They hate us.
From: Gene Gaudette, publisher
They hate us.
They really, really hate us.
We've hit a nerve -- big time.
We're getting more hate e-mail than ever (in fact, we now feature some of the most -- well, original -- negative feedback on our "Cro-Magnon Mail" pages).
Dishonest and unscrupulous individuals who can't stand that we exercise our freedom of speech -- or just plain hate individuals who write for our site for personal reasons -- try to spread false and libelous tales and lies about our writers, supporters, even our publisher.
They will not silence us -- their threats and smears, some motivated by personal animus, will prove to be for naught.
We appreciate the financial support that our readers have provided over the years. On those occasions when we have asked your support, you have responded generously, greatly buoying our spirits and assisting us in keeping American Politics Journal on the Internet.
Since 1988, when it began on Compuserve as a weekly posting to a political bulletin board and a small mailing list, American Politics Journal has been publishing commentary on and analysis of national political developments in the United States, political and social issues abroad, and the corrupt and dishonest manner in which media organizations have put their own political and financial interests ahead of honestly reporting and analyzing the news -- especially political and government news.
We bring you cutting-edge commentary, including our weekly "Pundit Pap" wrap-up of the Sunday "spin" shows, Tamara Baker's peerless skewering of political hypocrites, the foreign viewpoint from Nicola Mitchell, foto-toons by MoPaul, Steve Young's scathing satire, Alan Bisbort's insight into issues and the media, Scoobie Davis on the hot air that passes for "talk" radio, innumerable guest contributions, occasional commentary by yours truly -- and one of Washington's most knowledgable and fearless insiders, Jeff Koopersmith, whose no-holds-barred scathes of the worst Beltway and media scum raise blood pressure on DC's K Street and New York City's Media Row.
Every day, we update links to news from mainstream and off-the-beaten path sources on the Web who have no stake in Beltway political games and who are not afraid to turn a sharply focused lens on "prince regent" George W. Bush and his thieving, bungling cadre of privateer handlers, leakers, liars and "cash-and-carry" cabinet members.
Six years ago, American Politics Journal began reviewing Sunday morning political television interview and talk programs -- so-called "public affairs programming" that had been transformed into a means for opponents of progressive policy in general, and President Clinton in particular, to push their message and talking points.
Since that time, Pundit Pap has become our most popular feature.
Slowly, others have taken up the fight, and in the last year, the notable upturn in interest about de facto conservative control of the media shows that the "whispering" campaign of the past years is working -- and growing.
American Politics Journal has devoted much of its time since launching our web site in 1997 to countering the tsunami of spin, deception, half-truths and lies pushed by Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, and now George W. Bush and his network of puppeteers -- fighting fire with fire and warning readers that it is time to put the brakes on a rush to manipulate the public through use of broadcast programming and print media, a direct result of the consolidation of the news industry that has been a prominent underlying cause of the situation in which we now find ourselves.
But the reality remains: as of today, the post-Gingrich right retains tremendous sway over the media in the wake of very narrow victories in last November's elections -- a ballot result that, contrary to White House spin, not only undermines the notion that former Texas governor George W. Bush has a mandate, but shows a closely divided electorate.
And it is a fool's errand to scream about a "fox" in the henhouse unless and until you can PROVE it.
Which is why we are launching a new initiative -- and asking for youre support.
Last November, we started a near-bi-weekly feature called "FOX Watch", an "irregular" regular feature that we are now in the process of updating at least twice a week with news, links and information on what you can do to counteract a sham "news" outfit that is in truth another Mighty Wurlitzer for the Republican National Committee and corporate and political interests that brown-nose with Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch.
We will continue to shine the light on this ersatz "news" operation, a cable outlet for slanted reporting and bogus news -- and a launching pad for attacks on liberals and progressives including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Barbra Streisand, often with a smack of racist undertone.
Our columnist Jeff Koopersmith was slammed by none other than FOX News Channel supershill Bill O'Reilly, who unleashed one of his typically noxious diatribes a few weeks ago on his phony prime time "no spin" program.
O'Reilly's spew was telling -- in that it revealed that certain individuals at FOX News have no recourse but to lash out at and demonize their most vocal critics.
It also demonstrated that FOX fears one thing: having their news subject to critical analysis -- and challenged when it is nothing but dishonest propaganda.
Naturally, we would love to have a full-time staff monitoring FOX News Channel -- particularly their showcase prime time programming -- but for the time being, this is not possible. However, we are presently working with the Democratic Media Institute, which seeks to blow the whistle on bias in the media.
In the meantime, we will take them on, one by one, when they try to lie to you or shade the truth through the filter of Brit Hume, the disgraced ex-ABC "journalist" who is now the titular Grand High Talking Head for FOX in the political arena. We will slam the Goebbels-esque lies of failed schoolteacher Bill O'Reilly, a man so filled with hate that he would make Satan queasy. We will watch the cheap-shot tactics of Sean "Rush Lite" Hannity, the high-school educated college dropout whose contempt for fairness and balance inspires right-wing thugs across or nation. We will dissect the trio of airheads on the laughable "FOX and Friends"-- a program that regularly features failed Howard Stern wanna-be "Man Cow" out of Chicago.
