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The German Mainstream Media Blames Right-Wing Memes For AfD Gains

Submitted by Token Jerry

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The shakening started three weeks ago. After having ignored meme warfare almost entirely during the Trump campaign (except for lamenting the (((echo))) meme along with their American stooges), German media suddenly got hysterical about right-wing memes supporting the Alternative für Deutschland party.

Again, an American company started it off: German BuzzFeed reported about »AfD-Chan« and her comrades, who had been around for more than a year already but did not trigger news coverage until then. The immediate cause was the emerging of »Reconquista Germanica«, a Facebook group uniting content creators from all platforms under the banner of spreading AfD propaganda and fighting for German sovereignty. An English version of the initial report can be found here; English BuzzFeed just recently followed suit.

The BuzzFeed report sparked immediate attention, both from sympathetic meme warriors and more mainstream media outfits. One of the first to jump on the bandwagon was the state-funded Bavarian Broadcasting company; the influential liberal-left magazine Der Spiegel broke a four-page »investigative« report (compiled by no less than three authors) titled »March of the Trolls« in its 37/2017 print issue, throwing »Reconquista Germanica«, Discord, Trump, the Kremlin and weev together and »proving« the vast right-wing online conspiracy determined to foster a fashy coup d’état. When even the ZDF state television warned its audience about the »extremist« psyops online, the maximum level of attention was reached.

What’s behind this outrage? On the one hand, there’s the editor-in-chief of German BuzzFeed. Since April 2017, Daniel Drepper (see his bugman face here) heads the networks German outlet. Since then, the site does not only publish click baiting listicles, but also occasional political articles like the alarming one about »AfD-Chan« – seemingly investigative, usually cautionary, always thoroughly pozzed. Here’s why: Drepper is one of the founders of »Correctiv«, the »investigation initiative« established in 2014 Facebook has employed to combat »Fake News« and racism among its German users in anticipation of the Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (Network Law Enforcement Act) adopted on September 1st, upping the ante on thought-policing the German part of the web. »Correctiv« identifies as a nonprofit; its donors are, however, quite telling: not only is »Correctiv« largely funded by German mainstream media foundations as well as the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education, i.e. the German taxpayers) and Google – George Soros’ »Open Society Foundations« pumped €100.000 into the initiative just this year to rev it up for the federal elections campaigning.

On the other hand, there’s the »expert« cited by most news outfits. Mr. Simon Hegelich, »Political Data Science« professor at the Bavarian School of Public Policy in Munich, specializes in »Social Bots« and has been raging about online influences on electoral processes ever since the Trump election. As Time reported, he was even summoned to the Office of the Federal Chancellor to fill Merkel in on »his research on the manipulation of voter sentiment«, filter bubbles and trolling. Hegelich’s main concern regarding the pro-AfD online communities probably is using it as a leverage to get more public attention, thus shilling for his work.

Soon we will find out whether or not the German public let itself be bullied into believing the wild stories about online Nazis and paid Russian trolls trying to influence the federal elections. Either way, BuzzFeed, »Correctiv«, and Simon Hegelich won’t erase a simple fact: memetic warfare has finally gained a foothold in German politics, and those decrying this progress are nothing but boomer politicians (or their handymen) unable to grasp the phenomenon. Meme harder, Alt-Deutschland!

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  1. Goolag Sucks 6 October, 2017 at 11:41 Reply

    Very pleased with the results for AfD…….assuming Germany can survive till next election I can see AfD becoming the #2 party, or potentially topping the CU since they are purging the cucky centrists

    • Charley Howard 24 September, 2017 at 22:05 Reply

      Can you tell me, will this mean that they can thwart Merkel at probably any turn where she might try to pull some more of her stupid stunts that she’s always doing. Like I mean can be 14% result in being able to block the entry of any more of these damned invaders ? Would you happen to know?

      • Yehudah Finkelstein 24 September, 2017 at 22:31 Reply

        AfD has no power. But shtt is going to get worse in Germanty. The AfD actually had greater support a year or two ago when the Refugee Crisis was blasted all over TV. One of their leaders said this. Now Germans are living with the day to day effects of mass immigration, but TV has gone silent other than the man bites dog story of some Kebab who got his
        Habilitation in Quantum Physics.

        Merkel’s CDU and the leftist SPD will have to form another “Grand Coalition.” This means that AfD will become the largest oppositon party and the first party to question the Parties of governing power during Parliamentary debate. That is symbolically important and lends legitimacy to AfD.

          • Hermann Böhmer 25 September, 2017 at 16:32

            He’s is right, but 13% (the final result ) means not only a big stage to express nationalist ideas but also lots of money to build structures. You also have to keep in mind that the AfD is by far the most successful new-founded party in (((post-war Germany))).So there is hope for 2021, when the starting point will be way better.

  2. Yehudah Finkelstein 24 September, 2017 at 20:13 Reply

    Those unfamiliar with Germany do not know how big this victory is or how many taboos are being smashed by AfD.

    For example, an AfD politician says that only Germans build a Monument of Shame in the heart of their capital, referring of course to the gigantic Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.

    What AfD needs is a strong leader. That is all that’s missing, then they will be in power.

  3. Charles Lufkin 24 September, 2017 at 18:00 Reply

    The AFD is winning over 13% of the vote–making it the third largest party.An extraordinary feat.The Party was only started five years ago.The AFD is tough on immigration and says enough grovelling to Israel and the holocaust.One leader told Germans to be proud of their troops in both World Wars.I have faith that a growing number of Germans have some GUTS.Merkel is a TRAITOR.This what we need in the US —-a fighting nationalist political party.Time for the Alt-right to get organized and be a SERIOUS group.

  4. Charley Howard 24 September, 2017 at 14:48 Reply

    “The German Mainstream Media Blames Right-Wing Memes For AfD Gains”.

    No, the reason why the AfD gained was because of the fact that they and Merkel and the Jews BETRAYED the German people (as they always do). The fact that they are destroying Germany and its people is of no concern to those three groups. However, the AfD gains do mean that they will be able to throw a monkey wrench into the machinery of the German government and will thwart at every turn anything that Merkel and her traitorous government attempts to do in the future. So it is a victory of sorts.

  5. Captain John Charity Spring MA 24 September, 2017 at 07:41 Reply

    We gotta be extremely careful about how nationalism in Germany expresses itself. it’s good to see something like AfD win around 10% though. This should trip up Merkel.