In the smoke-and-mirrors world of the deranged political right, there are plenty of reasons to conclude that President Obama is a "communist." His father wrote about socialism. His mother was white and only Marxists slept with black men in her era -- plus, she met Obama's father in a Russian language class! The future president's teenage mentor may have been a communist. Former members of the extreme-left Weather Underground held a fundraiser for his Illinois State Senate run.
And then, just revealed to the ignorant masses by the geniuses who run the BuzzFeed website, there is Obama's new typeface: "Revolution Gothic."
Yes, courtesy of Zeke Miller, identified as a staffer of BuzzFeed, we now know that the font adopted by the Obama campaign a few weeks ago is "a style inspired by retro Cuban propaganda posters." Zeke did us the favor of posting a recent picture of the president with the socialist typeface, followed by a collection of images of some of the typeface's other uses ("Viva la Revolucion," slogans from Lenin, etc.).
From there, it went viral. The Blaze, the "news" site run by former Fox conspiracy-monger-in-chief Glenn Beck, adopted and expanded the scoop first brought to us by the enterprising Zeke Miller. This time, The Blaze's Benny Johnson added in some really cool new information, such as the idea that "the typeface origin is seeded in Cuban Communist propaganda." Benny continued: "Here is a collection of early Commie propaganda from Cuba and later pop-art, can you see the similarity?" Then comes a slew of images of Fidel Castro, Cuba, Nikita Khrushchev, propaganda posters and, for good measure, the cover of The Communist Manifesto.
And from there it went to another Obama-bashing website, American Conservative 2 Conservative, where it was posted by "national director" Laura J. Alcorn under the same scary headline as at The Blaze: "'Viva la Revolucion!' Obama Campaign Rolls Out New Typeface Inspired By..." And once again, the pictures of Fidel and his collectivist typeface.
Is the Obama campaign's new font proof of the president's determination to help the workers of the world cast off their chains? Well, even many of Buzzfeed's readers didn't seem to think so. "How bored, obsessed, or gullible are you that you report this?" one asked. "No confirmation, just a similar typeface as a cheap way to somehow tie Obama to communism." Several others pointed out that the type used by the campaign actually is different than that preferred by Red Typesetters.
But the sharpest reply may have come after Miller emailed the Obama campaign for comment on the tip he'd received from a reader. "Your GOP operative should have had the courtesy to stay sober until noon," Miller says Obama press secretary Ben LaBolt replied, "and BuzzFeed should go back to labeling cat slideshows."
We're not so easily fooled, however. It's perfectly obvious that the typeface used by the Obama campaign proves the president is a Marxist bent on destroying Western civilization and the white man to boot. Just like Zeke Miller, Glenn Beck, Benny Johnson and Laura J. Alcorn are brilliant investigative reporters.
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