Who Knows What Evil Lurks In The Heart Of Conservatives? Max Blumenthal Doesn`t—But He`ll Make It Up Anyway



[Recently by Alexander Hart:
American Renaissance: Fashionable Clothes, And
Unfashionable Ideas
]

The famous 1930s radio show

The Shadow
opened with the question, “Who
knows what evil lurks in the heart of men? The Shadow
Knows.”

Now that

racism
and

sexism
are the worst form of evil in contemporary
society, left wing columnist Max Blumenthal seems to
think he possesses a similar ability to know what people
“really think.” But unlike The Shadow, who
acquired the helpful power of invisibility, Blumenthal`s
superpowers are limited to

guilt by association
, gossip, innuendo, and outright
fabrication at a level that would make

Morris Dees
blush.

Max Blumenthal is the 30-something
son of Clinton advisor

Sidney Blumenthal
—immortalized by

Taki
as

“Sid the Scumbag.”
Max the Mind-Reader is a
fellow at

The Nation Institute
and at David Brock`s

Media Matters.

When I first noticed Blumenthal`s
byline, I thought he was more thoughtful than your
average leftist. Blumenthal blogged in defense of

Sam Francis
when

David Brock`s Media Matters
tried to get

him fired
from his syndicate. Rather than censor
Francis, Blumenthal said he thought [r]eactionary
ideas need to be examined, debated and discredited, not
forced into some dark, moldy basement where they can
germinate and grow away from the view of

polite middle-class society
.”
[In
Defense of Right-Wing Intellectual Honesty
,

December 7 2004]

Of course, I myself would prefer
“reactionary ideas”
to flourish. But I admired
Blumenthal for wanting to debate those he disagreed with
rather than attempt to ruin their careers like

Media Matters
or the

Southern Poverty Law Center
.

Since then, however, I have kept a
close eye and everything Blumenthal has written. And
rarely has he ever tried to debate anyone.

Instead, Blumenthal has made a
niche for himself in the liberal media world by
constructing fantastic guilt-by-association chains—a
form of witch-hunting that might be described as

left wing McCarthyism
(except for the fact that

McCarthy`s
victims were

guilty
). The gist of virtually every single article
he writes is that the Republican Party and conservative
movement is

secretly run
by neo-Confederates, white
supremacists, and

Christian Reconstructionists.
Thus Blumenthal takes
a group like us at

VDARE.com
,

American Renaissance
, or

The Occidental Quarterly
and finds how someone
marginally involved these groups is also marginally
involved in some unacceptable politics. He tries to link
virtually every single conservative personality to the

depths
. In today`s political climate, all this ends
up doing is silence the very groups that have what he
called, in his defense of Francis, “right wing
intellectual honesty.”

In one article [White
Noise
,
August 31, 2004], Blumenthal extrapolated
from the fact that Occidental Quarterly publisher
William Regnery`s

uncle
(whom he misidentifies as his father) founded

Henry Regnery Company
, now Regnery Publishing, which
published 
Unfit for Command,

the

Swift Boat Veterans
book, to suggest that the
Occidental Quarterly
is somehow in cahoots with

Republican strategists
. In reality, so paranoid is
the conservative Establishment that The Occidental
Quarterly`s
editor Kevin Lamb was

fired from Human Events
(which is owned by
Phillips Publishing who also own Regnery Publishing)
solely for being the editor of such a politically
incorrect journal. Beyond such faulty guilt by
association, Bill Regnery has also pointed out nearly a
dozen obvious factual errors in the piece.

Blumenthal has also smeared
VDARE.com and

Peter Brimelow
on multiple occasions. (For example,
Blumenthal called

Peter Brimelow
a

“white nationalist”
in his attack on the

James Madison Program
at Princeton, more guilt by
association.) It should be noted that one of these
smears was directed at Congressman Tom Tancredo.
Blumenthal tried to connect the congressman to our

allegedly white nationalist
website. In

one article, he noted
that Tom Tancredo`s

House Immigration Reform Caucus
includes a hyperlink
to VDARE.COM, and then attempts to ascribe the

views posted here to Tancredo.

Blumenthal has a habit of trying to
tie Tancredo to the “far right.” In an article on
an

American Renaissance conference
, Blumenthal quoted
Council of Conservative Citizens CEO Gordon Baum as
saying, “We`ve had him down a few times to meet with
us.”

I asked Baum if this was true. He
said that Tancredo has never been at any CofCC event,
and that the Blumenthal`s quote is “complete
fabrication.”  
[Republicanizing
the Race Card
, The Nation,
March 23, 2006]

In that same article, Blumenthal
claims that American Renaissance`s Jared Taylor told
him, “Tom Tancredo is wonderful. If I was a
politician, I would want to be him.”
 Taylor, with
his characteristic fairness, tells me that he cannot be
100% sure about what he said months ago, but that at the
very least, “What [Blumenthal] serves up as
allegedly verbatim, frequently strikes me as a liberal
adaptation.”
[VDARE.COM
Grammar note:
Jared Taylor would almost certainly
have said “If I
were a politician”
,
if he`d said such a thing at all. It`s a hypothetical
clause, and


demands a subjunctive.
] And
Taylor is completely sure he never suggested that the
AR
conference was half Jewish by saying, “Well,
have you looked at everyone`s faces?”
as Blumenthal
quotes him.

