The New Haven Register has apologized for an editorial it ran on Monday in which it argued that figures like Ann Coulter, country singer Ted Nugent and outlets like Fox News share the bigoted ideologies of the KKK.
Condemning a new KKK group in Milford, Conn., the editorial expanded its criticism to personalities and media outlets that perpetuate racism. “Nugent and like-minded people aren’t openly aligning themselves with the Klan, but their message isn’t much less hateful,” wrote editor Matt DeRienzo.
“With that in mind, we shouldn’t need a label as obvious as “KKK” to call out and condemn hatred and racism. Institutions who are helping “mainstream” this message — even if that’s Fox News, the national Republican Party, or Toad’s Place — deserve to be called out and, if ultimately necessary, marginalized and ostracized for enabling it.”