On April 20, when my book Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America, was entering its 10th consecutive week on the New York Times best-seller list, I received an email from Robert O’Harrow, an investigative reporter for the Washington Post. He was asking for an interview, and even offered to fly to California to facilitate it. O’Harrow’s interest wasn’t in my book of course. For many years now, the Post and other leftwing media like The New York Times have only imposed a blackout on my books and what they regard as my dangerous conservative views. O’Harrow’s interest, as he explained, was in the David Horowitz Freedom Center, the organization I founded a quarter century ago, and “it’s work over the years and the impact of its groups and their political allies on the recent election…. We’re very interested in the state of play for c3s and their political activity.”
This was not a prescription for an objective piece of journalism. A quick Google check showed that O’Harrow’s last eight “investigative” articles were exclusively devoted to attacks on Steve Bannon and Donald Trump. But I didn’t even need that information to see he was gunning for me. The David Horowitz Freedom Center is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, which is forbidden under IRS rules from engaging in political activities. So his “interest” in our “political allies” and even worse, our alleged “impact … on the recent election,” along with his request for “a copy of your original 1023 form seeking tax exempt status,” set off alarm bells I could hardly ignore.
There follows an account of the disingenuous attempts by the lefty journalist to set up an interview.
“Why should I talk to you,” I replied, “if you are conducting a vendetta against one conservative organization under the guise of doing a fair-minded investigation of the IRS code? [Jesse Jackson’s] Rainbow Push, [Al Sharpton’s] National Action Network, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood would be four examples of c3 organizations much bigger than ours that would merit your attention if you were being honest about your agendas.
This is the scummy bottom where the “liberal” media now feed, a savage parody of investigative journalism that must have Ben Bradlee and Katherine Graham averting their eyes in shame.
In my book Big Agenda, I describe the Democrats — and progressives generally — as a “party of hate.” Rather than being interested in the other side, if only as a debating partner, they openly regard conservatives as “racists, sexists, homophobes, Islamophobes and xenophobes,” — irredeemable and deplorable, in Hillary’s revealing phrase. Such individuals are not worthy of fair treatment; they are beyond the pale and therefore legitimate targets of illegitimate attacks. If they are in any way effective, whether as members of a conservative presidential administration or as the author of a favorable book on that administration, they are prime targets for destruction.
hat-tip Scott of the Pacific