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'Half-baked': Greg Abbott scorched by major Texas paper for 'ludicrous' plan to finish Trump's border wall

Calling his plans to complete the building of Donald Trump's border wall "ludicrous," the editorial board of the Austin -American Statesman hammered Gov. Greg Abbott in a biting editorial on Sunday morning.

Abbott, who has taken to signing high-profile executive orders aimed at rallying conservative voters in his state, recently announced plans to finish the wall that was begun by Trump with the promise that Mexico would pay for it.

With President Joe Biden pulling the plug of finishing the wall that Trump started by shuffling money away from the Pentagon, Abbott proposed raising money to finish the job with a scheme that the paper's editorial board bluntly called "a half-baked, Go-Fund-Me effort that should make all Texans cringe."

Noting that the governor is doing nothing about the state's power grid problems that led to deaths from a killing freeze last winter and now energy outages as the state bakes from a heatwave, the editorial called out, "Abbott's acts of political theater at the border, advancing his 2022 reelection bid and possible White House aspirations."

"Although he is inviting private donations for the wall, the governor is using real taxpayer money — moving $250 million out of the state prison budget — to get the ball rolling, starting with hiring a project manager," the paper reported. "And while Abbott says he wants to work with Texans eager to donate their land for a border wall, many landowners along the border have fought such a project for years — meaning Texas would face years of expensive litigation if it tried to make a border wall a reality."

Citing the many problems with getting the wall finished -- including building it on land that is privately owned -- the editors pointed out, "Trump never understood any of that. But the governor of Texas does."

"Instead of biting at Biden's heels with a rival plan for border security, Abbott should be tending to the needs of Texans. We have a power grid that failed in February, killing hundreds of Texans, and even now the grid struggles to meet the state's energy demands. We have the nation's highest rate and largest number of people without health insurance. We have a network of highways, dams and levees that earned 'D' grades in this year's infrastructure report card by the American Society of Civil Engineers," the editors charged before concluding., "The governor should focus on those problems, and the needs of all Texans, instead of propping up his political ambitions with a wasteful border wall."

You can read the whole op-ed here.

North Carolina GOP blasted by local paper for 'cheating voters out of their vote' with suppression bills

Republicans in North Carolina were blasted for attempting to cheat in elections in a hard-hitting new editorial by the Winston-Salem Journal.

"A little context is in order. Over the years, Republican legislators in North Carolina have invested a considerable amount of time, money and energy in suppressing votes to retain power," the newspaper noted. "And they've accompanied these efforts with constant fairy tales of unsubstantiated 'voter fraud' intended to weaken the public's confidence in election results. That strategy, applied nationwide, contributed largely to the Jan. 6 insurrection."

"And they've not quit yet. Mimicking the nationwide effort to pass new voter-suppression laws — at least 389 bills with restrictive voting provisions have been introduced in 48 states this year, according to the Brennan Center for Justice — N.C. Senate Republicans passed a trio of election measures Wednesday, sending them to the N.C. House, that on the surface may seem benign, but are intended, once more, to suppress votes," the newspaper explained. "Again, these bills may seem harmless, even justifiable, but their intent is clear: to reduce the number of legitimate votes that are accepted and counted."

The newspaper explained how Republicans fear that their party does worse as turnout increases.

"It has been Republican orthodoxy for some time now that when more people vote, more Democrats win. It's an idea that once was only spoken quietly, but more recently has come closer to the surface. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called the idea of making Election Day a national holiday — an idea supported by 65% of the public — a Democratic Party 'power grab.' Last November, Sen. Lindsey Graham said, 'If we don't do something about voting by mail, we're gonna lose the ability to elect a Republican in this country.' And former President Trump said last year that if early and absentee voting options were expanded, as Democrats wanted, 'you'd never have a Republican elected in this country again.' But that doesn't justify cheating voters out of their vote," the newspaper explained.

The newspaper said they weren't asking much of Republicans.

"We're only asking them to win elections honestly — by appealing to a majority of voters. Or to at least stop trying to suppress Black votes," the Winston-Salem Journal wrote.

Fox fires Project Veritas-affiliated reporter who declared on-air she's being 'muzzled' by her bosses: report

Fox 26 Houston reporter Ivory Hecker announced Tuesday she has been fired after announcing live on-air during an on-scene segment that her bosses had been "muzzling" her and she had given secretly recorded audio and video to the discredited far right wing activists at Project Veritas.

