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

April 20th, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Cohen notes that Blumenthal has tweeted the entries of one David Benedetti, who, on his own website, went after a Jewish reader using Holocaust images, and saying “your grandmother also made a nice lampshade.” Now, he points out, Blumenthal is trying to argue that there is a similarity between Nazi ideology and Zionism — an old canard of pre-war and wartime anti-Zionist leftists. The same website on which Alterman writes, Mondoweiss, also has published an article by Annie Robbins, who wonders if Miller’s Kansas murders were an Israeli conspiracy.

The danger, as I have pointed out in earlier columns and Cohen too notes, is that left-wing anti-Zionism has become respectable, as the endorsement of Blumenthal by liberal journalists James Fallows and Peter Bergen has revealed. Months ago, I waged an unsuccessful effort to get the New American Foundation to cancel Blumenthal’s appearance. As Cohen writes, the group was “apparently unperturbed by his flock of Nazi admirers, or by the fact that he was the subject of a flattering profile on Press TV, the official mouthpiece of the Iranian regime.”

Now, hardly surprisingly, Mondoweiss has published a piece by Phil Weiss and Annie Robbins, who write in praise of the SPLC attack. Indeed, they say — possibly intimating plagiarism — that their article “somewhat echoes our excellent piece by Alex Kane and Phan Nguyen.” This well-known anti-Israel extremist site’s editor and co-author write that “The Southern Poverty Law Center has come to Max Blumenthal’s defense against the wretched smear campaign propagated by neoconservatives and Rush Limbaugh that seeks to connect him to the murders outside Kansas City Jewish organizations a week ago.” No wonder they are also upset that the left-wing Israeli daily Haaretz saw the truth and headlined their own story “Kansas Murderer Admires Prominent Israeli Critic,” referring to Blumenthal.

So, Blumenthal is responsible for the way others interpret his columns, and that includes the manner in which Frazier Glenn Miller uses his words for his own purposes. He wrote his columns to gain adherents for his own point of view; unfortunately for him, a reader who accepted his case was none other than an American KKK advocate and a Nazi. Miller’s interpretation of what Blumenthal believes in is accurate, and hence this proves to be more than embarrassing for Blumenthal.

Finally, let me respond to the attack in the Hatewatch column on David Horowitz, because it exemplifies the warped methodology used by the SPLC.  To the SPLC, Blumenthal himself is not a hate-monger, but simply is being attacked for “his criticism of Israel.” Really? Anyone reading Blumenthal’s hating screeds knows he goes way beyond criticism, as Nation columnist Eric Alterman has shown.

They describe David Horowitz as “a close associate of Radosh,” and someone whom, they suggest, I should “denounce for inspiring Miller’s murderous rampage.” The reason they argue this is because they quote a years old post by Miller who said that Horowitz’s book Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes, which Miller does not comprehend and which he distorts and also gets the title wrong,  “throws Whitey journalistic bones from time to time,” whatever that means.

Secondly, they say that Frontpagemag.com has “apparently condoned Miller’s behavior in the past- notably, his role in the 1979 Greensboro Massacre, in which Klan members shot and killed five protest marchers. Miller was a leader of that massacre and did no prison time.”

Their claim is not only totally wrong, but Horowitz’s website never published anything condoning the Klan members who shot and killed a group of white Maoists who marched in Greensboro and did all they could to incite the Klan to attack them. The article they ran did not, as the SPLC claims, blame “the victims for the massacre because they were Communists, and ultimately praised the KKK and neo-Nazi perpetrators. ‘In this war they were the patriots fighting an anti-American threat that was global in scope.’” The quote they reproduce from the review is meant to prove their argument, and as I will show later, is taken entirely out of context.

Here is the link to the review they are talking about. What author Barbara Kay actually argues, and documents as well, is that the Maoist sect, the Communist Workers Party, wanted to stage a suicidal attack and make themselves Klan targets so that they would “evoke the sympathy of poor blacks and enlist them in their Communist cause.” She documents the earlier attempts of the CWP to provoke the KKK to attack them, and quotes one CWP leader as saying: “There [had] to be some bloodshed. We want as many comrades and friends alive as possible, but some will be killed.” Welcome to Maoism in the USA, 1979 style!

Indeed,  Kay’s nuanced review praises the author of the book, a former CWP member named Sally Avery Bermanzohn, as a person who “struggled back, to a life of normalcy and academic achievement,” which she writes is “a testimony to her determination and strength,” and writes that her own testimony “is more nuanced than” others in her book. She says after her husband was paralyzed in the shooting, Sally ran the household all on her own, and she praises her “intelligence and spirit.”

Her entire review is sympathetic to the motivations of the deluded CWP members. In particular, she explores why the black members of the Party responded to real iniquities of Southern racism, and how that led them to be susceptible to Maoist doctrine. Communists, she writes, “are extremely good at mythologizing their own past,” and at “forgetting the victims their ideology has created.” Rather than salute the real victims of racism at their memorials to the 1979 events, she writes that it is mainly “white radicals of the Communist Workers Party” they celebrate, a group that “manipulated blacks for their own political ends” and whom they can now claim were “civil rights heroes.”

Rather than praise the Klan as Hatewatch claims, Kay’s review says that the KKK members “were not more virtuous than the Communists who confronted them, and indeed not virtuous at all. But in Greensboro the Communists provided a symbol that persuaded them [the Klan] that a real war had been declared and that in this war they were the patriots fighting an anti-American threat that was global in scope.”

So, she was saying what the Klan believed about themselves — not as the SPLC Hatewatch author writes, that the quote means Horowitz and his reviewer believe that the Klan were patriots who were fighting a Communist threat. Anyone reading the review can see the meaning of what Kay wrote. The distortion is intentional. It says a great deal about how the SPLC makes an argument, and shows why anything they write cannot be taken seriously.

So, dear readers, I hope you have learned what the SPLC is really about. Their current campaign against all of us reveals their true agenda — not civil rights, but a willingness to use their clout to attack honest conservatives, who know that both the Ku Klux Klan and the likes of Glenn Miller are as much our enemy as the Communists and anti-Zionists of the far left, and like the man who gives journalism a bad name — Max Blumenthal.

The SPLC owes an apology to Horowitz, Rush Limbaugh, and to me as well.

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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/
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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?
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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.
31 weeks ago
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Sue the SPLC every time they open their mouth.
31 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.
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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.


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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
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You're welcome ... and keep up the good work.
31 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.".
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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.
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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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