Jared Loughner And Jared Taylor: When Sloppy Police Work Meets Irresponsible Media.


Jared
Taylor
writes:


The 48 hours after Fox News
began to

report
that my magazine,
American Renaissance,
was associated with the murderer Jared Loughner were
very lively. Politico.com carried a

number
of

articles
about these false accusations, so I decided
to send their Opinion Editor an account of just how
lively they were. The results have been edifying:



  •  Wednesday, Jan. 12, 3:58 p.m. I send my piece
    by e-mail. I turn off the computer about 11:00 p.m.



  • Wednesday, 11:49 p.m.

    Allison Silver, Opinion Editor,
    [Email
    her
    ] sends a message saying the piece is
    “fascinating”
    and they want to run it
    “tomorrow”,
    Thursday.




  • Thursday, 12:27 a.m. Miss Silver sends me an edited version,
    asking for a one-sentence description of American
    Renaissance. She ends the message with
    “Thanks again
    for this swell piece!”





  • Thursday, 11:00 a.m. I get to my e-mail later than usual. At 11:20
    a.m. I write to Miss Silver to tell her the edits
    are fine, and I send her the sentence she asked for:
    “My magazine
    takes a conservative position on race and
    immigration and argues that diversity of the kind we
    are supposed to be celebrating is a weakness for the
    country, not a strength.”






  • Thursday, 11:57 a.m. She writes back with one line:
    “Got it,
    thanks!”







  • Thursday, 2:19 p.m. She writes: “There has been too much of a time lag on this one. So we are not going
    to be able to use it now.”


We really do live in fast-moving times, don`t we? A story can go
from
“fascinating”
and
“swell” to
stale news in less than 12 hours. Or even from
“Got it, thanks!”
to stale news in a little over an hour.


VDARE.com has kindly agreed to publish this stale story.


[VDARE.com note: We are
publishing Jared`s original article. The Politico
version, with extensive but pettifogging changes made by
Allison Silver [Email
her
], can be found

here.
]

Last Saturday, like most people, I
went to bed shocked at the news that someone had

tried to kill a congresswoman
and had murdered six
other people. The next morning at about 9:00 a.m. I got
a call from CNN, asking what my publication,
American
Renaissance
(AR), had to do with the carnage.

I nearly fell out of my chair. CNN
said that Fox News was quoting a Department of Homeland
Security memo saying it had a
"strong
suspicion"
that AR—described as
"anti-government"
and
"anti-Semitic"
—was linked to the killer, now
identified as Jared Loughner. [Arizona
Suspected Gunman Had `Troubled Past,` But Mostly Flew
Under Radar,
by Jana Winter, Foxnews.com January
9, 2011.]

They say there is no such thing as
bad publicity. But I draw the line at being

thought to have influenced a mass murderer.

I immediately went through
AR`s records and found no trace of anyone named Loughner as a

subscriber
,

donor
, or even

commenter
on our web page. I needed to tell Fox
this, but I had no contacts. I went to their website and
sent a
"stop-the-presses"
message to every address of every
official and correspondent I could find. I called the
telephone number on the page, but it seemed to be a help
line for people getting bad reception. I left a frantic
message anyway.

I called up Homeland Security, but
all I got was some moronic

clerk
who told me no one was there, and that I
better

call back Monday morning.

I then fielded phone calls. The New York Times,
the Washington
Post,
the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, various
bloggers, and an Australian radio station (!) wanted me
to tell them all about this crazed killer. I told them I
had never heard of him.

Finally, after several other Fox
correspondents had already spread the word about the
AR-mass murderer connection,

James Rosen
of Fox finally called.

He wasn`t even replying to my
desperate e-mail messages. Bless his heart, he was
thinking like a reporter and had decided to call the
notorious American
Renaissance
himself.

So, after
Bret Baier,
Jennifer Griffin, and

Greta Van Susteren
had

calmly told the world
that AR was under
"strong
suspicion"
, Rosen went on the air at 11:00 a.m. and
quoted me as calling the DHS memo "complete nonsense."[American
Renaissance Denies DHS Charges, Any Affiliation With
Shooter,
by Patrick Summers, January 09, 2011].

Over the next few days, both Fox and
DHS started backing away from the memo, which

ceased to be a DHS memo but a local law enforcement
document
put together with information from DHS.

But the damage had been done. The
Internet was howling. There was a chorus of lefty blogs
claiming this was proof of the


"climate of political vitriol"
we have heard so
much about. The Jewish Telegraph Agency fretted that if
"anti-Semites"
were pulling the strings, it meant Congresswoman
Giffords was shot because she was Jewish. [Memo
notes Giffords` Judaism in motives of alleged attacker
,

JTA, January 11, 2011]

Expert hate-sniffers were trotted
out, who explained that although
American
Renaissance
is guilty of
various varieties
of wickedness, anti-Semitism
isn`t
one of them
, and a connection to murderers was
awfully unlikely.

But like so many errors that make
much racier news than the hum-drum facts, this one went
around the world. The London Daily Mail ran a
big headline
about the
"fanatical

pro-white
magazine”

American
Renaissance
.

And so the hate e-mail began to pour
in. Most of it we deleted unread, and a shocking amount
of what we did read was unprintable. Some of the milder
lines were "Kudos
on

teaching Jared Loughner how to hate
"
and
"You must be popping your Champaign [sic] corks that a Democrat
was killed."
Early on Monday morning we got a
voice-mail bomb threat:
"Evacuate the
office! Evacuate the office!"!
My wife kept
expecting a SWAT team to show up at the front door. I
had a hard time explaining any of this to my 8-year-old
daughter.

By Tuesday, sanity was returning.
Politico.com ran a great story that went a long way
towards clearing the air. The
"memo",

which originated in the
Arizona Counter
Terrorism Information Center

(ACTIC) rather than DHS, was just an internal e-mail
from a low-level guy to his superior. It was full of
errors, hastily written right after the shootings, and
not intended for outside dissemination. Fox is mum on
how it got hold of it.



David Denlinger,
the head of Arizona`s ACTIC [Email
them
] telephoned me on Tuesday to say he is trying
to find out what happened. He won`t say who wrote the
e-mail, and he
still
doesn`t know how anyone could have connected
Jared Loughner to Jared Taylor.

But I have a theory. When reporters
asked me what could possibly have led anyone to
associate the killer with me I would

joke
that it must have been because the crack
sleuths at DHS noticed we have the same first name.

That may not be completely crazy
after all. The ACTIC e-mail says Loughner was linked to
us "through
videos posted on his myspace and

YouTube
accounts"
. Before Loughner became
famous, you could

reportedly find his goofy clips on YouTube.
Maybe
right after the shooting, the ACTIC guy who wrote the
e-mail typed in Jared Loughner`s name and got—along with
Loughner`s ravings—some

computer-generated suggestions
of other clips to
watch, including
some of mine
.

Jared isn`t that common a name; it`s
just the sort of coincidence computer algorithms look
for. In the mad scramble after the shooting, maybe that
was all ACTIC needed to start baying for blood.

How it then turned us into
anti-Semitic, anti-government loonies is still a deep
mystery. Maybe ACTICs Denlinger will tell me some day.

In the meantime, the hate mail is
tailing off and my wife figures the
SWAT team
must have read the Politico article and
has decided not to come.



Jared Taylor (
email
him) is editor of


American Renaissance

and the author of 
Paved
With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in
Contemporary America
.
(For Peter Brimelow`s review, click


here
.)
The long-awaited sequel,

White Identity: Racial Consciousness In The 21st
Century, will be published this year.