American Free Press

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American Free Press
FormatWeekly newspaper
HeadquartersUnited States

The American Free Press is a weekly newspaper published in the United States.

The newspaper's direct ancestor was The Spotlight, which ceased publication in 2001 when its parent organization, Liberty Lobby, was forced into bankruptcy. One of the paper's founders was Willis Carto, an influential white supremacist who promoted antisemitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial.


American Free Press was founded by Willis Carto. Carto was most politically involved in his career throughout the 1960s. He is notorious for his extremist ideologies in white supremacist and anti-semitic movements.[1][2]


Writers for the newspaper included Michael Collins Piper, whose work has been characterized as anti-semitic[3] and James P. Tucker, Jr., a longtime Spotlight reporter whose focus was the Bilderberg Group. Articles by Carto also appeared occasionally. James Edwards, who now hosts The Political Cesspool (broadcast as a service of the neo-Nazi Stormfront) was also a former writer for the newspaper.

The newspaper also runs columns by Joe Sobran, James Traficant, Paul Craig Roberts, Ron Paul, and others. The newspaper's podcast series has featured guests including Brian Baird, Philip Giraldi, Dean Baker, and others.[citation needed]

Attendees of the 2006 American Free Press / The Barnes Review, conference included[4] Arthur J. Jones, former member Nationalist Socialist White People's Party.

Some authors of the American Free Press such as Michael Collins Piper and Carto-affiliated institutions such as the Institute for Historical Review have published books which have been published in paper and electronic format on the America First Books website. William B. Fox is the publisher. It promotes nationalist viewpoints similar to those of the American Free Press and its authors.[citation needed]

Eustace Mullins was on the editorial staff of the American Free Press.[5]


The Southern Poverty Law Center considers it a hate group[6] and says that it "carries stories on Zionism, secret 'New World Order' conspiracies, American Jews and Israel."[7] One of the newspaper's ex-contract reporters, Christopher Bollyn, has advocated on behalf of the 9/11 Truth Movement.[8] The Anti-Defamation League has criticised the newspaper and, in particular, Bollyn for linking of prominent figures in the Jewish community with the events of September 11, 2001, and in September 2006 attacked the newspaper for disseminating "antisemitic propaganda".[9]

Pro-Israel conservative activists, such as Kenneth R. Timmerman, have criticized contributors to the American Free Press.[citation needed] In a May 2011 article, contributor Mark Dankof protested the British government's attempt to shut down Press TV,[10] blaming it on "media outlets and correspondents with provable connections to the American Jewish lobby; Israeli intelligence; and Neo-Conservatives thirsting for a War of Civilizations with Iran specifically, and the Islamic world generally."[11]

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  1. ^ "Willis Carto". Southern Poverty Law Center. Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  2. ^ Aaronovitch, David (2010). Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History. Riverhead Books. ISBN 9781101185216. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Bettinger, Keith. "Anti-Semitism Peddled in Southeast Asia". Asia Times.
  4. ^ "2006 AFP-TBR Fifth International Conference". Archived from the original on 2012-01-31. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  5. ^ Feldman, Matthew; Rinaldi, Andrea (2014). "'Penny-wise...': Ezra Pound's Posthumous Legacy to Fascism". In Jackson, Paul; Shekhovtsov, Anton (eds.). The Post-War Anglo-American Far Right: A Special Relationship of Hate. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 48. doi:10.1057/9781137396211. ISBN 9781137396211. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  6. ^ Active U.S. Hate Groups. Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
  7. ^ Intelligence Files: Willis Carto. Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
  8. ^ Siegel, Jacob (2016-09-10). "Jew-Hater Christopher Bollyn Brings 9/11 False Flag Act to the Brooklyn Commons". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  9. ^ "9/11 Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories Still Abound". Anti-Defamation League. September 7, 2006. Archived from the original on 25 January 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
  10. ^ "CIA Agent Confesses On Deathbed: "We Blew Up WTC7 On 9/11"". Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  11. ^ Why Doesn’t Obama Ban Iranian Press TV? Kenneth R. Timmerman — January 25, 2012

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