by Scoobie Davis
2006 Hypocrite of the Year: The Washington Times' Larry Elder
2006 was a year in which there was a lot of hypocrisy. Elder, a Rush clone with a radio show in Los Angeles, writes a syndicated column that appears in the Moonie-owned Washington Times. Late last year, I was checking out the commentary section of the Times and read this opinion piece by Elder. The crux of the piece is that Michael Richards wrote a letter of apology regarding his racist outburst during his stand-up routine and Elder cited Richards' apology letter to create witty mock apology letters by left-of-center politicians (some famous and some obscure) for every alleged racist comment they made in the last 35 years (even if the person had apologized for the comment decades ago--such as Jesse Jackson for his 1984 "Hymietown" remark).
Elder not only includes verified racially insensitive comments but also includes many dubious allegations and treats them as established fact. For instance, Elder writes a mock apology letter by Hillary Clinton based on the claim by Bill Clinton's former campaign manager that Hillary called him "a fucking Jew bastard" in 1974 (Hillary denied the accusation). Apparently in he said/she said cases, Elder believes what "he said." Then Elder cites Scaife-paid trooper Larry Patterson's accusation that Bill and Hillary Clinton used to drop the n-bomb. Patterson was one of the "Troopergate" accusers who didn't recant his Scaife-paid stories about Bill Clinton but who met his well-deserved karma by later being convicted of lying to an FBI agent (quick note to Elder: if you want to know more about the way in which Scaife paid people to say and write things, next time Joseph Farah cuts you a check for writing for WorldNetDaily, sit down with him for a spell; Farah can give you the scoop).
However, what makes Elder the hypocrite of the year is that I read this column in the Moonie Times. Where do I start on this? I know. Let's suppose, for the sake of the argument, that 32 years ago--in the heat of an argument--Hillary actually called someone "a fucking Jew bastard"? How does this compare to the Times' owner and Emperor of the Universe, Sun Myung Moon, who said that the Holocaust was payback for the killing of Christ? (Sun Myung Moon: "During the Second World War, 6 million people were slaughtered to cleanse all the sins of the Jewish people from the time of Jesus.") We can also look at Moon's claim that the Korean "race" is superior.
What is enigmatic about Moon is that even though he believes that Koreans are the Master Race, for the editorial board of the Washington Times, Moon hired white supremacists for the top posts. First, there is the editor-in-chief of the Times, Wesley "God bless the Confederate States of America" Pruden. The Times' assistant national editor is Robert Stacy McCain and the managing editor is Fran Coombs. Under Pruden, the Times' published a column by Samuel Francis--at least until Pruden, to his credit, fired Francis for making some really gnarly comments at a white supremacist conference (Francis was not completely out of luck because the Scaife-owned Pittsburgh Tribune-Review continued to carry Francis' column until 2004).
When I lived in LA, I would occasionally listen to Elder (when I did something bad, I would punish myself by continuously alternating the radio dial between Elder and the John & Ken Show). Listening to Elder, I sensed that the man has some major kundalini blockage in the root chakra area. Accordingly, the prize I am awarding Elder for being 2006's Hypocrite of the Year is the choice between 1) a gift certificate for two classes a YogaWorks in LA; and 2) a quarter ounce of commersh (hey, this is a low-budget blog and I can't afford chronic).