Editor’s note: Here’s a post from Steve Frisch that sums up what I’ve been trying to say about our community extremists such as George Rebane for years. Nobody’s listened, including the management of The Union and KVMR, where he was invited to be a regular columinst. I’ve never met Steve in person, but he expresses the perspective very well:
The issue with George is not his ability or right, or KVMR’s right, to have him comment. George has every right to comment, and should not be censored in any way. I agree that George violated our rules of engagement when we met on air, but Paul handled that well, and followed up by clearly stating the issue on these blogs, so I am ENTIRELY satisfied.
What I do have a problem with is that IDEAS that George presents are often racist, sexist, and intolerant and the tactics he uses to make his case are slimy.
George is just flat our dishonest. He twists information, tells half truths, intentionally misrepresents data, uses questionable sources, attacks other peoples highly credible sources as biased because they are from ‘elite’ sources, and implies that his opponents are fascists, communists or socialists.
A prime example of George playing fast and lose with the facts would be his equation of the NAZI government of Germany with socialism. No credible historian would agree with George on this one: the name National Socialist German Workers Party was chosen before Hitler led it, the ‘socialist’ was added to the title to demonstrate that the party supported the Bismark era social welfare programs, and the NAZI party never supported state ownership of the means of production which is the definition of socialism.
George knows this, but he finds it necessary to equate the Nazi party with a left wing government to confuse people and make a point, that all totalitarianism is leftist. It is bullshit pure and simple.
It makes me wonder how someone with such a remarkable personal history of living under totalitarian regimes could be so blind to his own propensity to twist the truth.
George enables personal insults and name calling on his web site. If one reads Georges blog, or for that matter Russ Steele, Todd Juvinall, or Barry Pruett, it is clear that their primary interest is venting their spleens. Rarely does any topic of conversation led to any productive dialogue, never does a hand extended to find common ground yield any permanent thawing of the blog cold war, and never do the ‘moderators’ step in to discipline posters who step over the line. In my humble opinion their blogs are a form of pseudo-intellectual masturbation on their part. It is self gratification.
Finally I can not countenance a guy that calls people ‘rag heads’, equates an entire religion (Islam) with evil, calls legally born American citizens ‘anchor babies’, and calls anyone who disagrees with his far right wing libertarian economic views a communist.
This is not a voice of leadership in our community. It is a voice of intolerance.”