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Stephen Bannon and the Media Meltdown

18 Nov

This was published earlier today at The Daily Caller.

As Democrats – or at least people hired by groups funded by George Soros – break windows, burn cars, and assault suspected Trump supporters in liberal cities around the country, neither President Barack Obama or Presidential-wannabe Hillary Clinton have admonished their violent followers to return to peaceful protests.

Only Senator Bernie Sanders has.

But there is another danger to public safety President Obama and Presidential-wannabe Clinton have not addressed.

That’s the imminent danger to those who work in, or near, America’s newsrooms.

The American media, now exposed as frauds, liars, and incompetent pollsters – in the case of the New York Times, which has belatedly apologized, admittedly so – are doubling down, and are so much in denial of reality they are on the edge of a psychotic break.

It’s only a matter of time before one of them goes postal, and comes to work with a gun, shooting the innocent receptionists, secretaries, advertising sales reps, and cleaning crews who are unfortunate enough to be working when the final wires snap.

So far they are concentrating their ire on one individual, former Breitbart publisher Stephen K. Bannon.  President-elect Donald Trump has chosen him to be the chief strategist  for the White House, a position for which associates say he is better suited than the chief of staff position that went to former RNC chair Reince Preibus, because Bannon is said to favor casual dress and a looser schedule than the chief of staff position would require.

But casual dressing is not what the establishment media is attacking Bannon for.  They claim – with no evidence – that Bannon is a “white nationalist”…or maybe encouraged or mainstreamed “white nationalists”…or maybe supported something they call the “alt right” which they then associate with white nationalists.  Or something.  Anyway, the party that earns about half of its campaign donations, after Wall Street of course, by kidnapping poor black children and selling them to National Education Association and American Federation for Teachers bureaucrats in exchange for candidate support, is as usual screaming that the people who beat them at the ballot box are racists.

Bannon doesn’t really need me to defend him.  Bernard Marcus, of the Republican Jewish Committee has already publicly said he knows Bannon and he is no anti-semite.  I’m a lowly gay libertarian writer at Breitbart and have barely met Bannon, though I have been to an event at his home.

If you check any of the TV or print stories denouncing Stephen Bannon and Breitbart, you will mainly see the headlines of two articles cited over and over.  You won’t see the articles quoted.  You won’t find a link to them so you can read them.  You won’t learn who the authors are.  You will just be told the headlines, and be expected to conclude from that that Breitbart is an oceanic cesspool of bigotry with Stephen Bannon as its slimy Poseidon.

The first article is entitled “Bill Kristol – Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew”.  I’m personally not a fan of headlines that discuss people’s religion, but what the smear merchants aren’t telling you is that the author of this piece, David Horowitz, is himself a Jew and a constant critic of anti-Semitism.  He simply thinks Kristol inserts himself into elections in ways – helping recruit independent conservative Evan McMullin to run for President, for example – that are rarely helpful for Republicans.  But the smear merchants on TV or newspapers want you to assume that this article was anti-semitic.

The second article was headlined “Gay Rights Have Made Us Dumber It’s Time to Get Back in the Closet” and the author is one of Breitbart’s gay contributors (I am among them), its most famous gay editor and contributor, the satirist and provocateur Milo Yiannopolous.  One can easily not like all of Milo’s shtick, though he’s very clever and very funny and almost exclusively targets the intellectually dishonest academic and media types conducting the smear merchantry against Stephen Bannon.  But what none of the smear merchants will tell you is that this inflammatory headline is to an article written by a very openly gay man criticizing parts of the gay establishment.

The media have few tools.  Mainly all they know how to do is scream “racism” (or in the monotone hectoring of Presidential wannabe Hillary Clinton “racist… sexist… homophobic… xenophobic… Islamaphobic…”  What they actually fear is that a “paradigm shift” is happening, to use the academic jargon of the 70s, or we are at a “tipping point,” to use the jargon of a few years ago.  They have been the American Pravda for decades, the well remunerated propaganda class of the ruling political elite.

It is projection that journalist’s journalist Jack Shafer labels Breitbart to be Pravda in the pages of the DNC house organ Politico.

Now a populist politician has beaten their elite candidate.  And he has his own media allies.  They are shut out.  Trump is already tweeting rebukes at them when they lie.

They have no idea what to do.

So the only thing they can do is to slime and decry as a racist the person they most fear, their media rival, Stephen Bannon, who helped Andrew Breitbart build an alternative to the mainstream media, who then beat them in an election they were sure they would win, and who is now a chief strategist in the enemy administration-elect.

