Jared Loughner And Jared Taylor: When Sloppy Police Work Meets Irresponsible Media.
The 48 hours after Fox News
report that my magazine,
was associated with the murderer Jared Loughner were
very lively. Politico.com carried a
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.
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
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:
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:
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
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.
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,
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
suspicion" that AR—described as
"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
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
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
"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
I then fielded phone calls. The New York Times,
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
Bret Baier, Jennifer Griffin, and
Greta Van Susteren had
calmly told the world that AR was under
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
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
Renaissance is guilty of
various varieties of wickedness, anti-Semitism
one of them, and a connection to murderers was
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
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
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:
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
By Tuesday, sanity was returning.
Politico.com ran a great story that went a long way
towards clearing the air. The
which originated in the
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
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
computer-generated suggestions of other clips to
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
and the author of Paved
With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in
(For Peter Brimelow`s review, click
The long-awaited sequel,
White Identity: Racial Consciousness In The 21st
Century, will be published this year.