Sunday, July 26, 2009

"People who live in grass houses shouldn't throw lawnmowers." SPLC cockroaches toy with Lou Dobbs' lightswitch.

SPLC's new headquarters: a grass house.


First I would like to thank Jackie J. for forwarding me a copy of this. More from me on the other side.


SPLC President Calls on CNN to Remove Lou Dobbs from Air, Cites Newsman's Support for Extremist-Inspired 'Birther' Claims

The following is a letter from SPLC President Richard Cohen to CNN President Jonathan Klein.

July 24, 2009

Jonathan Klein
1 Time Warner Center
New York, N.Y. 10019-6038

Dear Mr. Klein,

As an important and respected news organization, CNN has a special responsibility to ensure the accuracy of its reporting. We have written to you before about our concern that Lou Dobbs repeatedly fails to live up to this standard in his reporting on immigration. Now, Mr. Dobbs is again trading in falsehoods and racist conspiracy theories, questioning President Obama's American citizenship.

On the July 15 edition of "Lou Dobbs Tonight," Mr. Dobbs questioned the official certificate provided by the president and the State of Hawaii and complained that President Obama has not made public the "original document." On his radio program, Mr. Dobbs has repeatedly questioned the president's fitness for office, demanding he "show the documents" and, at one point, jokingly suggesting President Obama may be "undocumented."

The truth about the president's birth is not in dispute. It has been verified by, among many other serious news organizations, and his official birth documents have been made public. CNN itself has repeatedly reported on the falsity of the claims of the "birthers," and the network's esteemed legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, recently called those claims "a joke." As you know, even Mr. Dobbs' frequent fill-in anchor, Kitty Pilgrim, debunked the birthers on the July 17 edition of Mr. Dobbs' own CNN show. The fact that Mr. Dobbs suggests otherwise on CNN ? while real CNN reporters telll the truth ? is both deplorable and an embarrassment to all serious journalists.

As he has in several other instances, Mr. Dobbs, in taking up the birthers' claims, is adopting an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that originated on the radical racist right. As has reported, this particular conspiracy theory was first developed by an open anti-Semite and circulated by right-wing extremists who cannot accept the fact that a black man has been elected president of the United States. Among its adherents was neo-Nazi James von Brunn, the alleged murderer of a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., this June. Von Brunn had helped spread the birthers' claims on the Internet and attacked the "dishonest & conspiratorial Media" for not taking them up.

This is not the first time Mr. Dobbs has pushed racist conspiracy theories or defamatory falsehoods about immigrants. We wrote you in 2007 to bring to your attention his utterly false claim that 7,000 new cases of leprosy had appeared in the United States in a recent three-year period, due at least in part to immigrants. (The real number, according to official statistics, was about 400. Mr. Dobbs took his spurious information from the late right-wing extremist, Madeleine Cosman.) In addition, Mr. Dobbs has reported as fact the so-called Aztlan conspiracy, which claims that undocumented Mexican immigrants are part of a plot to "reconquer" the American Southwest. He has suggested there is something to a related conspiracy theory that claims the governments of Mexico, the United States and Canada are secretly planning to merge into the "North American Union." He has falsely claimed that "illegal aliens" fill one third of American prison and jail cells. And Mr. Dobbs has routinely disparaged, on CNN's air, those who have had the integrity to point out the falsity of these and similar claims.

Respectable news organizations should not employ reporters willing to peddle racist conspiracy theories and false propaganda. It's time for CNN to remove Mr. Dobbs from the airwaves.

J. Richard Cohen

Ricky Cohen, suicidal SPLC cockroach in search of a CNN light switch.

Uh, huh. Well, a number of things occured to me when I read this latest SPLC classic. I distilled them down in the form of a letter to Lou Dobbs. Here it is:

"People who live in grass houses shouldn't throw lawnmowers." -- Officer Judy, Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, 1968.

Dear Mr. Dobbs,

As you well know by now, Ricky Cohen of the inappropriately named Southern "Poverty" Law Center has demanded that CNN remove you from the air, by means of a perfect jeremiad of a letter which is shot through with the same conflations, elisions, half-truths, deliberately sloppy logic and guilt-by-associations that have long characterized the SPLC trademark.

My first thought upon reading it was that it must be fund-raising time again. Certainly SPLC's fortune has been nastily depleted by the economic downturn. Yet one wonders why the well-paid Mr. Cohen, who possesses a mind crafty enough to serially shake down gullible folks of their hard-earned money, would violate Mark Twain's famous dictum: "Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the gallon."

This incaution may come from the fact that the state-run media in this country has never taken a really close look at SPLC's history and modus operandi, a bag of dead cats that their own hometown newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, once dubbed "Marketing the Militias."

Non-profit watchdog groups have long condemned SPLC's practices and penchant for internal secrecy. They have in the past been sued for their own racist practices by former staffers.

Indeed, their defense of the ATF at the time of the 1995 Good O' Boys Roundup scandal, when Morris Dees gave political cover to racist federal agents (who handed out "Nigger Hunting Licenses" and infamously depicted "The Birth of the Black Race" in a skit by pulling a black baby doll from a watermelon) by declaring the videotape of the affair taken by Alabama militiamen to be a fake was wholly inconsistent with their alleged mission statement. The tape was subsequently proven to be legitimate by FBI forensics expert Frederick Whitehurst, but Morris Dees was more interested in protecting his sources of information within the ATF -- an unholy and illegal alliance reflecting an identity of interest. Dragonslayers need the threat of scary dragons to frighten the villagers into providing their next free meal.

