White nationalist FOX host just launched an appalling smear campaign targeting Jewish journalist

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Just days after promoting the same white supremacist ideas that made up the core ideology of the Christchurch mosque shooter, FOX News’ Laura Ingraham has now begun an appalling smear campaign against a young Jewish writer, the latest victim of the right-wing’s desperate efforts to convince the nation that our institutions of higher education are being infested with liberals.

During her show last night, Laura Ingraham and conservative propagandist Dinesh D’Souza labeled Lavin a “little journo-terrorist” and plastered her face across prime-time television, immediately painting her as a target for Ingraham’s rabid white supremacist followers and putting her life in very real danger.

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Why did she do this? Lavin, who was working at the New Yorker at the time, made the mistake of wondering on social media whether or not a tattoo on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer’s arm was an Iron Cross, a symbol heavily associated with Nazism and white supremacist groups.

ICE and the right-wing threw a fit, arguing that it was a “Titan 2” symbol from the platoon he served with in Afghanistan, where he lost both legs in an IED explosion.

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Even if it was, where do you think the inspiration came from? Big fan of churches? In any case, it was a minor mistake that she immediately apologized for — but the online right-wing hate mob blew way the issue out of proportion and eventually pushed her to resign.

Since then, Lavin has worked as a freelance journalist and recently agreed to teach a course at NYU — which triggered the ire of Ingraham, who decided to paint a target on the back of a 29-year-old woman who had done nothing but make an ill-advised but fairly reasonable assumption about a guy with shady tattoos who works for the modern iteration of the Gestapo.

For Dinesh D’Souza, a convicted felon who has spent his entire career lazily rewriting history for demented boomers who are convinced the maids in their retirement homes are stealing from them and promoting preposterous conspiracy theories, to try to accuse anyone of journalistic malpractice is deeply offensive to the very concept of hypocrisy itself.

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Ingraham’s horrifying segment has put Lavin’s life in very real danger. We’ve seen far too many times how promoting white supremacist conspiracy theories and scapegoats lead directly to violence — just look at the way that FOX News’ “caravan” obsession led directly to the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

But apparently FOX News’ resident white supremacist thinks there isn’t enough lugenpress talk flying around out there these days and bereft of any legitimate targets to punch up to has instead attempted to ruin the life of a woman who has spent the past three years producing excellent work in the fight against Trumpian fascism and white supremacy.

You can read Lavin’s most recent piece about the Christchurch massacre here.

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Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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