Thursday, October 26, 2006

'NYT' Hails Stephen King -- As He Boosts MoveOn.org

October 23, 2006

NEW YORK Sometimes -- okay, nearly always -- timing is everything. So it seemed for the liberal political action group MoveOn.org today. Just hours after his latest book got a rare rave in The New York Times, horror novelist Stephen King emailed a big election year pitch for MoveOn.

You'd almost think it was a liberal conspiracy.

"If I know anything, I know scary," King emailed. "And giving this president and this out-of-control Congress two more years to screw up our future is downright terrifying. Thankfully, this national nightmare is one we can end with—literally—a wake up call.

"My friends at MoveOn.org Political Action are organizing pre-Halloween phone parties this weekend, Oct. 28th & 29th....And since it's almost Halloween, we'll celebrate with an optional costume contest, some pumpkin carving (I'll be making a Jack-Abramoff-O'-Lantern) and—of course—plenty of candy."

4 comments:

  1. Racists and anti-Semites are scarier than Stephen King's monsters, because the latter are imaginary. MoveOn.org's Action Forum welcomed racist and anti-Semitic hate speech (and anti-Catholic bigotry) at its Action Forum until the scandal forced them to shut the entire forum down.

    Maybe some MoveOn people put on their sheets before Halloween.

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  2. I must be missing something.

    It seems there is a lot of talk about the Action Forum, but not a lot of evidence that I was able to find. If I'm missing something please let me know. But in a few Google New searches I was unable to find anything mentioning MoveOn.org's Action Forum.

    I find it hard to believe that if a group as well known as MoveOn.org promotes ideas along the lines of racism or anti-Semitism, it would make headlines of at least one news paper or television show. Yet there isn't one to be found.

    Determined to find just what it was that took place in the Action Forum that is being ignored (I assume) by a liberal media, I searched Google News again, but this time, I searched blogs. There were 4,100 hits. I did not read all of them, but in those that I did read, I saw accusations, but no evidence. I saw statements that the evidence existed, and was saved, but I was never linked to it so I could view it myself. It seems like quite a claim to make, with no media coverage, and no evidence that is easily found.

    What I did find media coverage and evidence of was MoveOn.org making phone calls supporting Democratic candidates, as this post suggests. It is quite different than what I expected to find after reading the accusatory blog postings that MoveOn.org was bankrupt, and that they were about to go under. It seems that they are far from it. But again, I can only assume that I am missing something.

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  3. I have heard this claim before about Moveon.org. I too have never been able to find proof or even the slightest bit of evidence outside of conservative blogs making the claim that their is proof. Shouldn't surprise anyone when they loose the house. Ann Coulter and her "facts" will only get you so far, then people start checking your story, and realize you are full of shit. Check your facts Mr. Levinson. Using your method of finding "truth" I could tout to the world that you are a Mind Numbing Bore with a Tiny Penis. Hey, I read it on a blog once, how can you argue with that? (P.S. "Bill": I am a conservative, and I loath that people like you and Ann claim to be speaking for me. We may share ideology, but we differ greatly on what makes an intelligent arguement.)

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  4. Statement On ActionForum Comments.
    Statement from Eli Pariser, MoveOn.org Political Action
    “MoveOn’s ActionForum is an open forum where members of the public and MoveOn members
    can post their thoughts regarding important political issues.
    Once in a while—as in any public forum—inappropriate material is posted. Recently, a few of
    the thousands of comments that are posted every week contained anti-Semitic language.
    The comments that were posted were abhorrent. We were dismayed to see them, and removed
    them as soon as they came to our attention 17 days ago.
    Many of the comments identified were not, in fact, made by MoveOn members. We are working
    to discern whether they were made as a part of a right-wing campaign to target the organization.
    Clearly, any attempt to tie MoveOn’s 3.2 million members to the hateful comments of a few nonmembers
    on an online public forum is wrong.
    We were pleased to see that so many MoveOn members rose to sharply criticize the hate speech
    that was posted – even before it was brought to our attention.”

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