Libelous allegations of 'fifth column conspiracies' from prominent progressives (updated)
A prominent liberal magazine has published lies about American Thinker, spinning an absurd "fifth column" conspiracy theory. In a remarkably irresponsible blog entry titled "TOM RIDGE'S ROBO-CALL AND FIFTH COLUMN CONSPIRACIES" posted to "Tapped - a group blog of The American Prospect", Sarah Posner writes:
Last week, [Frank] Gaffney took to the pages of Israelinsider.com, which is owned by Reuven Koret, whose American Thinker site has been single-handedly responsible for some of the worst smears against Obama...
Sarah Posner and The American Prospect have published a libelous falsehood about the ownership or control of American Thinker. Reuven Koret has no relationship with American Thinker. Now and in the past. Ms. Posner has simply made up a falsehood and spun a reckless and defamatory conspiracy theory.Apparently nobody at TAP is responding to our email and phone call, so this will have to suffice for the moment as official notice and demand for a prominent retraction and apology."Liberal Intelligence" appears to have reached a new low of stupidity and recklessness.Thomas Lifson, PhD
Editor and publisher
... worst smears against Obama, including reporter Ed Lasky's that Obama is Muslim....
Gaffney took to the pages of Israelinsider.com, which is owned by Reuven Koret and frequently reprints articles from the American Thinker site...
...from the American Thinker site, which has been singlehandedly responsible for some of the worst smears against Obama, including reporter Ed Lasky's that Obama is Muslim...
Update: The American Thinker protests this post on two fronts: first, that I claimed that The American Thinker was engaged in a fifth column conspiracy. I did not assert that The American Thinker is part of any fifth column conspiracy; rather, I was discussing a film that suggests there is a fifth column of Muslims which aims to institute sharia law in the United States. In addition to discussing the film, I highlighted other allegations and innuendo that Obama is a terrorist sympathizer, a "pal" of terrorists, or otherwise "anti-American."Second, The American Thinker further protests that Lasky has never written that Obama is a Muslim. I stand corrected on that; he's never written that Obama is Muslim, but has his advisors of being anti-Israel, has written that his Muslim outreach staff meets with terrorist supporters, and that he has "a range of foreign policy advisers who have been criticized for views that all too often seem accommodating to terrorists and regimes that support terror."
- Why correct the text in one case, and not in the other? How does "liberal intelligence" explain this? Perhaps there are some subtleties that elude me.
- Why no apology? Is Ms. Posner rude, or does TAP have a policy of never apologizing for errors? Or can a progressive never apologize to a conservative?
- What led her to allege as fact that Koret owns American Thinker? Is she slyly offering a rationalization in her one instance of correcting the text?
Keep in mind that these are supposed to be the leading lights of progressive thought.
Thomas Lifson is editor and publisher of American Thinker.