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The Stone and Kuznick Roadshow: Why Their Message Must Be Answered

March 31st, 2013 - 11:43 am

This past Friday, I attended the Oliver Stone-Peter Kuznick roadshow at its Washington, D.C., venue — the national conference of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association, held in the grand ballroom of the Washington Marriott-Wardman Park Hotel. (It was once an apartment complex, in which Henry A. Wallace lived when he was vice president during FDR’s presidency. Kuznick evidently was not aware of this; he might have dedicated the venue as a shrine.)

Their presentation, offered to a clearly leftist and liberal audience that greeted them as conquering heroes waging a battle against the supposedly right-wing establishment, was important for one major reason. It offered us insight into the mindset held by leftists such as the two presenters, and into how they depict themselves in order to gain an audience’s sympathy — how they make them believe their message is the sole truth.

Before it started, I, Roger Aronoff of Accuracy In Media, and historian Richard Raack stood outside the door handing out announcements of our own counter-session to be held the next morning, at which we intended to — and did — offer a rebuke to the Stone-Kuznick book and TV series. Attached to the announcement was my own Weekly Standard article that offered a critique of the first episodes of the Showtime program.

I haven’t leafleted anything as an act of protest in many a year, and believe me, it felt good. I only hope that many who took the leaflets actually took the time to read my article.

Following is what both Stone and Kuznick had to say, and my comments about what I learned from listening to them.

Kuznick, who did most of the talking, announced that they showed the episode about the origins of the Cold War. This is the one which ended with Henry A. Wallace: Kuznick pointed out once again that had Wallace been president instead of Harry S. Truman, the United States would have avoided the Cold War, turned to the left domestically, and had generations of peace with Stalin’s Soviet Union. Kuznick made this argument despite it having been answered in detail not only by me in various publications including PJM, but by Sean Wilentz in the New York Times Review of Books.

Kuznick simply ignored all of the detailed critiques of their argument, as if they had never been made, as if he and Stone had nothing to respond to.

Knowing full well that their audience probably had not read the critiques and had no knowledge of whether anyone had answered them, Kuznick was able to claim in his best voice that he alone dared to tell this truth about Wallace which no one else had ever dared to say.

He placed great emphasis on the phony story of how the Democratic convention of 1948 almost nominated Wallace but was stopped by party bosses — by the way, a story torn apart by Wilentz — and of how Wallace stood for peace while no one else did.

Kuznick ignored as well the evidence of Wallace’s covert meeting with the NKVD station chief in Washington, D.C., while he was still in the president’s cabinet.

Nothing was offered that would contradict the narrative both were sticking with — facts be damned.  Both Stone and Kuznick understand that gullible audiences who know nothing will think they are telling the truth.

Next, they used a second ploy: playing the victim.

This time it was Oliver Stone’s turn to talk. Stone actually expected the audience to believe that they were two truth-tellers who had no podium with which to make their case. The media was controlled by the right wing, he said, and they had to battle against a media that essentially blacklisted them and in which they never could have a voice.

Did Stone really believe this? Especially if, as we will see, the evidence he bragged about literally denigrated his own argument?

He failed to mention that both he and Kuznick have been on scores of major TV and radio talk shows to hype their project. Indeed, they have been universally received as brave soldiers for the truth — even on conservative programs like Mike Huckabee’s radio show.

Not only has the media not avoided them, its bookers have bombarded them with endless opportunities to peddle the Showtime series and their book.

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The venue was "... was once an apartment complex, in which Henry A. Wallace lived when he was vice president during FDR’s presidency. Kuznick evidently was not aware of this..."

As much as I would like to believe that is true I seriously doubt it. My bet would be that is precisely why it was chosen. The committed Left is serious and tenacious as all Hell. They are insidious among institutions that influence behavior and commerce and are willing to play the long game (much like Islamists). While conservative best and brightest are creating wealth as an engine for society, Leftists appear to be more willing to labor for their anointed utopian vision.

We're not nearly as engaged and organized as necessary to counter 50 years of embedded policies, educational doctrines and sheer numbers of activist followers. Oy...
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"Recruiting?" Guess you haven't been checking the Twitter feeds of 20 and 30-something artists lately. It's a done deal. America is a land of xenophobic, anti-gay, Indian-killing, internment camp-making racists who by the way support rape culture. "Game of Thrones" is too white according to Salon.com and Avatar is racist propaganda.

