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Fri Jan 29, 2021, 10:59 AM

How the Right Wing Convinces Itself That Liberals Are Evil

This article is from a couple of years ago, but I think it's important to remember who and what they are, always have been nd maybe always will be.

https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/july-august-2018/how-the-right-wing-convinces-itself-that-liberals-are-evil/

If you spend any time consuming right-wing media in America, you quickly learn the following: Liberals are responsible for racism, slavery, and the Ku Klux Klan. They admire Mussolini and Hitler, and modern liberalism is little different from fascism or, even worse, communism. The mainstream media and academia cannot be trusted because of the pervasive, totalitarian nature of liberal culture.

This belief in a broad liberal conspiracy is standard in the highest echelons of the conservative establishment and right-wing media. The Russia investigation is dismissed, from the president on down, as a politicized witch hunt. George Soros supposedly paid $300 to each participant in the “March for Our Lives” in March. (Disclosure: I marched that day, and I’m still awaiting my check.) What is less well appreciated by liberals is that the language of conspiracy is often used to justify similar behavior on the right. The Russia investigation is not just a witch hunt, it’s the product of the real scandal, which is Hillary-Russia-Obama-FBI collusion, so we must investigate that. Soros funds paid campus protestors, so Turning Point USA needs millions of dollars from Republican donors to win university elections. The liberal academic establishment prevents conservative voices from getting plum faculty jobs, so the Koch Foundation needs to give millions of dollars to universities with strings very much attached.

This did not begin with Donald Trump. The modern Republican Party may be particularly apt to push conspiracy theories to rationalize its complicity with a staggeringly corrupt administration, but this is an extension of, not a break from, a much longer history. Since its very beginning, in the 1950s, members of the modern conservative movement have justified bad behavior by convincing themselves that the other side is worse. One of the binding agents holding the conservative coalition together over the course of the past half century has been an opposition to liberalism, socialism, and global communism built on the suspicion, sometimes made explicit, that there’s no real difference among them.

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Both Morley and Huie felt victimized by a liberal press establishment that stifled alternative voices—and, after all, liberals had the New Republic and leftists the Nation as journals of opinion—but their charge of mainstream “bias” was more complicated. One of the largest newspapers in the United States, the Chicago Tribune, owned by conservative businessman Robert McCormick, had militantly opposed the New Deal and American entry into World War II. Fulton Lewis Jr., a Washington, D.C.–based political journalist who was, by 1950, one of Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy’s biggest supporters, had one of the most listened-to radio programs in the country. And both Morley and Huie had had illustrious careers before launching their magazines. Morley won a Pulitzer Prize when he edited the Washington Post in the 1930s; Huie had a solid reputation as a freelance journalist. But they clung to the belief that dissenters from the liberal orthodoxy were being hounded out of media, which more than justified questionable acts, particularly on Huie’s part. Desperate to keep his magazine afloat, Huie sold the American Mercury in 1952 to far-right businessman Russell Maguire, who was closely tied to prominent anti-Semites and was one himself. Huie told a reporter at Time that he knew all about Maguire’s unsavory views, but believed his financial backing was necessary in order to ensure a conservative voice in American letters. “If I suddenly heard Adolf Hitler was alive in South America and wanted to give a million dollars to the American Mercury, I would go down and get it.”

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LazySusanNot Jan 29 #7
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Fri Jan 29, 2021, 11:10 AM

2. yes. By removing the Fairness Doctrine

it gave them the space they needed to say, but the other side...

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Fri Jan 29, 2021, 11:23 AM

4. Yes, CPB ruined public television and radio.

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Fri Jan 29, 2021, 01:53 PM

7. Also, that Koch Brothers "philanthropy" turns out to be a sword that cuts both ways

Despite the positive influences David had on the Arts, Sciences and Education through his philanthropy, his brother Charles and their combined pile of dirty money have negated much of it. I can hardly listen to NPR anymore. It used to be a national treasure. What was the republican or collective Koch influence over time? Did the absence of the Fairness Doctrine make the biggest difference. Not sure but like you said, something is certainly wrong at PBS.

Linking one article to each brother:

Links to articles:
Looking Back At David Koch's Impact On American Politics
[link:https://www.npr.org/2019/08/23/753836579/looking-back-at-david-kochs-impact-on-american-politics|

and this:
Charles Koch unfortunately still alive.
[link:http://www.thebeaverton.com/2019/08/charles-koch-unfortunately-still-alive/|

Not sure if this is real but there's a quote attributed to Nancy Pelosi in the article???...

"It's a cruel twist of fate that we lost the one Koch brother who gave a shit about his fellow man." "David Koch left behind a rich legacy for us to enjoy long after his passing, unlike Charles, who when he goes wants to take us all with him."
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Fri Jan 29, 2021, 11:24 AM

5. K&R - thank you! n/t

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Fri Jan 29, 2021, 11:39 AM

6. Good article. Yes, demonization AND bothsideserism, the latter

especially to confuse people so they don't know what's happening and blame Republican crimes on Democrats, to normalize what they can't pin on Dems, to provide excuses for the farther left to attack Democrats, and to disgust and discourage people from voting.

Of the two, I'd rather be the fanged commie demon under the bed than "really no different from the Republicans." Easier to fight.

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Fri Jan 29, 2021, 03:27 PM

8. Thanks for posting

I try to save and file away every scrap of information I can find to explain them. As of this writing, there is no explanation.
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