The term "Populism" is media newspeak

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The term "Populism" is a good example of a term used often in the media and which George Orwell would term Newspeak.

What the term means is, the thing is popular and the liberal left don't like it. The term could quite easily be substituted with "popular" but the liberal left media had to make an ism out of it in order to help make an issue out of it.

The BBC these days is nothing more than a tinpot propaganda machine using powers to force people to fund it. All media has a bias, for example RT has a bias to the nation of Russia. The BBC doesn't have a bias to the nation of Britain but instead towards a certain viewpoint, the viewpoint of the card carrying Guardianista liberal left - we need to lecture the uncivilised Sun reading far-right impressionable proletariat.

Here is an example of one of these BBC Guardianistas in action. She is getting triggered by a Polish government minister saying they won't have any refugees and criticising refugees for not being genuine. Instead of simply reporting the position, the BBC feels compelled to express moral outrage. It is not the BBC's job nor the government position even to have moral outrage at Polands position.

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Popular policies that may or may not be in the nation's interests.
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For a someone to sneer at a policy just because it is popular shows their contempt for democracy. If it's impractical or has adverse consequences, state that or make your own better policy rather than complain people like your opponents more than they like you.
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The term "Populism" is a good example of a term used often in the media and which George Orwell would term Newspeak.

What the term means is, the thing is popular and the liberal left don't like it. The term could quite easily be substituted with "popular" but the liberal left media had to make an ism out of it in order to help make an issue out of it.

The BBC these days is nothing more than a tinpot propaganda machine using powers to force people to fund it. All media has a bias, for example RT has a bias to the nation of Russia. The BBC doesn't have a bias to the nation of Britain but instead towards a certain viewpoint, the viewpoint of the card carrying Guardianista liberal left - we need to lecture the uncivilised Sun reading far-right impressionable proletariat.

Here is an example of one of these BBC Guardianistas in action. She is getting triggered by a Polish government minister saying they won't have any refugees and criticising refugees for not being genuine. Instead of simply reporting the position, the BBC feels compelled to express moral outrage. It is not the BBC's job nor the government position even to have moral outrage at Polands position.


Absolutely I couldn't agree more. It's amazing how this 'liberal' 'moderate' media can't tolerate or engage with those with a different view (like supporting trump or brexit). As it turns out, this is the view of the silent majority and the media are wholy unrepresentative. The BBC may have "positive" discrimination with racial quotas but has far too few working class, non-metropolitan workers.
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The term "Populism" is a good example of a term used often in the media and which George Orwell would term Newspeak.

What the term means is, the thing is popular
No it doesn't. "Populism" is any form of political language which involves portraying yourself or the policies you favour as being for the "common man"/"ordinary people"/etc as opposed to "the establishment"/"the elites"/etc. It can be done from virtually anywhere on the spectrum, though it's less common in centrist circles (though probably more common on the centre-left than the centre-right).
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Your argument is a good example of what George Orwell would've termed, 'illiteracy'.
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If anything, populism must be telling the populace what they want to hear with little or no regard for how practical, moral or responsible it may be. The red top tabloids, aren't they populist when they splash all the lurid sex scandals on their first pages? In the same way they rank the readers' range of interests, so do politicians. However, the media have no obligation to put morals above business.

Is there a surge in populism these days among the political classes? You'd have to be old enough to compare against their past record and of course they always did promise things they couldn't deliver but if in the past we were promised the Moon, these days we seem to be promised the Earth and all. It's all the democratic system's fault, parties have to sell themselves like any commercial product and constantly outbid each other. Isn't the Sun the most popular rag, did page 3 help?
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Correct assessment

Not quite. Peel back a couple more layers and you'll be right on the money :yy:

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Undoubtedly though, Corbyn's campaign and the Leave campaign spoke to the same sort of disenchantment with the status quo.

Remain and May (and Clinton) all basically said 'the status quo is pretty good guys isn't it and the alternative is awful!!'

Trump, Corbyn and Leave all said 'the status quo isn't working, you're being hurt by the elites'.

People across the world want change, radical change and many don't mind whether that change comes from the right or the left. They seem fed up and tired with this technocratic centrism.
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I don't understand why people seem to think the BBC is left wing. The BBC is what i'd term 'corporate liberal', not left wing. They were very much anti Corbyn. One of their top political editors has just become May's media person!

On social issues they are 'progressive' on economic issues they are pretty much in line with David Cameron. They don't like any challenge to the status quo which is why they love the likes of Cameron and Clinton.

As another poster has said, they could be summed up by 'pro gay marriage, pro people having to use foodbanks'.
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