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May 15th, 2012 at 4:38pm
 
"Dog Whistle Politics" is the term used to describe the tactics of politicians who make seemingly innocuous remarks designed to raise anger certain sections of the voting community. The references pass most of us by, but for the voters the politician is aiming at the message is "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" Sound familiar?

In their coverage of the recent budget, the Murdoch Media indulged itself in some dog whistle journalism.

Examples:

1. Constant use of the term "handout" when describing measures to help low and middle income families. The Courier Mail was a prime offender, using this emotive term over and over again, but only to describe support for low and middle income families. Other recipients of Government support received "payments" or "grants". "Handouts" apparently only go to the undeserving poor.

2. Use of the term "entitlement" as being negative, evoking the image of poor people demanding money from more well to do taxpayers. Idiot Paul Murray on Sky claimed Australia's main problem is that we have become "the entitlement society".

3. The term "class warfare", apparently based purely on a couple of silly throwaway lines by the PM about North Sydney.

The "class war" line seems to have been started by The Australian (who else?) and was quickly picked up by Sky News, which is just The Australian with moving pictures. It seems if you write for the Oz you have a special spot reserved for you on Sky.

Now it has become a mantra for the Liberal Party leaders, a move which is far more likely to divide Australians than anything Gillard could have said.



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Reply #1 - May 15th, 2012 at 4:43pm
 
Flat earther
Denier
Bogan
Nazi

The left whistles pretty well.

Or are you just whistling?
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Reply #2 - May 15th, 2012 at 5:04pm
 
You're confusing dog whistling with name calling. DW is much more subtle than that.
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Reply #3 - May 15th, 2012 at 5:16pm
 
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Reply #4 - May 15th, 2012 at 5:21pm
 
My favourites are reserved for things like;
- Anti gay marriage - Instant homophobic, or religious nutjob
- Pro carbon tax - Extreme leftist
- Anti carbon tax - Extreme right

Nothing is just an opinion anymore, Ive been called extreme left, extreme right, a religious nut and a social apoligist on this site more times than I care to remember.  Being anti pre-committment on poker machines made me a man of the corporate machine and a rapist of the social fabic of community, even though I was for $1 max bets.

Its easier for those in debate to just throw a label.
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Reply #5 - May 15th, 2012 at 5:40pm
 
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...let's kill foreigners, yeh: go hate propaganda!!!!
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Reply #6 - May 15th, 2012 at 7:39pm
 
Peter Freedman wrote on May 15th, 2012 at 4:38pm:
"Dog Whistle Politics" is the term used to describe the tactics of politicians who make seemingly innocuous remarks designed to raise anger certain sections of the voting community. The references pass most of us by, but for the voters the politician is aiming at the message is "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" Sound familiar?

In their coverage of the recent budget, the Murdoch Media indulged itself in some dog whistle journalism.

Examples:

1. Constant use of the term "handout" when describing measures to help low and middle income families. The Courier Mail was a prime offender, using this emotive term over and over again, but only to describe support for low and middle income families. Other recipients of Government support received "payments" or "grants". "Handouts" apparently only go to the undeserving poor.

2. Use of the term "entitlement" as being negative, evoking the image of poor people demanding money from more well to do taxpayers. Idiot Paul Murray on Sky claimed Australia's main problem is that we have become "the entitlement society".

3. The term "class warfare", apparently based purely on a couple of silly throwaway lines by the PM about North Sydney.

The "class war" line seems to have been started by The Australian (who else?) and was quickly picked up by Sky News, which is just The Australian with moving pictures. It seems if you write for the Oz you have a special spot reserved for you on Sky.

Now it has become a mantra for the Liberal Party leaders, a move which is far more likely to divide Australians than anything Gillard could have said.






Do you honestly believe that this is only applicable to the Liberals?
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Reply #7 - May 15th, 2012 at 8:35pm
 
I have even been called Nazi for defending my country.
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Reply #8 - May 15th, 2012 at 8:41pm
 
Avram Horowitz wrote on May 15th, 2012 at 8:35pm:
I have even been called Nazi for defending my country.


Hitler was a patriot, what is your point?
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Reply #9 - May 15th, 2012 at 9:34pm
 
Culture Warrior wrote on May 15th, 2012 at 7:39pm:
Peter Freedman wrote on May 15th, 2012 at 4:38pm:
"Dog Whistle Politics" is the term used to describe the tactics of politicians who make seemingly innocuous remarks designed to raise anger certain sections of the voting community. The references pass most of us by, but for the voters the politician is aiming at the message is "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" Sound familiar?

In their coverage of the recent budget, the Murdoch Media indulged itself in some dog whistle journalism.

Examples:

1. Constant use of the term "handout" when describing measures to help low and middle income families. The Courier Mail was a prime offender, using this emotive term over and over again, but only to describe support for low and middle income families. Other recipients of Government support received "payments" or "grants". "Handouts" apparently only go to the undeserving poor.

2. Use of the term "entitlement" as being negative, evoking the image of poor people demanding money from more well to do taxpayers. Idiot Paul Murray on Sky claimed Australia's main problem is that we have become "the entitlement society".

3. The term "class warfare", apparently based purely on a couple of silly throwaway lines by the PM about North Sydney.

The "class war" line seems to have been started by The Australian (who else?) and was quickly picked up by Sky News, which is just The Australian with moving pictures. It seems if you write for the Oz you have a special spot reserved for you on Sky.

Now it has become a mantra for the Liberal Party leaders, a move which is far more likely to divide Australians than anything Gillard could have said.






Do you honestly believe that this is only applicable to the Liberals?


Possibly not. But this is not just about the Liberals but also their media friends. Can you give me an example of where any other party has used this technique?
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Reply #10 - May 15th, 2012 at 10:10pm
 
Peter Freedman wrote on May 15th, 2012 at 9:34pm:
Can you give me an example of where any other party has used this technique?


"Greedy, rich, xenophobic, racist, dog whistle, deniers, sceptics, uncompassionate",.......etc etc....all inflammatory political dialogue used by leftist journo wankers and politicians for the same schitt.... Sad





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Reply #11 - May 15th, 2012 at 10:19pm
 


Looks like some people dont understand the concept of "dog whistle".


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Reply #12 - May 16th, 2012 at 11:06am
 
Swagman wrote on May 15th, 2012 at 10:10pm:
Peter Freedman wrote on May 15th, 2012 at 9:34pm:
Can you give me an example of where any other party has used this technique?


"Greedy, rich, xenophobic, racist, dog whistle, deniers, sceptics, uncompassionate",.......etc etc....all inflammatory political dialogue used by leftist journo wankers and politicians for the same schitt.... Sad








Thanks for doing me the honours. I'd also add to that list progressive, tolerance, equality, diversity, and multiculturalism.
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Reply #13 - May 16th, 2012 at 11:13am
 
Avram Horowitz wrote on May 15th, 2012 at 8:35pm:
I have even been called Nazi for defending my country.


I have been called "antisemite" for asking questions about israel.

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Reply #14 - May 16th, 2012 at 11:30am
 
Peter Freedman wrote on May 15th, 2012 at 5:04pm:
You're confusing dog whistling with name calling. DW is much more subtle than that.


you mean because the right is so much cleverer than your beloved lefties?
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