VDARE.com: 01/13/11 – DRAFT: Jared Loughner And Jared Taylor: When Sloppy Police Work Meets Irresponsible Media.

Jared
Loughner and Jared Taylor

When
sloppy police work meets irresponsible media.




by
By
Jared Taylor


[VDARE.com note: This is Jared`s original, with the
marked changes made by

Allison Silver
[Email her]
. The actual piece
can be found

here.]

Last
Saturday, like most

Americans

people
,
I went to bed shocked at the news that someone had tried
to kill a congresswoman and had murdered



six
6
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


Department

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


Lee

Loughner
.

They say
there is no such thing as bad publicity
.,



B
but
I draw the line at being



thought to have
cited
as an

influence
d



on

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.



DESCRIBE YOUR MAGAZINE HERE IN ONE SENTENCE.

I needed
to tell Fox this, but



I
had
no contacts

there
.
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


then

called



up

Homeland Security
.,


b
But
all I got was some



moronic

clerk,
who told me no one was there
.,


and that

I


should
better
call back Monday morning.

I


started
then
fielded phone calls. The New York Times,



the
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



repeated th
is


incorrect


story
already
spread the word about the AR-mass murderer connecti
on
,
James Rosen of Fox finally called. He wasn`t even
replying to my desperate e-mail

message
s.
Bless his heart, he was



just

thinking like a reporter




and



decided to

called
the notorious American Renaissance



to get a response
himself.

So,
after Bret Baier, Jennifer
Griffin
,
and Greta Van Susteren had



reported
calmly
told the world

that AR was under “strong suspicion,” Rosen went



on

the air


at
on
at

11:00 a.m. and quoted me



describing



as calling

the DHS memo


as

“complete nonsense.”




In
Over
the next few days, both Fox and DHS



started

backeding
away from the memo
.
It was now



, which ceased to be a DHS memo but

a local law enforcement
document put together with



DHS

information

from DHS
.

But the
damage



was
had
been

done. The Internet was howling.



There was a
A
chorus of lefty blogs claim
eding
this



proved
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



Rep. Gabrielle
Congresswoman


Giffords
Gifford`s



(D-Ariz.)

was shot because she was
Jewish.

Expert
hate-sniffers were trotted out
.
They finally
,
who

explained that



al
though
American Renaissance is guilty of various varieties of
wickedness, anti-Semitism isn`t one of them
.
So
,
and




this
a
connection to



the

murderer
s
was



awfully

unlikely.

But like
so many errors that make



much

racier news than



the

hum-drum facts

would –
,
this one went around the world. The London Daily Mail
ran a big headline
,


about the

“Fanatical Magazine American Renaissance.”




And s
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
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



our
the
front door. I had a hard time explaining any of this to
my 8-year-old daughter.

By
Tuesday, sanity was returning.



A POLITICO



Politico.com ran a great

story


that

went a long way toward
s
clearing the air. The “memo,” which originated in the
Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center



(ACTIC)
,


rather than DHS
not
Homeland

Security
,
was just an internal e-mail from a low-level guy to his
superior. It was full of errors, hastily written



soon
right
after the shootings
,
and not intended for outside dissemination. Fox



has yet to reveal
is
mum on

how it got hold of it.

David
Denlinger, the head of
ACTIC
.



called
telephoned
me



on

Tuesday to say he is trying to find out what happened.
He



wouldn`t
won`t
say who wrote the e-mail
.,


a
And
he still doesn`t know how anyone could have
connected



Jared

Loughner

to Jared Taylor
.




—b
But
I have a theory. When reporters asked me



why
what
could possibly have


led

anyone



would have
to
associate
d
the killer with me
,
I



would

joked
that



it must have been because

the crack sleuths at DHS



must have

noticed


that

we have the first same name.




And t
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


this
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.



Though h
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 is editor of American Renaissance