Mainstream news outlets call anyone who does not swallow their propaganda and speaks out in favor of freedom and individual liberties “far-right” in an effort to tarnish the message as racist and extreme.
The New York Times, which deputized itself as the mainstream chief of police against “far-right extremism,” celebrated the recent firing of Fox News’s Tucker Carlson as a major blow to the so-called movement in the U.S.
The paper quoted Stephen K. Bannon, the host of the podcast “War Room: Pandemic,” who credited Carlson for providing the country with a “populist nationalist platform in legacy national media in prime time.”
“He’s the only one,” Bannon said.
Carlson’s undoing came after Fox News settled with Dominion for $787 for pushing voter fraud in the 2020 election. Variety magazine reported that Carlson’s firing was tied to the settlement, a claim both Fox News and Dominion deny.
The New Yorker summed up the anchor: “Part of what was appealing about Carlson’s point of view to thinkers on the right was that, in his curiosity about fringe ideas and his occasional highlighting of antiwar (Ukraine) and anti-corporate (Silicon Valley) themes, he was testing out a form of conservative populism that did not hinge on Donald Trump personally.”
Carlson faced backlash when earlier in the war he asked his audience to ask themselves: “Why do I hate [Russian President Vladimir] Putin so much?”
He also criticized a joint session of Congress for “clapping like seals” during a visit last December by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“No matter what that man said—Send me more money; I command you, send me more money; we’re taking care of it the most responsible way—they applaud, all of them, almost like they have to,” Carlson said.
TRENDPOST: Anyone who speaks outside the approved narrative from the establishment is written off as fringe and castigated as “far right… especially if it is in direct opposition to the approved narrative.
Owen Jones, a columnist for The Guardian, warned readers that the “far-right” has still not been completely snuffed out with Carlson’s firing.
“The brand of conspiratorial demagoguery he [Carlson] belongs to has succeeded in drastically reshaping rightwing politics,” Jones wrote. “The ‘paranoid style’ that was once identified as a dangerous trend in conservatism is now its main operating system. The consequence? Democracy as we understand it is imperiled in the U.S. and beyond.”
The opposite is true and one only has to look at some of the recent news stories that the “far-right” has been correct about all along. Ukraine is losing, COVID-19 wasn’t a pandemic, and the Russia Collusion investigation was nothing more than a scheme to get President Joe Biden elected and stoke hatred for Russians.
A recent Gallup survey, found just 23 percent of Americans believe journalists are acting in their best interest, it is unsurprising that these companies need to come out stronger against the populist message.
We have long forecast that the surge in migrants into countries that are also struggling will lead to major wins for populist candidates who focus on the health of their own countries. (See “UKRAINIAN REFUGEES FLOODING EUROPE: POPULIST PARTY SURGE NEXT” 6 Dec 2022.)
We have also noted that there will be growing anti-vax, anti-establishment, anti-immigration, anti-Eurozone movements spreading throughout Europe. This trend will greatly accelerate as economies decline, civil unrest grows and the refugee crisis worsens.
In 2021, Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin said she had concerns that the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdowns could create a “breeding ground for populist movements across Europe.”
“When you’re closing in the economy and people’s workplaces, it will cause political instability. Populists come with easy answers to difficult problems, but their solutions are rarely the right ones,” she said.
She should know.
Her party lost power after Finland’s parliamentary election in April.
Marin’s government will remain in power in a caretaker role until a new coalition is formed.