The former spokesman for Breitbart News explained how the right-wing website overseen by Steve Bannon is nothing more than a propaganda outfit.
Media consultant Kurt Bardella broke down for MSNBC’s “AM Joy” how Milo Yiannopoulos, once Breitbart’s biggest star, signed his name to articles promoting racist themes that were actually written by others, and it was all funded by right-wing billionaire Robert Mercer.
“This was one of the most shocking revelations from the Buzzfeed piece, was that there is a quote-unquote reporter that would go out and take content written by someone else and publish it, and have that be the editorial direction that that story would go,” Bardella said. “Breitbart is not a news network, they’re not a media organization. They’re a propaganda machine.”
The Buzzfeed piece detailed how Yiannopoulos actively tried to mainstream white supremacist ideas for Breitbart readers.
“The fact that they would be so willing to collude to try to pander to the nationalist, racist demographic, their agenda isn’t to tell the truth, it’s to advance a radical agenda,” said Bardella, who stopped consulting work for Breitbart in March 2016.
White nationalism is ‘the greatest threat to American democracy’: Fascism expert
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," The Atlantic staff writer and fascism expert Adam Serwer laid out in grim terms the stakes of President Donald Trump's incitement of racist anger against Democratic congresswomen of color.
"From the beginning, we have been haunted by this question: Is America a white man’s republic or a nation for all of its citizens?" said Serwer. "Throughout the last 200-some odd years, the greatest threat to American democracy has always been white nationalism, the defining of American citizenship in racial terms. It almost destroyed the country on multiple occasions. Now President Trump has drawn a line. He has now made it clear that the citizenship of American citizens who are not white is conditional and can be revoked. Quite frankly, there is lots of disagreement between the two political parties. There are lots of issues on which we differ, but this is not a question on which there can actually be disagreement. The choice is now quite clear."
‘A failure in judgment by every single Republican leader’: Ex-GOP congressman scorches Trump’s racism
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) laid into his erstwhile party for its embrace of President Donald Trump's racial hatred and intolerance, as exemplified by the crowd of Trump rallygoers in Greenville, North Carolina chanting "Send Her Back!" of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
"It was heartbreaking," said Jolly, who renounced the Republican Party and became an independent last year. "In terms of what I felt, it was heartbreak, both last night and then to see the likes of Lindsey Graham [(R-SC)] today suggest that the only problem is Omar doesn’t wear a MAGA hat. If refugees would just wear MAGA hats, they could stay. The others deserve to go."
The racist Republican Party must be ‘utterly confronted and destroyed’: Chris Hayes
On Thursday evening, MSNBC's Chris Hayes tore into the Republican Party for accepting and legitimizing the racism of President Donald Trump and his supporters.
"'Send Her Back.' The darkest, ugliest impulses that a political movement can cultivate on full unapologetic display," said Hayes. "That's what Donald Trump has been cultivating all along. Whether the Republican Party likes it or not, it stands for it now. Most of us across the ideological spectrum feel, viscerally, a kind of moral revulsion when we hear and see an angry mob braying 'Send Her Back' about a fellow American. But the reaction from Republicans today was basically a foregone conclusion."