Lionizing the Enemy

My article from the June 17, 2014 issue of FrontPage magazine Lionizing the Enemy By Matthew Vadum A project is underway to rehabilitate the self-exiled Sixties radical, anti-Semite and “black power” advocate Stokely Carmichael. The opening salvo in this revisionist project of the Afro-centrist Marxist Left in academia is Stokely: A Life, by Peniel E. Joseph, which was recently published by BasicCivitas Books. It is more infomercial than biography, calculated to transform its negligible subject into a towering figure of historic importance, and to whitewash the damage he did. Joseph’s central argument is that Carmichael was a “rock star” activist who … Continue reading Lionizing the Enemy

Matthew Vadum’s adventure on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”

Back on Oct. 30, 2008, I appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to talk about ACORN and community organizers. Here is a link to the video (the show’s website won’t allow embeds). About a month or more before the air date, I traveled to New York City to tape a segment with John Oliver. Being in hostile territory (ideologically) I thought of the nastiest things I could say about ACORN and community organizers and I said them. There is no point, after all, in going on a left-wing show and playing along with the puppet masters. (Some conservatives criticized … Continue reading Matthew Vadum’s adventure on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”