Yesterday, the New York Times published an article called, The Man Behind the Whispers About Obama. I
encourage you to read the whole thing. There are some key points that, I think, are useful for me to highlight. First, his name is Andy Martin and he’s been at this since 2004. He is a would-be attorney, who attended law school but was never admitted to the bar:
He is a law school graduate, but his admission to the Illinois bar was blocked in the 1970s after a psychiatric finding of “moderately severe character defect manifested by well-documented ideation with a paranoid flavor and a grandiose character.”
He is anti-Semitic:
He prepared to run as a Democrat for Congress in Connecticut, where paperwork for one of his campaign committees listed as one purpose “to exterminate Jew power.”
Yet in various court papers, Mr. Martin had impugned Jews.
A motion he filed in a 1983 bankruptcy case called the judge “a crooked, slimy Jew who has a history of lying and thieving common to members of his race.”
In another motion, filed in 1983, Mr. Martin wrote, “I am able to understand how the Holocaust took place, and with every passing day feel less and less sorry that it did.”
In an interview, Mr. Martin denied some statements against Jews attributed to him in court papers, blaming malicious judges for inserting them.
But in his “48 Hours” interview in 1993, he affirmed a different anti-Semitic part of the affidavit that included the line about the Holocaust, saying, “The record speaks for itself.”
When asked Friday about an assertion in his court papers that “Jews, historically and in daily living, act through clans and in wolf pack syndrome,” he said, “That one sort of rings a bell.”
What is, perhaps, most appalling to me in this article is something of which I was completely unaware, but not shocked:
But an appearance in a documentary-style program on the Fox News Channel watched by three million people last week thrust the man, Andy Martin, and his past into the foreground. The program allowed Mr. Martin to assert falsely and without challenge that Mr. Obama had once trained to overthrow the government. (emphasis mine)
This goes, I think, to one of the key differences between progressives and conservatives: progressive pundits, as a rule, do not lie to slander their opponents. Witness Olbermann and Maddow. They do not go on their shows and randomly make shit up. They do not feature wacko progressives who might. Conservative pundits, however, as a rule, do. Witness Hannity and O’Reilly. They, and their network, “fair and balanced” be damned, feature wackos like Martin who do, indeed, randomly make shit up. And they feature it as fact.