Another immigration debate

15 Jul
Robert Spencer, a critic of Islamic theocracies and those who are not critical of them, is being denied the right to travel to Britain, since his opinions are viewed as hate speech.

I met him at CPAC2013 this year, in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and told him I enjoy his writing though I am more libertarian that he is.  His reply was that he is a libertarian.  I don’t know if he meant it in the John Bolton/Ann Coulter sense of claiming to be more libertarian than libertarians, or if he meant he was the genuine article — I haven’t read him closely or extensively enough to know.  But as long as Islamic theocrats are lynching gay teens (beheading Jews, beating women, raping Asians who practice eastern religions, stealing from Coptic Christians, and oppressing a billion Muslim serfs) I have to like the critics of this, especially when some libertarians turn a blind eye.

Here’s a fundraising letter from David Horowitz, whose group does often go kookie on the subjects of libertarians and Ron Paul, fantasizing an anti-Semite under every bed:

Dear Bruce,

Call us naïve, but we here at the Freedom Center like to think that the truth is invincible. We believe that if we can reach enough people with our message, America and the West will prevail in clash of civilizations against the terrorists who want to destroy us and everything we stand for.

But we also know that the other side not only has our country and its people in its crosshairs but the truth itself, and that its terror war is based on the conviction that the truth can not only be bent but broken.

We got proof of the ongoing assault against the truth last week when our own Robert Spencer, authoritative voice on FrontPageMagazine and editor of JihadWatch, received a letter from the British Home Office notifying him that he would not be allowed to enter England. “Your presence here is not conducive to the public good,” the letter said. Robert’s colleague Pamela Geller got the same message.

Why had Spencer and Geller scheduled a trip to England? To lay a wreath at a memorial service for British soldier Lee Rigby, who was beheaded by a pair Islamic jihadists on a London street on May 22. They planned to join people from all over England who also saw this horrific act as another skirmish in the ongoing war against the West, not just an act of criminal barbarity.

That has been Robert’s message since 9/11: Islam mandates warfare against unbelievers.Lee Rigby happened to be targeted because he had served with the British forces in Afghanistan. But anyone who stands against the steady advance of sharia is also at risk. Robert’s point in several bestselling books about Islamic extremism has never varied: we are all involved in this war, whether we wear a uniform or not.

Robert has been silenced by the Home Office because it wants to appease its Islamists and prevent further incidents like the one that took Lee Rigby’s life. He has also been silenced on campuses here at home by the unholy alliance between the left and our own homegrown jihadis who have successfully claimed that any criticisms of the nature and goals of Islam is actually a hate crime, “Islamophobia,” in disguise. Robert has been personally slandered on twitter and online; he has been the subject of numerous fatwas by mullahs at home and abroad. His enemies—and ours—will do anything to shut him up.

But the Freedom Center is not going to let that happen. We are defending Robert not simply because he is a courageous intellectual whose work is ammunition in the war of civilizations we must fight. We defend him because doing so is who we are. We know that if he is silenced the Freedom Center itself is being silenced. If he is prevented from delivering his message, we too will have been bound and gagged and unable to pursue our mission of confronting the enemies of freedom at home and abroad.

That is why the Freedom Center is fighting back, both in the court of public opinion and in the actual court room when we have to. We are establishing a Jihad Defense Fund. We will draw on it to hire a legal team that will draft a response to the British government challenging its ban against Robert and demand a hearing on that foolish decision. We will also use this Fund to fight back against the leftists and jihadis here in America who have used twitter and the other social media to launch vile personal accusations against Robert as a way of getting his speaking appearances cancelled and convincing publishers not to print his work.

We have been in these trenches before and we are prepared to fight this battle again. If we allow the truth to be suffocated, the lie will rule us. We cannot allow that to happen.

Please support our Jihad Defense Fund. Please help us prevent Robert Spencer from being silenced. I ask you to make a contribution today of $25, $50, $100 or even more to help us in this effort. We need to raise $50,000 to ensure that we can fight this battle and get ready for the ones ahead.

If you make a donation today and I send you a copy of Robert’s Politically Incorrect Guide to Islamso that you can see the vital truths you are helping to keep from being silenced.

Thank you for everything you do in support of the Freedom Center’s work, and Robert Spencer’s brave work at JihadWatch.


David Horowitz
President & Founder