For more than 30 years, Cliff Kincaid has been pushing out conspiracy theories, demonizing propaganda and a series of falsehoods about LGBT people, Muslims, Democrats and others — all as the editor of Accuracy in Media (AIM). But if there’s one thing Kincaid cannot be trusted on, it’s accuracy.
The notably humorless Kincaid embraces just about any theory that makes the “liberal” media and those it supposedly supports look bad. He says that President Obama has “well-documented socialist connections,” is the product of a “mysterious upbringing as a Muslim,” and may not have been born in this country. He claims that Hillary Clinton is a lesbian and that Clinton deputy White House counsel Vince Foster was murdered. He calls global warming a “fraudulent scheme.” The Roman Catholic Church, he asserts, has been hijacked by “Marxist elements” and is “facilitating the foreign invasion of the U.S.” by northbound Latinos. He insists that the governments of Canada, the United States and Mexico have a secret pact to merge into a single entity — the much-feared North American Union.
At the same time, he also has appeared regularly on Fox News programs, on other television networks, and on hate radio jock Michael Savage’s show.
Before joining AIM in 1978, Kincaid worked at the conservative Human Events magazine and, later, as a newsletter editor for Iran-Contra figure Oliver North at North’s Freedom Alliance. But his influence has risen since joining AIM, which is supported heavily by right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife.
Much of Kincaid’s relentless polemicizing in recent years has been aimed at gay people. He blames gay men for corrupting the military and angrily complains that “establishment journalists are aligned with academia” (“sexual perverts masquerading as scholars”) in supporting transgender people. He has staunchly supported the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” law — a proposal Kincaid says is merely “designed to send a message to … the foreign homosexual lobby to keep their hands off Uganda’s families and kids.”
Most recently, Kincaid has jumped on the increasingly crowded anti-Muslim bandwagon. Last year, he was on a panel at a conference held by ACT! for America, an Islamophobic group, and also joined the board of directors of Stop the Islamization of Nations, run by hatemonger Pamela Geller.
Despite his self-appointed role as media monitor, Kincaid often writes on the basis of pure speculation (were poems Obama wrote about his father really about a “Communist” mentor who was also a “sex pervert and a pothead”?) or fact-challenged “experts” who parrot his own preordained points of view.