[COMMENTARY] Straight from the fever swamps to your inbox

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Titled the “American Post-Gazette,” the newsletter is filled with the (frequently conspiratorial) musings of anonymous right-wing activists.

 

By Jim Small -February 6, 2019

(Editor’s note:Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.)

There is a curious newsletter that periodically lands in my email inbox, and the inboxes of most political reporters in Arizona. Titled the “American Post-Gazette,” the newsletter is filled with the (frequently conspiratorial) musings of anonymous right-wing activists who, because they self-importantly fashion themselves as patriots defending the republic from evil-doers, adopt the pen names of this nation’s founding fathers.

I must confess, reading it is a guilty pleasure, in the same way that I occasionally wander around Snopes and RationalWiki to see what crackpot ideas are floating around the internet. If nothing else, it serves as a window into what the Republican fringe is thinking and talking about.

Since the November election, the newsletters have been more moon-bat conspiratorial than usual, as the authors cannot seem to fathom that there is any possible way that voters in Arizona chose to elect (gasp!) Democrats for statewide offices. The authors have been quick to adopt and promote the baseless claims that Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes rigged the election and stole victories for Kyrsten Sinema, Katie Hobbs and Kathy Hoffman.

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