There Is No Uptick in Right-Wing Extremism
For example, this is not happening.
Andrew Lee Patterson identifies himself as the state leader of the National Socialist Movement, Oregon Unit, and said he has been a “storm trooper, first class” with the movement for about six months. Other unit leaders from around the state selected him as leader based on his active involvement, he said.
The 29-year-old with a shaved head said he and his staff in Phoenix coordinate activity around the state, while a local unit focuses on recruiting and Southern Oregon issues — especially illegal immigration and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
More seriously, reporter Anita Burke mentions in her story that “the Department of Homeland Security issued a report warning that right-wing extremist groups, including white supremacists, have boosted recruiting and mobilizing efforts,” and there’s no mention of the way House Republicans are angrily demanding apologies and firings for the suggestions in the report. That story might not be playing as an “outrage” beyond the Beltway and talk radio.