How Abnormal Journalists Normalise Abnormal Ideologues…

It has struck me there is, contrary to what I suggested in a previous post, an element of “normalisation” that goes on when mainstream journalists interview radical right wing figures. Journalists are abnormally sensitive to expressions of nationalism or traditionalism, and get worked up over opinions that most people think unextraordinary. So, they have fits over nationalists and traditionalists expressing fairly popular beliefs even when such people have really extreme ideas that go unmentioned. Richard Spencer, for example, is an odd fish who believes in a pan-European ethnostate and has mixed feelings about the virtues of Adolf Hitler. The shocking quote the LA Times draws out of him is that “there’s nothing wrong with being white” – a sentiment that all except the 0.5% of people who are journalists or members of the academia agree with. The average person, I wholeheartedly predict, would read this not with fear and dread but with the sense that these “far right” types are not as strange as they had thought. God knows I don’t want do the media’s job for it but if journalists do not want to “normalise” unusual ideologues they have to acknowledge their own eccentricies.

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2 Responses to How Abnormal Journalists Normalise Abnormal Ideologues…

  1. JayMan says:

    God knows I don’t want do the media’s job for it but if journalists do not want to “normalise” unusual ideologues they have to acknowledge their own eccentricies.

    Indeed. Well when you’re unusual and you’re surrounded by people who are similarly unusual, you’re blind to your unusualness.

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