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  • UPDATED: From CPAC Podium, Horowitz Claims There Is A Muslim Brotherhood "Infiltrat[or]" At CPAC

    Blog ››› ››› ADAM SHAH

    Speaking at CPAC today, conservative commentator David Horowitz attacked conservative activists Suhail Khan and Grover Norquist, claiming that Khan, with Norquist's aid, "infiltrat[ed]" CPAC, the Bush White House and the conservative movement on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    We've seen the conservatives fall into disarray over the recent events in Egypt with some conservatives hopeful about the fall of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak while others, led by Glenn Beck, engaging in bizarre conspiracy theories such as that the protests in Egypt are tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, progressives, Marxists, and others.

    But this is a whole new level.

    Khan spoke at two CPAC 2011 events. Khan is also a board member of the American Conservative Union, the group that organizes CPAC each year. Furthermore, according to his biography, Khan has "served as a senior political appointee with the Bush administration" and as "Policy Director and Press Secretary for U.S. Congressman Tom Campbell (R-CA)."

    Horowitz claimed that Khan "used his offices in the Bush White House with Grover [Norquist's] support to carry water for the terrorist Sami Al-Arian." Horowitz added that "over the last 10 years, the influence of the [Muslim] Brotherhood has spread throughout our government." More about the charges against Khan can be found here.

    The conservative crack-up appears to be gaining momentum.

    UPDATE: Dave Weigel reports on Khan's response to Horowitz:

    "These are old, tired, baseless attacks that have been debunked by reputable sources," said Khan. "This is baseless, and they're coming from people who are becoming more and more marginalized."

    On Horowitz in particular: "I'm not surprised. This is a former communist who's still using Saul Alinsky tactics. A few years ago, I was supposed to be part of al Qaeda. Now it's the Muslim Brotherhood. It's whatever's in the news."

  • Kristol/Beck Feud Divides Conservatives

    Blog ››› ››› BEN DIMIERO

    Last week, Glenn Beck unfurled an elaborate, nonsensical conspiracy theory purporting to explain the uprisings in Egypt.

    As we documented, over the course of the week, he connected the events in Egypt to the AFL-CIO, Code Pink, the Tides Foundation's Drummond Pike, Frances Fox Piven, Marxist communists (not to be confused with Islamic socialists, who are also involved), ACORN co-founder Wade Rathke, the Muslim Brotherhood, food prices, and Bill Ayers. (Last night, Beck confirmed that our description of his theory was accurate, though he protested that it's "not a conspiracy.")

    Much of his theory revolved around how people on the left are supposedly working with Islamists who want to install a caliphate in the Middle East.

    For a brief sampling, here's a segment from Beck's show from last Monday, where he laid out part of his caliphate theory.

    In response to Beck's attempt to explain what's going on in Egypt, Fox News contributor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol wrote that Beck has been "marginalizing himself" through his "hysteria," and said that his rantings recall Robert Welch and the John Birch Society.:

    Now, people are more than entitled to their own opinions of how best to accomplish that democratic end. And it's a sign of health that a political and intellectual movement does not respond to a complicated set of developments with one voice.

    But hysteria is not a sign of health. When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines, and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society. He's marginalizing himself, just as his predecessors did back in the early 1960s. [The Weekly Standard, 2/14/11]

    Unsurprisingly, Beck and his co-hosts responded by lashing out at Kristol, suggesting that he hasn't done "a minute of research" into the issue and joking about "dumbing it down" for Kristol's benefit.

    As their feud continues, several conservative commentators are picking sides. Salon's Alex Pareene got the ball rolling on trying to separate commentators into "Team Beck" and "Team Kristol" - or, as he put it, the "crazy right-wingers against merely nutty."

    Here's how things are shaping up so far.

