From the beginning of the chapter:
In 1961, The national media discovered "the radical right". Suddenly, there was a steady flow of cover stories and special reports on the threat of right wing extremism. Several of them warned their readers that the greatest threat to American democracy no longer came from the left, but from the right. Soon numerous books contributed to the state of alert, and in Congress the growing concern triggered calls for federal investigations and HUAC investigations.
The White House was also paying attention. President Kennedy and his advisors began to explore possible ways of disrupting the activities of right wing groups. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy encouraged President of UAW Walter P. Reuther to prepare a memorandum on "The Radical
Right in America Today". The result was a report, which in all its shrillness had a striking resemblance to the far Right's warnings of an impending communist takeover.