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Ron Radosh

The SPLC’s Attack on Rush Limbaugh, David Horowitz, and Me

April 20th, 2014 - 2:59 pm

The column  I wrote last week, it turns out, has created somewhat of a storm. This is due to one thing only: Rush Limbaugh read it aloud on his radio program. (Start reading in the middle from where it says “BREAK TRANSCRIPT.”) That one decision by Rush led all of our mutual enemies to go viral, sending numerous Tweets and Facebook posts attacking Rush and me for supposedly arguing that the anti-Semitic neo-Nazi Glenn Miller acted because of Max Blumenthal.

Of course, as I wrote last week in an addendum, this was not the point I was making. I wrote the following, and repeat it once again:

 Joan Walsh of Salon has tweeted my column, saying that a two year old blog post by the killer does not show that Blumenthal inspired his actions. What it does show, I argue, is how Blumenthal and his ilk have the same perspective on Israel and the Jews as does this neo-Nazi. Yes, he did not need Max Blumenthal’s book to get him to engage in murder against Jews, only classic antisemitism. My point is simple: It is revealing how the work of this would-be leftist is endorsed by a Nazi sympathizer, who sees things in the same way as Blumenthal. As Dan Pipes asks, how will The Nation folks respond to this?

Now, an even more important attack has been made on Rush, David Horowitz and me, and it comes from that so-called civil-rights organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center. It appears in a report from what the SPLC calls its “Intelligence Project,” and is in their publication called HATEWATCH: Keeping an Eye on the Radical Right. Its headline proclaims: “Limbaugh, Right-Wing Pundits Try to Blame Max Blumenthal for Kansas Rampage.

If you are not aware of what the SPLC really is, you must first look at these two very important articles. The first hails from Ken Silverstein and appeared in Harper’s in the year 2000. The second article, unfortunately under a firewall where it was originally published,  is by the always insightful investigative journalist Charlotte Allen, and was the cover story in The Weekly Standard  in their April 15, 2013 issue. It is titled “King of the Fearmongers: Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center, scaring donors since 1971.” (You can, however, read it here.)

Both Silverstein’s and Allen’s articles present a devastating case that can simply be put this way: The SPLC is not a civil rights group, but rather a far left group that trades in fear and guilt and gains phenomenal backing from gullible liberals who think they are helping to fight hate and racism. But instead, they are helping Morris Dees to line his own pockets and spread a grossly exaggerated picture of a United States dominated by merchants of hate. Interestingly, the paragraph in Allen’s article I find most interesting is the one in which she quotes the views of the late leftist writer Alexander Cockburn. Allen writes:

This leads to yet another SPLC irony: Its severest critics aren’t on the conservative right (although the Federation for American Immigration Reform, another “hate group” on the SPLC’s list, has done its fair share of complaining), but on the progressive left. It may come as a surprise to learn that one of the most vituperative of all the critics was the recently deceased Alexander Cockburn, columnist for The Nation and the leftist webzine CounterPunch. In a 2009 article for CounterPunch titled “King of the Hate Business,” Cockburn castigated Dees and the SPLC for using the 2008 election of Barack Obama as America’s first black president as yet another wringer for squeezing out direct-mail donations from “trembling liberals” by painting an apocalyptic picture of “millions of [anti-Obama] extremists primed to march down Main Street draped in Klan robes, a copy of Mein Kampf tucked under one arm and a Bible under the other.” Cockburn continued: “Ever since 1971 U.S. Postal Service mailbags have bulged with Dees’ fundraising letters, scaring dollars out of the pockets of trembling liberals aghast at his lurid depictions of hate-sodden America, in dire need of legal confrontation by the SPLC.”

Most interesting is Allen’s argument that Intelligence Report, the blog that attacks us, “features alarmed articles, often written by Mark Potok, who now serves as the SPLC’s press spokesman and also as the editor of Intelligence Report and the organization’s Hatewatch blog.” All, she notes, bear “scary sounding titles.” The new attack fits the mold and reveals the SPLC’s true nature.

Rather than condemn the extremist Max Blumenthal — a hater of Israel and one of the most vile and self-proclaimed journalists one can think of — and exposing his warped methodology and one-sided pronouncements, as even his Nation colleague Eric Alterman has done numerous times, Hatewatch chooses as its would-be evil hatemongers those who have appropriately noted the ways in which the racist and neo-Nazi Miller shares the world-view of Max Blumenthal.