Many veterans of the Civil Rights struggle here in Alabama despise Morris Dees, calling him a "civil rights pimp" and "hustler" who "makes money off dead black boys." Were you to interview these genuine footsoldiers of the Fifties and Sixties, they would give you plenty of quotes that would take the hide off Dees and his "civil rights" organization.

Yet the most dangerous aspect of SPLC's activities over the years is not their unscrupulous fund raising nor the poor quality of their so-called "intelligence reports" but rather the way they have managed to insert their own world view into all levels of law enforcement. This "Narrative of 1995" is dissected quite professionally by historian Robert Churchill in his new book, "To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant's Face." (University of Michigan Press, 2009) You have only to see the horrendous "Right Wing Extremism" report by DHS or the equally fallacious Missouri MIAC report to recognize the fingerprints of SPLC's leftist lie machine.

And the sad thing is that it is all done for money. There is no "poverty" in the SPLC's bank accounts, nor in their fund-raising methods (unless it is a poverty of scruples). All of which brings me back to Ricky Cohen's incaution. "People who live in grass houses shouldn't throw lawnmowers," warned Officer Judy of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1968. Yet that is just what Cohen has done.

He has picked a fight with someone who, if they don't buy ink by the gallon, certainly has plenty of electrons available to turn a very bright, white-hot light on SPLC's activities over the years -- activities that will not bear critical scrutiny. So why this particular political cockroach is toying with the light switch that can send him scurrying is beyond me.

Perhaps you should ask him. On prime time.

Mike Vanderboegh
PO Box 926
Pinson, AL 35126


shiloh1862 said...

I would love to see this!


idahobob said...

Ya know, as I was reading this letter from Cohen, I thought that it was a spoof. The inaccuracies and outright lies were hilarious at the very least.

But as I read on and read the letter posted on the SPLC's web site, it really pissed me off!! It is bad enough when they use use hints of misdeeds, but damn it, outright lies really gets my blood boiling!

It is my hope that Mr Dobbs does as you suggest, and turn on the bright light and REALLY expose this fascist organization for what it really is, a group dedicated to the one world government that they so loudly poo-poo as conspiracy theory quackery.

These are extortionists that are in the same bed as the "Reverends" Jackson and Sharpton. They are all in it for, just as the majority of the traitors in Washington, District of Criminals are, THE MONEY!!
Just follow the money trail.

'Nuff said for now, my blood pressure rising to dangerous levels.


parapacem said...

Bravissimo for Mike's letter - ;et us pray that it reaches Dobbs. No matter that other outcome, I feel faily safe in predicting that this will give Mr. Dobbs ( who, if I recall, was an Obama supporter) an eye opening moment of enlightenment as to which side actually spews the hate, venom, threats and lies when one of its own voices an un-PC question.

Steve K said...

The most entertaining phrase in the SPLC's letter is this: "The truth about the president's birth is not in dispute. It has been verified by"
Everyone I know realizes that Factcheck is basically a leftist website that draws all its funding from ultra left groups. They practically campaigned for the Light Worker last summer and fall.

Brock Townsend said...

Never let an opportunity go to waste......

The Despicable $outhern Poverty Law Center - Nine Reports

straightarrow said...

No, the biggest lie that they told is that Mr. Dobbs questions Obama's citizenship status. He does not. He has stated many times, he believes Obama is a citizen and eligible to be president on that basis. What he questions is why won't Obama release his birth certificate and put an end to the fuss over it.

Obviously SPLC knows or suspects something about Obama that Dobbs does not, and therefore wish to silence the man who supports Obama because they fear the answer to the question of "Why won't he put an end to this, by releasing the official birth certificate?"

Gun Shy Tourist said...

Linked to your commentary:

Anonymous said...

Everybody in Montgomery knows what a bunch of crooked shysters Dees and his crew are, even the professionally offended (although they're more than happy to collaborate). I hope Mr Dobbs takes your advice.

Btw, first comment though I've been lurking for a few months. You're quite a writer, Dutchman, and I can't wait for Absolved to hit the shelves.

God bless,


Anonymous said...

As has been discussed on many sites, the birth certificate isn't the real issue; BHO's "Natural Born Citizen" status, as required in Article II of the Constitution is, and since he was a British citizen at birth, according to the "standard narrative" he is not one. One excellent discussion of this can be found at the Citizen Wells blog on December 7th, 2008.

We should be aware that both Joseph Farah and the analyst of the online COLB "Polarik" understand and accept this point (I don't have cites at hand; IIRC a discussion by Farah can be found at Gates of Vienna blog and by Polarik on FreeRepublic)

Both have made arguments that making the birth certificate central has important advantages, but I don't fully follow those.

David Codrea fairly recently suggested that a certificate will in due time be produced that will counter both the Article II disqualification and the lack of a certificate, and that we are being
misled by many on this issue.

This is a plausible and frightening scenario. We should also ask why the Article II disqualification was *never* raised by anyone, Democrat or Republican, candidate or Party official, Electors or State officials before.

D-Wil said...

Thoughts: 1) Dees & crew are intelligence assets playing the role of anti-militia, fear-producers while at the same time keeping tabs on Black people who might pose a threat to the government by coalescing poor Black communities to become self-empowered (and, therefore, no longer reliant on the government's social programs). That they act in this dual role makes them dangerous to all of us.

2) Why, when he was a presidential candidate, why was there not an equal demand to see John McCain's birth certificate, though he was, admittedly, born in Panama (remember, when the Democrat-backers put this out in the public, the Obama campaign nixed the push)?