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David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here


Was Johnny Cash a Racist, Cop-Killer Apologist Like Common?

2011 May 19

On Tuesday, we received this critique from someone called Robson who didn’t care for Calvin Freiburger’s foray into the debate about whether it’s appropriate for the Obama White House to honor the racist, pro-cop killer rapper Common:

Seriously  Calvin Freiburger i think you the man who needs to look at this in a different perspective. I don’t why all you americans bother about such a small thing but fox news of course trying to make it big. This matter is not a biggie. Lets start with Johnny Cash a man you totaly defend in your oeace  of writing. This Man whoin his younger years did write some really rough lyrics is given a National Medal of arts BY PRESIDENT BUSH. Okay fairly you say it wasn’t the whitehouse giving to him but President Bush was just presenting it to him, But as a President it’s your choice whether to endorse it or not, and what does the President do? he endorses it because he thinks the man deserves it. What does fox news and america say? nothing because they also conquer. Now Michelle Obama Invites common for a poetry slam, Common having some rough lyrics and has supported certain activists against cops. For the activists i will take Jon stewart position of saying maybe he supports them
because he thinks they were wrongly accused. But on the rough lyrics, on your blog you only have little extracts of his poem. Only getting the parts which are really rough and i think that is really not being a good analyst or critic. I think in your blog you start by defending Johnny cash and criticize common. Tell me what is really different about Common and Johnny cash? Jon stewart is simply just saying really why criticize Common invitation when other regimes have also invited and endorsed people with the same rough lyric. And if you take a look again at common’s poetry at the white house he is simply saying like the world is in a bad condition, full of corruption and corrupt leaders but lets make an end to this and live in peace. Poetry needs time to analyze, if you don’t analyze it and try to understand it from what you first read then truly you have high chances of misinterpretation.

I responded: read more…

“This Makes You as Bad as Bolsheviks!” A Leftist Writer Embarrasses Himself After Being Rejected from Contributing to NewsReal Blog

2011 May 15

In the mind of progressives it's OK to compare being rejected from a blog to murdering millions of people.

This popular post was first published on May 12 here.

One of my bad habits that I’m still working to overcome from my days on the Left is being too open-minded.

I still want to give people the benefit of the doubt when they express interest in participating in the publication. In the past this has bitten me from time to time as deviants and narcissistic self-promoters have wormed their way into publishing posts only to eventually reveal their true colors.

Still, I at least remain willing to listen to people who might not agree with all of our positions who still want to help out in the fights. If someone wants to write in defense of Israel but they hold socialist views on health care then I’m inclined to let them stand with us in defense of the Jewish state. I just won’t publish their writings promoting crackpot economics.

That’s kind of what I was hoping for when someone identifying as possessing “the viewpoint of the left” wanted to write for us. On April 26 my co-editors Jenn Q. Public and Michael van der Galien and I received this inquiry from NRB‘s contact form from “Allen James Burnham” (I’d wager probably his real name given his level of earnestness):

To whom it may concern,

I would like to blog about what I have put in the subject line of this message. I of course understand that this is a right wing blog, but it would be hardly a free and democratic blog in a free and democratic society if the viewpoint of the left were not incorporated. Or not even so much the left as the perspective of someone who was a Soldier for five years and has been an Official for forty two years. In any case the moment nobody engages with what the other side thinks, the country ceases to be a democracy.

I responded back and included an attachment with our standard application that we use to learn about the views and writing histories of those who want to write for us: read more…

Why It’s Evil to Pay Janitors $50,000 Salaries

2011 May 14

When I argue that capitalism pushes janitors to develop themselves and evolve into people who can create more value for society this isn't what I'm talking about.

I’ve been arguing with my leftist friends again. Bad habits die hard. I still manage to let the dirty laundry pile up for weeks too. Some day I’ll learn my lessons — and have more leftist drinking buddies and fewer days wearing faded t-shirts from college.

This time it’s Chris, an admitted Socialist and proud Union Man. (I suppose I’m being redundant aren’t I?)

An argument that started over the futility of the attempt to create a “digital picket line” to boycott the Huffington Post (Chris’s link was responsible for me suggesting to our star blogger Walter Hudson that he write this FANTASTIC post here) soon drifted over to the subject of the damaging effects of teachers unions. I challenged my friend when he seemed to play dumb on the horrific effects of lousy tenured teachers:

Oh come on, Chris. You know exactly what I’m talking about. Are you disputing the obvious reality that the result of making it much harder to fire elementary and high school teachers is that more bad teachers get to keep teaching kids poorly? It’s very hard to fire a tenured high school or elementary school teacher. The result of this is kids get left behind when they’re stuck with a lousy teacher for a year. Are you telling me that you’re perfectly satisfied with the status quo of the hoops that have to be jumped through to fire bad teachers?

I expected Chris to argue with me about this and insist that I’d been indoctrinated by evil right-wing talking points — not that I was genuinely concerned about children getting a good education. He’d demand that I produce statistics and research only to tell me why each factual piece I provided was somehow inadequate in its statistical methodology or that greater studies were required to prove what I claimed. Very smart leftists won’t disagree with you when the facts are clearly, indisputably on your side. Instead they’ll argue that it’s not adequate to prove what you claim and that instead more studies and research need to be conducted. This could be characterized as Socialism-via-Intellectual-Filibuster. (In these scenarios leftists don’t work to construct new socialist policies that will crush the American economy, but rather just keep the ones they have in place long enough to finish the job of bankrupting us.) Conservatives might be able to advance in the war of ideas but leftists will just keep setting the goal posts further and further away — but only if we don’t call them on it!

