Notwithstanding my long association and friendship with publisher Joseph Farah – who we all pray will have a full recovery from his recent serious stroke – I have written about 700 columns for this great publication over the years since I founded Judicial Watch, ran for the U.S. Senate in my home state of Florida and then founded Freedom Watch, which I run today. Indeed, I have compiled all of them in a four-volume work titled “Essays of a Mad Man,” which is available by going to Freedom Watch’s website at www.freedomwatchusa.org.
One of the many reasons I love and respect Joseph and his fine staff is that WND allows me to express my unvarnished views and legal exploits without censorship. The publication is also the most pure of all conservative websites as it does not give quarter to political correctness to churn advertising dollars and to jingle the change for its top brass.
However, despite WND’s principled leadership in the conservative movement and unafraid reporting based on ethics, morality and the Judeo-Christian heritage and way of life, there are other so-called conservative news sources that play both sides of the proverbial street.
Perhaps the biggest and most powerful offender has become Fox News. Once conceived of and run by a conservative ideologue, Roger Ailes – who had serious problems with the vile way he treated women, such as my client Laura Luhn, who was sexually abused and harassed by Ailes – the network, upon Ailes’ forced resignation, was effectively taken over by Lachlan Murdoch, a closet liberal. And his father, Rupert, who turned over this network control to his heir, is no real conservative either, but simply a businessman who understood that Ailes could exploit conservative viewership for cold cash.
To make matters even worse, the individual who assumed the Ailes mantle as CEO, upon his demise, Suzanne Scott, one of Ailes’ top assistants who I contend participated for years as an enabler covering up Ailes’ sexual misconduct, has with Lachlan’s blessings also moved Fox News left in recent years. In effect, Fox News is now trying to be all things to all people – an approach Ailes, as depicted in the current weekly Showtime seven-part miniseries, “Loudest Voice,” would not have countenanced.
That is not to say that Ailes always showcased real, hard-hitting conservatives. As Luhn – who for years was in charge of booking guests for Fox News – confirmed to me, Ailes was a vindictive sort, and he blacklisted a number of real conservatives from the network, people with whom he had issues. One of those persons was yours truly, who had, after being a frequent guest and newsmaker who helped build Fox News’ audience, complained about one of my clients, Clinton girlfriend of 21 years Dolly Kyle Browning, having been defamed by then-host Bill O’Reilly in an interview during the Clinton impeachment proceedings in the late ’90s. Ailes did nothing to correct this.
There also were others contentious issues about how Fox News treated some of my other clients through the years. These are chronicled in my autobiography, “Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment!”
This week, in a series of tweets, our president ripped into Fox News and branded it, in some respects, even worse than CNN, proclaiming that it was abandoning the conservative audience who contributed to it becoming the most-watched cable news network. The president was complaining not just about the Trumpian hit jobs spewed forth by news anchors such as Chris Wallace, Shepard Smith, Martha MacCallum and commentators such as Andrew Napolitano, who apparently turned on Trump when the judge did not get nominated by him to the Supreme Court, but also some weekend news anchors. The Donald also took issue with the hiring of leftist Democratic hack Donna Brazile as a Fox News contributor. Brazile had even been fired from her previous perch at CNN when it was revealed that she had secretly and unethically fed in advance questions to the Wicked Witch of the Left, Hillary Clinton, during the 2016 CNN-sponsored presidential debates.
All of this aside, as I explain in the You Tube video below, Fox News has also come to blackball a number of my present clients, conservative stalwarts and heroes such as Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the heroic Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his family, Chief Justice Roy Moore and this week’s heroine, Laura Loomer, who Tuesday filed a $3 billion defamation suit against Facebook for branding her a “dangerous person” and a female Jewish domestic terrorist. To view the complaint go to www.larryklayman.com.
There is an obvious reason for this discrimination. These Klayman clients have strong principled views. In the case of Arpaio, he led the charge against President Obama’s fraudulent birth certificate. Cliven Bundy stood up to a tyrannical government and won, but he equated himself and his family to the treatment of the “Negro” in the old South, a politically incorrect term in today’s race-obsessed world (though MLK had referred to himself as a Negro). As for Chief Justice Moore, he made the mistake of opposing gay marriage while on the Alabama Supreme Court. And, then there is Loomer, who calls out Islam for what it it is, a faux religion of hate, now being furthered by Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib right in the sacred halls of the Capitol.
The bottom line is this: Fox News will not put certain principled conservatives on the air, for fear that it will not only lose advertiser dollars, but also retard its ideological repositioning as a be-all-and-end-all news source for all sides, so much so that it is constantly showcasing through town-hall meetings the loony socialist and race-baiting Democrats now running for president in the hopes of defeating Donald Trump in 2020.
The time is right for other existing and hopefully future networks, such as Sinclair, One America News and one or more well-funded new stations to challenge Fox News for its audience. As an old DOJ antitrust lawyer, I believe that competition will serve the nation well in these dire times of leftist media brainwashing and perversion of the vision of our Founding Fathers.