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Monday, November 28, 2016

David Harsanyi, Reason: Why does the March for Life, a rally that attracts tens of thousands of anti-abortion Americans to Washington, D.C., every year get less prominent media coverage than a fringe neo-Nazi gathering? Because institutional media and white nationalists have formed a politically convenient symbiotic relationship. For Jew-hating racists, the attention means they can play act as a viable and popular movement with pull in Washington. In return, many in the media get to confirm their own biases and treat white supremacy as if it were the secret ingredient to Republican success. Meanwhile, this obsessive coverage of the alt-right not only helps mainstream a small movement but it's also exactly what the bigots need and want to grow.

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Why do media obsessively cover the alt-right? I suppose it's the same reason every major publication gave former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke -- who polled at 3 to 4 percent in the Louisiana Senate race all year -- their undivided attention. (What am I talking about? We're still hearing about Duke on a daily basis.) It's to create the impression that they matter.

None of this is to say Trump shouldn't be called out for his vulgar rhetoric or ideas, some of which gave these people the space they needed. Nor does it absolve Republicans who look the other way when genuine bigotry appears. Yes, GOPers shouldn't normalize the alt-right, and neither should the media imbue the movement with an outsized importance to feed its preferred narrative regarding the election.

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Wow! "Reason" actually is sort of reasonable in regards to these dangerous crazies. I'm quite glad to read that.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2016-11-28 08:49 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

-"Reason" actually is sort of reasonable

True, it posts some good articles from time to time.

Ignore the Mob -- Long Live the Electoral College
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#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2016-11-28 08:59 AM | Reply

Stop calling them "Alt-Right" for starters and use their historical title "White Supremacist Neo Nazis".

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2016-11-28 09:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

"Ignore the Mob -- Long Live the Electoral College"

The majority is "the Mob?" Completely unreasonable.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2016-11-28 09:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Style tips from the AP Standards blog:

""Alt-right" (quotation marks, hyphen and lower case) may be used in quotes or modified as in the "self-described" or "so-called alt-right" in stories discussing what the movement says about itself.

"Avoid using the term generically and without definition, however, because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters' actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience. In the past we have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist."

#5 | Posted by mdutch at 2016-11-28 03:29 PM | Reply

The Alt-Right is a dog whistle for the Ctrl-Left. Mention these two hundred white supremacists and the Democratic self-flagellation starts right back up again.

The left is turning into the Fox clowns that they hate so much. Turn on the news and start gritting your teeth.

Fortunately, your white hot rage will cool in two seconds when the next neoliberal globalist is elected president four years from now.

#6 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2016-11-28 03:36 PM | Reply

#6 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake

Too bad I have seen so much of their propaganda and rhetoric on Social Media the past year - even if fed by Russians - it was gobbled up and regurgitated by the ult-white. The problem is "alt-right" isn't just white supremacist neo nazis anymore.

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2016-11-28 03:55 PM | Reply

The problem is "alt-right" isn't just white supremacist neo nazis anymore.

I know. Now it's everyone that voted for Trump, everyone who supported Jill Stein, Gary Johnson voters and everyone else who didn't vote.

#8 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2016-11-28 04:13 PM | Reply

#8 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake

I have to disagree with that. I don't even throw all Trump supporters in that boat. There are some that are issue voters and feel very strongly about those issues that voted based on them. I know a couple Pro-life voters for example. Hate him - but voted for him based on that one thing. I certainly don't include Stein and Johnson voters - at least they couldn't stand behind Trump and weren't afraid to do something about it. Hillary is a hard sell to many people. The anti-Hillary fake news along with Trumps repeating of it is mostly what did her in. The FBI finished the job though.

All I have to do is look at my Social Media. I have mostly white friends and I am from a rust belt state. The outrageous and unsubstantiated lies that are flying around STILL continue to boggle my mind. The hate I see out of MANY Trump supporters is downright scary. If it was a passionate defense of their candidate or news that's one thing. But it isn't. It is mostly passionate personal attacks without substance - name calling, insults and threats. If it doesn't start that way it degrades about 2 posts in.

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2016-11-28 04:54 PM | Reply

The media is owned by the "Alt-right"

#10 | Posted by chuffy at 2016-11-29 12:15 AM | Reply

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Ignore the Mob -- Long Live the Electoral College

What is hilarious is that the right used to love majority rule when it came to voting to deny homosexuals the right to marry.

#11 | Posted by 726 at 2016-11-29 08:30 AM | Reply

The Alt-Right is a dog whistle for the Ctrl-Left.

We need to Ctrl-Alt-Delete the white supremacists from positions of government not give them more power to discriminate.

#12 | Posted by 726 at 2016-11-29 08:31 AM | Reply

A smug green frog defeated all the globalists and their money, destroying their dreams of a one government world run by the elites and rich...

Happy Days...

#13 | Posted by aescal at 2016-11-29 08:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's elementary, Watson. The overemphasis of the alt-right was an obvious Democratic strategy to demonize whites, in order to mobilize minorities to vote not only for Hillary but on a greater scale for the House, Senate, governorships. Of course the strategy was a dismal failure and the Republicans completely destroyed the Democrats at both state and national levels. Yet. As exposed as the media was for its bias, they just can't stop themselves. Quite a sad, pathetic, and slightly amusing spectacle to observe...

#14 | Posted by babyhuey at 2016-11-29 04:30 PM | Reply

A smug green frog defeated all the globalists and their money, destroying their dreams of a one government world run by the elites and rich...
Happy Days...

#13 | POSTED BY AESCAL

Are you sure or just naive? Do you REALLY think Trump will renegotiate any trade deals? You probably are simple enough to actually think he will. Rube.

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2016-11-29 05:18 PM | Reply

Do you REALLY think Trump will renegotiate any trade deals? POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

Well.. what is the current status of the TPP trade deal?

DOA.

#16 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2016-11-29 05:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Do you REALLY think Trump will renegotiate any trade deals?

#15 | Posted by Sycophant

Canada is willing to change NAFTA.

#17 | Posted by Federalist at 2016-11-29 09:00 PM | Reply

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