Bad Fruit and the Forbidden Tree
By now, it's no news that Stephen Walt, co-author of the controversial paper on AIPAC's influence on US foreign policy, has been forced to resign from his position as academic dean of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Anyone with eyes can see who's behind his resignation. But, those few who remain clueless might benefit from learning something new about many of cable's beloved talk show hosts who, as Justin Raimondo points out, so dutifully invited David Duke to endorse (read: discredit) Walt and Mersheimer's important paper.
Joe Scarborough of MSNBC [introduced] the notorious racist this way:What does Joe Scarbarough do in his spare time? Write regularly for the Jewish World Review, an online pro-Israel magazine that considers its daily edition a 'must read' for "many in the media and in Washington."
"Thank you for being with us tonight, Mr. Duke. You have been attacked as a former Klansman, an anti-Semite, but tonight you're in league with Harvard University. Do you feel vindicated?"
What would the Lobby do without the former Ku Klux Klan leader, who now inveighs against "ZOG" and the alleged perfidy of the Jews from somewhere in Central Europe? He ought to be getting some kind of stipend from them, in view of the tremendous service he performs: by setting up an avowed neo-Nazi as the chief spokesman for the other side, the Lobby gets to control the discourse.
Naturally, Scarborough would never have invited anyone like, say, Juan Cole on the show to defend the Mearsheimer-Walt thesis.
Who else writes for JWR? Dan Abrams; Tony Blankely, editorial page editor of the Washington Times; Tucker Carlson; Anne Coulter; David Horowitz; Michelle Malkin; Bill O'Reilly; Wheel of Fortune host, Pat Sajak!; Tony Snow; and Mort Zuckerman, editor-in-chief and publisher of U.S. News and World Report - to name a few.
Draw your own conclusions. For me it confirms that bad fruit does not fall far from the forbidden tree.
Thanks to WRH for the link to Justin's piece.