Fascism almost always starts from the Left: consider National Socialism, for example: the German Workers Party. When you consider the Us & Them absolutism of today’s so-called Liberals, anyone who does not agree entirely with every piece of Democrat doctrine is labelled a Fascist, and has no right to disagree with the Left. Let loose the hounds of Antifa! Like the Brown-Shirts employed by Hitler, they are the political thugs of today. It is not hard to imagine a Fascist America with Social Justice Warriors at the helm, holding hate speech show trials for dissidents. Soviet Russia was just like that; Socialist class hatred and jealousy used to sieze power for the new elite, and all freedom suppressed from then onwards.
The mainstream media may not be “some monolithic bloc of liberal conspirators bent on world domination through deceit”, but it is increasingly acting as if it was: the voice of the Left manufacturing Fake News to support “Progressive” memes, and constantly demonising the right.
When you put the risk of giving offense ahead of the right to free speech, you have put the first nail in the coffin of Liberty. You cannot discuss contentious issues of public policy without risking offense, especially when the Left of today are permanently, professionally offended at everything.