Accuracy in Media

Americans
are searching for leadership in this election year and they have found it.
Unfortunately, he is not an American politician. Vaclav Klaus, President of the
Czech Republic, who survived the communist
system and now leads a country that emerged from the dissolution of the Soviet
empire, is warning of a new form of communism threatening human freedom and
progress.

Like
former President Ronald Reagan, who developed his under-standing of the
communist menace by fighting the communists in Hollywood,
Klaus suffered under them during the communist era in Czechoslovakia.
Because of this experience, however, he came to understand how Soviet-style
communism, which collapsed as an empire and created the circumstances for the emergence
of the Czech Republic as a free and independent nation, never really died as an
ideology and that it has imitators in the West.  

His book, Blue Planet in Green Shackles, published
by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, charges that the movement to “save”
the environment has been taken over by ideologues who favor total government
control over our lives. He says it can be considered a form of communism,
socialism or even fascism. Whatever you call it, the result will be the
extinction of human freedom.

Fascist Roots

Indeed,
Klaus’s book quotes the authoritative essay, “Fascist Ideology: The Green Wing
of the Nazi Party and Its Historical Antecedents,” by Peter Staudenmaier, as
providing the backdrop for understanding the mentality driving the media-led
hysteria over “global warming” and the alleged necessity for immediate
governmental action at the national and global levels.    

Staudenmaier
wrote that “the Nazi movement’s incorporation of environmentalist themes was a
crucial factor in its rise to popularity and state power.” He explained,
“Hitler and Himmler were both strict vegetarians and animal lovers, attracted
to nature mysticism and homeopathic cures, and staunchly opposed to vivisection
and cruelty to animals. Himmler even established experimental organic farms to
grow herbs for SS medicinal purposes. And Hitler, at times, could sound like a
veritable Green utopian, discussing authoritatively and in detail various
renewable energy sources (including environmentally appropriate hydropower and
producing natural gas from sludge) as alternatives to coal, and declaring
‘water, winds and tides’ as the energy path of the future.”

While
the Nazi embrace of these alternative energy or health solutions does not
discredit them, the historical facts should prompt us to consider the
motivations of those promoting these causes in the current context. Are the
attacks on “Big Oil” and the push for alternative energy technologies being
used as a pretext for more government control over the economy? Are the demands
for government action to curb global warming being used to undermine and
subvert free enterprise capitalism and private property rights? 

But while
communism was an atheistic system, Klaus notes, modern environmentalism has
assumed a religious dimension and has become a “green religion.”

Liberal Fascism

At the end of Klaus’s remarks on this subject at a Washington, D.C.
dinner hosted and sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI),
master of ceremonies Jonah Goldberg remarked that he wished that we had a U.S.
President who would make such a speech. Tragically, Bush and Senator John
McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, have fallen into the
camp, which includes Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and most of the Democratic
Party, which wants to further erode individual freedom in the name of saving
the environment. It is the modern version of the Marxist, “From each according
to his ability, to each according to his need,” except that the needs of the
environment are now being placed above those of people. 

It was
noteworthy and appropriate that Goldberg, who praised Klaus’s remarks, has
written the excellent book, Liberal Fascism, about the totalitarian
tendencies of modern-day liberalism. 

For his
part, Klaus writes that  “The
environmentalists’ attitude toward nature is analogous to the Marxist approach
to economics. The aim in both cases is to replace the free, spontaneous
evolution of the world (and humankind) by the would-be optimal, central
or—using today’s fashionable adjective—global planning of world development.
Much as in the case of Communism, this approach is utopian and would lead to
results completely different from the intended ones. Like other utopias, this
one can never materialize, and efforts to make it materialize can only be
carried out through restrictions of freedom, through the dictates of a small,
elitist minority over the overwhelming majority.”

In
short, we will not only lose our freedom but economic progress and human
advancement will be stifled. And more people will inevitably die.

Klaus
adds, “In the past 150 years (at least since Marx), the socialists have been
very effectively destroying human freedom under humane and compassionate
slogans, such as caring for man, ensuring social equality, and fostering social
welfare. The environmentalists are doing the same under equally noble-minded
slogans, expressing concern about nature more than about people (recall their
radical motto ‘Earth first’). In both cases, the slogans have been (and still are)
just a smokescreen. In both cases, the movements were (and are) completely
about power, about the hegemony of the ‘chosen ones’ (as they see themselves)
over the rest of us, about the imposition of the only correct worldview (their
own), about the remodeling of the world.”

In an
appendix, Klaus takes on directly the popular congressional push for a
so-called “cap and trade” system, on a national and global basis, giving
bureaucrats the power to decide the “carbon footprint” of people, companies and
nations and limiting their carbon emissions and use of energy. He calls the
proposal completely irrational and unscientific and suggests it is just another
excuse for giving government more power.

