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Breitbart: White Supremacy Ties.

#1  Postby Animavore » Oct 07, 2017 6:23 am

The Breitbart employee closest to the alt-right was Milo Yiannopoulos, the site’s former tech editor known best for his outrageous public provocations, such as last year’s Dangerous Faggot speaking tour and September’s canceled Free Speech Week in Berkeley. For more than a year, Yiannopoulos led the site in a coy dance around the movement’s nastier edges, writing stories that minimized the role of neo-Nazis and white nationalists while giving its politer voices “a fair hearing.” In March, Breitbart editor Alex Marlow insisted “we’re not a hate site.” Breitbart’s media relations staff repeatedly threatened to sue outlets that described Yiannopoulos as racist. And after the violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, Breitbart published an article explaining that when Bannon said the site welcomed the alt-right, he was merely referring to “computer gamers and blue-collar voters who hated the GOP brand.”

These new emails and documents, however, clearly show that Breitbart does more than tolerate the most hate-filled, racist voices of the alt-right. It thrives on them, fueling and being fueled by some of the most toxic beliefs on the political spectrum and clearing the way for them to enter the American mainstream.

It’s a relationship illustrated most starkly by a previously unreleased April 2016 video in which Yiannopoulos sings “America the Beautiful” in a Dallas karaoke bar as admirers, including the white nationalist Richard Spencer, raise their arms in Nazi salutes.

These documents chart the Breitbart alt-right universe. They reveal how the website and, in particular, Yiannopoulos links the Mercer family, the billionaires who fund Breitbart, to underpaid trolls who fill it with provocative content, and to extremists striving to create a white ethnostate.

They capture what Bannon calls his “killing machine” in action, as it dredges up the resentments of people around the world, sifts through these grievances for ideas and content, and propels them from the unsavory parts of the internet up to TrumpWorld, collecting advertisers’ checks all along the way.

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Re: Breitbart: White Supremacy Ties.

#2  Postby Animavore » Oct 07, 2017 6:26 am

Liberal journalists reportedly sent tips to Breitbart now they’re scrambling

A recently released cache of email correspondence revealed direct collaboration between popular alt-right website Breitbart and purported white nationalists and neo-Nazis. While the revelations are damning, they are not entirely surprising to those who follow Breitbart’s editorial strategies. More shocking, perhaps, is that a number of purportedly liberal journalists have also secretly colluded with Breitbart over the years.

On October 5, Buzzfeed News published Joseph Bernstein’s exclusive report detailing emails and documents internal to Breitbart News staff which detailed the relationship between the right-wing sensationalist news site and the fringe elements that kept correspondence with its former tech editor, right-wing bomb-thrower Milo Yiannopoulos.
As such, the revelations contained in Buzzfeed's report were damning on two different political axes: First, Buzzfeed refuted the notion that Breitbart was the “normal” news site it always claimed to be, by discovering more intentional connections to the white nationalist and neo-Nazi elements that the site and its lawyers persistently disavow. (As Buzzfeed wrote, “Yiannopoulos led the site in a coy dance around the movement’s nastier edges, writing stories that minimized the role of neo-Nazis and white nationalists.”) And second, the report suggested that some journalists had been “double-agents” for Yiannopoulos and his Breitbart cohort.

Buzzfeed reported that a number of purportedly liberal journalists sent Yiannopoulos story ideas, even asking the provocateur with an army of online trolls at his disposal to mock specific feminist figures. Since publication, those journalists have become the locus of a storm of controversy.

"Yiannopoulos had hidden helpers in the liberal media against which he and Bannon fought so uncompromisingly,” Buzzfeed wrote.

Breitbart has become a focus of sorts for its possible connections to hate groups in part because it looms so large within Trump’s inner circle; the president himself has described it in glowing terms. Yet rumors of overt connections to hate groups have dogged Breitbart for years. Politically, Breitbart has a very direct connection to President Trump and his acolytes: its executive chairman is former Trump strategist Steve Bannon. Likewise, Yiannopoulos’s reverence for Trump is so deep that he has been known to utter Plath-esque ululations of “Daddy” upon hearing the president’s name. New York Times reporters asked Trump about Breitbart when he was president-elect; at the time, Trump attempted to normalize the site. “Breitbart cover things, I mean like The New York Times covers things,” he told reporters. “Breitbart, first of all, is just a publication. And, you know, they cover stories like you [the Times] cover stories. Now, they are certainly a much more conservative paper, to put it mildly, than The New York Times. But Breitbart really is a news organization.”

While Breitbart claims to disavow connections to white nationalism or avowed Nazi movements, its content is often clearly written to appeal to those who might sympathize with said politics. Steeped in xenophobic and nationalist rhetoric, the site’s reporting and op-eds routinely scapegoat immigrants, poor people, non-whites and Muslims. Yet until Buzzfeed’s report, Breitbart News had done a half-decent job of hiding any overt hate speech no swastikas, racist caricatures or author headshots donning white hoods by masking politics in dog-whistles and the slippery slope of white identity politics. (The site includes a "Black Crime" tag).

