During the 2016 presidential election cycle, consumers of the mainstream media establishment became acutely aware of corporate media’s new favorite buzzword: “alt-right.” For most of us who had never heard the term, we picked up on its definition from context and determined that alt-right meant something like “a loose collection of edgy, social-media-savvy memelords with an extreme dislike for political correctness, media elites, and the Washington establishment.” And a whole lot us thought, “Yeah, that kind of sounds like me.”
Of course, the media and the SPLC loudly and persistently maintained that these alt-righters were extraordinarily racist, but they had made so many unfounded accusations of racism that they were starting to sound like the boy who cried Nazi. Many young Americans knew some of these “spicy” edgelord personalities and knew full-well that they had no animosity towards people of other races. So either the media were lying about the ubiquity of white identitarianism in America, or they were lying about the definition of alt-right. For a long time after the term became mainstream, it was legitimately difficult to know which was which.
The Actual Alt-Right
The term “Alt-Right” was coined by Richard Spencer in 2008 to describe a coalition of white supremacists, white nationalists, white separatists, and several other ideological subsets of white identitarianism. He coined the term to distinguish these movements from American conservatives, who in contrast emphasize limited government and individual liberty, and who despise Spencer’s racism.
In Spencer’s view, “conservatives” betray the interests of white people by attempting to conserve the western liberal tradition of individual liberty, personal responsibility, and equality under the law. The alt-right seeks to subvert these fundamental tenets of conservatism and replace them with a government and social order that promotes the interests of white people. These are really, really nasty people!
How Absolutely Everything Became Alt-Right
The democrat media industrial complex has always had a vested interest in castigating conservatives as racists in order to undermine the political success of the conservative movement. Incidentally, racists also have an interest in conflating their views with the views of the conservative mainstream in order to expand their platform and convince unsuspecting would-be converts that their views are not as marginal or extreme as they actually are. The relatively novel and generally obscure label “alt-right” provided both the media and the racists with the perfect opportunity to mislead the public and mislabel the conservative coalition as alt-right. And, for a while, it worked so well that even some conservatives fell for it.
To give you some idea of how bizarrely wide a net the mainstream media cast with the term alt-right, consider some of these examples:
In 2014, a complicated controversy called #GamerGate led journalists in the video game industry to castigate virtually every male gamer as alt-right for pushing back against efforts by journalists and game publishers to transform games into a medium of alt-left identitarian propaganda. When the initial volley of accusations failed to turn the tide in favor of the media, they switched their tact to criticizing #GamerGate participants for “harassing” the journalists. This “cry bully” tactic of viciously attacking someone and then playing the victim when they dare defend themselves would become the signature of the left-wing media in the coming years.
In 2016, a video of Canadian psychology professor Dr. Jordan Peterson criticizing Bill C-16 went viral. The proposed legislation would add gender identity and gender expression to the definition of discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code. In effect, the legislation would classify “misgendering” a transgender individual as illegal hate speech. Peterson criticized the legislation as “compelled speech”–wholely violative of the free speech principles of the western liberal tradition. For his refusal to comply with the far left’s political correctness, Peterson was eviscerated in the American and Canadian media as a Nazi alt-right transphobe.
2016 saw countless examples of unfair accusations by the democrat media complex–so many that it’s difficult to document even a small subset of them. But perhaps the attack that best characterizes this period was Hillary Clinton’s insinuation that the alt-right had “effectively taken over the Republican Party,” going so far as to call “half” of Trump supports a “basket of deplorables…racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it.” While it is true that the alt-right initially supported Trump (though Richard Spencer has since denounced the president), the proposition that half of the 63 million Trump voters are alt-right racists is absurd on its face.