Blumenthal recently went after
Senator John Cornyn for speaking at a symposium for the
paleoconservative Rockford Institute. Those familiar
with the institute, and its

President, Tom Fleming,
are well aware of Fleming`s

strong denunciations
of

white nationalism,
eugenics, and anti-Semitism. Yet
Blumenthal called Fleming a “white nationalist”
as well as a “leading anti-Semite and Holocaust
revisionist”
without giving any sort of
documentation other than Fleming suggesting that

communist genocide
was just as bad as Nazi
genocide—in

a piece denouncing Holocaust revisionism!

As usual, the purpose of his blog
piece [Sen.
John Cornyn Meets the Racist Right
, Huffington
Post, September 20, 2006] was to link Cornyn to every
single un-PC statement to appear in Chronicles
(or that Blumenthal imagined appeared in Chronicles).
Yet, had Blumenthal actually been at the symposium, as I
was, he would have known that the Senator spent most of
his time discussing his support for such white
nationalist positions as bringing in temporary workers,
keeping birthright citizenship, and increasing H1B
visas.

Blumenthal`s handiwork was also
recently on display in the cover piece of the October 9
issue of The Nation, where he

“exposed” three senior
employees
at The Washington Times—assistant
national editor

Robert Stacy McCain,
editor in chief Wesley Pruden,
and managing editor Francis Coombs—as secret
practitioners of racism, sexism etc. etc. blah blah.

In over 4,000 words of text, a
remarkably small number actually dealt with anything the
paper published. The worst Blumenthal could come up with
was that Coombs instructed reporters to counterbalance
feel-good

human interest pieces
and

sob stories about illegal aliens
with those that
dealt with problems they caused. Pruden admires

Robert E. Lee
, they ran a

positive and prominent review
of

Pat Buchanan
`s latest book,

State of Emergency,

and sometimes covered

American Renaissance conferences
without asking what
Southern Poverty Law Center thought about Jared Taylor.
[Hell
of a Times
,
October 9, 2006]

Other than these unremarkable facts
the rest of the piece is dedicated to the alleged views
of Pruden`s father,

Coomb`s wife
, and gossip that these men might harbor
some politically incorrect views.

The Washington Times
deserves credit for covering immigration “not from
some feel-good perspective”
as Coombs is

quoted
as saying. But while it has some good
reporting, no one could mistake it for a
“neo-Confederate”
or “white nationalist”
paper.

Coombs, McCain, and Pruden may be
unreconstructed segregationists, or Blumenthal and his
sources may just be

making the whole thing up
. Based on his past
reporting, I`m guessing on the latter. But, while I have
met some of the editors briefly, I do not possess
Blumenthal`s ability to ascertain what they really think
about race.

And what they really think doesn`t
matter. The Times has never given an op-ed to any
self-described “white nationalist” but it has
given

Mike Pence
,

Linda Chavez
,

Alan Reynolds
and the rest of the Open Borders Right
a platform to put their views on Amnesty. The Times`
editorial page even gave

Pence`s Amnesty
a

near-endorsement
, and strongly

denounced
the venerable

Virginia Abernethy
for her “repulsively
un-American ideologies”
[i.e.

not being an integrationist
]. In terms of actions,
it was Wes Pruden who

fired Sam Francis
for stating the obvious about race
and genetics at an American Renaissance
conference in 1994. [Why
Race Matters
, American Renaissance,
September, 1994] If these men are really

“bigots and white supremacists,”
it doesn`t come
across in print.

Amazingly, Blumenthal has

claimed in a radio interview
that he thought
conservatives would welcome his assistance in purging
the movement of racists. He cited

Sam Francis`s firing
as an example! When I e-mailed
Blumenthal to ask how he reconciled this with his
earlier defense of Francis, he refused to go on the
record.

There is a very small grain of
truth that Blumenthal does get: there are many people,
both in the conservative movement and in America in
general, who hold views similar to those at VDARE.COM
and other tainted
sources
(which of course are not White
Supremacist or prejudiced).

Due to the current PC reign of
terror, many people who hold these views and have well
paying jobs in the Republican Party or Conservative
Establishment can never express them—except as an
occasional joke among colleagues or at a

dinner party
where they don`t expect their

supposedly conservative allies
to

sell them out
to The Nation.

If it does turn out that the
leaders of the Washington Times hold views
similar to VDARE.com, the fact that it doesn`t show up
in print is an indictment—not of them, but of bigots
like Blumenthal [email
him
]
and their  polluting effect on American public debate.


Alexander Hart
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South Carolina.