The Worldnutdaily Fear and Paranoia Machine

In 1964, Richard Hofstadter wrote the famous essay The Paranoid Style in American Politics, noting that the right is always marketing paranoia, preying on our fears to make us clamor for more authoritarian policies. A quick look at the Worldnutdaily front page shows that, 60 years later, they’re still doing the same thing.



In what universe are we “on the brink of war” with China?


Uh, no. Obama does not say ban guns. A lot of the ads there focus on what the government doesn’t want you to know. Conspiracies are forever being exposed, and usually with a bad picture of Obama to make it extra scary:


And they’ve always got top secret information to share with you:


And when that doesn’t work, just be vague:



And always tell them that they’d better see it fast before the government bans it:

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