Drawing the line

DRAWING THE LINE…. A radical political website called WorldNetDaily is known for its bizarre commentary on current events, and its latest “story,” pushed by Jerome Corsi, is that the Obama administration is considering Nazi-like concentration camps for dissidents.

Jon Henke, a prominent conservative blogger and Republican strategist, has seen enough.

In the 1960’s, William F. Buckley denounced the John Birch Society leadership for being “so far removed from common sense” and later said “We cannot allow the emblem of irresponsibility to attach to the conservative banner.”

The Birthers are the Birchers of our time, and WorldNetDaily is their pamphlet. The Right has mostly ignored these embarrassing people and organizations, but some people and organizations inexplicably choose to support WND through advertising and email list rental or other collaboration…. No respectable organization should support the kind of fringe idiocy that WND peddles. Those who do are not respectable.

I think it’s time to find out what conservative/libertarian organizations support WND through advertising, list rental or other commercial collaboration (email me if you know of any), and boycott any of those organizations that will not renounce any further support for WorldNetDaily.

Good for Jon Henke. The more prominent conservatives say “Enough” to fringe trash, the better it will be for the political discourse and the American mainstream.

There is, however, a small catch. Henke argues that those who advertise on WorldNetDaily shouldn’t be considered “respectable,” and deserve to be boycotted. That’s an entirely defensible position, but the Republican National Committee is one of the entities that does business with WorldNetDaily. Indeed, they partnered on a mailing as recently as last week.

Perhaps Henke’s call will encourage the RNC to reconsider its relationship with “fringe idiocy”?