‘Alt-Right’ Movement

March 17, 2017 • Volume 27, Issue 11
Do its white-nationalist views have wide support?
By Marcia Clemmitt

The Next Step


Romano, Aja , “Milo Yiannopoulos still has alt-right fans,” Vox, Feb. 23, 2017, Despite a video surfacing that seems to show former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos defending pedophilia, his most ardent “alt-right” followers have defended him and argue that the mainstream media is unfairly attacking him.

Weigel, David, and John Wagner , “Alt-right leader expelled from CPAC after organizer denounces ‘fascist group,’” The Washington Post, Feb. 23, 2017, The Conservative Political Action Conference ejected alt-right founder Richard Spencer from its meeting due to his controversial views on white nationalism.

Yoo, Noah, and Amy Phillips , “Adult Swim Cancels ‘Million Dollar Extreme,’ Show Accused of Racism and Bigotry,” Pitchfork, Dec. 6, 2016, The Adult Swim network canceled the program “Million Dollar Extreme,” created by an alt-right supporter, after critics said the show promoted sexist and racist viewpoints.

International Following

“Meet the IB, Europe's version of America's alt-right,” The Economist, Nov. 12, 2016, The “identitarian” movement, which espouses anti-Muslim, anti-media and anti-migrant messages, has become Europe's version of the alt-right.

Mohdin, Aamna , “What's ‘alt-right’ in German? Breitbart News is expanding in Europe,” Quartz, Nov. 20, 2016, The conservative website Breitbart News, a platform for the alt-right, is looking to expand to Germany and France to take advantage of anti-immigration fervor in Europe.

Townsend, Mark , “Britain's extremist bloggers helping the ‘alt-right’ go global, report finds,” The Guardian, Feb. 11, 2017, The United Kingdom's far right is seeking to build support for the alt-right internationally by using social media and “click-bait” articles and videos that taunt the Left.

Political Backing

Altman, Alex , “How Donald Trump Is Bringing the Alt-Right to the White House,” Time, Nov. 14, 2016, By appointing former Breitbart Executive Chairman Stephen Bannon to a powerful White House position, critics say President Trump is giving voice to the alt-right and other fringe groups.

Morgan, Jonathon , “How the ‘Alt-Right’ Came to Dominate the Comments on Trump's Facebook Page,” The Atlantic, Jan. 21, 2017, An increasing number of comments reflecting white nationalist sentiments were left on President Trump's Facebook page during 2016, according to a new analysis.

Shelbourne, Mallory , “Conway denies retweeting white nationalist,” The Hill, Feb. 14, 2017, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway came under fire when her Twitter account retweeted a white nationalist account; she denied retweeting it herself and denounced the tweet.

Social Media's Role

Broderick, Ryan , “I Made A Facebook Profile, Started Liking Right-Wing Pages, And Radicalized My News Feed In Four Days,” Buzzfeed, March 8, 2017, A BuzzFeed experiment found that Facebook's algorithm suggested increasingly far-right accounts and news stories, some of which were fake, once the user began “liking” the pages of conservative politicians and others.

Guyunn, Jessica , “Twitter suspends alt-right accounts,” USA Today, Nov. 15, 2016, In an attempt to crack down on hate speech, Twitter began suspending high-profile accounts linked to the alt-right.

Hanna, Andrew, and Bryan Bender , “‘Alt-right's [sic] favored social network: Fake news welcome here,” Politico, Dec. 8, 2016, A new social media website, Gab, is becoming the platform for members of the alt-right movement.

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