So extreme is Blumenthal that last week the Democratic pro-Israel activist and lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz told Breitbart.com that “Max Blumenthal is well outside the acceptable range of rhetoric about Israel. His constant comparisons between Nazi Germany and the Jewish state establish him as an extremist bigot whose greatest appeal is to antisemites and others who apply a double standard to the Jewish state.”  (Dershowitz was writing to warn Hillary Clinton that if she runs for president, she must dissociate herself from Max’s father Sidney Blumenthal, because he is vociferously defending his son’s book.)

Rush Limbaugh can speak for himself. If he got some details wrong, his overall point was correct. The dangerous words of someone born Jewish, like Blumenthal, were accurately cited by Frazier Glenn Cross,  AKA Glenn Miller, because Miller was saying in effect: Look, even a “Jew journalist” acknowledges that Israel was trying to buy “the presidential election for the neo-con, war-mongering Republican establishment.”

In other words, Miller sees Max Blumenthal as a courageous Jew who alone tells the truth. As Ben Cohen puts it in his valuable column in The Algemeiner:

It’s not an accident that today’s Nazis are attracted to left-wing, viscerally anti-Zionist writers like Blumenthal. Both share the view that the so-called “Israel Lobby” drove the U.S. into foreign wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both believe that politicians kowtow to Jewish interests because they fear the costs of not doing so. And both are convinced that the type of “Jewish supremacism” practiced in Israel makes a nonsense of American Jewish appeals for tolerance and understanding.

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"The SPLC’s Attack on Rush Limbaugh, David Horowitz, and Me"

Well, Mr. Radosh, Diana West might come to Rush's aid, if he needs it, but I'm afraid you and your comrade Horowitz are on your own.
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And yet 70% of American Jews vote for this.
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It's hilarious how a bunch of now very rich lawyers can call themselves anything with poverty in their name.
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Yes, they've both been infiltrated by Russian intel. The left (Commies) and the right (the libertarians). It's pretty amazing, actually.

BUT, what's even more amazing, is that the New Russia is NOT anti-Israel. So these clowns are going to have to update their propaganda. Israel defected from US sphere. Barry Rubin said so right on this very website. Avigdor Lieberman was born in Moldova.

Here's a run down of Russian foreign policy...
http://nyyrc.com/blog/2014/03/geopolitik-russias-foreign-policy-plans-explained/
13 weeks ago
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Not amazing at all. The political spectrum is circular and the far left and the far right are smack dab next to each other. Always have been. And do you seriously think that Israel is going to give up a solid 50 year relationship with America that's survived more ups and downs than a roller coaster to swoon at Russia's feet because Putin is whispering sweet nothings into her ear?
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Huh? We defected from the US sphere? So why did we release all of the murderers the US forced us to, excepting the last stage when things got ridiculous?

BTW, the latest is that Kerry wants us to release all of the murderers, unless they have American Blood on their hands. I'm aware we don't count as human beings, but does Obama&co. have to be explicit about it?

What does Moldovia have to do with Russia (excepting that it was created when Russia stole part of Rumania), and why should the fact that we have a lot of refugees from that horrible country (Russia) make us more sympathetic to them?
13 weeks ago
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See here:
http://pjmedia.com/barryrubin/2013/09/03/obama-and-israel-the-next-three-years/?singlepage=true

I'd say read between the lines, but there's no need. Professor Rubin, bless his soul, put it plainly.

Avigdor speaks Russian/war born in SU. Also on good terms with Putin. Not going to dig up and post all the links here. But it's pretty obvious at this point, to those who looks very closely.
13 weeks ago
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Sue the SPLC every time they open their mouth.
13 weeks ago
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Ron, if an group like the SPLC hates you, you're probably on the right track.

Don't let it get ya down.

I've had some serious disagreements with some of the things you say, but I don't hate you, fer crying out loud. Groups like the SPLC hate everyone, but accuse everyone else of being haters. They're sick, you know. Dangerously insane, mebbe, but sick, none the less.
13 weeks ago
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Hillery also needs to distance herself from the other grandfather to be .. http://beforeitsnews.com/survival/2014/02/do-you-know-edward-ed-mezvinsky-2511918.html
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Welcome to the club. Unfortunately, when the SPLC attacked me, I had no platform from which to fight back. It's too bad these things only get noticed when someone with an identifiable name is the target -- because there are many of us out here who have had their livelihoods threatened, with fewer resources and no assist in the name of doing the right thing.

