... before joining Trump’s inner circle Bannon headed Breitbart News, a far-right media outlet ...On the other side of the Atlantic, from the UK government and the crony capitalists it is enriching in the name of fighting hate (via Vox Day):
The UK government is to pay an advertising giant, which campaigned against Brexit, £60 million to fight so-called “far right” extremism online, including “going against people who read Breitbart”.The hivemind is using the same description everywhere. Googling "Breitbart far right" returns 941,000 results.
Everyone is Hitler, everything is -ist or -phobic, hate crimes are everywhere--this hysteria hardly even elicits a scoff anymore. Middle America takes these accusations about as seriously as they do one of their toddler's temper tantrums. The high priests, votaries, and warrior monks of the Cathedral don't have any more arrows left in the quiver and we're only a couple of weeks into Trump's presidency. It's going to be a grueling eight years for them.
This "far right" descriptor is relatively tame by comparison. It is, however, one they've been forced to fall back on after the phrase "fake news" was appropriated and then turned around on them.
Still, it's worth ridiculing because these people are always worth ridiculing.
So, what do Fox News, the Washington Post, MSNBC, CBS, the Wall Street Journal, ABC, NBC, BuzzFeed, Salon, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Conservative Tribune, the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Blaze, the Weekly Standard, and National Review among others, have in common?
They all have fewer online readers than Breitbart does. Breitbart.com is now the third most visited news site in the US, behind only the New York Times and CNN, and CNN is in free fall.
The third most popular news site in an environment with tens of thousands of them, you say? Hmm, sounds like a more accurate adjective than "far right" might be "mainstream" or maybe "populist", then?
I don't have data on median age by reader, but I suspect Breitbart's are decades younger than the NYT's and CNN's are. The state of media has never been more fluid than it is now, but at the moment Breitbart has to be the odds-on favorite for most popular news website in the country by the end of Trump's presidency.
I just made it the homepage on all my browsers.