The interview caused a stir: In a detailed conversation with "Zeit", Patricia Schlesinger spoke about the RBB scandal that led to her resignation as director and ARD boss. Overall, the 61-year-old saw little of her own failings, and in some cases she even presented herself as a victim.
The conversation naturally aroused little sympathy among the employees of the station. There are two aspects in particular that are criticized by RBB employees on social media.
On the one hand, Schlesinger says she "wanted too much too quickly" and "overwhelmed people in the station". As if the problem was not their own misconduct, but the workforce. This is perceived by many as a mockery. "Just for classification: Because the WiFi is on our floor, I work with a LAN cable," writes data journalist Haluka Maier-Borst on Twitter.
Another source of anger were the photos for the interview. The resigned director presents herself here in an almost decadent pose of power and seems as if she is above any criticism.
Some Twitter users then asked whether the retired director had made the selection. The art director of Die Zeit, Malin Schulz, and Cathrin Gilbert, one of the two interviewers, commented on this on Twitter. "Of course, Patricia Schlesinger didn't choose the photos for her interview herself, but we, the editors," wrote the two in the same way on Twitter.
When asked by a user whether Schlesinger had followed the photographer's instructions, Gilbert explained that nobody had told the former director how to sit down. "It was one of many gestures during a shoot on the sidelines of a three-hour conversation."
Sources used: "Die Zeit" (paid content), Twitter