After a white supremacist plowed his car into a crowd of anti-fascist protestors, one would think that responsible media outlets would cover the story quite extensively. Not so if you’re Breitbart.com — the internet’s thinly disguised home to America’s White Power community.
The headline on Breitbart today has nothing to do with the awful tragedy, and you have to look carefully to find anything related to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. In fact, the only story given prime real estate on the homepage today is Jeff Session’s denouncement of NBC’s supposed attempt to “associate Trump with Neo-Nazis” (they didn’t, Sessions was asked whether Trump stood up “sufficiently to white supremacy”):
Breitbart.com has steadfastly maintained it is not a racist site, is not sympathetic to white supremacist beliefs, and abhors discrimination of all kinds. “The Breitbart editors are the most wonderful, diverse, influential journalists on the planet,” Breitbart editor Alex Marlow once told Bill Maher. “And no one is interested in their real story because they’re so quick to want to call people ‘racist’.”
These “wonderful, diverse,” journalists have created a site that attracts some of the most virulent racists on the internet — a fact quickly realized when browsing through the comments section on any vaguely race related piece (or even just mentioning Michelle Obama). On the Jeff Sessions piece, the majority of the comments are appallingly racist — thread after thread after thread of Breitbart fans blaming Obama for the violence in Charlottesville, equating Black Lives Matter to Neo Nazis, and claiming white Europeans are being oppressed. Here’s a small sample of the growing debate (and no, we’re not linking to the article):
Breitbart.com promotes this alternate, paranoid reality on a daily basis, and while their “journalism” isn’t directly racist, the insinuation is clear: White America is under attack, and Donald Trump is here to save it.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.