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Why is King of Conspiracists Jim Marrs Writing for Townhall?

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Posted on July 14 2010 5:00 pm
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here

When I get inquiries from new people wanting to blog for NRB usually I’ll send them a copy of the application. Of course I’m interested in learning what their areas of expertise are and seeing that they can write but I’m most interested in getting an answer to one question: is this person insane?

That just seems standard for a respectable publication – you don’t let nutjobs write for you. I’ll want to find out if they’re obsessed by conspiracies and fringe subjects. If they are then they don’t even get their foot in the door. And when it becomes clear that someone has lunatic ideas — like that is OK to sexualize children and adolescents — you get rid of them.

Apparently Townhall doesn’t have this policy.

Yesterday they featured a column from Jim Marrs, one of the most popular conspiracist authors of all time. Marrs wrote the book neo-communist filmmaker Oliver Stone used as his primary resource for “JFK.” He’s also written books on aliens, secret societies, and “the rise of the Fourth Reich.” Marrs wrote on the “conspiracy” of the Federal Reserve:

Other attempts were made to resurrect a central bank in America but none succeeded until the creation of the Federal Reserve System at the hands of a well-documented conspiracy. “The situation we are confronted with did not happen in the last few years, but began in 1913 when a group of cunningly deceitful legislators passed the Federal Reserve Act on December 24 at 11:45 p.m., after those who were opposed went home for Christmas,” Veon noted.

“[T]here was an occasion near the close of 1910, when I was as secretive, indeed, as furtive as any conspirator. . . . I do not feel it is any exaggeration to speak of our secret expedition to Jekyll Island as the occasion of the actual conception of what eventually became the Federal Reserve System . . . ,” wrote Frank A. Vanderlip, one of the men who created the Fed. He went on to become president of New York’s National City Bank, a forebear of today’s Citibank.

What Vanderlip was referring to was a secretive trip on the night of November 22, 1910, by seven men who perhaps held as much as one fourth of the world’s wealth. Jekyll Island was J. P. Morgan’s fashionable hunting retreat off the coast of Georgia, and the men went under secrecy so strict that they only used first names when addressing one another and brought in new servants who were unaware of their identities.

I’ve got zero problem with people critiquing the Federal Reserve. But you don’t have to sound like a whack-job to do it.

This is another example of how Townhall really doesn’t understand the Left. By welcoming conspiracists into the conservative coalition you might as well be nailing together the crucifix they’re going to hang us on. Painting the entire Right as a bunch of wild Birchers is a classic, effective technique of the Anti-American Left. How could Townhall be blind — or worse, indifferent — to this? Perhaps the same reasons they print Pat Buchanan?

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