This AP "news" story is typical of the media's current smearing of Amren:
So the story is entirely based on the the information provided by one anonymous sourc? So much for writing stories with multiple reliable sources. If you go to a journalism school, you're just wasting $40,000 to learn modern-day yellow journalism.Probe examines possible link to anti-gov't group
WASHINGTON (AP) — An official familiar with the Arizona shooting investigation says local authorities are looking at a possible connection between Jared Loughner and an online group known for its anti-government rhetoric.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, says this is one of several motives that local authorities are pursuing in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.
The anti-government organization American Renaissance is connected to the white supremacist New Century Foundation, according to an analysis by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based group that tracks hate crimes.I was wrong. The story isn't just based on one anonymous source. It's based off of information provided by an anonymous source and
As a libertarian, I have nothing against anti-government organizations, but American Renaissance is not one. While most of its members are paleocons or iconoclastic libertarians, the organization itself exists to advocate for white Americans. That does not make it inherently anti-government.
Calling the New Century Foundation "white supremacist" is simply slanderous. If advocating for white Americans makes an organization racist, then are black advocacy groups such as the NAACP "black supremacists?" Considering that the people who are affiliated with it tend to acknowledge that East Asians have higher IQs than Europeans, perhaps calling NCF a "yellow supremacist organization" would make more sense.
Members typically espouse anti-Semitic and anti-government views.This is the problem with journalists. They think that just by talking to some "sources," they become experts in everything. Jared Taylor is pretty philo-Semitic. He welcomes Jews to Amren conferences, even having Jewish speakers in the past. Amren focuses on race, not Judaism. The anti-Semite accusation is just more evidence that the anonymous journalist who wrote this AP hit piece failed to do much more research than visiting www.splcenter.org.
And why is anti-government such a pejorative term? What's wrong about hating the thieves who take a third of your income to give to corporate supplicants, the military-industrial complex, and the lumpen?
Also, note the connotations the "reporter" is invoking. When people think of organizations "espous[ing] anti-Semitic and anti-government views," they think of guys in Idaho marching around in SA regalia or gun-loving militiamen in the Ozarks. American Renaissance conferences, however, consist of men in suits listening to academics and writers.
Loughner's online postings include language that is in line with such beliefs.Loughner was a fan of The Communist Manifesto. I wonder when the AP will write articles about anonymous sources claiming that he is affiliated with the Communist Party USA?
"News" articles like this are what make me elated whenever I read about the decay and impending end of the Old Media.