"Before we get to that story, I want to let you, the viewers, know that Fox Corp. has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers," Hecker said on-camera Monday during her report (video below). "And from what I'm gathering, I am not the only reporter being subjected to this."

The Daily Beast reports that in a phone call with Hecker "she said that she had just been terminated by the Fox outlet."

But Hecker seems glad to go.

"I have been longing to part ways with this strange, slightly unhinged corporation since last August when I realized what they were," she told The Daily Beast. "The piece with Project Veritas doesn't touch what they did. Fox 26 knows I'm fearless."

She added: "I have zero interest in working for another corporation. They all toe the same line."

It's unclear what "line" that is but it would seem she would have been more comfortable at another "unhinged corporation," possibly OANN.

Here's Hecker's report from Monday.


Right-wing Twitter erupts after Fox reporter says on-air that she's handing over recordings to Project Veritas

This Monday, Fox26Houston reporter Ivory Hecker went off script during a live report and informed her bosses that she had been secretly recording them and plans to hand over the recordings to the right-wing media watchdog group Project Veritas.

Hecker was about to start her report on power outages throughout the region, but interrupted her report to say she had an announcement.

"Before we get to that story, I want to let you the viewers know that [Fox Corporation] has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers — and from that I'm gathering, I'm not the only reporter being subjected to this — I'm going to be releasing some recordings about what goes on behind the scenes at Fox, because it applies to you, the viewers," she said.

"I found a non-profit journalism group called Project Veritas who's gonna help put that out tomorrow, so tune into them ," she added before going on to report on the heat wave story.


The fact that Hecker was planning on handing over her recordings to Project Veritas -- a group that has been accused of deceptive editing --- had conservatives on Twitter excited, giving them hope that some kind of reckoning is in store for the Fox News Corporation. Without even knowing that information Hecker has, some are already praising her as a "whistleblower."







'More than likely caused by science': Jon Stewart stuns Stephen Colbert with COVID lab leak theory

Jon Stewart's theory about the origin of the COVID-19 virus left Stephen Colbert shocked. On Monday, June 14, Stewart revealed to his longtime friend that he believes the virus may have been created in a lab, according to Yahoo! News.

"I think we owe a great debt of gratitude to science," Stewart said. "Science has, in many ways, helped ease the suffering of this pandemic, which was more than likely caused by science."

Curious about Stewart's remarks, Colbert asked, "Do you mean perhaps there's a chance that this was created in a lab?"

Stewart wasted no time offering clarity about his remarks as he doubled down on his theory.

"A chance?" Stewart replied. "There's a novel respiratory coronavirus overtaking Wuhan, China, what do we do? Oh, you know, who we could ask? The Wuhan novel respiratory coronavirus lab. The disease is the same name as the lab! That's just a little too weird!"

Stewart went on to offer a backhanded compliment about the work of scientists during the pandemic. While he believes that they should receive credit for the development of the vaccine and the pandemic response, he suggested they simply are working to put out the fire that they actually started.

"Here's how I believe the world ends," Stewart said. "I say this to you in sincerity… the world ends, the last words man utters are somewhere in a lab, a guy goes, 'Huh-huh, it worked!'"

Newsmax host Greg Kelly facing network investigation over controversial tweets that may 'appeal to racists'

Newsmax host Greg Kelly is now at the center of an investigation being conducted by the conservative news network following a string of tweets he posted and deleted on Sunday about racism and the U.S. military.

On Monday, June 14, Newsmax spokesperson Brian Peterson released a statement addressing the situation as he acknowledged Kelly's tweets that appeared to "appeal to racists." According to the network, Kelly, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve lieutenant colonel, posted a series of tweets that may have crossed the line, New York Daily News reports.

"We understand a series of tweets were posted by Mr. Kelly that, in their totality, indicated his opposition to racism. We at Newsmax never countenance the posting of racist views or views that appeal to racists. We are currently reviewing the matter," Peterson said in the statement.

While Kelly deleted most of his Sunday evening tweets, The Washington Post did manage to capture one before it was removed. It read, "Military life had its Perks, but it was also a major pain. I will tell you what took 'the sting out of it' – that when I was flying around the Pacific Ocean off of ships, I knew there was a Secretary of Defense who was white, just like me! Made a big difference with 'morale.'"

