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VE Day and the Ongoing Fight against Fascism

On May 7, 1945, German commanders surrendered unconditionally to the Allied Forces in a French schoolhouse, bringing to an end the ruinous, genocidal 12-year reign of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Nazi Germany was directly responsible for untold suffering and the deaths of an estimated 50 million people.

Seventy-five years ago yesterday celebrations erupted around the world. The day designated as “VE (Victory in Europe) Day” was one of the greatest days in human history.

Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic forced a subdued celebration of this important historical milestone. …


Limbaugh’s boorish persona and his belief in white, male cultural centrality paved the way for the political rise of the bombastic performer currently sitting in the Oval Office.

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NBC NEWS: THINK

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Feb. 4, 2020

When President Donald Trump bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on ailing right-wing, talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh at the State of the Union, it wasn’t just a feel-good moment for his conservative base. It was also a gesture of thanks to a (fellow) media personality who helped set the stage for Trump’s astonishing political success.

Limbaugh’s brash and boorish persona, and his belief that white, male cultural centrality is, to quote the title of Limbaugh’s first book, “the way things ought to be,” paved the way for the political rise of the bombastic media performer currently sitting in the Oval Office. …


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Donald Trump didn’t come up with the derisive nickname “Pocahontas” for Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. That dubious contribution was the handiwork of Boston-based talk radio host Howie Carr, whose angry resentment of educated elites and mastery of schoolyard bullying rhetoric made him Trump before Trump.

In fact, for anyone who wants insight into the narratives and propaganda techniques in right-wing media that enabled the rise and ruinous reign of Donald Trump, a good place to start is the Howie Carr Show on WRKO — AM 680 radio in Boston.

Carr is a long-time fixture in New England media and politics who specializes in selling the party of the rich to the white working-class. Trump has long been a frequent and popular guest on Carr’s show, and he picked up the nickname — and presumably a lot more — from the radio host. …

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