In the 1930s, six right-wing oligarchs used the US’s and UK’s largest newspapers to spout sensationalist xenophobia, and at times even boost fascist propaganda. Today, Fox News and other right-wing mass media outlets are using the very same blueprint.
Kathryn Olmsted is a professor of history at the University of California Davis and the author of multiple books, including Right Out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism. Her latest book is The Newspaper Axis: Six Press Barons Who Enabled Hitler.
The roots of the modern US right lie in the California fields of the 1930s, where large growers ferociously resisted farmworker organizing. It’s a reminder that opposing working-class power has been central to the US right from the very beginning.