To my dismay, this weekend, there was an insert in my local hometown newspaper the Tallahassee Democrat. It was a DVD entitled “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West.” I learned that it was paid for by a group called The Clarion Fund. When I googled The Clarion Fund I did not find a website but through other blogs found out that it is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization. Obviously, it supports John McCain. Apparently, this group has sent out 28 million DVDs to 70 newspapers in what are considered to be swing states. The Tallahassee Democrat has no shame! It would probably accept advertising from hate groups claiming that the Holocaust did not exist if there were enough bucks in it.
According to the Huffington Post the DVDs were distributed last weekend in national editions of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal within selected swing states. These included Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado, Iowa, Florida, Wisconsin, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Further research indicates that this group used the same tactics airing the video on Fox News during the 2006 mid-term elections and it backfired as Democrats took back both houses of Congress. I hope that most Tallahassee Democrat readers promptly threw this piece of garbage into their recyclable bins. This DVD is highly divisive implying that Islam is bent on destroying Western civilization. The DVD shows Muslim children being encouraged to become suicide bombers and images of Nazi rallies. Of all of the newspapers targeted only one had the courage to say no to this fear mongering propaganda piece of shit. That paper is the Greensboro News-Record. Here is a list of all papers accepting the advertising.
Colorado – Boulder Daily Camera, Centennial Citizen, Colorado Springs Gazette, Denver Post, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Greeley Tribune
Iowa – Daily Nonpareil, Des Moines Register, Iowa City Press Citizen, Quad City Times, Sioux City Journal
Indiana – South Bend Tribune
Florida – Daily Commercial, Florida Times-Union, Ft. Lauderdale El Sentinel, Ft. Myers News Press, Miami Herald, Ocala Star Banner, Orlando Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Tampa Tribune, Tallahassee Democrat, St. Petersburg Times, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Michigan – Detroit Free-Press, Flint Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Lansing State Journal
Missouri – Springfield News-Leader
Nevada – Las Vegas Review-Journal/Sun, Nevada Appeal, Reno Gazette-Journal
New Hampshire – Portsmouth Herald News, Union Leader
New Mexico – Clovis News Journal, Hobbs News-Sun, Rio Rancho Observer
Ohio – Canton Repository, Columbus Dispatch, Dayton Daily News, Middletown Journal, Morning Journal, Toledo Blade, Youngstown Vindicator
North Carolina – Charlotte Observer, Raleigh News & Observer
Pennsylvania – Bucks Co. Courier Times, Erie Times-News, Morning Call, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Reading Eagle, The Patriot-News
Virginia – Sun-Gazette, Virginian-Pilot
Wisconsin – Green Bay Press-Gazette, Janesville Gazette, Journal Times, La Crosse Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
What one should remember, while there is a legitimate reason to be concerned about a handful of extremist’s groups, the majority of Islam’s 1 billion practitioner’s worship in peace and want to live in peace. Do not give credence to the politics of fear. Because if you do, you have already lost George W. Bush’s and John McCain’s war on terror!
I finally found the website. It doesn’t tell you much.
Additonal sources: Associated Content