Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Special Moonie Tuesday Edition

Absolute must-read article by Michelangelo Signorile on bias at the other Times.

Last week I quoted the scary Washington Times’ backer, the Unification Church leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon ("Satan’s harvest is America," was just one of that charmers’ comments), whose paper Al Gore two weeks ago charged was "part and parcel of the Republican Party." Some people wrote in with the rather weak but nonetheless entertainable argument that Moon funds the paper but he has a "hands-off" approach and let’s the editors do what they want. (George H.W. Bush made the same claim, by the way–even though a former Washington Times editor has stated otherwise–back in 1996, when Papa Bush collected $100,000 from Moon and his cult for a speaking engagement at which Bush praised the publication as "a paper that in my view brings sanity to Washington, D.C.")

So, let’s take a look at the views and not-so-hidden agenda of one of the actual editors of the paper, specifically, assistant national editor Robert Stacy McCain, who has a habit of posting commentary on message boards and elsewhere around the Internet:

"[T]he media now force interracial images into the public mind and a number of perfectly rational people react to these images with an altogether natural revulsion. The white person who does not mind transacting business with a black bank clerk may yet be averse to accepting the clerk as his sister-in-law, and THIS IS NOT RACISM, no matter what Madison Avenue, Hollywood and Washington tell us."

Yes, you read that right: a "natural revulsion" and "THIS IS NOT RACISM."

That was posted by Robert Stacy McCain (who has contributed to New York Press in the past) on a website called Reclaiming the South. The Washington Times editor posts a lot on the right-wing FreeRepublic.com as well, using an assumed name (BurkeCalhounDabney) but often linking back to his personal website, where there are photos of him and the rest of his large family of Seventh Day Adventists (and which identifies him by his real name and as a Washington Times editor). Editor McCain, who hails from Rome, GA, is one of those Confederate types who still hasn’t gotten over the Civil War and is trying to get the South to secede. He’s a member of a Southern secessionist organization called League of the South.


I do realize that it’s immensely important for the American press’ intrepid media reporters and critics to leave no stone unturned in their investigation into Howell Raines’ evil crusade on behalf of the female golfers of America. But don’t you think they could turn over just one or two measly stones at the conservative paper of record? Seems to me they’d find a lot of rancid stuff under those rocks.

Go read the rest.

And, if you'd like to see R.S. McCain's posts at the FreeRepublic click here .

Don't miss this one in which R.S. McCain says he agrees with Gordon Baum, the CEO of the CCC, when he says "God Bless Trent Lott."

More on this later...work to do...