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Farah vs Maddow: TKO in the First Round

Rachel Maddow did a segment last week on her show that criticized Worldnutdaily founder Joseph Farah and it seems to have set his mustache on edge. So naturally, he’s accusing her of trying to censor him and calls her a “21st century blacklister.”

Try as I might never to watch Rachel Maddow or MSNBC, several times a year I’m almost forced to do so when friends email me links to online excerpts of shows – usually when I’m the topic.

Such was the case last week when Maddow did her best to persuade all reasonable people (not that any reasonable people watch MSNBC) that I should never be permitted to speak publicly at events such as FreedomFest, an annual gathering of liberty-minded Americans in Las Vegas.

Maddow was incensed that organizers would invite the likes of me and Wayne Allyn Root to be heard by thousands of people who agree with some of our ideas.

Ah yes, the usual conflation of criticism and censorship. No Joe, what she’s doing is criticizing you, and by extension the people who invited you to speak. That’s because you’re a dishonest propagandist. Not only did she make no attempt to “blacklist” you or make sure you would “never be permitted to speak publicly,” she doesn’t have the power to do that even if she wanted to. I know you just love to strike the martyr pose, but you’re not being persecuted you’re just being exposed as a fraud.

This is especially ironic given that Farah himself is a master of the very thing he takes exception to. A large portion of the articles on his “news” site take the form of what I refer to as the Six Degrees of George Soros (or Saul Alinsky, or Van Jones, or William Ayres, or insert the boogeyman du jour) game.

Comments

  1. Artor says

    What? Say it ain’t so, Joe! Why, that’s just like a boycott!! It’s economic terrorism!!! Why does Joe Farrah hate America so much?

  2. Artor says

    Dammit! Blockquote fail…

    “Try as I might never to watch Rachel Maddow or MSNBC…”

    What? Say it ain’t so, Joe! Why, that’s just like a boycott!! It’s economic terrorism!!! Why does Joe Farrah hate America so much?

  3. Akira MacKenzie says

    In the conservative mindset, criticism eventually leads to censorship. Their ideas are supposed to be so obviously true that only a despicable, freedom- hating, totalitarian could only oppose them and can only win against them by silencing them.

  4. John Pieret says

    This is from the transcript of Maddow’s show:

    Because the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino this weekend is hosting
    something called freedom fest. It`s going on right now. It will keep
    going into this weekend. This year`s highlights include the author of a
    book called “Evolution: A Theory in Crisis.” It`s also the obligatory, “Is
    the United Nations becoming our master?” confab.

    Our pal from down the block, the President-Obama-is-secretly-foreign
    guy, will be doing his shtick again. Add in a keynote speech by the guy so
    handsome he makes you remember there`s a an “O” in the word mustachioed.
    Joseph Farah from World Net Daily, your home for the most trusted reference
    material on how President Obama is a gay Muslim murderer, and obviously
    foreign, publisher of all the birther books, author of the forward to the
    book, “Where`s the Birth Certificate”, he will be the keynote speaker at
    this libertarian/Republican conference this weekend and he will be doing
    that keynote speech alongside Senator Rand Paul.

    Senator Rand Paul with the birther guy, both keynoting freedom fest in
    Las Vegas …

    She then goes on to discuss Rand Paul’s refusal to fire his aide who is a neo-confederate white supremacist.

    That`s how Rand Paul is
    explaining that he`s keeping this guy on with him — salary paid by the
    taxpayers — as he heads to purple state Nevada this weekend to attend one
    of two conservative movement and Republican Party Vegas events this weekend
    spotlighting the most ambitious Republican federal officeholders in the
    nation, alongside the nation`s leading proponents of the theory that our
    country`s first black president could not possibly be American, he must be
    secretly foreign, his presidency is illegitimate and it`s a giant
    conspiracy.

    When Republicans talk to each other about how to spend their time,
    especially in states like Nevada where elections have been pretty close,
    where Republicans conceivably could have a shot at being competitive in a
    national race if they could figure out a way to broaden their appeal, when
    Republicans talk about these things, do they ever talk about how stuff like
    they`re doing this weekend in Las Vegas might interfere with the whole
    broadening the party`s appeal thing?

    Do you guys ever talk about Joseph Farah being at your events? Does
    that ever come up?

    That’s it. A couple of references to Farah’s actual positions as a tie-in to the more important story about Rand Paul and wondering if that’s the way Republicans really want to go to ‘broaden its appeal.’

    Oh, and Joe is incensed at being called a “birther” just because he “published a book about Obama’s provably illegitimate and fraudulent birth certificate.”

  5. says

    @ Akira

    We see this over and over again: The inability of conservatives to say “Perhaps our ideas aren’t winning because they suck.” It’s always someone else’s fault, which is particularly ironic coming from people who constantly criticize the poor for their lack of “personal responsibility.”

    I think this is true because the very notion that there could be other ideas and other ways of looking at things is tremendously frightening to them.

  6. Sili says

    “Incensed”?

    I haven’t watched TRMS recently, but I don’t recall her ever being incensed no matter how passionate. Is he thinking of Olberman?

  7. scienceavenger says

    Based on my viewing of the show, to Farah “incensed” must mean “getting gently mocked with barely restrained laughter”.

  8. Doug Little says

    He’s so persecuted maybe he should get his followers to start wearing little tiny silver mustaches around their necks.

  9. says

    In the conservative mindset, criticism eventually leads to censorship. Their ideas are supposed to be so obviously true that only a despicable, freedom- hating, totalitarian could only oppose them and can only win against them by silencing them.

    I think it’s more of a case of projection. Because if they had the power, that’s exactly what they would do, so naturally, they assume their enemies would do the same.

  10. Rip Steakface says

    @7

    Rachel Maddow never gets mad. She laughs at all the foolishness she covers.

  11. caseloweraz says

    Sili: I haven’t watched TRMS recently, but I don’t recall her ever being incensed no matter how passionate. Is he thinking of Olberman?

    I’m not a regular watcher either, but FWIW I’ve never seen her incensed.

    Farah may indeed be thinking of Olbermann, or perhaps Ed Schultz.

    Incidently, “TRMS” as well as being an acronym for The Rachel Maddow Show, stands for “true root mean squared”. A true rms meter is the most accurate way to measure power in alternating-current circuits.

    For example: http://www.amprobe.com/amprobe/usen/clamp-meters/multimeter-clamps/acd-14-trms-plus.htm?PID=73070

    (I have no pecuniary association with Amprobe.)

    I suppose only someone trained in electrical engineering (i.e. a geek such as myself) could appreciate the comparison of the two subjects of that acronym.

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