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Wednesday, January 22, 2003  

And mercurial Kelly, has today gone too far. In an article he subtlety titles "Marching with Stalinists," Kelly (in usual apoplexy) asserts:

"The marches in Washington and San Francisco were chiefly sponsored, as was last October's antiwar march in Washington, by a group the Times chose to call in its only passing reference 'the activist group International Answer.'

International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) is a front group for the communist Workers World Party. The Workers World Party is, literally, a Stalinist organization. It rose out of a split within the old Socialist Workers Party over the Soviet Union's 1956 invasion of Hungary -- the breakaway Workers World Party was all for the invasion. International ANSWER today unquestioningly supports any despotic regime that lays any claim to socialism, or simply to anti-Americanism. It supported the butchers of Beijing after the slaughter of Tiananmen Square. It supports Saddam Hussein and his Baathist torture-state. It supports the last official Stalinist state, North Korea, in the mass starvation of its citizens. It supported Slobodan Milosevic after the massacre at Srebrenica. It supports the mullahs of Iran, and the narco-gangsters of Colombia and the bus-bombers of Hamas."

This isn’t just false, it’s a blatant lie and slanderous. “It supports Saddam Hussein . . . North Korea . . . the mullahs of Iran and the narco-gangsters of Columbia and the bus-bombers of Hamas.” This isn’t rhetorical flourish, it’s not metaphoric whimsy, this is a serious charge. According to Kelly, ANSWER is an umbrella group for terrorism.

But of course if that were the case, ANSWER wouldn’t be organizing marches on Washington; they’d be in Cuba, rotting without representation and charged with terrorism. No, it’s very clear what ANSWER is up to: holding the United States accountable for its actions.

Kelly also failed to mention that ANSWER is supported by hundreds of organizations, including such dangerous radicals as the Pastors for Peace, Jews Against the Occupation, and San Francisco State University.

Kelly’s shtick generally amounts to harmless Bush boosterism. Today’s screed may also be harmless, so obvious is its mendacity. Nevertheless, it wildly exceeds even the most optimistic definition of journalism. Let me be the first to exhort the Post to can this joker. It’s a stain on the newspaper.

posted by Jeff | 9:57 AM |
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