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Corsi Cancels Second ‘Political Cesspool’ Appearance

By David Holthouse on August 18, 2008 - 6:19 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

Right-wing propagandist Jerome Corsi backed out of his scheduled appearance on the white supremacist radio show, “The Political Cesspool,” last night only five minutes before he was supposed to go on, according to the show’s host James Edwards.

Just before 5 p.m. CST, Edwards came on the air following a commercial break to announce that Corsi had just E-mailed to cancel his scheduled hour-long interview due to “travel plans that changed.”

Edwards sounded skeptical of Corsi’s explanation, and with good reason. Last week Corsi was at the center of a media firestorm concerning the multitude of inaccuracies, distortions and outright lies in his new book The Obama Nation, as well his scheduled appearance on last night’s “Cesspool,” which was first reported by Hatewatch on Aug. 13.

That night, during his appearance on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Corsi reiterated his past apologies for a series of bigoted and hateful blog posts he wrote in the years spanning 2001-2004.

But if Corsi was trying to salvage his reputation by not appearing on the “Cesspool” last night, he was probably too late. As Hatewatch also first reported last week, Corsi had previously appeared on the racist, anti-Semitic radio show on July 20. His interview was streamed live on the Internet by the white nationalist website Stormfront, which is run by a former Klan leader.

Yesterday’s edition of the “Cesspool” was a rough outing for Edwards. Not only did his marquee guest ditch him at the last minute, but also his warm-up act — United Kingdom Independence Party Chairman Nigel Farage, who didn’t answer the phone when Edwards called.

Edwards was reduced to dialing up emergency back-up interviewee Sam Dickson, a former Klan lawyer, who delivered a meandering soliloquy about Jewish control of American foreign policy for the bulk of the show.

Edwards sounded unusually defensive throughout his most recent broadcast, repeatedly taking issue with the previous week’s widespread characterizations of his show as racist and anti-Semitic. “We’re a mainstream voice for European-Americans,” he said. “We’re the show of record for the paleo-conservative right,” not a bunch of “knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.”

“We don’t malign any racial groups on this program,” he said. “We conduct ourselves as gentlemen.”

But on Aug. 14, the day after the Corsi furor began dragging his show into the harsh spotlight of mainstream media scrutiny for the first time, Edwards had this to say on the topic of models in the fashion industry: “As everyone knows, white women are by far the most beautiful women. And when it comes to looks, black women are at the bottom of the totem pole. It’s simply an undeniable fact.”

How gentlemanly.

  • the Great Southern Trend Kill

    I guess it “points” out that Corsi is starting to tremble with nervousness and having 2nd thoughts? That could explain his last minute cancellation with no real explaination other than to doublespeak.

    He may be “apologetic” about his work but I refuse to buy into his crap no matter what show he appears on.

  • Jonathan

    So what’s the point of this article? All is shows is that contrived media “outrage” can pressure speakers to cancel appointments.

  • Brian Cook

    The pro-family movement claims to be anti-racist. The pro-family movement claims to oppose eugenics. Why won’t the pro-family movement condemn Political Cesspool as racist and eugenic?

  • IludiumPhosdex

    From “the Great Southern Trend Kill:”

    This guy [Jerome Corsi] is a joke. Nothing he says is legit.

    Now it’s emerged that Corsi said some rather unflattering things about John McCain back in the primary season; Right Wing Watch explains:

    Current New York Times best-selling author and proven liar Jerome Corsi has been lavished with attention by the likes of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh for his slanderous new book about Barack Obama.

    But before Corsi put Obama in his crosshairs, he plied his wares in the GOP presidential primary. Fox and Limbaugh treat Corsi like he’s a legitimate political commentator, so we’ll trust they’ll have Corsi back on to discuss his groundbreaking work on McCain:

    Group tied to al-Qaida backs McCain for prez
    March 02, 2008
    By Jerome R. Corsi

    McCain fortune traced to organized crime
    February 26, 2008
    By Jerome R. Corsi

    Influence peddling claims dog McCain
    February 15, 2008
    By Jerome R. Corsi

    John McCain funded by Soros since 2001
    February 12, 2008
    By Jerome R. Corsi

    McCain aide touts ‘Mexico first’ policy
    January 25, 2008
    By Jerome R. Corsi

    So: What does Corsi have to say now, if he has anything to say @ all in light of these revelations?

    Is he, somehow, playing a game of doublethink?

  • the Great Southern Trend Kill

    “Last night during his appearance on CNN`s “Larry King Live” Corsi reiterated his past apologies for a series of bigoted and hateful blogposts he wrote in the years spanning 2001-2004.”

    Yeah sure buddy, as if we`re gullible enough to think his “apologies” are sincere which it isn’t. I couldn’t careless how many times he “reiterates” himself. I don’t know why is it that everytime these controversial White Extremists become the focus of mass media spotlight instilled with public outrage and scrutiny, they then become “apologetic” for their own discord only later to “reiterate” their same septic racial blather on another forum of sorts.

    This guy is a joke. Nothing he says is legit.

  • IludiumPhosdex

    No wonder those claiming to show solidarity with the so-called “European-American Peoples” (which could also include Unreconstructed Afrikanerdom down South Africa way) are more than likely unconscious male chauvinists as well.

    Yet they hesitate to acknowledge as much as being among their articles of faith, instead preferring to sugarcoat such with a defence of “Traditional Moral Values.”

  • Billy Yank

    Does Edwards realize that he is broadcasting? Maybe he thinks he is doing a show just to hear himself talk and that no one is listening.