Wednesday, July 29, 2009
As the establishment intensifies its efforts to demonize its political adversaries as extremists and terrorists, an George Soros-funded left-wing website with direct ties to the Obama White House has parroted the months-old debunked smear that Pittsburgh cop killer Richard Poplawski was an Alex Jones fan.
Think Progress claims that it is a “nonpartisan organization,” and yet it’s bankrolled by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a think tank headed by Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff John D. Podesta (pictured top), who was also head of Barack Obama’s presidential transition team after the 2008 election.
According to SourceWatch, “CAP’s Progressive Media project emerged as a major communications war room on behalf of Obama’s domestic and foreign policy agenda and CAP became a strong advocate for escalation in Afghanistan. Progressive Media is run through the Center for American Project Action Fund, the more political 501(c)4 arm of CAP. It coordindates closely with the Common Purpose Project, an effort to create message discipline among the pro-Obama organizations, with a direct tie to the White House.”
Think Progress was vehemently anti-war during the Bush administration, but since Obama took power, bombing brown people in broken-backed third world countries has apparently become a “progressive” and “liberal” virtue.
According to Center for American Progress director Jennifer Palmieri, the organization is focused around “driving the White House’s message and agenda.”
How on earth can “driving the White House’s message and agenda” be deemed “non-partisan”?
Think Progress is nothing more than an echo chamber for Obama administration propaganda – it’s the Free Republic of the left-wing. It’s about as “non-partisan” as the Communist Party propaganda organ Pravda was during the Cold War.
Though the Center for American Progress is shy about revealing its funders, according to SourceWatch, no less than 58 foundations have donated over $15 million dollars since 2003, as well as corporations and elitist philanthropists such as George Soros, who donated $3 million for “general support” in 2006.
In an article about Rep. Louie Gohmert’s appearance on the Alex Jones Show last week to warn about the health care bill, Think Progress attempts to discredit the subject by referring to host Jones as a “radical conspiracy theorist,” because of his views on the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11.
The editors of Think Progress are apparently lagging far behind in their understanding of public opinion, seemingly unaware of that fact that polls taken over 3 years ago show that an overwhelming majority of Americans have doubts about the official story behind 9/11.
The article also calls Jones’ claim that White House science czar John P. Holdren advocated putting sterilants in the water supply a “conspiracy theory,” despite the fact that it is clearly documented in his own 1977 book Ecoscience, excerpts of which have been posted on the Internet.
However, Think Progress’ most egregious smear appears in the last paragraph of the article.
“Despite his outlandish views, Jones’ influence can not be underestimated. Richard Poplawski, the young man who gunned down three Pittsburgh police officers earlier this year after professing a fear that the government would confiscate his guns, was a die-hard fan of Jones. Jones, who rants daily about Obama’s intentions to revoke the 2nd amendment, is also one of the loudest voices for the “birther movement.”
As we repeatedly documented over the course of several weeks, the claim that Poplawski was a Jones fan is completely at odds with the fact that he left comments on the Infowars and Prison Planet website vehemently chastising Jones for not sharing his anti-semitic beliefs.
Indeed, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which Think Progress links to in the article, reported that Poplawski appeared “to agree with another poster who criticized Alex Jones.”
Websites that originally picked up the hoax that Poplawski was a Jones fan, when in fact he was attacking Jones through his comments on the websites, were later forced to issue retractions. Raw Story issued a retraction and removed Jones from their original article and Daily Kos later did the same. Despite this, the New York Times still ran with the debunked smear a day later.
“Based on a correction/retraction on RawStory, I have reason to doubt the information reported by the ADL with respect to Alex Jones and Infowars or PrisonPlanet. In fact, evidence points to the contrary; that Alex Jones has spoken strongly against hate speech similar to that spoken by Richard Poplawski. Therefore, in fairness, I’ve removed any references in this diary with respect to Alex Jones and the websites Infowars or PrisonPlanet,” wrote Daily Kos diarist ‘fcvaguy’.
Why is Think Progress repeating a hoax smear that was debunked and retracted by other websites over four months ago? How could Poplawski have been a “die-hard fan” of Jones when he publicly chastised him?
In addition, the claim that Jones is “one of the loudest voices for the birther movement,” is also a complete fallacy as any regular listener will be able to attest to. Though Jones has recently stated there may be some merit to claims that Obama was not born in the U.S., to translate this into him being “one of the loudest voices” advocating this position is clearly disingenuous. Indeed, when questions about Obama’s birthright first began to surface before the election last year, Jones publicly stated that he thought the subject was at best a distraction and probably erroneous.
Think Progress’ attempts at character assassination and guilt by association are clearly part of an agenda to demonize both Jones and Gohmert because they disagree with their political viewpoints on the health care bill. However, by using fallacious smear attacks and erroneous claims as the foundation of their rebuttal, Think Progress only shoots itself in the foot, exposing this Soros-funded organization for what it is – a partisan, bias agenda-driven propaganda front for the White House.