Take, for example, the title of this blog post. It’s the actual headline to an article about Roanoke on some outfit called the American Free Press:
The streets of Roanoke, Va. are a model of American economic collapse. Driving through the downtown, one passes abandoned storefronts with “for rent” signs in the windows, some of those signs old and curling from the long vacancies. Leaving the downtown in one direction, one comes to hundred-year-old housing, much of it abandoned, and city street corners crowded with prostitutes, pimps and drug dealers.
Leaving in another direction, one passes the city’s crumbling passenger railway station and blocks of abandoned warehouses. Down the major commercial strip, one can see an abandoned shopping center and the row of abandoned stores that border it. Whatever direction one takes, one sees a city that is white and poor and desperate for a type of change that Barack Obama has been unable to deliver.
On closer examination, it appears the AFP is a conspiracy site that’s trying to give World Net Daily a run for their money.
They have articles suggesting Israel was responsible for 9/11, and they dip their toes into birther nonsense, and there’s at least one article in which a nutcase from California claims he was implanted with a microchip during a visit to the dentist.
A perfect place for the Suzies, LCs and terps of this world!
UPDATE: My colleague Laurence Hammack notes that the American Free Press is one of the last remaining media outlets for none other than Roanoke’s own Neo-Nazi ex-con Bill White.
Now it’s all making sense!