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ORF Presenter Freund Guesses Workers Get 3,000 a Month

ORF Presenter Freund Guesses Workers Get 3,000 a Month

Former ORF presenter Eugen Freund who ended up in hot water right at the start after announcing he had been asked to run in the European elections as the leading candidate for the Social Democratic Party (SPO) is now back in hot water over remarks made about working class earnings.

Freund started off under fire when it was alleged that the presenter being given the job was another example of how the ‘Red networking’ works. Opposition groups have long complained that the ORF which should be independent is too closely connected with the ruling social Democrats.

The news brings up the question of whether Freund could have worked as an impartial journalist during his time at the ORF as the announcement was made just weeks after he left his position at the broadcaster.

But now he's back in the news in a negative way after he showed how little in touch he is with the party's rank and file when he was asked estimate what the average wages for a typical worker. He guessed €3000 in reality it would have been more realistic estimate under €2000.

It brings about the suggestion that the party of the workers is now run by champagne socialists out of touch with most of their voters.

The Green party candidate Michel Reimon who was one of those to make capital out of Freund remarks said: "Eugen Freund has spent a week talking about himself, his job and his flat and his studies and his children – he has failed to come up with a single concrete position on anything that I or any of the other candidates can take a counter position on."

When told that the real wage was closer to 2,000 Freund replied: "Wow, that is very little, but I don't think it's anything I can do anything about."

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