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EricMaundry

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Mon Nov 28, 2016, 09:35 PM Nov 2016

News Outlets Rethink Usage of the Term Alt-Right [View all]

Source: New York Times

When The Washington Post published a profile last week of Richard B. Spencer, a prominent leader of the so-called alt-right, readers were quick to respond. By Monday, the article had drawn more than 2,600 comments.

Many of them had a similar message. “Please, please stop referring to a white Christian supremacist movement as the ‘alt-right’ — a phrase that sounds like a subgenre of rock music,” one reader wrote.

Another was more pointed: “STOP CALLING THEM ‘ALT-RIGHT.’ THEY ARE RACISTS, WHITE SUPREMICISTS, NAZIS.”

With the election of Donald J. Trump — and his subsequent appointment of Stephen K. Bannon, a former chairman of the right-wing website Breitbart News, as his chief White House strategist — the term alt-right has emerged as a linguistic flash point. Generally deployed by news organizations to describe a far-right, white nationalist movement known for its aggressive online expression, the term has attracted widespread criticism among those, particularly on the left, who say it euphemizes and legitimizes the ideologies of racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and white supremacy.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/28/business/media/news-outlets-rethink-usage-of-the-term-alt-right.html?_r=0

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ONE MORE REC FOR GREATEST PG!!! nt MADem Nov 2016 #1
Good. Thank you. n/t Judi Lynn Nov 2016 #2
I Thought Racism Ended Because Trump Got Elected... Grassy Knoll Nov 2016 #3
alt-Reich... Raster Nov 2016 #4
Especially since "alt" is German for "old" JHB Nov 2016 #5
"Genau" densan Nov 2016 #6
Never use "alt-right" without using "Nazi" with it. backscatter712 Nov 2016 #7
YES!!!!!!! MontanaMama Nov 2016 #8
Howard Dean DK504 Nov 2016 #18
I'm 100% for Howard Dean. Auntie Bush Nov 2016 #20
I agree DonCoquixote Nov 2016 #9
Just call them White Nationalist. alfredo Nov 2016 #10
"Alt Right" is an imperfect term. Dawson Leery Nov 2016 #11
Time for a list? shadowmayor Nov 2016 #12
I Just Go With SDJay Nov 2016 #13
NAZI robbedvoter Nov 2016 #14
Bigots aren't neccessarily organized, and they don't neccesarily have... Nitram Nov 2016 #17
Alt-Wrong! kebob Nov 2016 #15
Great article, excellent point. Nitram Nov 2016 #16
If the so-called "alt right" complains NewJeffCT Nov 2016 #19
ha! La Lioness Priyanka Nov 2016 #22
Works for me 47of74 Nov 2016 #23
You can't spell "nationalist" without "alt". Initech Nov 2016 #21
How about fascist? Mendocino Nov 2016 #24
I am glad this is getting legs tavalon Nov 2016 #25
Call them klan and nazis. muntrv Nov 2016 #26
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