Open letter to online editors and journalists


ichbinhier The Club Sunday, 20 January 2019

Dear online editors for Facebook pages with a large reach: That’s not going to work out well!

Your comment columns will be flooded with disinformation, calls to violence, inflammatory comments, lies and twists. Clarifications are missing! Above all, however, there are no calls for omission and the sanctioning of insults and insults. What is this all about?

Under such comments then still many Likes and confirmations will leave. We have often enough pointed out that only a few people want to create the impression of a majority by multiple accounts in the comment columns. Online campaign helpers meet on exactly such media sites where they can bucket and spread their messages undisturbed.

Your Facebook pages degenerate into huge echo chambers. And apparently you don’t care. That’s negligent!

Daily we fight on your pages with fake and multiple profiles, have to laugh at us and let us make a fool of ourselves. If the report is about an act of violence, we are wished: “Hopefully it’ll meet you sometime!

A special example is the Facebook page of ZDF today: We all pay the broadcasting fee and thus also the Facebook appearance, the editors and the preparation of the social media content. And I really don’t see it that trolls, fake profiles and sock puppets chase me away from the pages of a media company financed by the general public.

Very clearly, of course, I don’t want freedom of expression to be restricted. Problems must, of course, be pointed out, but please with a sense of proportion. This is not about “opinion dictatorship”. The word alone is nonsense. Freedom of expression is rather endangered by those who dominate your comment columns with their campaigns. You willingly leave the field to them.

I am tired that we have been warning about this abuse of the comment columns for months without you doing anything about it. I am firmly convinced that regulation through moderation would have a moderating influence.

You allow discourse to be driven away from your sides. It just doesn’t happen because we have to deal with the fact that accounts relativize the Holocaust, demand the death penalty or live out violent and vigilante fantasies online.

Of course, we also have to ask ourselves again and again whether we are prepared to accept other opinions or whether we might wrongly and too quickly put people in a corner. No question about it.

And yet, dear Facebook editors: Please think about whether you want to be made a tool by people who want to destroy our state. With the constant fomenting of fears and the questioning of the rule of law. And whether you would like to have populist propaganda up to conspiracy theories, massive disinformation and trivialization of the Nazi era on your sides.

Many greetings
Alex Urban for the action group #ichbinhier

ichbinhier wishes for online media:

1. less trigger topics!
Make a broader choice of topics and don’t use the spiral of excitement, which is constantly kept going by a small, noisy minority, by writing disproportionately about immigration, “foreigner crime” pp.

2. facts instead of speculation!
Report, if facts are there, otherwise refer to the publications of the police. Who has little information about a current event, should report cautiously and inflate not few partial information to a large history. We must all strive to endure uncertainty. This applies to journalists and readers alike.

3. no click baiting. Serious journalism can do without it.
Please no clickbaiting through lurid and partly misleading headlines and provoking violent emotions!

4. handle your reach responsibly!
And one way or another: Whoever uses the social media for reach is also responsible for what is going on under the articles in the comment column. The first comments influence the frame of interpretation for the contents. An attentive moderation is essential!

5. make your comment columns a feel-good place for democrats!
Your readers should also feel comfortable in the comment columns. Therefore enforce your netiquette! Make the comment columns a place where people can exchange ideas without having to be afraid of being insulted and attacked. If you moderate well, you will create a community that consists of real people and supports you in the long run. Profiles that personally attack other users and those that are hostile to humans should be blocked.

6. stand for journalistic quality!
Explain your standards over and over again. Not only because we need a good fact base for good debates, but so that we and the members of your communities can separate the good from the bad in the abundance of information and demand this standard elsewhere.

Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator

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Taken over by the association ichbinhier, which published this text on its Facebook page «Offener Brief an Online-Redaktionen und Journalisten» and made it freely available.

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Behavioural patterns of demagogic practice

Behavioural patterns of demagogic practice

Recognize – see through – understand – counteract

Counteracting only on the factual level,
never on the personal

Don’t opprobriate,
Don’t insult,
Don’t denigrate,
Do not mock …

In his book “Haider light. Handbuch für Demagogie”, WALTER ÖTSCH revealed 100 behavioural patterns of successful demagogic practice. For each of the 100 patterns, Ötsch mentions examples from the practice of the [party] under [name 1].
Although [name 2] acts differently than [name 1] in details, most of the patterns cited are also easy to prove in [name 2]. As in former times [Name 1], [Name 2] owes its rise to the application of effective methods which he has been practicing for years and uses again and again. It is astonishing how simple, even simple, the patterns with which [name 2] knits his successes are, and how clumsily the other parties, but also the critical civil society, react to him.
Anyone who wants to resist [name 2] would be well advised to study him as a communicator and to find out what methods he uses successfully and how to contain them.
As with [name 1], it can also be assumed under [name 2] that the party leader and his functionaries are regularly trained by experts and prepared for the staging of media events. It is high time to end this lead in knowledge.

