Oct 11th, 2010
by F. Grey Parker
The first and most fundamental predicate of any fascistic movement is the manipulation of fear over some kind of real or perceived "otherness." Dinesh D'Souza, to put it plainly, is a fascist. That his most recent broadside against both intellect and decency has gained in momentum speaks poorly of our nation. This is no small thing. It is a threat.
He has now been given a forum at the Washington Post not so much to defend his absurd Forbes piece, as to rewrite it. Fred Hiatt, the editorial page director for the paper, has defended his decision to go to print.
Salon's Alex Pareene lays into Hiatt's influence. He is still putting it politely:
"Yep! The Worst Opinion Section in America found a way to get even worse. Editorial page director Fred Hiatt's usual crimes are limited to printing the same banalities week in and week out, and employing some of the world's most obnoxious narcissists, but every now and then he likes to remind us how truly awful he is by hiring a craven torture-apologist like Marc Thiessen, or publishing highbrow birther nonsense from the author of the book about how liberals are responsible for 9/11 because their casual sex made the terrorists mad."