Austria’s ‘Wolf Blitzer’

While European leaders have hailed Obama’s presidential victory, Klaus Emmerich, described by Der Spiegel as “the Wolf Blitzer of Austria,” has gone the other way. The Austrian journalist, retired after a six-decade career, told a talk show this week: “I wouldn’t want the Western world to be directed by a black man. When you say that is a racist remark: right, without a doubt.” After his remarks were universally condemned, Emmerich decided to dig his hole a little deeper, calling Obama’s victory an “extremely disconcerting development” because “blacks aren’t as politically civilized.” To cement the point further, he added yesterday that Obama has “a devil-like talent to present his rhetoric so effectively.”