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By Tim Stelloh
The US Ambassador to Germany has accused one of the country's leading news magazines of allegations of anti-American bias after a journalist confessed details in at least 1
In a Friday letter to the news magazine Der Spiegel – and in a series of tweets At the weekend, Ambassador Richard Grenell said it was "clear that we were targeted by institutional prejudices."
"We are concerned that these stories are being pushed by the high-level leadership of Spiegel and that the reporters are responding to what the leadership wants." Grenell wrote in the letter, adding that he wanted to initiate an independent, independent investigation to determine how the journal violated journalistic standards after repeatedly publishing the work of 33-year-old Claas Relotius.  In an open letter released on Saturday, deputy editor-in-chief of the Mirror, Dirk Kurbjuweit, apologized for the manipulations and confirmed that the verification processes of the publication had collapsed. However, he rejected Grenell's characterization of bias and said that the criticism of President Donald Trump was not to be equated with institutional bias.
"If we criticize the American president, this does not represent anti-American bias – it is a critique of the policy of the man in office in the White House," Kurbjuweit wrote. "Anti-Americanism is completely alien to me, and I am fully aware of what Germany has to thank the US for: a great deal."
The Mirror said last week that Relotius had committed journalist fraud "on a grand scale" for many years.
One of his tales of invented details was about an American woman who allegedly volunteered to execute capital punishment. Another was dealing with American vigilantes on the US-Mexico border. A third dealt with Fergus Falls, Idaho – a story the Spiegel said: "A tendentious, malicious portrait of the small, rural town" and "strongly based on ugly, misleading prejudices."
In a contribution to Medium, Two Fergus Falls residents described what Relotius & # 39; 10 called "most absurd lies" – including his claim that the city was obsessed with the movie "American Sniper" and a description of the city administrator as "violent virgin" with taste French philosophers of the 18th century.
Relotious & # 39; factories were revealed after a colleague accused him of faking details in Jaeger's Border. A story Der Spiegel said resembled a piece about the border published by Mother Jones in 2016.