Professional Media, Populist Media (Blog by Benjamin Krämer)

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Right wing populist media see themselves as the mouth­piece of “the people”, but their defin­ition of “the people” excludes signif­icant groups of the population. Even the kind of journalism, which sees itself at profes­sional and non-populist often repre­sents the world and uses patterns of inter­pre­tation in ways which are compatible with a right wing populist world view. In this new blog contri­bution, Benjamin Krämer explains how the routines of profes­sion­ality in quality journalism can play into the hands of right wing populism and points out how a return to normative bases of liberal and pluralist journalism could counter right wing populism.

Dr. Benjamin Krämer is a research associate at the Department of Commu­ni­cation Studies and Media Research at the Ludwig-Maxim­ilians-Univer­sität München.

The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooper­ation with Das Progressive Zentrum, has two principal objec­tives. On the one hand, it strives to decon­struct Eurosceptic and populist preju­dices, animosities, and false asser­tions, by means of social scien­tif­i­cally-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a ratio­nal­i­sation of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). On the other hand, “TruLies Europe” endeavours to publicly commu­nicate its findings beyond the select circle of scholars to political actors, civil society, and the wider public. You may find further infor­mation on our website:

Benjamin Krämer‘s contri­bution can be found here.