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LIST OF 100 SAMPLES

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I. Invent a simple world view

1. preach something simple
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2. divide the (social) world into two parts: into THE WE and THE OTHERS
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3. reduce everything to one core message
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4. define THE WE as threatened
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5. define THE OTHERS as a threat
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6. invent new terms for THE WE and THE OTHERS
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7. assign unique properties to THE WE and THE OTHERS
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8. Stay consistent: No exception in the black and white game
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9. simplify, simplify, simplify
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10. your target group always belongs to DEN WIR
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11. change the assignment to WE and OTHER as required
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12. give yourself the role of the SUPER-WIR
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13. only the best properties for SUPER-WIR
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14. propagate a self-image in contrast to THE OTHERS
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15. give super-we an outside position
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16. Make yourself infallible. Never admit an error
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17. In attacks: Switch to the victim role at lightning speed
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18. Invent the scapegoats.
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19. explain your world picture through (invented) individual cases
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20. compare the pears of THE OTHERS with the apples of THE WE
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21. Ignore statistics, invent numbers.
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22. limit your agitation to a few topics

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TWO. Become an Emotion Manager

23. use an emotional language
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24. bring factual problems to a personal level
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25. Polarize. Invent for everything irreconcilable opposites
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26. use suggestive word combinations with high emotional value
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27. invent new swear words for THE OTHERS
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28. carry out personal attacks on named OTHERS
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29. defame the name of your FEINDES
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30. mock physical characteristics of your FEINDE
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31. call THE OTHERS animals
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32. we and others without any further distinction
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33. inspire violent fantasies regarding THE OTHERS
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34. Invent violent events.
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35. Threaten THE OTHERS.
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36. no pity for the others
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37. always assume that THE OTHERS have bad motives
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38. insinuate the others of every crime
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39. comment “Unpleasant” for DIE WIR with factual language
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40. defend the hate language of SUPER-WIR with factual language
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41. Speak of THE WE in love-language
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42. give conventional political terms a new meaning
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43. describe the actions of OTHERS as abuse
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44. repeat, repeat, repeat
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45. Link things that don’t belong together.
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46. Propagate compulsions. Speak of “must, shall, not be able to…”
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47. use assumptions to preach your world image
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48. Tell stories.
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49. use metaphors, parables, colorful images …
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50. Address Myths
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51. invent authorities and facts to support your arguments
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52. arouse feelings through (invented) quotations
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53. Use symbols with a high emotional impact.

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III. Create a sectarian organization for yourself.

54. create a sectarian ideal image for your organisation
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55. Surround yourself with a small flock of absolutely faithful
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56. demand submission
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57. Proclaim Paradoxes
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58. implement a rotation principle in your organisation
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59. Get yourself a rapid reaction force.
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60. give yourself a right of access to the entire organization.
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61. Give yourself a monopoly of will, knowledge and explanation.
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62. Demand loyalty. Be disloyal
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63. Humiliate renegades.
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64. Lend yourself several image pictures. Ignore contradictions
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65. Cover up your own scandals as long as you can.
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66. with threatening scandals: Criticize your own people preventively
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67. when a scandal breaks out: go to diving station
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68. Threaten resignation.
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69. to attenuate a scandal: set symbolic actions
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70. Cast off scandal bearers as OTHERS
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71. to superimpose your own scandal: scandalize THE OTHERS
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72. separate the image of the guru from the image of the organization
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73. Don’t take any responsibility.

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IV. Run

74. Match yourself to your target group.
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75. knock short sayings with high attention value
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76. address taboos
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77. Attract attention by Nazi sayings
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78. Before an attack spread harmony mood
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79. Make an accusation. Announce evidence for later
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80. emotionalize on time
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81. suspend (partially) the principle of trust
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82. Raise accusations out loud
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83. Lie to me.
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84. take statements of your FEINDE literally
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85. To substantiate your arguments, announce a lawsuit to
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86. Deny what you want.
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87. In attacks: Proceed immediately to counterattack.
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88. silence arguments of your enemies dead
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89. arbitrarily change the frame of meaning of your statements
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90. Deny any pattern.
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91. accuse the FEINDEN of what you are doing.
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92. Pledge betterment
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93. Sign any positive memorandum of understanding.

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V. Take over the power

94. Spread conspiracy myths.
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95. plan a radical change of the political system in the long run
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96. Question any moral authority.
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97. Break unwritten rules of democracy
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98. Escalate.
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99. bundle your FEINDE
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100. prepare for the mega hype

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Source: Walter Ötsch
Haider light. Handbook for Demagogy
Czernin Publishing House, Vienna (2000)
According to Czernin-Verlag, the book is out of print. Possibly one or the other copy can be found antiquarian.

“The agitator’s secret,” says KARL KRAUS, “is to make himself as stupid as his listeners are so that they think they’re as smart as he is.” That’s how he catches the one. And by seducing his opponents into thinking he’s dumber than he is, he seduces them into feeling superior and underestimating him, which is often strategically advantageous.

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