  • A guide to David Horowitz's DiscoverTheNetworks

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    As journalist John Hamilton reported, alleged California highway shooter Byron Williams -- who reportedly told investigators that "his intention was to start a revolution by traveling to San Francisco and killing people of importance at the Tides Foundation and the ACLU" -- recommended David Horowitz's conservative website DiscoverTheNetworks.org (DTN) as a source of information about financier George Soros and Tides. DTN has attacked Soros and accused the Tides Foundation of wanting "America destroyed" and of laundering money to radical leftist causes.

  • Right-wing media hammer teachers, teachers unions

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    Media conservatives have a history of criticizing of teachers, teachers unions, and public schools. Among their attacks are bizarre assertions that many teachers harbor Napoleon complexes or "peculiar attractions" to children, and claims that teachers unions are "communist" or the "single most dangerous entity ... in this country."

  • Horowitz's NewsReal slams Hannity's embrace of birtherism

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    From a December 10 entry at David Horowitz's NewsReal blog titled, "Sean Hannity and Birtherism: Give to Idiocy No Sanction":

    Media Matters is disseminating audio from Sean Hannity's December 8, radio show, in which he takes a challenge from a caller over his support for conservative website WorldNetDaily, which is also one of the Right's most aggressive advocates of paranoia over President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

    [...]

    Maybe it was legitimate to ask when the story first broke, but regardless of who did the original asking, the caller is right that it has been repeatedly investigated, answered, and should be a dead issue now. During the 2008 campaign, blogger John Hawkins ran down the case against Birtherism for Townhall.com:

    - The people at FactCheck.org have seen the certificate of live birth provided from the state of Hawaii to the Obama campaign and it is genuine.

    - Although Hawaii state law prohibits the release of a certified birth certificate to persons who do not have a tangible interest in the vital record, the director of Hawaii's Department of Health has certified that Obama does have a legitimate birth certificate on file in Hawaii.

    - In a print copy of the 1961 Honolulu Advertiser, there's a notice that Barack Obama was born. In and of itself, this is a game, set, match conversation-ender on this subject unless people want to argue that this isn't genuine or that there was a conspiracy going all the way back to the day of Obama's birth to make him President.

    A few additional points: FactCheck.org is not infallible, but their report on the birth certificate is substantive and detailed. Hawaii's Health Director, Chiyome Fukino, is a Republican. As I've noted elsewhere, the Right's most prominent (and most conservative) voices have all rejected Birtherism.

    WorldNetDaily, however, obsessively clings to any bizarre hypothetical that might explain how a Kenyan-born Obama got illicit citizenship credentials (indeed, their front page still hosts links to their full coverage of Birthergate, "Where's the birth certificate?" postcards, and a petition demanding that the President release the certificate). This isn't due diligence; it's a cottage industry.

    As David Swindle has pointed out, Birtherism is a poison to conservative credibility, and by drinking it we play right into the Left's propagandizing hands. Sean Hannity's defense of "asking questions" is all well and good, but for all our sakes, he needs to recognize the difference between asking a question and ignoring the answer.

    Previously: Hannity: Given his father's birthplace, what's wrong with asking if Obama has a "legitimate birth certificate?"

  • Horowitz flip-flops, decides Obama's a Manchurian candidate after all

    Blog ››› ››› TERRY KREPEL

    On June 2, David Horowitz wrote a post on his FrontPageMag blog denouncing inflammatory anti-Obama rhetoric, such as claiming that President Obama wants to take advantage of a "Reichstag fire" type of incident to "terminate our Republic as Hitler did the Weimar Republic in the 1930s" (as WorldNetDaily's David Kupelian had claimed the day before). Horowitz wrote: "Obama is a machine politician and whatever dangers he represents (and as I see it there are many) are dangers because they reflect the heart and soul of today's Democratic Party, not because he is a Manchurian candidate or a closet Islamist, as more than a few conservatives seem to think."

    How times change. A Sept. 11 FrontPageMag article by Horowitz carries the headline "The Manchurian Candidate." The front page of FrontPageMag promoted the article with this image:

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    So when does Horowitz start touting the "new Reichstag fire"?