Reports about Kelly's series of deleted tweets have also confirmed other remarks he made at the time.

"So that's the USS America aircraft carrier that I'm 'fixin' to land on," Kelly reportedly wrote in another tweet. "Just knowing that President Clinton, who was in office at the time, was a Caucasian male made it 'all worthwhile' – ask any white male officer who served under him. So appreciative of his Race were we."

Kelly's presumed attempt at damage control also drew more criticism and skeptical reactions when he made a reference to late New York City Mayor David Dinkins (D), a Black man, who officiated Kelly's wedding.

"Now the TRUTH: being a MARINE had nothing to do with RACE. It didn't matter. It wasn't "a thing"—the EXPERIENCE brought us together, no matter what we were," he wrote. "The late Mayor David Dinkens, a WWII Marine, and hence, my brother. Below in 1991, and officiating my wedding in 2017."

According to the publication, critics suggested that remark invoked "the problematic proposition that a white person with a Black friend can't possibly be racist."

Chaos at Arizona audit: OAN host snapped at local reporter in profane confrontation. What happened?

One America News host Christina Bobb snapped at an Arizona Republic reporter last week while both were covering the GOP-backed Maricopa County 2020 election audit in Phoenix, Arizona. The conservative network host and Trump team ally swore at Jen Fifield during a confrontation in Veterans Memorial Coliseum after Fifield asked her a question, prompting an outpouring of online support for the newspaper journalist.

Fifield told Salon that the dust-up stemmed from a press gaggle earlier in the day with pro-Trump activist Vernon Jones, for which Bobb was also present. At the Q&A session, Fifield asked Jones if he would support a Democrat-led and fundraised audit, and Jones dismissed a question from Fifield regarding Republicans fundraising for the audit as fake news. Bobb — a fundraising force for the ongoing, baseless Trump ballot hunt — remained silent during the exchange.

Following the Jones gaggle, Fifield approached Bobb and asked, "Why didn't you say anything?" regarding the OAN host's own participation in GOP fundraising efforts.

"Go talk to your peers who do this to me every f**king day. I don't care," Bobb fired back.


That clash caught the ire of other journalists on Twitter, who defended Fifield and criticized Bobb's breach of professional behavior.

Neither Bobb nor OAN returned Salon's requests for comment.

In addition to her work with OAN, Bobb, a former Trump administration official, also leads a group called Voices and Votes, as Salon's Jon Skolnik writes, which raises money to support the audit:

Back in April, Bobb tweeted that Voices for Votes had set out to pump $150,000 into the recount effort in Arizona. Bobb told Buzzfeed that the dark money group is in no way connected to the news network, though the network and Bobb herself have repeatedly bandied false claims of election fraud.

Bobb has not only raised funds to support the Arizona audit, the OAN "Weekly Briefing" host has also reportedly passed information to the Republican Arizona Senate president to help advance GOP interests.

"Audit-related documents requested and published by The Center for Public Integrity and We Are Oversight showed that Christina Bobb ... was supplying Arizona Senate President Karen Fann with witness declarations, statements, and expert testimony in early December to help bolster the Republican-led effort to undermine the election results in Maricopa County, where President Joe Biden beat former President Donald Trump by 45,000 votes," Business Insider reported earlier this month.

Bobb has not hidden her fundraising activity. In early April, she wrote on Twitter: "This audit is crucial to know the truth about 2020. $5, $10, $20 will help the AZ senate finally complete the audit. Donate today! And thank you for fighting with us!"


When asked if Fifield thinks there's now bad blood between her and Bobb, the newspaper reporter believes it's possibly nothing more than a "misunderstanding."

"I think she misunderstood me as asking her to stand up for me. I think that's what happened," the Arizona Republic reporter told Salon. "I wish that exchange didn't go the way that it did."

Arizona Republic staffers took to Twitter in a show of support for their fellow journalist in the field.




Rebekah Sanders, a fellow Arizona Republic reporter and chair of the Arizona Republic Guild, told Salon that she stands by Fifield.

