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by Nathan J. Robinson
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at 5:03 AM
This election is a repudiation of the establishment which means the wisdom of pundits, experts, and elites has been proven hollow...Trump won because of his appeals to racism and sexism and his vicious misogynistic lies about Hillary Clinton...Media is responsible for creating Trump.
Nathan J. Robinson is editor of Current Affairs.
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Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 10:58 AM
In 1922âat the dawn of Hitlerâs budding nationalist movementâThe New York Times published its first profile, and explained his demagoguery away. The article, titled âNew Popular Idol Rises in Bavaria,â begins with several alarming subheadings: âHitler credited with extraordinary powers of swaying crowds to his will,â âforms gray-shirted armyâ¦ They obey orders implicitly,â âLeader a reactionary,â âAnti-Red and Anti-Semitic.â It then goes on to undermine these charges.
According to âseveral reliable, well-informed [unnamed] sources,â weâre told, âHitlerâs anti-Semitism was not so genuine or violent as it sounded,â though âthe Hitler movement is not of a mere local or picturesque interest.â
He was merely using anti-Semitic propaganda as a bait to catch masses of followers and keep them aroused, enthusiastic and in line for the time when his organization is perfected and sufficiently powerful to be employed effectively for political purposes.
What purposes? The paper quotes one admiring âsophisticated politicianâ as saying, âYou canât expect the masses to understand or appreciate your finer real aims. You must feed the masses with cruder morsels and ideas like anti-Semitism. It would be politically all wrong to tell them the truth about where you really are leading them.â Where might this be? The shadowy source did not say. We cynically expect all politicians to lie, to feed us âcruder morsels.â But assuming that racism, bigotry, and scapegoatingâwhether sincere or notâwill go down so easily with so many people constitutes a very dark view of âthe masses.â
Ten years later, after Hitler was released from prison for treason and had begun his candidacy for president, many, even more complimentary, articles would followâas Rafael Medoff documents in The Daily Beastâall the way up to Time magazineâs naming him âMan of the Yearâ for 1938. âWhy did many mainstream American newspapers portray the Hitler regime positively,â asks Medoff, âespecially in its early months? How could they publish warm human-interest stories about a brutal dictator? Why did they excuse or rationalize Nazi anti-Semitism? These are questions that should haunt the conscience of U.S. journalism to this day.â
One reporter in a 1933 Christian Science Monitor dispatch from Germany informed his readers that âthe train arrived punctuallyââindulging a trope about fascists making the âtrains run on timeâ that has astonishingly come back in circulation via former Cincinnati mayor Ken Blackwell. âTraffic was well regulated.â The correspondent found ânot the slightest sign of anything unusual afoot.â The word we often hear for what happened during the 30s is ânormalization,â a process by which the most harrowing portents were blended into the landscape, rendered signs of nothing âunusual afoot.â
The normalization of Nazism in Germany involved a tremendous propaganda effort, much of it aimed at children. In the U.S., the press seemed more than willing to turn an ethno-nationalist movement with frighteningâand plainly statedâobjectives into an ordinary, rational state actor. Anti-Semitism was described as legitimate political resentment or reasonable anger at German Jewsâ âcommercial clannishness.â Somehow the victims of Nazism had to be responsible for their own murder and persecution. âThere must be some reason,â wrote The Christian Century in an April, 1933 editorial, âother than race or creedâjust what is that reason?â Few people, it seems, could or would allow themselves to imagine that the new German FÃ¼hrer actually meant what he said.
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Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at 12:24 PM
"America proved that no grandpa is too racist to become leader of the free world...
Trump is like a Magic 8 Ball, every time you shake him gives you a different answer...
The media supposed to catch a serial liar failed. Some blame lies with the mainstream media who waited far too long to take Trump seriously and gave him billions of dollars worth of free media..."
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