Sandra Maischberger hopes to elicit her guests trumpable twittering bangers. And choke the most interesting discussion of the evening.
TV review by Johanna Bruckner
It was also talked about television on this television evening. Specifically about how television can corrupt people. Helene von Damm, the former Reagan confidant and former US Ambassador to Vienna, explained this on the example of Donald Trump. She had met her years ago as a normal, nice people – but the reality TV have changed him. Trump noticed, "The worse he behaves, the more he insults people, the higher his ratings go."
These TV ratings, Trump's quotas, should go to Maischberger this Wednesday after the Midterm elections in the United States. Only that the American television star measures its popularity today in votes and not in audience numbers. Trump has knownly been promoted from the lead actor to The Washington, DC, in the job casting show The Apprentice. And as such, on Tuesday, just two years after taking office, he received feedback from the people for the first time. "Congressional elections: What is Trump doing, how does the world react?" Moderator Maischberger wanted to know about her guests.
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The topic was obvious. The guest mix was as usual in such formats a mix of serious basic staff (ex-ambassador of dam, SPD politician Klaus von Dohnanyi and Spiegel author Klaus Brinkbäumer) plus potentially provocative Joker (editor-in-chief editor Julian Reichelt). In addition, with the entertainer Gayle Tufts someone from the people (in this case, the American) was ready, which can throw in a few minutes something disarmingly honest or simply funny. So it could have been a talk night like so many others. Turn on, let go, fall asleep. Would not have fallen at some point in the course of the reference to the mechanisms of television.
Trump's character: "vanity, vulnerability, arrogance"
Suddenly, one could not help feeling that the presenter was more concerned with twitterable verbal naysayers than with a real analysis of events in America. This is not to say that Maischberger is close to the man in the Oval Office. In fact, the US President was present as a screensaver in the studio, in boxer pose next to a photo of the now divided congress – in the midterm elections, the House of Representatives went to the Democrats. And of course, Maischberger is not the only political talker who occasionally succumbs to the temptation to tap her guests on to hit-and-strike phrases. It was only noticeable on this evening.
Most clearly, when the SPD Grande Dohnanyi came to talk about the achievements of women in the midterms. The round had already completed the compulsory program, which brought little surprising content. It was about Trump's character. Dohnanyi: "Vanity, Vulnerability, Arrogance." The chances that the US president will decide to work constructively with the Democrats. Reichelt: "He loves nothing more than the deal, it's certainly tempting for him to make a deal with the Democrats." And the question of whether America threatens a new civil war. Unanimous opinion: despite a worryingly high level of arming, the population is unlikely.
In between the moderator still squeezed questions about the credibility of Trump books and the effects of presidential rhetoric. Oh yes, and Damm's ex-ambassador said that Reagan's first wife, Jane Wyman, divorced her at the time because Reagan was reading too much. What is not the case with the current showbiz president, what you hear so.
With all these things touched on, Dohnanyi argued that the deep division of the US might not just be conservative versus progressive, city against country, intellectual against labor. But also a fight of the sexes. On the one hand, men who feel suddenly reset after centuries of patronage of patriarchy. On the other side: women on the up, professional, sexual, cultural. It was not a completely new idea, which posed the SPD politician there – but he was definitely one of the more interesting, about which it would have been worthwhile to discuss. After all, never before have so many women been elected to the House of Representatives as these midterms.
Only: The presenter strangled the topic immediately. And confronted rather the mirror man Brinkbäumer with the USA titles of his sheet. The political magazine had opened after Trump's election, including the line: "The end of the world (as we know it)." On another cover, the mirror warned of a nuclear war between the US and North Korea. "Did you stir fears?", Maischberger wanted to know.
No chance for a debate on power, machismo and misogyny
That may basically be a legitimate question – only it did not fit into this moment and not this evening. And perhaps the debate hoped for by Maischberger did not ignite either. Brinkbäumer ironed diplomatically. Perhaps the most exciting debate of the evening on power, machismo and misogyny was still off the table.
In the end, they were happy about entertainer Gayle Tufts, who owns both the American and the German passport, and summed up the congestion. Many of her compatriots had gained weight after the election in 2016 out of desperation and world anxiety. The phenomenon is known as the so-called Trump Rump, Trump butt. One may contradict her, but it is like this: "We all want a big drink, alcohol helps."
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