Former Neo-Nazi Recruiter Calls Out Fox For Radicalizing Audience
Frank Meeink used to be a white supremacist skinhead gang member. He knows what he’s talking about when he says, unequivocally, that the programming coming out of the Fox network is designed to radicalize its audience and draw it into belief of baseless, dangerous conspiracy theories.
After the arrest of Trump State Department appointee and former Trump campaign worker Federico Klein on six federal charges in connection with his role in the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol, Brown asked Meeink “how does a person become so radicalized and so lost in the conspiracy rabbit hole that he attacks the very government he is working for?” and what this tells us about “the selection conspiracy movement and who it attracts.”
Meeink told Brown that unfortunately it’s attracting “idol worshipers” and that “we need to stop giving American red meat to fight over.” He said, “What’s driving is, you know, the fear. It’s fear and narcissism. And that fake patriotism that’s just nationalism wrapped up again with worshiping an idol. But, again, what we can do is with these people that are just continuously passing conspiracies, is we have to realize that Fox News, and I know that this is CNN, but Fox News has completely radicalized so many Americans.”
Brown asked Meeink whether he considered QAnon to be a domestic terrorism threat, and Meeink again pointed out the obvious, which is that QAnon, The Proud Boys and others are just the latest manifestation of the Ku Klux Klan.
“When I see what I used to be, I see it in QAnon, I see it in the Proud Boys, like, racism always just recycles itself. You know, we can’t be the KKK anymore, right? So now they can’t be the neo-Nazi — now they’re the Proud Boys. It’s just remarketing hate, remarketing.”And at this time, it’s different. It’s always different this time. Hate is totally different this time, but it’s still the same. It’s people that are wrapped up in fear, and they’re just scared, and egos and it’s — that’s exactly the Trump 2020 and, you know, it’s our ego. So, we got to hope that our fellow Americans will start to see that.”