One of the characteristics of today’s modern fascists is their propensity to project their own fascism onto those they regard as ‘our’ enemies.
Most fascists these days don’t actually like being called fascists so today’s modern Western fascists, like ‘The Australian’ newspaper columnist, Janet Albrechtsen, is more than happy to call Islamic radicals ‘Islamo-fascists’ in order to deflect her own fascism from being noticed. It serves two purposes; first, it demonises those she is calling fascists and, second, it gives the impression that, because she is calling someone else a fascist, that she can’t be one herself.
The hypocrisy and the irony, however, though Albrechtsen can’t see it because she only sees things from her point of view, are utterly transparent. While she thinks she is exposing some ideology she calls Islamo-fascism, what she is actually doing is showcasing to the world her own racist Islamaphobia and fascist inclinations. She’s so arrogant that she thinks people are generally too thick to see it.
It’s a classic Murdoch propagandist trait. They all suffer from it.