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Lou Dobbs Citing Extremists, Again

By Heidi Beirich on July 31, 2008 - 3:37 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Conspiracies, Media Extremism

Lou Dobbs, the CNN host who has been frequently criticized for turning his program, “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” into a forum for anti-immigrant extremists, is at it again. In the past few months, Dobbs has aired six different reports featuring anti-immigrant activist Rick Oltman of Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS). The reports, all narrated by CNN correspondent Casey Wian, primarily discussed California’s budget woes, with Oltman blaming them on undocumented workers.

If Wian had conducted a simple Web search for Oltman, he would have dug up a laundry list of Oltman’s extremist activities. For example, Wian would have quickly found out that in 1998, Oltman, who was then the western regional representative for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), traveled to Cullman, Ala., for a protest against a swelling local population of Mexican workers. The event was put on by the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), which “oppose[s] all efforts to mix the races of mankind,” and featured an unrobed Klansman burning a Mexican flag. In the CCC’s ad for the event, Oltman was described as a member of that group. There also is a photograph that has been available on the Web since last year of Oltman participating in a 1997 CCC conference panel entitled, “Immigration: Are We Being Overrun?,” which ran in the group’s in-house publication, Citizens Informer.

Aztlan map

Wian can’t claim ignorance of the CCC. In 2006, during a report that Wian was narrating on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” about a state visit by Mexico’s then-president Vicente Fox, a graphic appeared of “Aztlan,” the southwestern portion of the current United States that conspiracy theorists claim Mexico is secretly plotting to “reconquer” with the aid of “invading” Mexican immigrants. Wian joked as the image was aired: “You could call this the Vicente Fox Aztlan tour, since the three states he’ll visit — Utah, Washington, and California — are all part of some radical group’s vision of the mythical indigenous homeland.” CNN’s accompanying full-screen map depicting “Aztlan” was prominently sourced to the CCC, causing widespread criticism of Dobbs for relying on hate group material. A spokesman for Dobbs went on the record shortly afterward saying that the producer who had found and used the hate group map was “disciplined” as a result. ( continue to full post… )

San Diego Minutemen Sign Re-Posted On I-5

By Hatewatch Staff on July 29, 2008 - 1:58 am, Posted in Uncategorized

The San Diego Mintuemen’s Adopt-a-Highway sign is back up on a stretch of I-5 near a border patrol checkpoint after a federal judge ruled in the group’s favor.
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Proposed Ordinance Targeting Immigrants Stokes Racial Tensions

By Hatewatch Staff on July 29, 2008 - 1:56 am, Posted in Uncategorized

The tone of the debate over a proposed citywide ban on illegal immigrants in Freemont, Neb. has grown so ugly that many of its Latino residents, including U.S. citizens, are contemplating moving whatever the outcome.
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Barletta Named Pennsylvania’s Mayor Of The Year

By Hatewatch Staff on July 29, 2008 - 1:54 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Hazleton, Penn. mayor Lou Barletta, who drew nationwide attention for his immigration crackdowns, was named mayor of the year by the Pennsylvania State Mayors Association.
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Pennsylvania Teens Charged With Hate Crime Murder of Mexican Immigrant

By Hatewatch Staff on July 29, 2008 - 1:52 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Three white teenage boys were charged with ethnic intimidation and homicide or aggravate assault for their alleged roles in the epithet-laden beating death of a Mexican immigrant in a Pennsylvania coal town.
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Stormfront Founder’s Wife Sets Off Firestorm

By Heidi Beirich on July 28, 2008 - 5:13 pm, Posted in White Supremacist

A revelation published earlier this month by Hatewatch — that Chloe Black, wife of former Klan leader Don Black, was the public relations contact for a philanthropist’s efforts to build a campus for children of poor black and Latino children in Florida — caused quite a stir in the media and elsewhere. The Gawker.com website was one of the first to revisit the story, recounting the Hatewatch item under the headline, “The Socialite’s Nazi Publicist.” (The title referred to the fact that Chloe Black, whose husband founded and runs the major white supremacist website Stormfront, was the contact for a school established by Emilia Fanjul, whose wealthy family runs the Florida Crystals sugar conglomerate.) Then it was the turn of The New York Post’s Page Six — probably the best known celebrity gossip column in America — which ran “Sugar Baron’s Aide’s KKK Link,” setting off a whole bevy of similar reports on celebrity gossip websites.