"Jen Fifield is one of the nicest, most polite, and most ethical journalists you will ever meet. She also is no pushover. She asks reasonable questions until she finds the truth. Anyone who can't handle that must have something to hide," Sanders told Salon. "No journalist deserves to be abused, cussed out, or threatened for doing their job. Our democracy is in debt to every local reporter providing accurate information about efforts to influence free and fair elections. It's disturbing and foreboding for our country's freedom that attacks on legitimate journalists are escalating and even celebrated among a small group of people."

The Arizona Republic Guild also told Salon that the harassment Fifield faced is "unacceptable."

"Jen is a dogged and well-respected journalist who has done an incredible job keeping the public informed about issues at the heart of our democracy," the Arizona Republic Guild stated. "She should not be attacked for doing her job. Nor should she apologize. We stand with Jen and all our reporters who seek to report the truth equitably and honestly."

Scathing Pennsylvania paper editorial slams far-right Republicans for pushing 'disgraceful' election 'audit'

When now-President Joe Biden defeated former President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, his campaign had no problem with legitimate bipartisan recounts in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia and other states that he won — and those recounts confirmed his victory. But the partisan, overtly pro-Trump GOP "audits" now being conducted in Arizona and other states are not legitimate recounts, and the editorial board of the York Dispatch in York, Pennsylvania slams State Sen. Doug Mastriano, a far-right Republican, and his allies for pushing for such an "audit" in the Keystone State.

In a scathing editorial published on June 14, the Dispatch's editorial board writes, "It will come as small surprise to anyone following the 2020 elections and their sorry aftermath that one of the ringleaders is State Sen. Doug Mastriano. The freshman Republican from Franklin County has worked tirelessly this past year to disenfranchise his own constituents in service to disgraced, disgraceful former President Donald Trump."

The Dispatch's editorial board continues, "It was Mastriano, recall, who orchestrated a post-election Gettysburg panel last November to trumpet unfounded allegations of voter fraud from Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others; who called for Pennsylvania's legislature to overturn Trump's loss in the state; who plotted with Trump more than a dozen times in the weeks after the president's overwhelming electoral defeat; who was in the nation's capital on January 6 along with thousands of other Trump-obsessed insurgents; and who has backed a variety of politically motivated, unnecessary voting restrictions."

The editorial notes that on June 6, the Washington Post's Rosalind S. Helderman reported that in late December, Republicans in Pennsylvania's state legislature were pushing for an unofficial "audit" of the state's election results not unlike the ludicrous Cyber Ninjas "audit" presently being conducted in Maricopa County, Arizona. The Pennsylvania election results were the subject of official bipartisan recounts, which Biden's campaign had no problem with. But what Trumpistas and far-right conspiracy theorists like Mastriano have been pushing for in Pennsylvania isn't legitimate recounts, but fishing expeditions.

The Dispatch's editorial board notes, "In the months following last fall's election, Mastriano was among a group of Pennsylvania Republicans who, the Post writes, 'targeted at least three small counties, all of which Trump had won handily. Their proposal was unorthodox: to have a private company scrutinize the county's ballots, for free — a move outside the official processes used for election challenges'…. So, a private firm given access to state and federally certified elections machines finds alleged 'issues' and uses them to plant suspicion and undermine voter confidence, the better to justify ever-increasing partisan voting restrictions. If that sounds like what's going on in Arizona, that may be less a coincidence than Pennsylvania being something of a dry run."

Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman — who is running for the U.S. Senate seat presently occupied by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey — have both been critical of Mastriano's antics, as has Pennsylvania State Republican Seth Grove, a Republican.

"Mastriano is now calling for an Arizona-like audit here, an idea quickly rejected by Gov. Tom Wolf and state Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, who chairs the House's State Government Committee — which oversees elections issues," the Dispatch's editorial board writes. "That opposition is welcome, but not as welcome as the day Mastriano eventually joins the past president he so slavishly emulates as a former office-holder. He has repeatedly shown Pennsylvania's voters he does not value their presence or opinions. Come November 2024, they must return the favor."

Intra-party Dem rift plays out on cable shows as AOC blasts colleagues for feeding 'right-wing vitriol'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backtracked her criticism of fellow Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., during an interview on CNN Sunday — just minutes before Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, appeared on the same show to blast Pelosi and her colleagues for amplifying the "right-wing vitriol" focused on Omar.

