Leftist Propaganda for the Left Wing Machine
Mr. Weisbrot came to my attention as I was doing research for a column on "Op-Ed Roundup on Honduras". (By the way, I found it difficult to find all the major newspaper op-ed pieces on a given subject. Is there a central clearing house for Newspaper Op-ed articles? Yahoo isn't it...) Anyway, I read Mark Weisbrot in the Los Angeles Times Op-Ed pages decided I have to out him. He is either a tool or a fool, you be the judge. Here he is on Honduras:
Meet Lanny Davis... hired by a coalition of Latin American business interests to represent the dictatorship that ousted elected President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras in a military coup and removed him to Costa Rica on June 28.Lanny Davis does not represent a 'dictatorship that ousted' Zelaya. Such is the typical circular reasoning of the left. First state a falsehood, assume it to be true. Then state another falsehood dependent upon the first falsehood and show it supports your point. In this case, the 'dictatorship' is the first lie. Zelaya was removed form power by the unanimous action of the supreme court of Honduras, an the near unanimous action of the legislature of Honduras. Moreover, Lanny Davis was not hired by any government, he represents legitimate business interests from Honduras.
Having dispensed with the opening paragraphs of Weisbrot's article as lie upon lie, I will simply let the near unanimous commenters at the Los Angeles Times no less, tell you what is wrong with the rest of his article. Here are the first five comments, in entirety (emphasis mine):
- The editorial is highly questionable as it completely ignores much relevant information. The author incorrectly calls the referendum proposed by Zelaya a non-binding poll... This depiction is innacurate (more info at http://www.cuartaurna.com/noticias.php ). To state that Zelaya fought corruption could not be further from the truth, especially when his cousin, Marcelo Chimirri, was accused of taking a $1Million bribe while running the state telecom. In addition to this, Zelaya ran the goverment without submitting a budget to congress so that tracking expenses would be diificult. Submitted by: Hondurenovd, 4:13 PM PDT, July 23, 2009
- I am a columnist for venezuelas major newspaper EL UNIVERSAL and a political analist. I have followed Mr Weisbrot since he became and agent for the regime of hugo chavez. And what he writes on certain subjects are first aproved by his contact in the regime, Mr. Samuel Moncada actual venezuelan ambassador to the UK. Maybe the IRS should check his income and the state dep demand that he register as an agent of a foreign government. Maybe he could write about the rampant antisemitsm of hugo chavez regime, but that would be asking too much. Submitted by: sammy eppel 3:53 PM PDT, July 23, 2009
- I'm an American living in Honduras and ashamed of what you are peddling as journalism. Zelaya tried a Chavez style power grab plain and simple. He put himself above the law and thumbed his nose at his country's democratically elected institutions. He got caught in his scheme. As for violence and repression under the current government...haven't seen it. You should probably do some further fact finding before making blanket statements so you can present a more balanced point of view. Submitted by: J. Martin 3:36 PM PDT, July 23, 2009
- As a Hondurean I am amazed that Mr. Mark Weisbrot don't get its facts straight. Yes, it was wrong the way Zelaya was ousted and sent to Costa Rica, he should have been declared an outlaw first, detained and judged for trying an "innocent" referendum to seek lifetime re-election. Zelaya was ousted because he wanted to go against the Hondurean Constitution, what he wanted to do is a punishable crime and by attempting this, he became subject to detention and prison. Too bad he is not in jail, that is what our Constitution says he should be. Submitted by: Andres Diaz 3:36 PM PDT, July 23, 2009
- Honduras Attorney General, Supreme Electoral Court and Appellate Administrative Court all branded the poll “illegal”.UNANIMOUSLY impeached,removed from office,and Speaker Micheletti seated in his stead.Due process had been observed.His exile did lack legal cover,ergo his return must be allowed,even if to face charges of contempt of Court.Many who now show righteous indignation over Zelaya’s ouster are not as keen to condemn deserving democracy-bashers as the Castros in Cuba.Pray be more even-keeled on fingering human-rights miscreants everywhere,instead of heaping condemnation on one side,while keeping mum on the other side’s trespasses. Submitted by: Roberto Soto Santana 1:52 PM PDT, July 23, 2009
You know that when someone is shouted down ten to one on the Los Angeles Times Opinion page they are really really out there. They are either a nut, or a right wing radical. We know he isn't the latter, so he is looking more like a communist fool.
The Center for Economic Policy and Research, a Saul Alinsky Think Tank
What else do we know about Weisbrot? He has a PHd in economics from the University of Michigan. That apparently qualifies him to be co-director at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). CEPR is trying to pass itself off as a centrist organization "CEPR is committed to presenting issues in an accurate and understandable manner, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options." Who is on the Board of Directors for the CEPR?
- There is Peter Barnes, Founder, Working Assets, San Francisco, CA. Working Assets is a green company, "Supporting peace, equality, human rights and the environment is the reason we exist."
- Julian Bond, Chairman, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Heidi Hartmann, Director and President, Institute for Women's Policy Research, Washington, DC
- Brennan Van Dyke, Senior Advisor to CEO, Global Environment Facility (UNDP), Washington, DC
- Eileen Appelbaum, Professor and Director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University
- Richard Freeman, Professor of Economics at Harvard University (Pro-Union Economist)
- The CEPR is pro-minimum wage, even proposing to index the minimum wage to skilled salaries.
- The CEPR proposes to give homeowners the 'right to rent' a radical proposal to wipe out mortgage contracts and let homeowners rent from the mortgage holder at 'market rates'.
- Finally, the CEPR proposes a second (so-called) stimulus package.
Pacifist PAC President
Mark Weisbrot, (Dr. Wesibrot to you) is also the President of Just Foreign Policy. Just Foreign Policy is a 501(c)(3)-registered non-governmental organization founded in January 2007 which is dedicated to reforming U.S. foreign policy. Here is the stated Just Foreign Policy mission (emphasis mine):
Just Foreign Policy is an independent and non-partisan membership organization dedicated to reforming U.S. foreign policy by mobilizing and organizing the broad majority of Americans who want a foreign policy based on diplomacy, law and cooperation.Interpretation: It is an anti-war group. They say as much. Ok, fine. But to make the claim of being 'independent and non-partisan' is too much. They are clearly anti-war, no-guns-more-butter left wing radicals, trying to pass off as centrists. Does that sound familiar to anyone?
We have seen through the Iraq war that unnecessary military actions can undermine civil liberties and democracy at home, and can be used to remove pressing domestic issues like the economy from the political agenda to the detriment of the great majority.
On the same page of the Mission Statement is this advertisement for Pro-Zelaya action. He gives you a little on-line interface to urge your congressman to support Zelaya's corrupt regime. They can be neither independent nor non-partisan since they take one side over another in this conflict.
Now we have come full circle on Mark Weisbrot: Communist Tool or Chavez Fool -- You make the call on that one. Several things are clear: The CEPR is a leftist propaganda machine, and Just Foreign Policy is anything but independent and non-partisan. It is a pacifist and socialist political action committee. Which makes Dr. Weisbrot a pacifist socialist PAC president, and a dangerous propaganda generator.