Is Investors Business Daily a hate publication?

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by smilingsynic, Apr 9, 2008.


    From the well-respected watch group SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER:

    Last Friday, a highly conservative publication called Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) published an editorial on its website called “The Real Cost of Immigration” that previewed a report to be released today at the National Press Club — an analysis, as IBD noted, by one Edwin S. Rubenstein that is being published by The Social Contract journal. What IBD didn’t bother to tell its readers was the troubling truth about Rubenstein’s politics and those of his Michigan publisher.

    According to IBD, Rubenstein’s report, “The Fiscal Impact of Immigration: An Analysis of the Costs to 15 Federal Departments and Agencies,” concludes that every immigrant to the United States costs taxpayers more than $9,000. That’s vastly more than other analyses have concluded, and no mention whatsoever is made of what most economists agree on —that immigrants, legal and otherwise, help grow the economy in ways that actually increase jobs for native Americans. But that’s no surprise, given where Rubenstein and his publisher are coming from.

    The truth is that Rubenstein is a man who has written for years for a racist anti-immigration website called VDARE — short for Virginia Dare, said to be the first white child born in the New World. He also writes for the white supremacist National Policy Institute. Last spring, the institute released a report, prepared with Rubenstein’s help, that paints “a statistical and narrative portrait of the war on white America,” in the website’s words. Nicholas Stix’s introduction to the article describes the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling outlawing school segregation as “arguably the worse decision in the Court’s 216 year history.” He claims later civil rights legislation was unconstitutional. “ntegration and the civil rights movement led directly to the destruction of great cities,” he concludes.

    Rubenstein’s publisher has its own sordid story. Although you’d never know it from the IBD editorial, The Social Contract Press (which publishes The Social Contract, the journal where the new report appears) is well known for its racist publications. The press was started by nativist ideologue John Tanton and is run by his editor, Wayne Lutton, who has been on the board of advisors of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a hate group that describes blacks as “a retrograde species of humanity.” In 1994, Tanton republished an infamous racist novel, The Camp of the Saints, along with his wholehearted endorsement and a special afterword from its author saying “the proliferation of other races dooms our race, my race, to extinction.” The novel describes the “swarthy hordes” of Indian immigrants who take over France, send white women to “a whorehouse for Hindus,” and engage in a grotesque orgy of men, women and children. The immigrants are described as “monsters,” “grotesque little beggars from the streets of Calcutta,” and worse. Unconcerned, Tanton said he was “honored” to republish what he described as an important and “prescient” text.

    None of this has stopped other websites from picking up on the IBD editorial. On Monday, it went up on the Money page of CNN’s website. It has been republished by the far-right Eagle Forum, on several nativist blogs, and the GOPUSA website. GOPUSA is a right-wing website that reportedly owns Talon News, the shady organization that credentialed Jeff Gannon (real name: Jeff Guckert) as a reporter who regularly attended White House news conferences. That ended in 2005, after Gannon’s links to gay escort service websites (where he was known as “Bulldog”) were exposed by liberal bloggers. Gannon had no real journalism background and, according to many reporters who attended White House briefings, seemed to be there simply to boost the Bush Administration and bash Democrats.

    The editor of this blog contacted IBD Monday with some of these facts but no reply had been received as of today. Perhaps that should come as no surprise. After all, IBD since 2005 has been home to cartoonist Michael Ramirez, whose far-right views ended in his resignation from the L.A. Times despite his winning of the Pulitzer Prize. Among other things, Ramirez was known for a 1993 speech to the Council of Conservative Citizens, America’s largest hate group.
  2. Lucrum


    I fail to see how an anti immigration stance is automatically racism.
  3. Brandonf

    Brandonf ET Sponsor

    This just shows what a police state we currently live in and how breain dead the average American has become that the SPLC can print this and the average person will drink it up like Kool-Aid.
  4. Where did SPLC get its facts wrong?

    Police state, huh?
  5. I lost all respect for the SPLC years ago. This article is indicative of why, full of guilt by association, vague allusions to the "far right" and "white supremacists" and "hate groups." Oooh, I'm so scared. Basically, they are a collection of scruffy leftwing lawyers looking for money and getting it by seeing KKK rallies behind every conservative. The IBD is far more responsible in my experience. This is a simple debate about the undoubted economic cost of illegal immigration. Leave it to the SPLC to see the KKK behind it.

    The bottom line here is plain for anyone to see. A few groups, like business and the rich, make out like bandits from illegal immigration. The rest of us pick up the tab for them. Interesting that the liberals who claim to look out for us against business and the rich are all on the other side.
  6. AND........

    even if they do see the KKK behind it, this country is founded on free speech.

    It is legal to be stupid in this country.

    The Klan can say what they want. If we censor the Klan, in time, a government will come that will want to censor YOU.
  7. ====================

    And So Po Law Center called Lew Dobbs rascist for the same reasons.

    While i dont see much logic in Lew Dobbs comparing DR John Hagee endorsement of Senator MCain;, to Rev Wrong or Rev Wright,endorsing Sen Obama. Sorry i forgot his real name spelling.

    No Lew Dobbs/newscaster is not a rascist/hate broadcaster ,even though some may try to sue him for ''hate speech'' Absurd.

    And like it or not;
    Senator Clinton has higher negatives than Senator Barak Hussein Obama.

  8. the SPLC is a criminal org. that has been implicated in the OKC bombing.

    morris dees has a very questionable past... google "morris dees" and divorce.

    the SPLC hates our guts and hates freedom and the constitution. they can't stand christians either... wow.. apple pie and chevrolet huh?