Nazi-Era Slogan Shouted at American Reporters


Buzzfeed and the Washington Post report a new insult being hurled at reporters at Alt-Right events. Reporters say that at American campaign rallies Alt-Rightists now yell “Lügenpresse!” at them. The word means “lying press” in German and it was a buzzword of the Nazis in the 1920s and 1930s. In recent years its use has been revived by far-right groups in Germany. Over the last year, the phrase is increasingly used in Alt-Right circles in the U.S.

According to Buzzfeed:

Richard Spencer, the white nationalist leader who is considered one of the leaders of the alt-right, was able to shed some light on this for me.

“I see ‘lying press’ and ‘Lügenpresse’ all over the place,” Spencer said in an email. “It’s typical Alt Right: serious… ironic… and with a sly reference to boot.”

Spencer said the term had been in use in American alt-right circles for “a year, at the least.”

The website Occidental Dissent, one of the nodes of alt-right online commentary, frequently uses the term, and the #lugenpresse hashtag on Twitter is fairly active and largely used by alt-right Twitter accounts.

The phrase inevitably leads one to the idea that the media is controlled by Jews, an ancient antisemitic trope.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.