But it was when a version of Hatewatch’s revelations was published in the Palm Beach Post this past Saturday that sparks flew in the white supremacist circles that Chloe, her husband, and ex-husband David Duke inhabit. Even though she had just attended a June event put on by the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, Black told the Post: “I am not involved with the Web site [Stormfront] and do not agree with extremist or racially prejudiced views.” Not only that, but the Post, based on information provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center, also reported that Don Black had recently toned down Stormfront, banning many symbols of Nazism that formerly were common on the site, including swastikas and SS lightning bolts, and getting rid of particularly offensive terms, including “nigger.”

White supremacists were not happy. In racist Web forums, they ripped both Don and Chloe Black, denouncing them for caring more about money than their beliefs. ( continue to full post… )

Extremist Steve Sailer is Source for CNN’s ‘Black in America’ Series

By David Holthouse on July 25, 2008 - 2:42 pm, Posted in Media Extremism

As part of its ongoing “Black in America” project, CNN posted a story to its website earlier this week titled “Could an Obama presidency hurt black Americans?” Credited to CNN correspondent John Blake, the piece quotes the wit and wisdom of Steve Sailer, identified only as “a columnist for The American Conservative magazine.”

Specifically, the CNN story quotes a column by Sailer first published last year in which he opined that Obama offers voters “White guilt repellent.”

“So many whites want to be able to say, ‘I’m not one of them, those bad whites. … Hey, I voted for a black guy for president,’” Sailer wrote.

What the CNN article fails to note is that in addition to writing columns and movie reviews for The American Conservative, Sailer is the founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute, a neo-eugenics online discussion forum where right-wing journalists and race scientists have promoted selective breeding of the human species. He also writes frequently for the anti-immigrant hate site Vdare.com, named for the first white child born in America, and runs a website, isteve.com.
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‘Springtime for Irving’: The Video

By Mark Potok on July 24, 2008 - 12:30 pm, Posted in Holocaust Denial

Here’s a fresh treat for readers of Hatewatch — a brand new video, made by journalist Max Blumenthal and videographer Thomas Shomaker and co-produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center, about convicted Holocaust denier David Irving. It’s an amazing, sardonic account of Irving’s visit this July 16 to a church in Manhattan, where Blumenthal presses him into a most remarkable interview.

Irving, of course, is the infamous British writer who penned numerous apologetics for Adolf Hitler and then sued American scholar Deborah Lipstadt after she called him a Holocaust denier. Irving ultimately lost his epic court battle in London, with the judge in the case concluding that he was a “pro-Nazi” polemicist. The court also found that the author of some 30 books had “persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence” to promote his racist and anti-Semitic ideas.

We’ll save most of the good stuff for viewers of the video, but offer just a couple of teasers here. At one point, Irving tells his audience: “Adolf Hitler was being kept out of the loop and was probably not at all anti-Semitic… . He repeatedly held out his hand to stop things happening to the Jews.” Just as you’re digesting that incredible piece of neo-Nazi propaganda, the video recounts how journalist Christopher Hitchens, a former Trotskyist-turned-Iraq War cheerleader, has described Irving as “a great historian” and, in Irving’s words, remains “a good friend” to the man who once said that more people died in the back of Ted Kennedy’s car than in the gas chambers at Auschwitz. Although the video doesn’t make this point, Hitchens was named one of the world’s “Top 100 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazine of Britain in 2005, long after his paean to Irving’s swell talents as a “historian.”

Take a look at this remarkable video, which we offer here a day late as a birthday present from Hatewatch, which just completed its first year of existence. As the months unfold, we hope to bring you more along these lines.

Immigrant Worker Beaten To Death In Coal Region Town

By Hatewatch Staff on July 22, 2008 - 9:07 am, Posted in Uncategorized

The killing of a 25-year-old Mexican laborer by six white youths has exposed long-simmering racial tensions in Shenandoah, Penn., despite officials claiming it was a street fight gone wrong, not a hate a crime.
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Phoenix Mayor’s Supporters Battle Minuteman-Backed Recall Effort

By Hatewatch Staff on July 22, 2008 - 1:27 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Allies of Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon launched a TV advertising campaign extolling his public safety record in an attempt to stave off a campaign to remove him from office.
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