Election 2016

Breitbart Pretends It's Not Trump's and Bannon's Propaganda Machine—Don't Be Fooled

The white nationalist media hub will never truly criticize its leader.

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Breitbart News is, in the words of its former chairman Steve Bannon, the “platform of the alt-right.” The so-called alt-right is the name being used by a movement of white nationalists, racists, anti-Semites and misogynists who have called for a white ethno-state, “peaceful ethnic cleansing,” and forced sterilization of ethnic minorities. Thrilled by Trump’s victory and the fact that Bannon has been named senior White House strategist, white nationalists celebrated at a gathering just this weekend, sieg heiled in Trump’s name and questioned whether Jews are people.

The blowback and outrage from Bannon’s appointment has likely made the Trump team wary of seeming to be in cahoots with an outlet that has flaunted its association with a white separatist and supremacist movement. That means Breitbart has to at least appear not to be the white nationalist media arm of the White House. To that end, Breitbart has published a seemingly critical story about Trump’s decision not to pursue bogus charges against Hillary Clinton for emails that have been thoroughly investigated by the FBI, which turned up nothing.

The story, originally headlined "Broken Promise: Trump ‘Doesn’t Wish to Pursue’ Clinton Email Charges," actually lacks any real jabs at Trump, instead merely quoting Kellyanne Conway’s statements on the matter. (That statement actually includes the line, “If Donald Trump can help [Clinton] heal, then perhaps that is a good thing.” Because that’s how dumb they think you are, especially after this election, America.) Breitbart, which has previously scraped the bottom of the barrel to insult its targets—for example, calling Bill Kristol a “Renegade Jew”—had nothing negative to say about Trump, because it has no intention of ever lobbing even the mildest criticism his way.

There will likely be a number of stories coming out of Breitbart over the next few years that appear to call out Trump on various issues. This is pure subterfuge, a distraction from the reality that the outlet is in a symbiotic relationship with Bannon’s White House and the white nationalists that vigorously support it.

Don’t be fooled. Not now and not ever.

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.

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