During the early 1990s, soon after the Clinton Administration assumed power, far right talk radio "heated up." Gun shows and preparedness expos cropped up around the country. These events were manifestations of increasing agitation among Americans. This antigovernment fervor was instigated by misperceptions and mounting paranoia that Constitutional rights were withering away, that gun ownership was under attack, and that American values were being undermined.
At the time, these events served as a barometer of the nation’s mood and temperament. They provided a glimpse into the future rise of extremism in the U.S. and the eventual plotting of domestic terrorist attacks. These same events are indicative of the rising levels of fear and paranoia among Americans today.
It is disturbing to see mainstream media personalities and politicians beginning to embrace rightwing extremist themes and antigovernment conspiracy theories in their radio commentaries, news programs and speeches. To me, this clearly illustrates a tacit support for extremism. Members of the news media and some conservative politicians bear some responsibility for creating and fueling this recent rise in rightwing extremism in the U.S.