Hate crimes and fear-mongering are not tactics that are new. Right from the ancient Egyptians to those in the mighty Roman empire took to these under-handed tactics to control the general population of a region.
However, the political climate today is much different in that information is no longer cordoned to a select few. In fact, for any macro political train of thought, there are scores of online blogs and websites that offer their unique perspective on the subject. Thus the challenge lies not in the non-availability of information but in the manner it is disseminated into the masses.