Loughner and Jared Taylor
sloppy police work meets irresponsible media.
Saturday, like most
I went to bed shocked at the news that someone had tried
to kill a congresswoman and had murdered
about 9:00 a.m.
I got a call from CNN, asking what my publication,
had to do with the carnage. I nearly fell out of my
chair. CNN said that Fox News was quoting a
memo saying it had a “strong
suspicion” that AR—
described as “anti-government” and “anti-Semitic”—was
linked to the killer,
now identified as
there is no such thing as bad publicity
I draw the line at being
thought to have
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.
to tell Fox this, but
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
a help line for
bad reception. I left a
frantic message anyway.
all I got was some
who told me no one was there
call back Monday morning.
fielded phone calls. The New York Times,
Washington Post, the Associated Press, Bloomberg News,
and an Australian radio station
wanted me to tell them all about this
killer. I told them I had
never heard of him.
after several other Fox correspondents had
spread the word about the AR-mass murderer connecti
James Rosen of Fox finally called. He wasn`t even
replying to my desperate e-mail
Bless his heart, he was
thinking like a reporter
the notorious American Renaissance
after Bret Baier, Jennifer
and Greta Van Susteren had
told the world
that AR was under “strong suspicion,” Rosen went
11:00 a.m. and quoted me
the DHS memo
the next few days, both Fox and DHS
away from the memo
a local law enforcement
, which ceased to be a DHS memo but
document put together with
done. The Internet was howling.
There was a
chorus of lefty blogs claim
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
was shot because she was
hate-sniffers were trotted out
American Renaissance is guilty of various varieties of
wickedness, anti-Semitism isn`t one of them
so many errors that make
racier news than
this one went around the world. The London Daily Mail
ran a big headline
“Fanatical Magazine American Renaissance.”
the hate e-mail began to pour in. Most
we deleted unread, and a
we did read was unprintable.
“Kudos on teaching Jared Loughner
how to hate,” and “You must be popping your Champaign
corks that a Democrat was killed.”
Monday morning we got a voice-mail bomb threat:
“Evacuate the office.
My wife kept expecting a SWAT team to show up at
front door. I had a hard time explaining any of this to
my 8-year-old daughter.
Tuesday, sanity was returning.
Politico.com ran a great
went a long way toward
clearing the air. The “memo,” which originated in the
Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center
rather than DHS
was just an internal e-mail from a low-level guy to his
superior. It was full of errors, hastily written
after the shootings
and not intended for outside dissemination. Fox
how it got hold of it.
Denlinger, the head of
Tuesday to say he is trying to find out what happened.
say who wrote the e-mail
he still doesn`t know how anyone could have
to Jared Taylor
I have a theory. When reporters asked me
could possibly have
the killer with me
it must have been because
the crack sleuths at DHS
we have the first same name.
may not be completely crazy
The ACTIC e
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
guy who wrote
e-mail typed in
name and got—along with Loughner`s
ravings—some computer-generated suggestions of other
clips to watch
including some of mine.
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
it then turned us into anti-Semitic, anti-government
loonies is still a deep mystery. Maybe
will tell me some day.
meantime, the hate mail is tailing off and my wife
figures the SWAT team must have read the Politico
decided not to come.
Taylor is editor of American Renaissance