That said, I do not think this attempt to attach guilt to Mr. Blumenthal is an ethical or rational choice. The murderer is the only person responsible for his crimes. And this murderer has been behaving this way for decades, always on the fringes of society.

This killer's admiration for Louis Farrakhan, and David Duke alike tells more about this subculture than anything: they are an impressively multicultural bunch of ostracized losers egged on by nobody except radio shock jocks and so-called "opposition-researchers." Attention from these quarters is the only encouragement they receive for their actions: oppo researchers and law enforcement are the biggest audiences at their blogs and rallies, while decent people across the political spectrum have nothing to do with their world (you know the joke about the Klan rally -- two guys in hoods, six cops in helmets, ten opposition researchers in hoods, and so on).

Still, the murderer is the only person responsible for his crimes, not some editorialist, however vile, not the shock-jocks who encourage him, nor anyone at the SPLC who encourages him for their own needs, though they have been intimately involved with Glenn Miller for decades, suing him, monitoring him, and relentlessly fundraising off his existence -- a truly symbiotic relationship but not one that creates culpability.

Glenn Miller is no different from any garden-variety criminal who takes lives and spreads fear, but he will be treated very differently from them as various blame-machines gear up to blame various scapegoats for his crimes.

Better that we should assert that it is our ethical duty to recognize the equal worth of every taken human life -- rather than assigning them different places on a sliding scale based on identity, as Glenn Miller has apparently done.


13 weeks ago
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Tina,
Thanks for your post. But I actually meant precisely what Rodrigo Borgia says in his entry. Perhaps I wasn't clear enough, although I tried to be. So thank you Rodrigo for clarifying so well what I meant.
Ron
13 weeks ago
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You're welcome ... and keep up the good work.
13 weeks ago
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Actually Ron is not blaming Blumenthal for the murder. It appears that way at first but a closer reading shows Ron is giving the left some of their own medicine.

Daniel Pipes did the same but Pipes put his headline in quotes to make a point. He explained in his article that Blumenthal (and others) blamed Pipes for Breivik's slaughter just because Breivik quoted Pipes. If Pipes used the same logic, Blumenthal would be responsible for Miller's murders. That's an "if" to make a rhetorical point.

Both Radosh and Pipes note that Miller would have committed the murders in any case. Unlike Blumenthal, they are being fair but they are outraged at the leftist guilt by association and character assassination. Pipes, Spencer, Fjordman and others deserve an apology. None advocate violence or attacks on a democratic party. Breivik has another source for his actions and he recently confessed that he wanted to discredit those that seek to effect change by peaceful means.
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Ron, Rodrigo, I agree with both of you regarding the need to not allow the Left to make their accusations in an echo chamber. Also, yes, in my opinion, Miller and many other spree killers advantageously attach their deeds to politics or causes rather than being driven by the cause itself. It's a form of attention-getting. The Aurora movie theater killer and the Oklahoma City bomber were two such politically incoherent killers.

When a relationship between a "Klansman" and an "anti-Klan researcher" lasts for decades, however, and the SPLC can pick up the phone and call the killer's wife because, of course, they know her -- well, that sort of blurs the line between opposing them and encouraging them to act out, all the better to fundraise more millions off them.

The SPLC's opposition research industry is dirty through and through. The best way to confront their politics and abusive power remains this: repeal of all hate crime laws and vigorously defend the ethic of equal protection for all crime victims. Thanks.
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SPLC is a major problem. Their reputation fighting the Klan has created a trust which they are exploiting as the branch out and attack many innocent individuals and groups. Unfortunately, many unsuspecting people are taking their vitriolic hit-articles as reliable. It's important to expose this vicious far left organization.
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I was listening to Amy Goodman interviewing one of the SPLC guys about Glenn Miller and how they knew about him and all. Then he went on from there and conflated the neo-Nazis with the Bundy ranch supporters and how Bundy was a thief and stole from all of "us.".
13 weeks ago
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Ron -

Have to agree with Joe. I may disagree vehemently with you on a lot of issues but if the SPLC has you in their sights you may be doing something right. The SPLC are the real hate mongers.
13 weeks ago
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The SPLC waited until the estimable Rush was not available for comment because of his upcoming surgery this past week. How cowardly and typical of the spewers of hatred and vitriol. And very predictable.
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