Tucker Carlson’s whitewashing of QAnon is dangerous and irresponsible

Fox News host Tucker Carlson had an interesting and downright asinine take on March 5, arguing that followers of the infamous conspiracy theory known as QAnon were “gentle people waving American flags.” Of course, such a statement is absurd, as QAnon supporters were involved in much of the violence at the Capitol on January 6th, including Ashli Babbit. Babbit was one of the five people who died on Capitol grounds on that infamous day, although she, unlike the others, was killed by police when she attempted to breach the Speaker’s hall. …


Lost Cause mythology remains strong, but it needs to be stomped out like the propaganda it is.

The debate over Confederate statutes was once again ignited last Monday after Charlottesville’s city council decided to remove two statues dedicated to Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The decision was partially motivated by the violent arrival of white supremacists at the infamous ‘Unite the Right” rally of 2017, which resulted in the murder of Heather Heyer, a counter-protester. But with this decision, a clear disconnect has emerged with some right-wing pundits.

Reacting to the city’s decision, The Daily Wire’s Cabot Phillips wrote, “Good. I prefer monuments of people who fought for America, not against it.” …


Recent revelations about the Trump administration show that he was every bit the danger to the Republic as people thought he was

Despite losing his Twitter account, the presidency, and all the power that comes with it, Donald Trump won’t go away. And his scandals, much like the man himself, keep coming back into the public’s eye. With every new revelation that comes out of the now-former Trump administration, the twisted nature of the last four years seems even darker.

On Thursday, the New York Times reported that the Justice Department, under the leadership of former Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and William Barr, seized the records of several Democrats in Congress, along with their family members. …


How an alt-right propagandist is trying to rebrand herself

In the age of online commentary, nothing can be erased. What goes on the internet stays on the internet, as the saying goes. Try as we might, there will always be posts that we regret, embarrassing things we said that we wish we could take back. Maybe you posted a picture on Facebook that you shouldn’t have, or perhaps you got into a fight with your friend over a misunderstanding. For most people, this is the extent of their online sins, but for others, their online commentary is far less innocent. In the case of Lauren Southern, that online persona…


The controversial senator from West Virginia’s path is uncertain, but one thing is for certain: He will have plenty of enemies either way

Several months into Joe Biden’s presidency, there are already signs of stagnation for Biden’s plans. Two members of the Democrat-controlled Senate, Kyrsten Sinema, and Joe Manchin refuse to support critical parts of the party’s legislative strategy. They argue that bipartisanship is the only way forward, making it difficult for the Democratic party to take the initiative against Republican opposition. There is perhaps no statesman more symbolic of this position than Joe Manchin.

Manchin is the Senator for West Virginia and was the 34th governor of the state. He’s been described by The Atlantic’s Clare Foran as “the most conservative and…


The conspiratorial movement is becoming increasingly militaristic, and anti-democratic

As the administration of Joe Biden tumbles with its opposition in the Republican parties, one may be inclined to recognize that Biden is, in fact, president of the United States. However, a significant portion of the public still retains the delusion that Trump will be reinstated as president by August. Including the former president and 29 percent of Republicans, according to a recent Morning Consult poll. This movement of misinformed Americans is well-known at this point, as Q-anon has retained its public profile, but more than that, it is increasingly violent.

While conspiracism is almost always dangerous to the public…


As Biden addresses the infamous racist massacre that occurred a hundred years ago, Americans struggle to come to terms with their history’s dark side.

Joe Biden spoke in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday, memorializing the infamous Tulsa Race Massacre. The speech came on the 100-year-anniversary of one of the worst acts of racial violence in American history, a symbol of racial injustice. The speech, though largely symbolic, serves as a reminder of the administration’s attempts to bridge the divide and promote a progressive agenda to address inequality. But more than that, it is part of a larger battle over the nature of America in the past and present.

What happened at Tulsa?

Though not well-known today, the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 is perhaps one of the most…


As the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder arrives, it is important not to get complacent

Today is the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, the anniversary of a murder that spread worldwide. A murder that spurred a movement of outrage, protest, and, in a rare turn of events, a just conviction. The anniversary is sure to be a painful and solemn reminder that lives continue to be lost at the hands of the police, many times without a conviction, but it also an inflection point. An opportunity to look back and remember how far the movement has come and how far it has to go.

When George Floyd breathed his last in May of last year…


Anti-Trump Republicans need to do more than just make declarations, they need to act

It is hard being Republican these days. Their recent president failed to secure a second term, marking him as a particularly weak leader for Republican politics. Not only that, but Trump is overwhelmingly unpopular, and now, one of their most well-established dynasties, the Cheneys, has been stripped from power, rejected by the increasingly Trumpist wing. Without a clearly defined leader and numerous ambitious Republicans seeking to fill the void, the so-called party of Lincoln is in shambles. All the while, anti-Trump Republicans have been fighting to establish their narrative and sense of self. …


Anonymous sources are flawed, but critical parts of journalistic practice

Fake news! This is the common refrain for many conservative partisans when faced with embarrassing news. Allegations of sex trafficking are lies spread by the liberal media, all part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to undermine conservatives by the ‘Leftists.’ Allegations that Trump called dead soldiers ‘losers’ are lies by the deep state, says the partisan. And while it’s easy to dismiss this attitude as rank partisanship, the recent dismissal of new stories is based on a seemingly innocuous but incredibly flawed idea of how the news operates. To some on the right, the use of anonymous sources is an act…

Conor Kelly

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