Gunter Wallraff is a journalist seeking to expose the unethical journalism practiced by The Standard, a very popular and powerful German newspaper. He goes undercover, using forged identity papers and at great personal risk, to join their staff. Once there, he sees how they don't just report the news, but manufacture it to suit the personal political agenda of the paper's leaders. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Did You Know?
The newspaper featured in this film is in reality the German 'Bild-Zeitung'. The newspapers' founder Axel Springer
is played by Manfred Andrae
with his character named "Hermes Brauner". See more
Schultz gets into a BMW 7 series which didn't go in production until the late-'80s. See more
Before the credits there is the following: 'LEAD STORY', Wallraff's expose of 'The Daily Standard', has become a best seller in Germany and throughout Western Europe. The Standard's readership dropped off 17% after the book's release, and the paper has been plagued by student demonstrations and lawsuits from its victims. However, nine million Germans still read it daily. In a subsequent ruling, the court prohibited Wallraff from mentioning any link between 'The Standard' and German State Security. The German League of Industrialists implemented a security program at all its major facilities to guard against future infiltration. Gunter Wallraff is currently working on a new project...somewhere in Germany. See more