New Definition Of “Racist”: Winning An Argument With The New York Times


My title of

Executive
Director

at the American Cause might be a little inflated.
We have a pretty small staff, so there are not too
many people to direct.
When I put together my analysis

Immigration
and the 2008 Republican Defeat

[PDF]
and a corresponding press conference featuring Bay
Buchanan,

Jim Pinkerton
,
Peter Brimelow
and myself, the person responsible
for the P.R. and arrangements was…me.

Things didn`t go as planned. I tried to write the press release to send to P.R. Newswire late at
night two days before the conference, but I managed to
lock my keys and

wallet
inside my office and was stuck waiting at a
7-Eleven until 5
in the morning when the locksmith came.
The release that should have gone out at
8:00 AM on Wednesday did not get out until 2:00 PM the day before the conference.

Much to my disappointment, I got a
phone call from a
New York Times
reporter who said he wanted to come,
but with the late notice and the

bad weather
could not make it. He asked for a copy
of the report and any information on the proceedings of
the press conference, which I did not get a chance to
send to them.

All the panelists gave

excellent talks
, and the press conference was a
success, though I had hoped that it would have been
better attended.
But the conference and report got more attention
than I could have ever imagined when
the New York Times
made it the subject of its lead editorial in the Sunday
Week in Review. I didn`t realize that they do not need to actually attend a press
conference to attack it.

According to the editorial,
The
Nativists are Restless
, the conference I put together promoted

racialist
extremism
.
The report is
nonsense, of course,
and when what I wrote wasn`t nonsense, it was promoting

white
supremacist

views.

What exactly did I do to earn this
dubious distinction?

My analysis made very modest
claims. I merely reported, in their own words, the stated positions on
immigration of the Republican and Democratic candidates
in each seat the GOP lost.

So what makes this finding
nonsense? Well the New York Times
simply says,
In House and Senate races in 2008 and 2006, `anti- amnesty`
hard-liners consistently lost to candidates who proposed
comprehensive reform solutions.

In other words; I debunk their
argument, they respond by simply repeating the argument
I debunked.

But at the end of the day, the
editorial wasn`t about what
my report said.
According to the
NYT,
perhaps notable than the
report itself was the team that delivered it.

What`s wrong with this team?
Bay Buchanan
is chairman of an

immigration control PAC
, a political analyst at CNN,

advised Mitt Romney
this election, and held a senior
level position in a
winning Republican presidential campaign
.

Similarly, Jim Pinkerton is a
widely respected political analyst not only for

Fox News,
but also for center and left outlets like
the

New America Foundation
and Huffington Post.
He

advised Mike Huckabee
this election, and helped
craft George H.W. Bush`s successful presidential
campaign.
Surely they know something about Republican politics and
immigration. And they definitely care more about it than the
New York Times.

Peter Brimelow may not be quite as
respectable, but he did write the bestseller
Alien Nation that both sides generally acknowledge is
the most influential book on immigration of the 1990s,
if not the last 20 years.
And he wrote, with
Ed Rubenstein
, the
National Review
cover piece
Electing
a New People

in 1997 that predicted the current mess the
Republicans are in today.

At the age of 25, I`m more than a
few steps lower on the totem pole than my co-panelists.
But working at Team <st1:place
w:st=”on”>America, which is far and away the
largest immigration control Political Action Committee,
has taught me a thing or two about how the GOP handles
immigration.

So what makes us all

racial
extremists
? Well
Bay Buchanan is
Pat
Buchanan
`s sister and worked with

Congressman Tom Tancredo
.
Jim Pinkerton
took credit

for George H.W. Bush`s successful

Willie Horton
ad. (Actually, as
Steve
Sailer
has

pointed out
, Pinkerton always gives credit to Al
Gore.)


So far, so foul
,
according to the
NYT
, but it gets worse.
Peter Brimelow edits VDARE.COM, which publishes Pat
Buchanan and even worse…
me. But in my nearly 100 items on immigration, the worst they could
find is me saying that diversity is only good insofar as
it does not
overwhelm
the dominant culture
.

I`m of course talking about
culture, not race, but this according to the
New York Times
qualifies as
white supremacist views

that we might be tempted to mock

as pathetic
and to assume that nativism in the age of Obama is on
the way out
.

The
New York Times
concludes by making allusions to the Ku Klux Klan and
the supposed spate of anti-immigrant hate crimes, and
demanding
perpetual
vigilance

against racists like me.

Frankly, I take an attack by the
New York Times as a badge of honor. But like the
New York Times,
I want to close with a similar call for

vigilance
.

With near-record unemployment an
unprecedented border violence, old arguments like

immigrants do
the jobs Americans won`t

ring   hollower
than ever.
Reports from VDARE.COM`s

Steve Sailer
,

James Gimpel
of the Center for Immigration Studies,
and—to be immodest—my own, put to bed the nonsense about
the Hispanic Vote.

The Open Borders Lobby knows it can`t
win a debate.
The New York Times
and other failing print newspapers have lost their
monopoly on the news, so they cannot hide the facts.

Their last resort is to try to
silence the opponents by calling them racists and
implying that if anyone considers their views, they`ll
be supporting violence against immigrants.

The
New York Times
has certainly proved Peter Brimelow right when he

said
the new definition of a

racist
is
anyone who is winning an argument with a

liberal
.

(See also

James Fulford
and

Patrick Cleburne
on the
NYT`s
follow-up blog.)


Marcus Epstein [send
him mail
] is the founder of the
Robert A Taft Club
and the executive director of the
The American
Cause
and
Team America PAC
. A selection of his articles can be
seen
here. The
views he expresses are his own.