The result in real terms is that straight white men are the new traitorous Jews and the Left the new (nice version) Nazi party. Already black mobs smash windows and assault whites in Kristallnacht recreations. Blacks only artist's awards in all fifty states. Whites discriminated against entering college. Special laws protect non-whites and gays.

If whites weren't a majority there'd be some serious trouble from this mob led by a Dem Party and MSNBC that mainstreams hate-speech about "frighteningly white" cities, "old white men," "negrospotting," diversity and immigration to make things less white. What to do with all those whites?

The only thing the new Left lacks are actual swastikas.
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With the co-conspiratorial media hard at work, it now appears that those who ignore history are condemned to repeal it.
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Entertainment, Education and the Media, we must counter it. The new Redford Film "The Company we Keep" should be protested and picketed every place it is shown. NOT to keep it from being shown, that would be censorship, but countered with truth. Perhaps a sign that reads "2 Million SE Asians DOA Thanks Bill & Bernadine Ayers." We have the KGB files, we have auto bio's from former KGB agents and archives up the kazoo showing the complicancy of the left, yet no body knows. Nothing will change until this is corrected. Hey guess what, WE ARE THE GUY'S WITH THE WHITE HATS! Mr. Radosh and Mr. Horowitz have told their tales of travels yet some how nobody knows. Cure this and we can win.
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I haven’t leafleted anything as an act of protest in many a year, and believe me, it felt good. I only hope that many who took the leaflets actually took the time to read my article. - Ron

Right on, Ron!
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Well, what can you say about people that ignore the twenty million Stalin killed before Hilter got into the act? I'm sorry, the proper answer for the Left is that the US made the commie monster do it.
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The venue was "... was once an apartment complex, in which Henry A. Wallace lived when he was vice president during FDR’s presidency. Kuznick evidently was not aware of this..."

As much as I would like to believe that is true I seriously doubt it. My bet would be that is precisely why it was chosen. The committed Left is serious and tenacious as all Hell. They are insidious among institutions that influence behavior and commerce and are willing to play the long game (much like Islamists). While conservative best and brightest are creating wealth as an engine for society, Leftists appear to be more willing to labor for their anointed utopian vision.

We're not nearly as engaged and organized as necessary to counter 50 years of embedded policies, educational doctrines and sheer numbers of activist followers. Oy...
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
"Recruiting?" Guess you haven't been checking the Twitter feeds of 20 and 30-something artists lately. It's a done deal. America is a land of xenophobic, anti-gay, Indian-killing, internment camp-making racists who by the way support rape culture. "Game of Thrones" is too white according to Salon.com and Avatar is racist propaganda.

The result in real terms is that straight white men are the new traitorous Jews and the Left the new (nice version) Nazi party. Already black mobs smash windows and assault whites in Kristallnacht recreations. Blacks only artist's awards in all fifty states. Whites discriminated against entering college. Special laws protect non-whites and gays.

If whites weren't a majority there'd be some serious trouble from this mob led by a Dem Party and MSNBC that mainstreams hate-speech about "frighteningly white" cities, "old white men," "negrospotting," diversity and immigration to make things less white. What to do with all those whites?

The only thing the new Left lacks are actual swastikas.
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"The goal of Stone and Kuznick is to distort our history in order to indoctrinate students and to turn them into opponents of the United States — essentially, to create a new generation of activists who will help bring down the free nation we live in."

A) I don't believe we live in a free nation anymore and I know the left control everything in this nation.

Therefore, B) Wouldn't this film/book rather sic the youth of this country after the socialist b@stards that run it now?

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With the co-conspiratorial media hard at work, it now appears that those who ignore history are condemned to repeal it.
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The leftists have acquired enormous power because most parents are indifferent regarding the power they exercise in academia. These mothers and fathers only care about the grades their children receive. Will it help them eventually obtain a good paying job? This is all that matters.
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Where is Robin? It is imperative that the Common Core be countered at the state and local level.
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This is so depressingly typical. Attacking Common Core is on a par with attacking the U.S. on behalf of North Korea. Why is the extreme right doing so much now to copy the rhetorical paranoia of the extreme left? Go read Sol Stern's article on Common Core at City Journal - "The Curriculum Reformation." Or is City Journal too liberal for you? Common Core has become the anti-fluoridation insanity of today's rightwing.
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All of American literature is up for grabs by Communist sympathizers. I wrote in detail about one of their heroes, F. O. Matthiessen, who supported the Wallace campaign before he committed suicide. See http://clarespark.com/2010/12/29/f-o-matthiessen-martyr-to-mccarthyism/.
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