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The Obama Campaign rolled out some new fonts on the campaign last week. The typeface chosen for the word ‘America’ was starkly different that anything we had seen before. Buzzfeed’s Zeke Miller reported that the font was named “Revolution Gothic” and that according to myfonts.com the typeface origin is seeded in Cuban Communist propaganda.
No, really. Some wingnut with waaaay too much time on his hands saw this Obama campaign image:
…and decided it looked like old commie propaganda. And not that the message or anything looked suspicious – just the FONT. If that weren’t enough, next the enterprising little chowderheads at “The Blaze” (Glenn Beck’s post-cable-news conspiracy-palooza web site*) spent lord only knows how many hours poring over Internet photo archives of actual old Cuban/communist posters, etc, to find any similarities in the font.
Reminds me of not that long ago when what appeared to be a coordinated wingnut internet campaign centered around trying to disparage the Obama campaign’s newly-unveiled slogan, “Forward,” as also being commie-inspired. That is, until sane people started pointing out that scads of organizations, both historically and today, used the slogan “forward” or some variation of it, in their advertising/PR — including (embarrassingly) such political groups as the College National Republican Committee and even – gasp! – St. Reagan.
Naturally, after all that, you’ll be unsurprised to hear it’s been a while since we heard anything on the “Forward = commie propaganda” front. But Fontgate is just getting started. I guess the wingnuts must have moved on to the next yet-to-be-discredited idea, to try to give IT its fifteen minutes of infamy before it gets subjected to even the barest scrutiny and laughed out of the court of public opinion.
* Can I just add as an uncharitable aside that, knowing Beck & Co’s penchant for such loony partisan hackery/conspiracy theory-mongering, the phrase “The Blaze” always conjures up for me an image of a man trying desperately – and eventually succeeding – to light his own farts. That’s about the level of perspicacity on display most of the time in this – as in all – Beck ventures.