The growing intra-party rift started with a tweet last week from Omar, which said, "We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban."

The comment sparked fierce backlash on both sides of the aisle, with many taking offense to any comparison between the U.S. and Israel to the two terrorist groups. A bipartisan group of 12 Jewish Congresspeople first released a statement saying the tweet was "as offensive as it is misguided," before Pelosi and House Democratic leaders piled on with a rare statement of their own.

"Drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all," the statement read.

But several of Omar's Democratic colleagues also rushed to her defense, including AOC, who said the comment was taken out of context. She also pointed out that the tweet came in the form of a question to State Anthony Blinken, to discuss methods of recourse for innocent victims of Israeli and Afghan government violence.

The Minnesota Democrat later clarified the remarks, saying she was in "no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems."

Pelosi thanked her for the statement and later told CNN's Dana Bash during an interview on the network's Sunday morning show, "State of the Union," that she considered the incident to be over.

"Let me just say this. We did not rebuke her," Pelosi said, waving off the subject. "What I'm saying is, end of subject. [Omar] clarified, we thanked her, end of subject."

But later in the segment during a separate interview with Ocasio-Cortez, it became clear that the subject was still raw for progressive representatives, who have borne the brunt of recent right-wing criticism and threats since the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

"This whole hubbub started with right-wing news outlets taking what [Omar] said out of context," Ocasio-Cortez told Bash. "And when we feed into that, it adds legitimacy to a lot of this kind of right wing vitriol. It absolutely kind of increases that target. And as someone who has experienced that, you know, it's very difficult to communicate the scale and how dangerous that is."

Jeffrey Toobin is back on CNN in an incredibly awkward segment and I have questions

On Thursday afternoon, were you also surprised to see disgraced legal analyst and Ryan Murphy adaptee Jeffrey Toobin re-emerging from a seven-and-a-half-month shame hiatus to reclaim his seat at CNN, where he had been placed on leave following an incident in which he was observed by New Yorker and WNYC co-workers masturbating on camera during a work Zoom call? In his first few minutes back on the air, Toobin performed a ritual act of penance — which, in a concession to discipline, I will not describe as "self-flagellation" — and after witnessing the good-natured grilling by anchor Alisyn Camerota, I still have questions beyond her opening salvo of "What the hell were you thinking?"

Is the cable news on-air legal analyst hiring landscape so dire that the network had no choice but to hold Toobin's position for him for two-thirds of a year while he worked on becoming, as he told Camerota, "a person people can trust again"? Was his masturbation incident, as Toobin said, a "deeply moronic and indefensible" choice that made performing community service while "trying to be a better person" necessary, or was it "one terrible mistake," as an unnamed CNN executive told The Washington Post, that shouldn't "define a person"? Is the cable news audience this hungry for legal analysis from makers of "deeply moronic" decisions? (And what Olivia Pope knock-off advised Toobin to tell us he has been "working in a food bank" in order to improve himself, like a slacker staring down the end of junior year and desperate to cobble together an adequate college application? Is it possible to cringe so hard at the TV you develop a cramp?)

Does this set a precedent at CNN that the entire staff understands and feels comfortable with? Would the network hire Toobin today if he hadn't already been a contributor before he got fired by the New Yorker as a result of their internal investigation — which Toobin assures us revealed no further incidents than the one caught on camera? If so, is this climate of forgiveness transparent in CNN's job postings? What types of previous workplace misconduct that might come to light during a pre-employment background check would qualify for red-flag status in the network's HR department? If he had gone Inner Toobin (don't look at me, I didn't name his Harvard column!) during a CNN meeting instead, would the network have fired him for it? If the answer is no, how many times can CNN's on-air talent masturbate in front of their colleagues before HR takes action? Is there a different number for workers who don't appear on air? Is this information shared with all new hires in an orientation, or just the men?

Are the four years Kathy Griffin has remained fired from her CNN gig after one terrible mistake, compared to Toobin's seven and a half months of personal leave, an example of a gender grace gap? If one agrees with the network executive that a terrible mistake shouldn't "ruin [a person's] employment opportunities for life," is there not a wide terrain of other opportunities available for someone of Toobin's experience and stature, outside of TV news celebrity, that could keep him from eviction or ruined credit? To paraphrase Ebenezer Scrooge, are there no Substacks, no Netflix option checks, no quiet consulting gigs? Is downgrading a man's celebrity status considered a cruel and unusual punishment in the media industry? On a scale of one to "flashed by a coworker," how degrading should we understand that to feel?

