Terrific: The Alt-Right Unleashes Nazi Term for Reporters Right Here in Cleveland

[image-1]Buzzfeed political reporter Rosie Gray relays news that the "alt-right," that amorphous Internet-based mishmash of conservative "let's get a reaction out of them" nonsense, has started bandying around a new term for the press: “Lügenpresse," which means "lying press" in German.

Here's Gray:

The term, which means “lying press” in German, has a history dating back to the mid-1800s and was used by the Nazis to discredit the media. In recent years, it has been revived by German far-right anti-immigrant groups. And on Saturday, it made an appearance at a Trump rally in Cleveland, Ohio.

After the rally finished, one man approached the press pen and shouted insults, accusing the media of being in the tank for the Clintons and being “bought and paid for.” Another man, wearing a Make America Great Again hat and holding a sign with the same slogan, walked up beside him and began yelling at the press that we were “lügenpresse,” adding that the phrase means “lying press” in German. The first man started shouting it too, then turned to the second and made a self-deprecating remark about not pronouncing it right.

Later, she quotes Richard Spencer, a white nationalist leader who sort of "leads" the alt-right, who wrote in an email to Buzzfeed, "I see ‘lying press’ and ‘Lügenpresse’ all over the place. It’s typical Alt Right: serious… ironic… and with a sly reference to boot.” 

Well, they're nothing if not "sly."

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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