The purpose of this chapter is to critically explore the strategies employed by journalists when interviewing the contemporary far-right. Drawing on a Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) of three television interviews with Australia’s most prominent far-right populist politician, Pauline Hanson, this research reveals that journalists employ a suite of interviewing strategies, from neutral and accommodative to confrontational and adversarial. This chapter advances the argument that conventional interviewing strategies are ineffective against the contemporary populist far-right who have benefited from disproportionate media coverage throughout the twenty-first century. It concludes by arguing that journalists must revaluate their strategies when dealing with the far-right to avoid advancing their political project and furthering their mainstreaming and normalization within society.
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Sengul, K. (2022). The Role of Political Interviews in Mainstreaming and Normalizing the Far-Right: A View from Australia. In: Feldman, O. (eds) Adversarial Political Interviewing. The Language of Politics. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-0576-6_18
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