And finally, how should viewers expect CNN to handle legal analysis of stories about workplace sexual misconduct or harassment, especially when covering the industry itself? Level with us: Just how awkward is that going to get?

The dangerous American fascist: Why Fox News claims 'they' are destroying 'white culture'

Why Fox News Claims 'They' Are Destroying 'White Culture'

I'm struggling to explain why a Fox News host would say to the American people, "they're trying to take down the white culture!"

But first, let me back up.

Democracies don't turn into fascist oligarchies by being invaded or losing wars. It always happens from within, and is always driven by an alliance between demagogic, populist politicians and some of the very wealthiest people in society.

Step one for these right-wing politicians and the morbidly rich who support them is to pit one group of people within the nation against others: Marginalize and demonize minorities, deny them access to the levers of democratic power while openly attacking them for trying to usurp the privileges and prerequisites of the majority.

It's played out this way in every democratic country that has fallen to tyranny. It's how it happened in the 1930s in Italy, Germany, Japan and Spain, and today in Hungary, Poland, Egypt, Russia, The Philippines, and Turkey, among others.

And now Republicans and the oligarchs aligned with them are trying to pull it off here in the United States.

As German industrialist Fritz Thyssen writes in his apologetic book I Paid Hitler, he pressured German President von Hindenburg to appoint Hitler as chancellor, and then lobbied the Association of German Industrialists, that country's and era's version of the US Chamber of Commerce, to donate 3 million Reichsmarks to the Nazi Party for the 1933 election. It brought Hitler to power.

Hitler's sales pitch to the German people was that Jews and socialists had "stabbed Germany in the back" by secretly participating in negotiations for the Treaty of Versailles ending World War I. The Treaty imposed punitive conditions on the country, producing widespread poverty and an economic crisis.

Hitler blamed that crisis on German minorities and Germany's second-largest political party, and the German people believed him. Once the Nazis took power, they changed election laws in such a way that they would never again lose.

Republicans and right-wing billionaires, of course, are trying to do the same thing right now in America.

Standing against them is the Democratic Party, although the Fritz Thyssens of today's America, billionaire members of the Koch network, are doing everything they can to prevent Democrats from ensuring fair and honest elections in 2022 and 2024 by buying off Joe Manchin and others.

Those Republican voter suppression and voter nullification laws being passed by state after state are essential to their final take-down of the Democratic Party.

Meanwhile, the billionaire Murdoch family's Fox News is working as hard as it can to make Black people and Democrats 2021's version of Hitler's 1933 Jews and Socialists.

Their top-rated morning show, Fox & Friends, wandered into a discussion Wednesday about white people being "marginalized" by the possibility of our public schools teaching the actual racial history of America.

"[T]hey are not only trying to raise up minorities and make sure the playing field is even," Brian Kilmeade said, "they're trying to take down the white culture!"

Kilmeade, in full rant mode, went on, "Why are we being marginalized on a daily basis…? And it's not even subtle! It's actually out there! It is written in black-and-white!"

This is not America's first brush with oligarchic fascism, as I lay out in my newest book, The Hidden History of American Oligarchy. President Franklin Roosevelt and Vice President Henry Wallace struggled with it in the 1940s with Charles Lindberg's America First movement.

In early 1944, the New York Times asked Vice President Henry Wallace to, as Wallace noted, "write a piece answering the following questions: What is a fascist? How many fascists have we? How dangerous are they?"

Vice President Wallace's answer to those questions was published in The New York Times on April 9, 1944, at the height of the war against the Axis powers of Germany and Japan.

"The really dangerous American fascists," Wallace wrote, "are not those who are hooked up directly or indirectly with the Axis. The FBI has its finger on those. The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way."

As if he had a time machine and could see the "conservative" media landscape today, Wallace continued, "The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power."

History is screaming warnings at us. Will America listen?

Thom Hartmann is a talk-show host and the author of The Hidden History of American Oligarchy and more than 30 other books in print. He is a writing fellow at the Independent Media Institute and his writings are archived at hartmannreport.com.

This article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

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