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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Charles Johnson: Guilty by implication

One of Charles Johnson's favorite targets is Markos 'Daily Kos' Moulitsas, who just happens to run a slightly more popular blog than LGF.

Today, CJ claims Kos

"has a bizarre post in which he accuses Charlton Heston of being a Jew-hater."
When one of his commenters (stranded conservative) points out that Kos didn't actually say that, Charles reiterates:
"stranded conservative: he put up a picture of people he explicitly accuses of antisemitism, and one of those people is Charlton Heston."
Well not quite. If you take a look at the page Johnson links to, you will find neither the word anti-semitism, nor a statement about Heston's views on race. What you will find is a picture of five people (one of them Heston) who attended a Conservative Political Action Conference in 1996 and had their picture taken together. Two of those pictured are senior figures in the Council of Conservative Citizens, whose statement of principles includes the line:
We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called "affirmative action" and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races.
So, to sum up, what Kos does is imply that Charlton heston sympathizes with racists by willingly posing for a picture next to two of them.

Whether or not you think this implication is justified, it's interesting that Charles Johnson of all people should take offense at people drawing inferences from photographs. After all, isn't this the same Charles Johnson who regularly posts pictures of people meeting in public (e.g. Kofi Annan and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) to imply that one agrees with the views of the other?

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