The Forces Of Freedom

In the introduction to the Klaus book, Fred L. Smith Jr.,
president of CEI, warns about the attraction that the “intellectual class”
continues to have for “statism” or “collectivism,”  which are other names for the threats we
face. Today, Smith says, we are witnessing “cultural warfare against economic
liberty” that requires “pro-freedom voices” to prevent the slide into
totalitarianism.

Klaus came
to Washington, D.C. at the end of May to lead this effort.
But he will return to the Czech
Republic. Various
American conservative political figures, including former Republican Speaker of
the House Newt Gingrich, are even trying to appear “green.” Gingrich, for
example, appears in a commercial, financed by Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection, with
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, warning about global warming. (The group
Judicial Watch contends the commercial is a violation of federal election law
and an illegal contribution to Pelosi’s campaign).

Gingrich
has become an advocate of “green conservatism” and now proposes a Gore-like “Contract
with the Earth.”

In his
book, Klaus calls Gore a hypocrite for his “own wasteful consumption of
electricity” and says the former vice president has no interest in facts or
documentation for his sensational claims. 

The
“cultural warfare” Smith warns about can be seen in the almost total blackout
that the liberal media gave to Klaus’s various appearances in Washington, D.C.,
including at the CEI dinner and the National Press Club. Rather than attempt to
refute the arguments of a man who has a wealth of knowledge about economics and
international economic relations, the liberal media tried their best to ignore
him.

Front-Page
Coverage

Fortunately,
the Washington Times highlighted his warnings on page one. “Environmentalism,
says Czech President Vaclav Klaus, is the new communism, a system of elite
command-and-control that kills prosperity and should similarly be condemned to
the ash heap of history,” the paper reported in a front-page story by David R.
Sands. 

“I
understand that global warming is a religion conceived to suppress human
freedom,” Klaus told editors and reporters at the paper.

In order
to demonstrate the courageous nature of the stand that Klaus is taking
internationally, the book includes a cartoon of someone resembling Klaus being
burned at the stake as three people taunt him, saying, “So, do you believe in
warming now?”

Where are the U.S.
political leaders who will follow Klaus in taking a forthright stand in favor
of human freedom?

 

 

 

THE NETWORK
BEHIND THE BUSH-BASHING BOOK

Publisher
Peter Osnos, who admits personally working with former Bush White House press
secretary Scott McClellan on his new book, What Happened, began his
career as an assistant to I.F. Stone, the pro-communist “journalist” named as a
Soviet agent of influence who was the uncle of Weather Underground communist
terrorist Kathy Boudin.

But the
connections don’t end here. Boudin’s son Chesa was raised by Barack Obama associates
Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who were Boudin’s comrades in the communist
terrorist group, after Kathy Boudin went to prison for her involvement in an
armed robbery and assault that took the lives of two policemen and a security
guard. Dohrn later served jail time for refusing to cooperate in an official
investigation of the crime. 

Obama
stands to benefit from the McClellan book because it was obviously crafted,
under the guidance of Osnos, to inflict maximum damage on President Bush and,
by extension, fellow Republican and Iraq War supporter Senator John
McCain. None of this can be called an accident.

Virtually
all of McClellan’s former friends say that what he is writing and saying now
doesn’t sound like him at all. The obvious explanation is that, for whatever
reason or motivation, he is reading from a script prepared by Osnos and the far
left.

A May 30
Washington Post story reported, “somewhere between proposal and publication, as
McClellan told it yesterday, the scales dropped from his eyes, leading him to
write a book that accuses his former boss, President Bush, and his senior aides
of abandoning ‘candor and honesty’ to wage a ‘political propaganda campaign’
that led the nation into an ‘unnecessary war.’”

But the paper also
quoted Osnos as saying that McClellan “needed editorial guidance to tell the
story he wanted to tell all along.” This even involved the subtitle, which once
ended with “What’s Wrong with Washington,” but
became “Washington’s
Culture of Deception” in the final product. Osnos told the paper the subtitle
“evolved.” The story obviously did so as well.

One
question that has been raised by critics is whether McClellan is in it for the
money. But that’s less important than the fact that the network that has made
this book into a reality incorporates many elements of the far left.

The
network that included Stone, who died in 1989, was the subject of Susan
Braudy’s 2003 book, Family Circle, about the Boudin family’s communist
and socialist ties. Page 185 shows Kathy Boudin and Bernardine Dohrn together,
“after Bernardine’s return from Cuba,”
where she had “a warm meeting with members of the Viet Cong.”

The Line Of Attack

It is significant that Osnos says that every book he
publishes includes a dedication to Benjamin C. Bradlee, I.F. Stone and Robert
Bernstein, former head of Random House. The first two are worth mentioning.
Bradlee was the executive editor of the Washington Post, famous for once
remarking that, during coverage of the Iran-Contra affair under President
Reagan, he was having “the most fun since Watergate.” Bradlee was hoping to
bring down Reagan, as they had brought down President Nixon in the paper’s
coverage of the Watergate scandal.

