Just a few days ago, I wrote about the resounding slap in the face that ARD chief “fact finder” Patrick Gensing got with his lawsuit against me in court. His attempts to undermine free speech and criticism of him through copyright law using methods that reminded me of the Wild West went horribly wrong. The major German media are collectively silent about Gensing’s defeat. Although it matters to almost all users of social networks far beyond the individual case and is good news for them. But what does not fit into the ideology is apparently silent. It has something of Omerta – a collective silence.
When a colleague wrote to me today that Gensing left ARD and was going to FC St. Pauli, at first I thought it was a bad joke. Until I read the following headline in Hamburger Morgenpost: “ARD ‘Factsfinder’: FC St. Pauli hires well-known political expert.” FC St. Pauli is looking for reinforcements in the sporting field, but also in other areas that are important to the club. There is a quite spectacular and exciting commitment in the field of media and communication, where the Kiezklubben wants to position itself more broadly. According to MOPO information, St. Pauli the political journalist Patrick Gensing. Sets the course. “
I had to laugh heartily. Will Gensing reinterpret defeats to victories for the football club in the future, just as he rightly lied about reality with his fact checks in favor of his own ideology (see for example here)?
Morgenposten continues: “From June, the 48-year-old will take over the job as Anne Kunze (39), head of media and communication at St. Pauli, on a temporary basis. After the season, Kunze takes a year of parental leave and then returns to his traditional position at the club. ”
That sounds strange. Abandon a feudal post with lavish pensions at the expense of fee-payers in favor of a temporary job at another divisional club that is a financially shaky candidate? Is Gensing really volunteering? Or did he become a burden to his prison director with his many mistakes – such as his previous interview statement that attitude is more important to journalists than facts.
Morgenposten writes about the man who, according to his own statement, was “out on antifa” in his youth and according to his critics has never given up his left-wing radicalism: “Gensing is an expert on political issues. Fanaticism, fake news, disinformation, anti-Semitism, right-wing extremism and hate speech in social networks. ” The ambiguity in these formulations did not seem to affect the ideologues in the Morgenpost editorial staff.
They also write: “Gensing, a fan of the left-leaning punk rock band” Feine Sahne Fischfilet “, with his many years of commitment to the right (including” NPD-Blog “and” Publikative.org “), does not just fit politically with St. Pauli, he is also a fan of Kiezklub and co-author of the NDR documentary “Mythos FC St. Pauli” for the club’s 100th anniversary in 2010. “The band that Gensing is a fan of is known for lyrics like these:” Die Bullenhelme – sie should fly, you get your sticks in your face “
Gensing’s future at the club is apparently unclear – which makes a voluntary departure from ARD seem unrealistic when you consider the official and pension mentality that usually prevails in public pension funds with affiliated broadcasters such as ARD and ZDF. In any case, Morgenposten writes: “Even after his time as temporary head of the media department, Gensing could still be employed according to MOPO information.” Maybe then again as a fact inventor.
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