The media group AUSTRIA, Helmuth and Wolfgang Fellner officially filed a complaint against the house search and the ordered telephone surveillance of the AUSTRIA editorial team last week.
In this complaint, it is stated that the editorial secrecy protected by the constitution was violated by the order to monitor the AUSTRIA mobile phones and by the house search or was not observed as required by law. The cell phone surveillance was therefore not approved by the legal protection officer of the Supreme Court – but it has taken place, as has been proven.
For more than a week, a multi-person team of experts searched through the file, which is still only selectively available, but also all documents for AUSTRIA and came to the clear conclusion:
1. There were no election polls manipulated by “Team Kurz” in AUSTRIA. The polls published in AUSTRIA were commissioned by AUSTRIA and paid for by AUSTRIA according to the tariffs customary in the industry. No manipulation can be detected when checking the data. All of the polls published in AUSTRIA are close to the polls of other media or are almost identical.
2. There was never an agreement or even a “deal”, according to which election surveys in AUSTRIA were refinanced through advertisements from the Ministry of Finance. There are also no “bogus bills”. Payment by AUSTRIA is individually documented for each survey.
3. There is also no such thing as “advertising corruption”. All advertisements booked by the Ministry of Finance in AUSTRIA were charged according to the tariff. In truth, AUSTRIA did not receive more, but even fewer advertisements than the comparable competing media Krone and heute. In relation to the days of publication (no Saturday and SUNDAY) and the smaller circulation compared to the previous year, a clear preference over AUSTRIA is particularly noticeable in the case of Today.
In the act, numerous AUSTRIA as well as Helmuth and Wolfgang Fellner exonerating chats are still missing, which definitely exist. Nevertheless, the experts have already been able to research several pieces of evidence in the overall file, which – possibly by mistake – were not included in the house search warrants published several times, which caused a reputation-damaging image for AUSTRIA.
Expert review shows: no deal – editorial staff was independent
Already an exact one An analysis of the polls published in AUSTRIA would have shown that the false accusation that the polls were based on a “deal” with “Team Kurz” or Thomas Schmid is not tenable. In truth, almost 50% of the election polls published in AUSTRIA in 2017 are briefly critical with gains for the FPÖ or SPÖ and not a single one of these polls shows manipulation by the ÖVP. Many of the surveys show gains for the SPÖ, FPÖ or List Pilz and even sparked protests by the ÖVP.
A typical example: On September 6, 2017 – shortly before the election – Thomas Schmid chats with Kurz about an election survey in AUSTRIA: Schmid reports that the survey would be very negative for the ÖVP. Schmid then writes: “This is not a survey from us, but one from Fellner that was leaked to me.” In short: “Doesn’t report, does it?” Schmid: “Ask right away.” Schmid: “No.”
The truth is This survey was not only published in full in AUSTRIA on the following day – September 7th – it even had the heading “New survey: Kern is catching up!” and was also on the front page with this heading.
That the complete independence of the editorial reporting from AUSTRIA and also the lack of any “deal” with short. However, the WKStA cites the Schmid chat in the house search order, which he boastfully falsely invented, as evidence that there had been a “deal” to suppress negative polls in AUSTRIA. With the reproduction of the actually published article and a re-check of the AUSTRIA issues on the Internet, this claim should never have been made. In truth, AUSTRIA reported completely independently.
Comparison shows: All surveys in 2017 were almost identical!
actually shows also that the claim that the election polls in AUSTRIA were manipulated is wrong. The truth is: There is practically no discrepancy between the election polls published by Research Affairs in AUSTRIA and those in other media.
In the polls at the end of April 2017, in which the WKStA AUSTRIA assumed that it had overthrown the short predecessor Mitterlehner with “fake polls”, ALL MEDIA (!) Had the SAME poll data.
Just an example: Profile published by Unique Research on April 27, 2017 for the ÖVP 23%, for the SPÖ 28%, for the FPÖ 32%.
One day later, ÖSTERREICH published Research Affairs for the ÖVP 22%, for the SPÖ 29% and for the FPÖ also 32%.
Same in June 2017As Kurz already had the ÖVP top candidate war: ATV had the ÖVP at 34%, the ÖVP had a profile of 32%, the standard had the ÖVP at 33% and AUSTRIA also had the ÖVP at 33%. ALL surveys also show the same upswing for the short ÖVP.
Exactly the same picture emerges in ALL surveys in July, August and September 2017.
And in the last survey before the election – at the end of September 2017 – ALL the media quickly had identical values: AUSTRIA, profil and Kurier had the ÖVP at 33%, today and Krone the ÖVP even at 34%.
The claim the WKStA, AUSTRIA would have published manipulated survey data for the ÖVP that differed from other surveys, is also COMPLETELY FALSE – a comparative representation of the surveys of other media, as it was done in the complaint, would have shown that this cited basis for the House search not true.
“Krone” & “Heute” received significantly more advertising money than AUSTRIA
Also die The assertion of the WKSt that the Ministry of Finance had the elections in AUSTRIA polls through “advertising corruption” is COMPLETELY FALSE.
The team of experts Has examined all the ad postings of the Ministry of Finance in detail – and then the picture is completely different from that presented by the public prosecutor’s office. Because the WKStA simply omitted the advertisement bookings in its house search order with the competing newspapers. In truth, Krone and Heute have received significantly more advertisements from the Ministry of Finance than AUSTRIA. For this reason alone, there is no suspicion of infidelity for AUSTRIA or the Fellners.
During AUSTRIA namely before the beginning of the era Thomas Schmid from the Ministry of Finance – as it corresponds to the market situation according to Focus and the widespread circulation – still received the second highest advertisement booking (1. 1. 2014 to 30. 6. 2016: Krone 394,000, AUSTRIA 237,000, Today 206,000) …
… became AUSTRIA in the advertisements from the Ministry of Finance from mid-2016 without any reason from the free newspaper Today, which is only published on five days, overtaken Eva Dichand.
This trend In the third quarter of 2017 cited as an example by the WKStA, AUSTRIA received 279,000 euros, significantly more than in 2016, but the WKStA completely withholds the fact that this trend was even more dramatic among the competing newspapers. In the 3rd quarter, the Krone received EUR 302,000, which is significantly more than AUSTRIA. But the real excitement is today, which – although it only appears on five days – with 316,000 euros in the third quarter of 2017 received by far the most advertising money from the Ministry of Finance. With this, the accusation that AUSTRIA was strongly preferred for advertisements collapses completely.
These facts Are not included in the house search order, but have now been researched in detail for the complaint. Countless chats between Thomas Schmid and Christoph and Eva Dichand were not presented or cited. The chats show that Schmid and the Dichand family, who have received a total of over 10 million euros in advertising money from the Ministry of Finance for their media, have been ON LUXURY HOLIDAYS MULTIPLE TIMES from the point in time when the advertising payments exploded, especially on Today is. For example in Sardinia and Ethiopia.
The team of experts During his detailed examination he found: The allegations made against AUSTRIA and against Helmuth and Wolfgang Fellner in the Thomas Schmid case are false. Suspicions were only made on the basis of Thomas Schmid’s “Münchhausen SMS”, for which not only is evidence and documents missing, but which would have been clarified in the course of fact checks in advance of the house search.
The legal protection officer The Supreme Court has already determined after the previous examination of the file that Helmuth and Wolfgang Fellner, but also AUSTRIA, “completely lacked suspicion of crime, infidelity and bribery” and thus cell phone surveillance and house searches were ILLEGAL .