To support the lie that the Trump coalition was predominantly or significantly influenced by actual racists, the entire newsmedia industry and democratic establishment (but I repeat myself) blatantly lied about President Trump’s comments regarding the 2017 neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and its accompanying violence that led to the death of a left-wing counterprotester. Again and again, the lie was repeated that Trump had said on August 15 that there were “very fine people on both sides” of this conflict. They fail to cite his August 12 comment that “We all must be united and condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let’s come together as one! … We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides.” The “very fine people” comment referred explicitly to people who were not “white supremacist by any stretch,” and was immediately followed up with the comment “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.” You can honestly dispute whether someone marching in a white supremacist rally can be morally distinguished from supporters of white supremacy, but what you cannot honestly contend is that Trump’s statements support, condone, or endorse white supremacy. That is a bold-faced lie that the media continues to parrot to this day.
In 2017, pranksters on the message board website 4chan distributed a hoax infographic claiming that the “ok” hand gesture was a secret dog whistle white supremacy signal signaling “white power,” and that Donald Trump’s frequent use of the gesture when speaking was a super-secret signal to his Kabal of racist supporters. The corporate media bought it hook, line, and sinker. To this day you can still find mainstream media outlets suggesting to their readers that this person or that person is a secret alt-right Nazi because they play the circle game.
In 2018, Lauren Southern was barred from entering the UK because she had produced a documentary called Farmlands, documenting the racially-motivated murders of white farmers in South Africa. Mainstream media outlets have very effectively castigated Southern as a racist alt-right white nationalist conspiracy theorist, a claim undercut by ten minutes of consuming her actual content.
In 2019, The Economist published an interview with Ben Shapiro–a conservative commentator and an orthodox Jew–with a headline calling Shapiro a “sage” of the alt-right. Last I checked, Richard Spencer and his ilk aren’t big fans of the Jews. Shapiro eventually forced the editor to print a retraction–which to their credit they did. But it begs the question of how many such misrepresentations never get corrected, or are corrected quietly after the damage has been done.
In 2019, The Daily Beast referred to Mormons (you know, those really nice neighbors that talk like Ward Cleaver and always invite you to the neighborhood barbecue) as alt-right Nazis for using a hashtag #DezNat to promote fundamentals of their faith such as traditional marriage and loyalty to Church leaders.
In 2019, Project Veritas leaked internal communications of the Google corporation that labeled Ben Shapiro (orthodox Jew), Denis Praeger (orthodox Jew), and Jordon Peterson as “Nazi’s using dog whistles.”
And so we see the media attacks continue unabated right up until today. With the democrat media industrial complex calling anyone and anything right of Karl Marx “alt-right,” it’s little wonder that so many good people got confused about its meaning.
The Alt-Right Fades Back Into Obscurity
In the aftermath of the 2016 election and 2017 Charlottesville rally, the public became increasingly aware of the racist origins of the term “alt-right” and began distancing themselves from the label and the movement. Today it is much more widely understood that “alt-right” refers to white identitarian racists and not mainstream conservatives or even edgy internet meme lords.
A New Election Season Dawns
That being said, the democrat media industrial complex still has an interest in labeling all of their political enemies as racist sexist bigot homophobes who want to drop Grandma off a cliff, strap dogs to the top of cars, and put y’all back in chains. Their lies are not going to stop, especially not in a year when Donald Trump is up for reelection. Keep your eyes open for these deceptions, and remember that with a track record as abysmal as that of CNN, MSNBC, ABC, Vox, Slate, Salon, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and just about every other corporate media establishment, if they cry racism, the burden of evidence is on them to prove it. Because when only one of every 100 people you claim to be alt-right turns out to be alt-right, it’s your own damn fault that the public doesn’t trust you.
It’s obvious to anyone with two eyeballs and more than two brain cells that the democrat media industrial complex hates working-class Americans, hates conservative ideas, and hates that you still have a voice in our political discourse. They will stop at nothing to decimate the political influence of anyone and everything they hate. If they have to lie about you to do it, all the better. Whether or not you like it when Trump refers to the mainstream media as “the enemy of the people,” there’s one thing that’s impossible to dispute: if you don’t tow the progressive line, the media is definitely the enemy of you.