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#3  Postby Animavore » Oct 07, 2017 6:27 am

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#4  Postby The_Piper » Oct 07, 2017 12:28 pm

Quelle surprise? I thought we knew this already.
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#5  Postby VazScep » Oct 07, 2017 6:26 pm

He added that during his karaoke performance, his "severe myopia" made it impossible for him to see the Hitler salutes a few feet away.
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#6  Postby proudfootz » Oct 07, 2017 10:40 pm

So the 'Master Race' has genetic problems with vision?
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#7  Postby Rachel Bronwyn » Oct 07, 2017 11:25 pm

His whole schtick is "I can't be a Nazi because I have a Jewish grandparent."
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#8  Postby Calilasseia » Oct 08, 2017 1:44 pm

Rachel Bronwyn wrote:His whole schtick is "I can't be a Nazi because I have a Jewish grandparent."


You mean he's a mischlinge? :D

Oh wait, a good number of real Nazis around Hitler were also, shall we say, distanced from the Aryan ideal. See, for example, Alfried Rosenberg. There are some savage insights into this individual in Airey Neave's Nuremberg, such as this on page 103:

Goebbels, the waspish Propaganda Minister, said "Rosenberg almost managed to become a scholar, a journalist, a politician, but only almost."


Also on page 103:

Rosenberg studied me with a pained stare. He seemed set apart from the other defendants and regarded by them as a foreigner. He came from Estonia of a family of so-called German nationals. He was dark and there seemed nothing very German in his appearance. Most Nazis thought he had Jewish blood and that he must be the 'only Aryan Rosenberg in the world'. He certainly had a Jewish mistress.


Continuing from the bottom of Page 103 to page 104, we have this frankly disturbing insight into him:

He was not an attractive sight, nor did he look a perfect example of the racial superiority of the Nordic people, his principal vision for the future. I was startled to hear that he had once been an art master. He appearance was that of an off-duty undertaker in a Boris Karloff horror film for which the yellowish tinge of his complexion was well suited.

Knowing something of his diaries, which were discovered hidden in a castle in Bavaria, I wondered what sort of women had admired him. Only devotees of the pure doctrine could have stomached this funereal pedant. In The Myth of the Twentieth Century he wrote [the following words]:

Emancipation of women from the women's emancipation movement is the first demand of a generation of women who would like to save the Volk and the race, the Eternal-Unconscious, the foundation of all culture, from decline and fall.

... The Woman belongs deeply to the total life of the people. All educational opportunities must remain open to her.


In 1936, when Rosenberg was Editor-in-Chief of the official Nazi Party newspaper, the Völkischer Beobachter, he wrote:

It might seem amazing that women and girls should return to the work of spinning wheels and weaving looms. But this is wholly natural. It was something that could have been foreseen. This work must be taken up by the women and girls of the Third Reich.


Would he I wondered have spoken thus in bed with his Jewish mistress? Almost certainly, yes. In his cloudy mind one thing at least was clear: 'Only man must be and remain a judge, a soldier and ruler of the state'. And: 'Soul means race seen from the inside ... Race is the outside of the Soul'.


I suspect this is someone who, were he still alive, you would be only too happy never to meet. :)

Though he did offer one piece of prophesy that was to become true ... After the signing of the Moscow Pact in August 1939, an outraged Rosenberg wrote in his diary, 'The Soviets are said already to have selected a delegation for the Nuremberg Party Rally', followed by 'I have the feeling that this Moscow Pact will at some time or other exact vengeance on National Socialism'.

An indication of how he was viewed by his contemporaries, is succinctly provided by Lord Vantsittart at the British Foreign Office, who dismissed him as 'a ponderous lightweight'.

As for the term mischlinge, that's straight out of the Nuremberg Laws. From page 121 of Nuremberg, covering Wilhelm Frick, we have this:

On November 14th of the same year [1935], Hitler, Frick and Hess co-signed the Nuremberg Laws which declared that anyone who had three Jewish grandparents, or two if he practised the religion, was a Jew. 'Mischlinge' were those with either one or two fully Jewish grandparents. There is some evidence that Frick's ministry operated these rules on occasion in a relatively liberal manner compared to the exrteme racists. As a result a few hundred mischlinge were declared German by special decree of Hitler.


Though I suspect alongside the rest of the pathology of the Third Reich, this did Frick few favours at the Nuremberg Trials. Frick, after all, was responsible for the administration of the infamous Aktion T4 programme of exterminating people with disabilities, and was instrumental in the drafting of legislation aimed at consolidating Nazi power in the early days of Hitler's Chancellorship. He was also an enthusiastic racist, and the Nuremberg Laws were in part his creation. Although in theory he was also the individual in government with primary responsibility for concentration and extermination camps, the Byzantine and rococo nature of the internal organisation of government under Hitler, meant that Frick was largely responsible in name only, as a result of conflict (doubtless engineered by Hitler to keep his subordinates occupied) between Frick and Himmler. From an operational standpoint, the real man in charge in this area was Himmler.

It's faintly hilarious seeing the "alt-right" not only being lyrically devoted to the worst excesses of Nazi politics (whilst keeping lawyers on permanent retainer to fight off the inevitable critique of this), but manifesting the same florid idiosyncrasies with respect to the foibles of individuals within the movement. Though in this case, Milo the attention whore not only brings a possibly Rosenberg style genealogy to the table, but also Goering's fulminatingly febrile brand of transvestism. Makes one wonder what other parallels are waiting to be discovered, though anyone occupying the Kaltenbrunner role within the "alt-right" should be an immediate candidate for law enforcement attention.
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