“Other publications” is mostly Politico, from what I’ve seen. It seems to me that breitbart want to give themselves some legitimacy in the eyes of their readers by drawing an equivalence between themselves and politico. Something like “sure, breitbart is a weaponised right-wing news site, but politico is a weaponised left-wing news site! It’s OK for me to read radical propaganda instead of news, because the Other Side is doing it too.”
Maybe that’s not the best way of putting it? But I think breitbart needs to be able to claim that they’re not the instigators of the shitfest that they have in fact instigated, they’re the response. The beleaguered, persecuted underdogs. It’s a hallmark of this and all white supremacist movements to claim that their aggressions are acts of self-defence.
Top comment from the article you’ve posted:
Politico is the place the far-left Republican ruling class goes to send out warnings to the donor class about what needs to be done to silence the voters.
Also from the comments section of the same article, totally unrelated but I’m posting it here anyway because what in the name of all fuck:
Racist is a word made up in 1927 by Russia to make folks conform to Communism.
I imagine they needed to spell it out unambiguously for legal reasons, but I think if you’re a committed breitbartian you probably read that sentence and the one following it as being somewhat sarcastic.
Again it feeds into the persecution narrative. From the comments of the Podolski article:
The german press is scared of sites like breitbart getting more popular. Sites outside their network they can’t control are frightening to them.
Breitbart has the courage to point out real fake news and that’s why it makes itself a target.
That’s my little effort at breitbartology. I’m struggling to articulate what exactly might have been the thought process that led to this choice of article image, though:
I don’t know but I feel like pretty soon we’re all going to start getting called nazis for trying to stop the nazis from being nazis.