expulsion from Axel Springer Verlag, he describes as an “unbelievable intrusion into my private and intimate sphere”.

Reichelt throws dirt

At the latest, the viewer rubs his eyes in amazement: Is that what the former editor-in-chief of the “Bild” newspaper is complaining about? Reichelt himself has a very selective memory of his time with the tabloid. He wants to have “made sure from the beginning” that “we no longer report on private and intimate spheres if these people have not given their consent”.

When Krömer brings up the subject of cocaine, it becomes clear that Julian Reichelt is by no means the good person of German journalism, but one who likes to work with slander. He refers several times to Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre. He is a longtime friend of Friedrich Küppersbusch, the producer of “Chez Krömer”.

It is a pointless diversionary tactic, which Reichelt’s method demonstrates well: If plan A (silencing and conceding) doesn’t work, then fire back with all brutality. Except that he chose the wrong target here in every respect: This show is not about Stuckrad-Barre at all – and he testified very openly about his cocaine addiction in 2016 in the book “Panic Heart”.

anonymous witness

Above all, the attack fails because Krömer presents an anonymous witness from Springer’s days who reports on his cocaine consumption. Reichelt’s only option is to retreat: the self-proclaimed champion of free speech threatens to break off the conversation if he continues to be confronted with these allegations.

Thanks to good preparation and research, Krömer achieved a few hits. In the end, however, Reichelt didn’t really let himself be lured out of his reserve. He doesn’t even want to reveal the reason for his expulsion from Springer. Apparently he doesn’t know himself.

In any case, Krömer did not succeed in getting anything new out of the journalist. The host even ended the conversation a little too early – proof of the ultimately meager yield of this show.

The current episode of “Chez Krömer” is available already in the ARD media library. The program can be seen tonight from 10:15 p.m. on RBB.

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