American Free Press

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American Free Press
Format Weekly newspaper
LanguageEnglish
HeadquartersUnited States
Website americanfreepress.net

The American Free Press is a weekly newspaper published in the United States.

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The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.

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The newspaper's direct ancestor was The Spotlight , which ceased publication in 2001 when its parent organization, Liberty Lobby, was forced into bankruptcy. One of the paper's founders was Willis Carto, an influential white supremacist who promoted antisemitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial.

The Spotlight was a weekly newspaper in the United States, published in Washington, D.C. from September 1975 to July 2001 by the now-defunct antisemitic Liberty Lobby. The Spotlight ran articles and editorials professing a "populist and nationalist" political orientation. Some observers have described the publication as promoting a right-wing, or conservative, politics.

Liberty Lobby organization

Liberty Lobby was a United States political advocacy organization founded in 1958 that went bankrupt in 2001. It was founded by Willis Carto and described itself as "a pressure group for patriotism; the only lobby in Washington, D.C., registered with Congress which is wholly dedicated to the advancement of government policies based on our Constitution and conservative principles." Carto is noted for his promotion of antisemitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial.

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History

American Free Press was founded by Willis Carto. Carto was most politically involved in his career throughout the 1960s. He is notorious for his extremist ideologies in white supremacist and anti-semitic movements. [1] [2]

Willis Carto American activist

Willis Allison Carto was an American political activist on the American far right. He described himself as Jeffersonian and populist, but was primarily known for his promotion of antisemitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial.

Contributors

Writers for the newspaper included Michael Collins Piper, whose work has been characterized as anti-semitic [3] and James P. Tucker, Jr., a longtime Spotlight reporter whose focus was the Bilderberg Group. Articles by Carto also appeared occasionally. James Edwards, who now hosts The Political Cesspool (broadcast as a service of the neo-Nazi Stormfront) was also a former writer for the newspaper.

Michael Collins Piper was an American political writer, conspiracy theorist and talk radio host.

<i>The Political Cesspool</i>

The Political Cesspool is a weekly far-right talk radio show founded by Tennessean political activist James Edwards and syndicated by the organizations Liberty News Radio Network and Accent Radio Network in the United States. First broadcast in October 2004 twice a week from radio station WMQM, per Edwards it has been simulcast on Stormfront Radio, a service of the white nationalist Stormfront website and as of 2011 is broadcast on Saturday nights on WLRM, a Christian radio station in Millington, Tennessee. Its sponsors include the white separatist Council of Conservative Citizens and the Institute for Historical Review, a Holocaust denial group.

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The newspaper also runs columns by Joe Sobran, James Traficant, Paul Craig Roberts, Ron Paul, and others. The newspaper's podcast series has featured mainstream guests including Brian Baird, Philip Giraldi, Dean Baker, and others.[ citation needed ]

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Ron Paul American politician and physician

Ronald Ernest Paul is an American author, physician, and retired politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district from 1976 to 1977 and again from 1979 to 1985, and for Texas's 14th congressional district from 1997 to 2013. On three occasions, he sought the presidency of the United States: as the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988 and as a candidate in the Republican primaries of 2008 and 2012. Paul is a critic of the federal government's fiscal policies, especially the existence of the Federal Reserve and the tax policy, as well as the military–industrial complex, and the War on Drugs. He has also been a vocal critic of mass surveillance policies such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the NSA surveillance programs. He was the first chairman of the conservative PAC Citizens for a Sound Economy and has been characterized as the "intellectual godfather" of the Tea Party movement.

Attendees of the 2006 American Free Press / The Barnes Review, conference included [4] Arthur Jones, former member Nationalist Socialist White People's Party [5] [ better source needed ] and Holocaust denier Hesham Tillawi.[ citation needed ]

Hesham Tillawi is a writer, TV talk host, and analyst living in Lafayette, Louisiana. He holds a doctoral degree in international relations from Bernelli University. He was elected vice of the national executive committee of the Palestinian American Congress in 2004.

Some authors of the American Free Press such as Michael Collins Piper and Carto-affiliated institutions such as the Institute for Historical Review have published books which have been published in paper and electronic format on the America First Books website. William B. Fox is the publisher. It promotes nationalist viewpoints similar to those of the American Free Press and its authors.[ citation needed ]

Eustace Mullins was on the editorial staff of the American Free Press. [6]

Criticism

The Southern Poverty Law Center considers it a hate group [7] and says that it "carries stories on Zionism, secret 'New World Order' conspiracies, American Jews and Israel." [8] One of the newspaper's ex-contract reporters, Christopher Bollyn, has advocated on behalf of the 9/11 Truth Movement. [9] The Anti-Defamation League has criticised the newspaper and, in particular, Bollyn for linking of prominent figures in the Jewish community with the events of September 11, 2001, and in September 2006 attacked the newspaper for disseminating "antisemitic propaganda". [10]

Pro-Israel conservative activists, such as Kenneth R. Timmerman, have criticized contributors to the American Free Press.[ citation needed ] In a May 2011 article, contributor Mark Dankof protested the British government's attempt to shut down Press TV, [11] blaming it on "media outlets and correspondents with provable connections to the American Jewish lobby; Israeli intelligence; and Neo-Conservatives thirsting for a War of Civilizations with Iran specifically, and the Islamic world generally." [12] In a May 2011 article, Dankof also quoted from and wrote that the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion accurately reflect the state of the world. He lauded PressTV as one of the few exceptions to the Jewish control of the media. [13]

See also

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  4. 2006 AFP-TBR Fifth International Conference
  5. 'The blackest lie in history': Republican congressional candidate says the Holocaust never happened
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  9. Siegel, Jacob (2016-09-10). "Jew-Hater Christopher Bollyn Brings 9/11 False Flag Act to the Brooklyn Commons". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
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  12. Why Doesn’t Obama Ban Iranian Press TV? Kenneth R. Timmerman — January 25, 2012
  13. http://www.presstv.com/detail/181711.html