Tuesday, February 10, 2004

NPR Watch - Kevin Phillips

Looks like when they're not trashing Jews, NPR is taking up the cause of Right Wing conspiracy theories which are only suitable to the tinfoil hat brigade. On 2/10/04, The Diane Rehm show had on a guy by the name of Kevin Phillips. I could make you listen to the whole diatribe, but luckily that paragon of journalism, Rolling Stone, did an interview with him. Fortunately, it's rather brief, so Phillips cannot expound upon his wacked out theories in that interview, but Rolling Stone does make the following worthless point:

But Phillips is no left-wing demagogue. He's not only a lifelong Republican, he's also the guy who literally wrote the book that became the blueprint for the party's dominance of presidential politics. Phillips served as the chief political strategist for Richard Nixon in 1968, and, in The Emerging Republican Majority, he formulated the "Southern Strategy" that helped hand the White House to the GOP for a generation.

Does the name Pat Buchanan ring a bell? He'd meet many of the same qualifications that Phillips does, but I doubt he'd get the same attention. What can we say? Nixon had an eye for people that would get wackier with old age.

Among the nasty theories put forth by Phillips:

  1. He brings up the canard about W's grandfather being in on business with the Nazis; though he points out that the operation was created at the behest of the U.S. government. I should point out here, that in the twenties, if one wanted to do business overseas with only reputable governments, one's list would be quite short.
  2. Ah, the October Surprise bit. I thought that uneven Frontline bit 14 friggin' years ago put that to rest! Phillips brings up the unsubstantiated 'fact' that Bush '41' went to Iran to negotiate the terms of the 'Surprise'. What was in it for the mullahs? Phillips doesn't specify.
  3. Supposedly during Iran-Contra (Phillips calls it Irangate), the Bush family supposedly made loads selling goodies to Iran. I'll point out right now that Iran-contra was about keeping our 'buddy' Saddam from winning the Iran-Iraq war. Other than not pointing out that previous fact, Phillips offers up only HIGHLY circumstantial evidence on this point (which doesn't really differ from his other points I guess).

NPR probably couldn't have found a more vile muckraker to bring onto their show during an election year (though the callers to the show were pretty damn scary as well). Why do Republicans keep funding this steaming dung pile? Unlike PBS-TV, there are a great many Americans who haven't even heard of NPR, let alone listen to it. NPR's consistently disgusting behavior during election years (among it's numerous other vices) should convince them to pull the plug.