We pick on The Daily Caller quite a lot, but that's only because they deserve it. They run so much dreck that is so very awful, it's hard to resist. Heck, even its Wikipedia entry has both a "journalistic standards" section about instances demonstrating their lack of journalistic standards, and a "controversies" section for its climate disinfo, election conspiracies, non-profit sketchiness, and white nationalist hires.
The latest contender for the "controversies" section is from Michele Gama Sosa, the Daily Caller's opinion editor who brings a take that we're surprised to see outside one of the white nationalist blogs that The Daily Caller's has a history of hiring writers from.
It's hard to even describe or paraphrase Gama Sosa's diatribe, which is summarized, sort of, by the headline: "America's biggest enemies are in the boardroom, not abroad." Michele says China isn't the US’s biggest problem, while also ginning up anti-Chinese hate. For example, he describes TikTok as "part of Beijing’s 5G non-kinetic warfare operation" that "corrupts our youth with liberal propaganda" and claims that "JPMorgan is happy to help them get it done" (unclear how), which is apparently "little surprise, considering the bank's alleged Epstein ties."
…What? Banking giant JPMorgan is helping "communist China" use TikTok to liberalize Americans because… Jeffrey Epstein, presumably? Gama Sosa does not explain or expand as he gish gallops his way through the rest of the piece.
It doesn't get any more coherent from there, as Gama Sosa attempts to convince readers that because American businesses wanted to make money in China in the 1960s, today they're "undermining American sovereignty" by "destroying industry, pushing poison to our children and cooperating with the Chinese and the WEF to create a global digital prison."
According to Gama Sosa's version of history, the opening of China to capitalism has now become "ESG, as the likes of BlackRock and Vanguard call for America's deindustrialization in the name of saving the planet," as though Wall Street was actually more interested in saving the world than making a buck while it burns. But supposedly those capitalists and "their friends" at WEF, "for all their alleged climate and justice concerns, are no different, telling us we need to eat the bugs while looking the other way for China – and themselves, of course."
A big-business-backed conservative disinformation outlet like The Daily Caller (that more or less exists to appease its funders with nice coverage about them) railing against Big Business may be unexpected. Unfortunately, the anti-Chinese COVID lab leak conspiracy paragraph is not. Joining in the rising anti-China rhetoric taking over Congress and disinfo outlets, Gama Sosa also foments hate against Chinese students conducting research in the United States and dismisses all allegations of anti-Asian racism as a tactic of deflecting scrutiny.
For those playing along at home, you're right to start counting, because between the anti-ESG, anti-WEF, anti-climate, and anti-China boxes checked, Gama Sosa almost has a completed Conspiracy Theory Bingo card! He just needs one more, and sure enough, he uses the standby of so many conspiracies that it could be the center free square: antisemitism.
Laced throughout Gama Sosa's tirade are the standard dog whistles of the dangerous conspiracy theories that Jewish people are a shadowy force secretly controlling world events. He invokes the Great Reset conspiracy, refers to "unelected oligarchs and their pawns like Dr. Fauci," and suggests that "Klaus Schwab and his corporate buddies at the WEF" infiltrate governments, "ensuring people like Joe Biden are just their puppets."
Gama Sosa complains about "Disney rewrites" to make "Western literature and American films" more "inclusive," by which he means they "cut out white/European characters." (Are there no Black Americans? Why is "white" synonymous with European?)
In the conclusion, Gama Sosa doesn't say who the enemy "behind China" is, that's supposedly "much more powerful and organized" than the world's most populous country, a shadowy force that "answers to no government or authority other than itself" and is "out to destroy us." He implicates a vague Big Business type conspiracy, but anyone who's seen or heard a standard antisemitic conspiracy theory will certainly hear the dog whistles loud and clear.
He doesn't have to say that Jewish people are out to “replace us" outright, because after centuries of hate-mongering propagandists separating a good white "us" from a bad non-"white/European" group of people who are secretly pulling the strings for their own greedy purposes, his rightwing audience knows exactly who he's talking about. That's the whole point of dog whistles.
This article serves as a chilling reminder of the fact that climate disinformation doesn’t exist in a vacuum: it is inextricably intertwined with white supremacy, and it is a threat not only to the future of human life on this planet but also to Jewish people and people of color right now.