(Particularly academic leftists will often insist that online political debates have the same number of footnotes as scholarly papers. If you don’t have three citations to peer-reviewed journals to back up every sentence your write in your facebook comment then you’re not going to persuade them. Not that you’re ever going to change their minds even if you did meet all of their hard data demands.) read more…

At UCLA the Campus Left and MSA Skip David Horowitz’s Speech

2011 May 13

There was reason for anxiety right before David Horowitz’s speech began Wednesday night in Moore Hall at UCLA.

What manner of disruptions and demonstrations might be planned by campus leftists and Muslim Students Association officers? From my vantage point in the front of the hall I observed several students come in with t-shirts featuring leftist art work. It was anyone’s guess whether an attempt would be made to embarrass David (perhaps with a pie or some other projectile) or merely physically intimidate  him and the others who had come to hear his speech. read more…

“This Makes You as Bad as Bolsheviks!” A Leftist Writer Embarrasses Himself After Being Rejected from Contributing to NewsReal Blog

2011 May 12

In the mind of progressives it's OK to compare being rejected from a blog to murdering millions of people.

One of my bad habits that I’m still working to overcome from my days on the Left is being too open-minded.

I still want to give people the benefit of the doubt when they express interest in participating in the publication. In the past this has bitten me from time to time as deviants and narcissistic self-promoters have wormed their way into publishing posts only to eventually reveal their true colors.

Still, I at least remain willing to listen to people who might not agree with all of our positions who still want to help out in the fights. If someone wants to write in defense of Israel but they hold socialist views on health care then I’m inclined to let them stand with us in defense of the Jewish state. I just won’t publish their writings promoting crackpot economics.

That’s kind of what I was hoping for when someone identifying as possessing “the viewpoint of the left” wanted to write for us. On April 26 my co-editors Jenn Q. Public and Michael van der Galien and I received this inquiry from NRB‘s contact form from “Allen James Burnham” (I’d wager probably his real name given his level of earnestness):

To whom it may concern,

I would like to blog about what I have put in the subject line of this message. I of course understand that this is a right wing blog, but it would be hardly a free and democratic blog in a free and democratic society if the viewpoint of the left were not incorporated. Or not even so much the left as the perspective of someone who was a Soldier for five years and has been an Official for forty two years. In any case the moment nobody engages with what the other side thinks, the country ceases to be a democracy.

I responded back and included an attachment with our standard application that we use to learn about the views and writing histories of those who want to write for us: read more…

It’s Easy to Forget Just How Shocking Bosch Fawstin and the Anti-Jihad Message Are for Leftists

2011 May 10

When reading through issue #1 of Bosch Fawstin’s long-awaited graphic novel The Infidel I try and take myself back to when I first encountered the artist’s work.

Bosch and I first connected in February of 2009. He got in touch with me to give me a pat on the back for a freelance article I’d written for FrontPage about comic book heroes called “Superhero Conservatism.” He told me about his own anti-Jihad superhero he’d created, a tough character named Pig Man. A few months later I sold another article to FrontPage, an interview with Bosch about his life, art, and philosophy. read more…

America’s Cultural Future is in the Streets of Paris, America’s Political Future is the United Nations

2011 April 19

We’ve seen where we’re heading today in this country and it’s the Parisian streets, with Muslims transforming prayer into an act of political intimidation and a politically correct government refusing to enforce the law against a favored minority group.

But this kind of thuggery has a political expression too and with the election of Barack Obama we’re starting to see its creep into our own political system. Look at the recent history of the United Nations and you’ll see an Islamist infiltration akin to the occupation of Paris’ streets. read more…

Introducing NewsReal Blog’s New Solo Blogs: Political Warfare, Global Freedom, and That’s What She Said

2011 March 28

NRB bloggers hard at work.

To better provide you with coverage of breaking news stories today NewsReal Blog is unveiling three new solo blogs. These blogs written by NRB‘s editorial team will feature links to news stories and blog posts and will also serve as the go-to destination for live-blogging of events and the cable shows.

read more…

David Horowitz on Nation-Building: “I agree with Haley Barbour”

2011 March 28

Coincidentally, Governor Barbour spoke right before David at CPAC.

Yesterday the Washington Times published an article on the continuing conflicts over foreign policy within the GOP and the Conservative Movement. NewsReal Blog‘s Editor-In-Chief David Horowitz was quoted:

David Horowitz, a prominent member of the party’s neoconservative wing, said his own views are changing and he has come around to Mr. Barbour’s position.

“I agree with Haley Barbour and am not surprised that he too has come to this conclusion,” Mr. Horowitz said. “Afghanistan is now our longest war, in large part because we are trying to remake a nation which has barely emerged from the seventh century, and in many respects has not. It was our mistake in Iraq.”

The Times did not include David’s full quote explaining his position. Here it is: read more…

NYC Socialists Plot to Protest David Horowitz’s Speech at Brooklyn College

2011 March 10

David Horowitz will be speaking tonight at Brooklyn College at 6 PM EST on the subject of “Islamist Agendas on American College Campuses.” read more…

The Anti-Semites Who Swarmed Us at CPAC and the Future of the Right

2011 February 17

The initial idea with the Freedom Center sending me out to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was so that I could network with other bloggers and organizations, recruit new writers for NewsReal Blog, and so that I could cover the conference (and what would be David Horowitz’s neutron bomb of a speech) for our publications. Parts one and two of that plan went along well enough, but part three — actually attending the speeches and panels — had to be dropped from my agenda when I realized what the situation was going to be for my co-workers. It became clear where I was needed most:  at our booth in the exhibition hall. read more…

NewsReal Blog and the Freedom Center at CPAC This Week

2011 February 9

Several of NewsReal Blog‘s editors and contributors are in Washington D.C. this week for the Conservative Political Action Conference. Expect some CPAC coverage, including video.

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