David Brock seemed a nice and gentle person on the one occasion I met him - a memorable 1995 American Spectator
dinner at which Newt Gingrich attacked Robert Novak for saying the GOP wasn`t going to touch Affirmative Action, and then said anyway it couldn`t. And I later felt kind of sorry for Brock because of the beating he took from the mindless Beltway Right over what seemed to be a nuanced book
on Hilary Clinton - rather like, I thought, the beating I had taken
from them over my nuanced book on immigration, Alien Nation.
I even made a mental note to write to him, but of course never did.
However, the work Brock has done since he changed sides and became a liberal "media watchdog"
is silly and stupid. Essentially, it consists of squealing like a stuck pig when some political correctness taboo is violated, without any regard for the rational content of the argument. The late Sam Francis was easily able to squash
Brock like a bug when he started a campaign to get Sam`s column dropped by Creators Syndicate. But I have no doubt that, on a certain kind of corporate journalist this squealing works.
Brock has now attacked
NBC Nightly News
for interviewing Steve Sailer on movies, on the grounds that this "far-right columnist"
Reading the quotes assembled to prove VDARE.COM`s heinousness, many of them written by me, I am again struck by the utter absence of any attempt to subject them to rational criticism. Brock`s position is simply that certain subjects just must not be addressed. He wants repression, not debate. We are dealing with hysteria. Anybody got a bucket of cold water?
Steve`s reflections on his unacknowledged contribution to Brock`s career here