Television populist talk shows are helping to fuel rise of far-right and break social cohesion says German cultural council

The head of the German cultural council has said that television talk shows in Germany are driving the far right agenda. He has called for a ban on such talk-shows for a limited period and for program commissioning editors to come up with a different format that does not drive the agenda of the far right.

"Since September's election which saw the AfD enter the Bundestag for the first time, much debate has surrounded the extent to which framing an issue, or lending a topic a certain perspective, might have helped their cause. Television analysts have argued that the issue of refugees has been dealt with in a mostly negative way. One media analyst has said that immigration was rarely presented in talkshows as anything other than negative. “The viewers get used to these negative expressions, and long-term that way the rightwing populists manage to press their points home,” he told Der Spiegel.

See the States of Mind article under Counter-Radicalisation - Beyond Appearances: "The War within Democracy; Understanding the alliance between IS and populism" - about how the western media have become unwitting players in a psychological war. The populists and Islamic extremists share exactly the same strategic agenda: the polarise and radicalise the population. This war is being played out in the media - and it is not good for democracy.

As Will Durant wrote: "A great civilisation is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within." The rise of the populism is a straw in the wind, a sign that that self-harm is already well underway.

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