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Competing Stories, 1924–5

Bernhard Fulda

in Press and Politics in the Weimar Republic

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547784
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547784.003.0004
 Competing Stories, 1924–5

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Did the press have any direct impact on the way politics was conducted? This chapter demonstrates the crucial role of small partisan broadsheets in the political process. Their influence on setting the political agenda, and the partisan information which they provided to grateful politicians is analysed for two case studies; the defamation trial of Reich president Ebert in December 1924; and the Barmat scandal of spring 1925. The Ebert trial enabled nationalist journalists to portray the Reich president as a traitor who carried responsibility for the stab in the back in 1918. The scandal‐mongering against Jewish businessmen, the Barmat brothers, resulted in the collapse of their consortium, the arrest and death of a Reich minister, and a widespread perception of endemic corruption in the new democratic system. The focus of this chapter is on the interdependence of media, judiciary, and legislature.

Keywords: Friedrich Ebert; libel trial; Barmat; political scandal; stab in the back

Chapter.  15602 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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