How to Discuss the Far Right Without Empowering It

Blueneck

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Excellent article about where journalists go wrong on politics:

[FONT=&amp]What happens when you do a prime-time interview with a far-right leader—but don’t ask them anything about refugees?
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[FONT=&amp]German television viewers found out Sunday night when the broadcaster ZDF ran a major interview with Alexander Gauland, a co-leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which capitalized on anti-refugee sentiment to earn its first-ever seats in the German Parliament last fall. Ahead of the interview, ZDF’s Twitter feed teased the interviewas dealing with “climate change, retirement, digitalization—and without refugees.”[/FONT]


[FONT=&amp]The resulting 19-minute interview, in which Gauland struggles to answer basic questions about his party’s positions on such issues, has been lauded by opponents of the AfD as masterful. Supporters of the AfD and Gauland himself panned it as biased. The ZDF journalist Thomas Walde, who conducted the interview, repeatedly pushed Gauland to clarify or explain statements made by his fellow party members—and asked more than once about proposed policy “alternatives” from a party that counts the word alternative as part of its name.[/FONT]
How simple, right?

[FONT=&amp]Ultimately, the interview also highlighted the strategy some German politicians have told me they see as the most effective one against the AfD: to hold them to the same standards as other politicians, and watch them fail to deliver anything substantive. [/FONT]
Any time a politician wants to piss and moan about illegal immigrants, "protected" classes who they feel are taking from them, or any other bullshit culture war issue, just don't bite. Quit trying to prove "Trump said the N word" or any other nonsense and talk about substantive policies and solutions to real problems we're all having. And keep asking the hard questions. Show the public there's more to governing than siding with the loudest whiners over their butthurt du jour. This goes for Sarah Sanders, too. We all know she lies, how about asking her something about policy or world events that don't relate to "Trump did a thing" and see if she has an answer prepared. I bet she doesn't even bother because she knows she's just going to get asked about Omarosa for the whole press conference.

https://www.theatlantic.com/interna...s-the-far-right-without-empowering-it/567520/
 
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Wonderer

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#2
Any time a politician wants to piss and moan about illegal immigrants, "protected" classes who they feel are taking from them, or any other bullshit culture war issue, just don't bite. Quit trying to prove "Trump said the N word" or any other nonsense and talk about substantive policies and solutions to real problems we're all having. And keep asking the hard questions. Show the public there's more to governing than siding with the loudest whiners over their butthurt du jour. This goes for Sarah Sanders, too. We all know she lies, how about asking her something about policy or world events that don't relate to "Trump did a thing" and see if she has an answer prepared. I bet she doesn't even bother because she knows she's just going to get asked about Omarosa for the whole press conference.
Amen.
 
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the watchman

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good article.
They need to go back to covering the WH press briefing like they did before Trump.
But, yeah.

If they're going to fixate on her every word they should be asking something of substance.
It's getting to the point where if you want to hear about anything other than Trump you have to turn on Fox News.
They were covering the bridge collapse in Italy yesterday where CNN and MSNBC were obsessing over Omarosa.
Same with the priest molestation story.
 
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Blueneck

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good article.
They need to go back to covering the WH press briefing like they did before Trump.
But, yeah.

If they're going to fixate on her every word they should be asking something of substance.
It's getting to the point where if you want to hear about anything other than Trump you have to turn on Fox News.
They were covering the bridge collapse in Italy yesterday where CNN and MSNBC were obsessing over Omarosa.
Same with the priest molestation story.
I haven't had the news on today, but as much as I hate to say it, a story about priests molesting kids sounds almost refreshing. :f_yikes:

I'm just so done with all day of "Trump said a thing!" stories and the panels assembled to share their reactions. :zany:

But I was thinking about it and they were doing this before Trump. Except it was missing white girls and their parents.
 
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Mar 2012
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good article.
They need to go back to covering the WH press briefing like they did before Trump.
But, yeah.

If they're going to fixate on her every word they should be asking something of substance.
It's getting to the point where if you want to hear about anything other than Trump you have to turn on Fox News.
They were covering the bridge collapse in Italy yesterday where CNN and MSNBC were obsessing over Omarosa.
Same with the priest molestation story.
Where I work, the tvs are always on FOX and at least during the day, there isnt much talk about Trump at all. They have a very good foreign news division and they got exclusives interviews with survivors of that bridge collapse. Shep Smith is one of the best reporters out there, I always look forward to him at 3 pm.
 
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I haven't had the news on today, but as much as I hate to say it, a story about priests molesting kids sounds almost refreshing. :f_yikes:

I'm just so done with all day of "Trump said a thing!" stories and the panels assembled to share their reactions. :zany:

But I was thinking about it and they were doing this before Trump. Except it was missing white girls and their parents.
I keep thinking this one of those "boy who cried wolf" things where they make a big deal about every little thing he says or does, and lets face it, most of it is nonsense. One of these days there really is going to be something big and people will just go "meh another shiny thing."
 
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Talk about the issues? Too radical to work as a strategy but maybe a good tactic if you can control the narrative, but it'll probably just spin out of control anyway.
 
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#9
Excellent article about where journalists go wrong on politics:



How simple, right?



Any time a politician wants to piss and moan about illegal immigrants, "protected" classes who they feel are taking from them, or any other bullshit culture war issue, just don't bite. Quit trying to prove "Trump said the N word" or any other nonsense and talk about substantive policies and solutions to real problems we're all having. And keep asking the hard questions. Show the public there's more to governing than siding with the loudest whiners over their butthurt du jour. This goes for Sarah Sanders, too. We all know she lies, how about asking her something about policy or world events that don't relate to "Trump did a thing" and see if she has an answer prepared. I bet she doesn't even bother because she knows she's just going to get asked about Omarosa for the whole press conference.

https://www.theatlantic.com/interna...s-the-far-right-without-empowering-it/567520/
If the left were to actually do this I would have cause to be worried but they won't.

Their TDS is at an epic level right now.

It will basically ensure that Trump wins a second term and I love it.