Nixon had
developed a national reputation as a Congressman and had laid the basis for his
runs for national office by helping expose Soviet spy Alger Hiss in the State
Department and a communist network inside the U.S. Government. Interestingly,
one of Bradlee’s reporters on the Watergate story was Carl Bernstein, whose
parents were members of the Soviet-controlled Communist Party.

Iran-Contra
did not bring down Reagan, but the far-left apparently hopes the McClellan book
will help bring down or further damage President George W. Bush. It can also,
in their view, do some collateral damage to McCain. 

It is a
tactic that has been employed time and time again. Pegging their coverage to a
book, the media create the appearance of a “scandal,” this time with a former
“insider,” and try to inflict political damage that benefits the Democrats. The
problem for McClellan is that he appears transparently foolish, reciting
charges about the Iraq War and so forth that have mostly been raised before by
the President’s political enemies. McClellan, who never objected to the
policies when he promoted and defended them, is acting like a puppet.     

The Soviet Network

Osnos is the key to understanding the network that is working
behind-the-scenes. Osnos was an assistant to I.F. Stone in the 1960s. Stone
postured as an independent radical writer but was exposed as a Soviet agent in
the transcripts of Soviet messages known as the Venona intercepts and by other
sources.

Former
Soviet KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin had identified Stone as a Soviet agent
but under pressure from Stone’s friends in the media later backed away from
that precise description.

However,
in his book, The First Directorate: My 32 Years in Intelligence and
Espionage Against the West,
Kalugin still identified Stone as a “fellow
traveler” of the Soviet Union who “made no secret of his admiration for the
Soviet system” over a period of many years and had regular contacts and lunches
with him.     

Osnos is
still one among many far-left journalists who do not want to accept the
terrible facts about their hero and icon. But as AIM founder Reed Irvine told
the New York Times back in 1992, “The charge that I.F. Stone was a Soviet agent
does not surprise those who knew that as a fellow traveler, if not a [Communist]
party member, Stone remained a faithful Stalinist through the purges, the
Hitler-Stalin pact and the absorption of Eastern Europe…”

Braudy’s
book about the Boudins, Family Circle, has a lot to say about Kathy
Boudin and her uncle, I.F. Stone, also known as Izzy. Before turning to a life
of crime as a communist terrorist, she had wanted to work for her uncle’s
newsletter, which is also where Osnos worked. 
She tells us that Stone tried to organize opposition to U.S. involvement in the Korean War, in order to
make South Korea safe for
communism, and that he would later work to remove U.S.
forces from South Vietnam,
in order to pave the way for a communist military victory there. Stone and his
comrades were successful in the case of Vietnam. His pro-communist record
was clear for all to see, except to Osnos and his ilk.

Defending Reds

According
to Braudy, Stone had “achieved fame in the 1950s for fighting for the rights of
people who were accused of having been members of the American Communist
Party.”

But
none of this apparently bothered Osnos, who went to work for Stone in the
1960s. And Osnos’s tie to Stone didn’t bother the Post. “After working for I.F.
Stone, Peter Osnos became a correspondent around the world for The Washington Post and
the newspaper’s foreign and national editor,” the official I.F. Stone website
proclaims.

In 1980,
Osnos guest-lectured at the pro-Marxist Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)
during a Karen DeYoung class on “foreign reporting.”

DeYoung,
then a foreign reporter for the Post, is now an associate editor at the paper.
The IPS class was being held during a time when the old Soviet Union and its
surrogate, Communist Cuba, were destabilizing Central
America and hoping to install a series of communist governments.
Reagan had stopped the Soviet takeover at a critical juncture when he ordered
the military liberation of communist-controlled Grenada. However, Reagan was also
supporting the democratic government of El
Salvador, which faced a communist terrorist movement, and
freedom fighters in Nicaragua.
It was the latter that led to the “Iran-Contra affair” when National Security
Council staffer Oliver North arranged for unofficial assistance to the
Nicaraguan resistance when the liberal Congress was attempting to cut off their
aid. 

To Karen
DeYoung, as she told the class, “most journalists now, most Western journalists
at least, are very eager to seek out guerrilla groups, leftist groups, because
you assume they must be the good guys.” 

For his
part, as AIM editor Cliff Kincaid
noted in an April 1983 Human Events article, “The IPS and the Media: Unholy
Alliance,” Osnos exhibited a strange view of communism. He claimed not to know
why the Soviets behaved as they did. But he had visited Cuba, where he
found no evidence of Soviet control, and came away convinced that there was
“apparently genuine rapport” between Castro and the Cuban people.

On March
12, 2008, as he was preparing publication of McClellan’s book, Osnos found
enough time to pay tribute to I.F. Stone on the anniversary of Stone’s
birthday. Others paying tribute were Robert Kaiser, associate editor and former
managing editor of the Washington Post, and Myra MacPherson, author of a book
about Stone and former reporter for the Washington Post.

This is
the milieu that has spawned the McClellan book. Whatever you may think of Bush,
McCain or the Iraq War, there can be no doubt that Bush’s former press
secretary has fulfilled the function of “useful idiot.”

Once
again, the media are having their fun.




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