Monday, May 13, 2002
"I'M PROUD TO BE A RACIST" AWARD:
Norman Liebmann of NewsMax.com
This week we are awarding the John Derbyshire "I'm Proud to be a Racist" Award to Norman Liebmann.
If you haven't heard of Liebmann, and we wouldn't be surprised if you haven't, he writes a column for NewsMax.com, a right-wing web site that mixes articles by various well-known columnists with advertisements for a bunch of fly-by-night companies that can't cough up enough money to run an infomercial on Lifetime TV at 3:00 a.m.
We are not certain when, how, or why Liebmann became a columnist, nor when, how, or why anyone, let alone NewsMax.com, decided to take him seriously.
What we do know is that Liebmann has two obsessions. First, the Clinton family, including former President Bill Clinton, his wife Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), and daughter Chelsea Clinton, all of whom are on the receiving end of an endless series of psychotic rants, even nearly 18 months after President George Bush took office. And second, Arabs, Palestinians, and Muslims of any nationality or citizenship, who in Liebmann's mind are sub-humans worthy of nothing other than humiliation and degradation.
By way of background, we feel compelled to point out that Liebmann has no credentials relevant to his current hobby whatsoever. According to NewsMax.com, Liebmann is a former television writer who worked for Johnny Carson and Dean Martin, wrote and produced "Chico and the Man," and created the characters for "The Munsters." NewsMax.com describes Liebmann as "a brilliant and insightful columnist/humorist." Better yet, NewsMax.com advises: "Please visit his Web site, Firehat, a treasure trove of Clinton- and media-bashing." (FYI: Readers wishing to engage Liebmann in a dialogue can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Liebmann's diatribes against the Clintons are of the usual type, not unlike those regularly published by Lucianne Goldberg, The Wall Street Journal's editorial page, Andrew Sullivan, and Kenneth Starr.
His harangues against Arabs, however, are of a slightly more unusual sort. Few columnists in the U.S. or Europe, other than National Review contributing editor John Derbyshire, are as blatantly, happily, and unselfconsciously racist as Liebmann. In fact, The Rittenhouse Review believes Liebmann has no challenger in the field of anti-Arab racism. Liebmann's May 6 essay is without doubt the most disgusting, reprehensible, and despicable article we have seen published on any topic in any reputable form of the U.S. media since, well, we learned how to read.
Herewith are some of the essay's most stomach-turning selections:
"University education in the Middle East is like putting turds in a blender and serving the extract in a Waterford crystal punchbowl. It is not known what is achieved by putting an Arab through a university except to take a guileless goat wrangler and inflame him into becoming a well-rounded and highly accredited fanatic equipped to lead the rabble in the Arab Street in throwing rocks and committing arson."
We know that religious prejudice endures in American society, even amongst the intelligentsia. Within that elite group it is today directed primarily at Roman Catholics and fundamentalist Christians, and to a lesser, but probably growing, extent toward Muslims. We also know -- and Liebmann's emetic tract, disguised as humor, is just the latest evidence -- that racism endures within this clique as well, most perniciously and consistently that directed at Arabs and more specifically, the Palestinians.
One shudders to think of the number of times Liebmann's sick collection of racist slanders has made the rounds of Arab haters, messianic settlers, and their sympathizers around the world. Worse, one cannot but be sickened that NewsMax.com -- which calls itself "America's News Page" -- would publish such trash without embarrasment. Not surprisingly, no one from among Israel's vast supporters in the U.S. media has criticized Liebmann. The silence, to tap a cliché, is deafening.
NewsMax.com, frankly, is a difficult site to pin down. Like TRR, the NewsMax.com site includes links to numerous well-known columnists, in the case of NewsMax.com, primarily of conservatives, but also some moderates and liberals. At TRR, we provide links to newspapers, magazines, journals, and columnists with whom we agree and disagree or otherwise find interesting or provocative. It's possible that NewsMax.com has adopted a similar philosophy.
Nonetheless, for those not familiar, or for those who wish to know who among this country's Punditboro share space on NewsMax.com with Liebmann, we provide this partial list:
Brent Bozell, Richard Brookhiser, Pat Buchanan, William F. Buckley Jr., Mona Charen, Linda Chavez, Ann Coulter, David Horowitz, Arianna Huffington, Laura Ingraham, Reed Irvine, Michael Kelly, Morton Kondracke, Hilton Kramer, Charles Krauthammer, John LeBoutillier, Peggy Noonan, Oliver North, Robert Novak, Wesley Pruden, Paul Craig Roberts, Lew Rockwell, William Safire, Michael Savage, Phyllis Schlafly, Mark Steyn, Cal Thomas, Paul Weyrich, and George Will.
For those who just can't get enough of this bile, there also apparently is a print magazine, NewsMax.com, which can be had for a year at the rate of $39.95. For the record, the advertisers in the magazine include: Bose, Quotesmith.com, Gold Rarities Gallery, Crystal Clear, WesMart, QuickGym, Goldline International Inc., Dittoheadbartending.com, Gun Locker, Elderberry Press LLC, Video Eye!, Vallee Art, Country Home Products, Christian Freedom International, Summit Ministries, and the Young America Foundation.
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