Last month, Breitbart editor Alex Marlow went on Real Time with Bill Maher to explain to the HBO host why Breitbart wasn't a cesspool of racial hatred and misinformation. “The Breitbart editors are the most wonderful, diverse, influential journalists on the planet, and no one is interested in their real story because they’re so quick to want to call people ‘racist,’" said Marlow when Maher confronted him about the site's rampant xenophobia. If Marlow is correct, then these wonderful, not-racist and diverse journalists should not be attracting virulent racists to the site, right?
A cursory glance through the comments section of a random Breitbart article dispels this notion astonishingly quickly. Contrary to Marlow's claims, the writers at Breitbart have managed to create a site that attracts some of the most vile racist, misogynistic malcontents who appear more ideologically inline with the KKK than the 'Alt Right' movement they claim to represent. In an article posted on July 11th about Michelle Obama's new book named "Chasing Light", a collection of White House pictures of the former First Lady, Breitbart readers weighed in on the book with what can only be described as truly frightening racism. These were the first comments that appear on the article (and no, we don't link to Breitbart.com):
There are many, many more comments reflecting the same disgusting racism and misogyny, and it makes for truly disturbing reading. While you can't always blame the site for the commenters, in Breitbart's case this is far from being unusual. The site is so toxic that earlier this year, it lost a whopping 90% of its advertisers in three months, and was forced to fire one of its writers over Islamaphobic comments to stop more from following. If Breitbart is the wonderfully diverse place its editor believes it to be, then he might want to take a long, hard look at the profile of the people reading it.
The Breitbart comments section doesn't prove that everyone in the Alt Right/'Trump movement is racist, but it does substantiate the very obvious reality that virtually all racists are part of the Alt Right/'Trump movement. Say what you will about fringe elements of the left in America, nothing comes close to the unadulterated hate you find on the opposite side of the spectrum.