WASHINGTON—Accuracy in Media (AIM) editor Cliff Kincaid demanded a correction and apology from The Washington Post for smearing an expert who has uncovered evidence of the anti-war movement’s connections to communist groups and foreign regimes.
The Post on Wednesday ran an article ridiculing John J. Tierney Jr., author of The Politics of Peace, for “seeing red” and allegedly telling a Heritage Foundation event that anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan was an “anti-American communist.” But Tierney tells AIM that he never made such a charge: “I never said that.” The Post story was written by Dana Milbank and Alan Cooperman.
What’s more, Tierney said that The Washington Post “simplified and distorted my message” about how radicals with communist connections were running the movement. “I never implied that everybody who marches against the war is a communist. I said that the leadership of the movement is ideologically leftist,” he told AIM. Tierney is sending a letter to the paper demanding a correction.
As AIM has also documented, the so-called anti-war movement consists mainly of two groups, United for Peace and Justice and International ANSWER, which are run by Marxists, socialists and identified members of the Workers World Party. The Post has consistently failed to tell the truth about the leaders of this movement, even when presented with documentary evidence and verifiable facts about their communist connections and links to regimes in Cuba and North Korea.
Both anti-war groups are holding a press conference today to announce plans for their September 24 protest in Washington, D.C.
“If the past is any guide,” said Kincaid, “The Post won’t see any red at this event. The paper will describe the protesters as being as American as apple pie, when the facts indicate otherwise.”
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