German TV News Reporter suspended after Video shows her Smearing herself with mud in Flood-Hit Town

German TV News Reporter suspended after Video shows her Smearing herself with mud in Flood-Hit Town

A German television news reporter was suspended after a video showed the journalist smearing herself with mud in an apparent attempt to look more authentic while reporting on devastating damage caused by flooding.

RTL presenter Susanna Ohlen was in the town of Bad Münstereifel to ‘help out’ with flood recovery efforts, but the clip shows the reporter deliberately dirtying herself by running the dirt on her forehead and cheeks.

An RTL report initially claimed, “Numerous prominent helpers also lend a hand and actively support the local people. One of them is Susanna Ohlen.”

However, as soon as the video clip of Ohlen’s behavior emerged, the article was deleted from RTL’s website.

“Our reporter’s approach clearly contradicts journalistic principles and our own standards,” said RTL in response to the incident. “We therefore gave her a leave of absence on Monday after we heard about it.”

Over the years, Media outlets have gained a level of trust and accountability. Unfortunately, we have seen time after time that this image has been abused and they have become partisan outlets for political and strategical gains. I believe that the first job of a journalist is to deliver the news impartially and outlets have to distinguish between news broadcasting and opinion delivery.

Share this article:
Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
You cannot copy any content of this page!
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x