Of course, FOX has a constitutionally protected right to broadcast whatever its producers and owners wish. However, when a television network owned by an interloping tax-evader like Rupert Murdoch begins to broadcast Smirko-Fascist propaganda as "news, fair and balanced," someone must speak out. Is FOX engaging in non-stop attacks on truth and reality as pure entertainment -- or is the network engaging in a dangerous brand of propagandizing to sway the national debate and agenda in favor of live war and tax giveback schemes to enrich corporations and the powerful on the back of the vast majority of this nation's citizens?
They report -- we decided: FOX News Channel shills for the worst elements of the hard right to be found in this nation's boardrooms, lobbying firms, and legislative offices.
American Politics Journal will continue the fight against Goliath.
At only two other junctures in our online history -- the height of the 1998 impeachment fraud, and the summer of 2001, when we successfully fended off a bogus legal attack on APJ and its financial supporters by a "privacy rights" organization -- have we been forced to make such a move.
Late last year, we moved our primary Web presence from a Windows server to Ctyme -- and not a moment too soon, as the recent spate of "worm" attacks that have plagued the Internet did not affect our new server.
A number of situations impacted the professional and personal resources of those who have been financing APJ at a time when we hade hoiped to put more energy into both growing our online presence and also further expanding the oldest continuously-running journal of liberal opinion on the Internet.
Please take the time to go to our PayPal donations page (click on the link to the right) or write us a small check -- even a dollar or two will help not only keep the web site afloat but bolster our efforts to take on media bias head-on.
Before you do, take a look at our comprehensive archive page (http://www.americanpolitics.com/editorialbydate.html). We were recently able to recover e-mail editions dating back to 1996, and will be adding tis material at the end of October 2003. See the breadth of our commentary -- and the hilarity of our satire. Remember the smiles we hope we've brought to all of you -- and keep in mind that the estimated 40 million hits each year on the site make a difference in dissuading our nation from buying into the legitimacy of the so-called "W Agenda" and directly counters the atmosphere of frustration and rage being flogged by ultra-right-wing hatemongers engaged in smear tactics against Democratic politicians and supporters, neo-Confederate know-nothings furious that Democrats and liberals are not going to stop assailing the incipient racism of the GOP and the treason and sedition of those who seem more loyal to the Stars and Bars than Old Glory, and supporters of war against someone, anyone -- no matter how weak the justification -- just to "prove" that America is a controlling superpower.
Also remember that we will never cease our effort to track the misleading media elite, professional liars whose real job is to convince you that Big Oil, Big Energy, the National Entertainment Cartel, and its newspapers, radio outlets and television stations have the right to sanitize the news and conceal the truth about an administration that could teach Warren Harding a thing or two about corruption -- and then have the rank audacity to tell you what you "should" be thinking!
We correctly predicted that the present occupants of the West Wing -- squatters who were awarded the Oval Office by a court stacked with judicial extremists who sought to install the former Texas governor by any means (as Vince Bugliosi so eloquently explained in his masterful book The Betrayal of America)-- would step up the hateful and dishonest rhetoric against liberals, attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade little by little, destroy environmental protections, strip you of privacy rights, continue an outright assault on separation of church and state in the interest of extremist "evangelicals" and "reconstructionists," trash every helpful, pro-citizen program that they are able to -- and look the other way as "enforcers" for the Bush wrecking crew, self-styled organizations that use World Wide Web bulletin boards as their "talking drum," organize harassment and hate campaigns targeted at people who dare expose anyone close to our oligarchs as a hypocrite or a lawbreaker.
We have monitored and reported on the activities of such organizations -- and have been denounced and attacked by the extreme right. We wear those attacks as a badge of honor. And we're not going to stop.
Members of our staff and writing team have been threatened personally by neo-fascist nuts -- even threatened with death. One has been the victim of a false and malicious cyber-stalker who has interfered with his business associates and even threatened his friends.
Every attack has been answered. Every unsubstantiated legal attack has been demolished like a house of cards.
So if you think you can "take us down" with lies, insinuatiuons, and baseless accusations of fraud -- think again.
And if you think you can help -- even with a few bucks -- we would appreciate it!
We will never charge a subscription fee for the Web site or for the e-mail edition American Politics Journal. Ever. Period.
We are not a charity -- but even as a for-profit (and we all know it's not too easy to make a fortune inthis line of web journalism), we're not out to make a fortune on the backs of political victims on either side of the aisle.
And you know the funding will be put to good use: not just operations expenses, but research.
If you can help, you'll also be helping to offset hatred against liberals, Democrats and (lately) moderates on both sides of the aisle -- a tidal wave of vitriol that began the moment Democrats dared propose universal health care in 1993. It is mind-boggling that the very notion that such a proposal might even have a chance at fruition frightened corporate America.
But look at the result: an almost total marginalization of the minority poor. That is too high a price to pay as certain very greedy people try and eliminate the current and future leaders of at least a somewhat fairer society, by any means available.
You know now how important some of these now-lost safety nets can be. When the Wall Street bubble burst, many in the "new generation" of libertarian-leaners "lost their religion" and began to question the "value" of as little government as possible.
I pledge this to you:
We will continue to speak out against the hypocrisy, posturing and outright fraud that passes for politics and journalism in America.
We will never let up on the de facto crooks who stole the entire nation's right to vote last year.
Above all, we won't let you down.
Many thanks for your support!
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