Don't Read This Book, Film At 1131 May 2002
Americans will wonder at this... the lead story on last night's late news was about.... literature. And they went on and on, for at least 10 minutes. In short, the FAZ is refusing to publish the new novel by Martin Walser, "Death of a Critic", because they say it is anti-Semitic and that the dead critic is intended to be the real-life FAZ critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki. The publisher could not have orchestrated a better PR campaign.
I'm not sure how much the typical German viewer cares about Walser and Reich-Ranicki, but I guess this was better than seeing yet another panic story about the Nitrofen scandal.