This week a number of prominent liberal mainstream media “journalists” unashamedly shared a conspiracy theory on social media about President Donald Trump’s administration.
The theory concerns a press release published by the Department of Homeland Security in February. Though the press release simply lays out arguments in favor of the president’s tough immigration approach, some actual “journalists” appear to believe it contains a secret Nazi code.
Why? Because of the press release’s title: “We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again.”
The headline contains exactly 14 words. Want to know what else contains 14 words? The so-called “Fourteen Words,” an infamous slogan coined by white supremacist David Lane: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children,” his slogan reads.
Because the press release contains the same number of words and some of the same verbs as Lane’s slogan, that must mean the administration is full of Nazis, or so some think.
The first individual to reportedly tout this theory was Laurie Voss, some oddball who posted tweets Thursday complaining about the press release’s title.
He also argued that the release contains 14 bullet points (wrong) in favor of Trump’s immigration approach, and that one of those bullet points contains the number 88, which he pointed out is a Nazi dog whistle for “Heil Hitler.”
Check out his conspiratorial tweets below:
This is an actual story on an official government website with a 14-word headline starting with “we must secure”. This is not an accident. There are actual Nazis-who-call-themselves-Nazis at DHS. https://t.co/Q01TRRpNaI
— Laurie Voss (@seldo) June 28, 2018
There are 14 points in the article, and the final point contains the number “88” for no good reason — 88 is also a Nazi dog whistle for “Heil Hitler”. https://t.co/WLT3CEqfUw There is absolutely no doubt now that this article is intentionally a signal to Nazis. pic.twitter.com/njS5MDMNIr
— Laurie Voss (@seldo) June 28, 2018
A random schmuck posting crazy garbage is no big deal …
The problem is that reporters with BuzzFeed (Joe Bernstein), The New York Times Magazine (Bill Wasik), The Huffington Post (Christopher Mathias), The New Yorker (Ben Wallace-Wells), The Washington Post (Ishaan Tharoor) and The Daily Beast (Marlow Stern) picked up this absurd theory from Voss and shared it with their own low-information readers.
This is really, really creepy https://t.co/ChqaPnllIf
— Joe Bernstein (@Bernstein) June 28, 2018
This is genuinely weird https://t.co/Q8KNjcalfm
— Bill Wasik (@billwasik) June 28, 2018
The “14 words” is a white supremacist slogan that goes “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
New DHS press release is also 14 words, and is titled: “We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again” https://t.co/1cXGUqlwPq
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) June 28, 2018
Strange times. https://t.co/DUnY7CUQ5D
— Ben Wallace-Wells (@benwallacewells) June 28, 2018
— Ishaan Tharoor (@ishaantharoor) June 28, 2018
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) June 28, 2018
What’s “insane” is the media’s sick willingness to peddle such pure garbage to their audience, all while feigning to be America’s only arbitrators of the actual truth.
Yet there was nothing remotely truthful about this outrageous conspiracy theory. And the fact that these “journalists” shared it anyway may just be the most damning indictment of the Trump Derangement Syndrome-afflicted liberal mainstream media thus far.
Granted, not every media personality got it wrong.
In re: the viral DHS post: the article only has 13 bullet points (not 14) and the 88 appears to be working off the fact that 88% of applicants pass their credible fear interview. (But a far lower percentage are granted asylum) https://t.co/dYKXM8HkMM
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 28, 2018
Leave it to someone from conspiracy TV MSNBC to get it right …
BuzzFeed perhaps deserve a little bit of credit too, as its “journalists” at least took the time to reach out to DHS for comment.
“This is a Twitter troll conspiracy theory that on its face is beneath any credible media outlet,” a department spokesperson said in a statement.
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