Friday, September 08, 2006

I Shoulda Known!

One of the nice things about the blog world is that people remind you when one of your bêtes noir pops up again. When the name “David Horowitz” arose in relation to “The Path to 9/11,” a couple of the people who keep ePluribus Media running emailed me a link to a Max Blumenthal post at Huffington.

The bad blood between Max and David (if I may) is well documented. So, when I saw on Horowitz’s blog, under the heading “Young Blumenthal’s Foul Mouth,” this: “Question: Was Max Blumenthal born a liar, or did his daddy just bring him up that way.”—I shouldn’ta been surprised to find that Blumenthal wouldn’t let that rest without response.

The core of Blumenthal’s attack is this:
The Path to 9/11" is produced and promoted by a well-honed propaganda operation consisting of a network of little-known right-wingers working from within Hollywood to counter its supposedly liberal bias. This is the network within the ABC network. Its godfather is far right activist David Horowitz, who has worked for more than a decade to establish a right-wing presence in Hollywood and to discredit mainstream film and TV production. On this project, he is working with a secretive evangelical religious right group founded by The Path to 9/11's director David Cunningham that proclaims its goal to "transform Hollywood" in line with its messianic vision.

Much of the post is a detailing of Cunningham’s rightwing Christo-whatever background.

He does get back to Horowitz, though:
Since the inauguration of Bill Clinton in 1992, Horowitz has labored to create a network of politically active conservatives in Hollywood. His Hollywood nest centers around his Wednesday Morning Club, a
weekly meet-and-greet session for Left Coast conservatives that has been graced with speeches by
the likes of Newt Gingrich, Victor Davis Hanson and Christopher Hitchens. The group's headquarters are at the offices of Horowitz's Center for the Study of Popular Culture [now the David Horowitz Freedom Center—imagine that!].

Blumenthal connects this group to the Liberty Film Festival, which he claims is under Horowitz control and was instrumental in the creation of “The Path to 9/11.”

If Blumenthal is right, and I do not see him as the liar Horowitz tries to make him out to be (I think it’s the other way around—certainly, Horowitz has been caught being quite careless about the truth on numerous occasions), then Horowitz is a much more dangerous man than I have ever considered him. I’ve always seen him as something of a buffoon, a clown performing for the merriment of Scaifes and his other masters.

Either that, or… his incompetence is showing in the reaction to this piece of junk that he (perhaps) foisted off on ABC.

If we are lucky, this weekend could show changes in American culture in many ways—one of them being the complete destruction of the influence of David Horowitz.

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