THE TRUTH MATTERS
Months back I was down-in-the-dumps and discouraged. It must
have shown because I got an avalanche of e-mail from readers,
offering encouragement. One reader in particular wrote, "Hang in
there. The truth matters."
Contrary to the opinion of certain persons who are not as smart
as they think they are, there is such a thing as "the truth".
Lucky for us, our quaint old-fashioned predecessors knew this.
If they had been "Harvard trained" or "Yale trained" like certain
puffed-up potentates you see nowadays on television, then our
current predicaments would have been that much the worse.
Thankfully, Charles Dickens believed that lampooning 19th-century
societal hypocrisy might possibly do some good; he did not put
aside his pen, deciding it was "all relative." Good thing that
Abraham Lincoln and the populist abolition movement did not get
the "bright idea" that slavery was "just a matter of
After the recent fuss over black churches being burned, now that
the hysteria-mongerers and their parade have passed by, it is
left to the street sweepers to sort it all out. (Same with the
Oklahoma City tragedy of April 19, 1995: in case anyone actually
cares, an unaided fertilizer bomb did *not* bring down the Murrah
Building. Charges were placed on key support columns. There is
an ongoing cover up.)
Our local newspaper, the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, carried
an article in its July 13, 1996 edition: "Looking Beneath the
Hype" by Jim Dey "sweeps up after the parade." Mr. Dey, with
whom I often disagree, somehow got stuck with the unglamorous
task of sifting through the "elephant droppings" left by the big
boys of "journalism". So he gets to (yawn) go after the truth,
long after the jet-setters have moved along to frolic someplace
Quoting an article by Champaign native and U of I law graduate
Mike Fumento, which appeared in the Wall Street Journal's op-ed
page apparently on July 8th, Dey shows that the black church
burnings story, as reported, was "a deliberate hoax." According
to Fumento, "There is no good evidence of any increase in black
church burnings in the south."
According to Fumento, as reported by Dey, the genesis of the
black church burnings story is as follows: The Atlanta-based
Center for Democratic Renewal (CDR) released flawed statistics
which indicated racially-motivated church burnings in the South.
The mass media jumped on the story and before you know it, there
is Bill Clinton, staring into the camera: "We will find you. We
will hunt you down."
Not only are the church burnings not confined to black churches,
but furthermore, according to Fumento -- using statistics
provided by the National Fire Protection Association -- church
arsons have actually gone *down* since 1980. Not just down, but
("Ring, ring." Is that my phone? Could that be the Washington
The final irony is that the mass media's having gone bananas over
this non-story has led to "copycat crimes." Says Fumento, as
quoted by Dey, "Here lies the ultimate irony of what the [CDR]
has started and the media have continued. By claiming there has
been an epidemic of black church burnings, it appears that in
recent months they have actually caused one. They have also
fomented tremendous racial division and caused great fear among
Southern black churchgoers."
Gee. Aren't "professional journalists" something? I won't go
into other examples of their selective perception now, because
I'd rather take a moment to thank all the "non-professional
journalists" who have greatly helped the work of Conspiracy
Nation. My apologies if I forget to thank you; the "non elite"
helpers who have contributed to this "e-zine" are many.
My thanks to:
** Many readers who keep sending me material and leads. I save
anything that looks good and "one of these days" I hope to pass
along what you have sent.
** Sherman Skolnick, a consistently helpful source, never too
busy or too proud to lend a hand.
** Joseph Andreuccetti, thanks for your "street smarts" and
** "Mr. Mercedes", an anonymous light burning somewhere on the
** Kenn Thomas, for consistent encouragement.
** Orlin Grabbe, who really gets some people mad.
** John DiNardo, whom I consider the "spiritual godfather" of
** Richard Ginn, who did the most rare thing of offering to
** John, a.k.a. http://www.europa.com/~johnlf/cn.html, for his
** The many web sites with links to Conspiracy Nation.
** The many who have helped my efforts by subscribing to my
** The many who have phoned to chat.
** All others, in big and small ways, who have helped "spread the
Alternative news in general has made a major dent in the plans of
elitists, would-be oligarchs, snobs, fascists, and other finks.
Against tremendous odds, we whom they disdainfully call
"populists" -- a.k.a. the common people -- have surprised the
overfed and overly proud dictators of thought by hitting them
HARD with our best weapon: the truth.