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 *Communist Party USA Endorses Hillary; Media Yawns*

By Jeffrey Lord <http://www.newsbusters.org/author/jeffrey-lord> |
September 3, 2016

The media just loves the Ku Klux Klan. Here’s a small sampling of headlines:

*The New York Daily News*: Donald Trump supported by former KKK leader
David Duke: 'I hope he does everything we hope he will do’
<http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/trump-endorsed-kkk-neo-nazis-america-white-article-1.2543847>

*The Daily News* gasped:

Donald Trump's been knighted by racist David Duke.

The former grand wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan told his bigoted
followers that not voting for Trump would be “treason to your heritage” and
implored them to volunteer for the billionaire candidate because they would
find like-minded haters in the campaign.”

Then there was *USA Today*: Former Ku Klux Klan leader declares support for
Donald Trump
<http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/02/25/david-duke-trump/80953384/>

The paper then wrote in breathless style:

Donald Trump once said he’s “the least racist person there is.”

Even so, multiple white nationalists have found appeal in Trump’s message
and have aligned their support with the presidential candidate.

The latest is David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, who called
for listeners of his radio show to support Trump and volunteer for his
campaign.

‘Go in there, you’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind
of mindset that you have,’ Duke said Wednesday on the David Duke Radio
Program, as first reported by Buzzfeed.

Duke reasoned that ‘voting against Donald Trump at this point is really
treason to your heritage.’

And so it went in the mainstream media universe, Trump’s rejection of Duke
irrelevant to their stories.

Did Trump stumble in that now-famous CNN Jake Tapper interview when asked
about Duke? Yes. But he not only corrected the next day, as documented here
by McClatchy
<http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article63492082.html>
he
was well on record speaking out against Duke not only before the Tapper
interview but as long ago as the early 1990’s. Wrote McClatchy’s reporter,
with bold print for emphasis supplied by me:

Trump eagerly denounced Duke on more than one occasion decades ago,
according to Factcheck.org
<http://www.factcheck.org/2016/03/trumps-david-duke-amnesia/>.

In 2000, Trump told NBC’s “Today” that he wouldn’t seek the Reform Party
nomination because he said the party was “self-destructing.”

Matt LAUER: “When you say the party is self-destructing, what do you see as
the biggest problem with the Reform Party right now?”

Trump: “Well, you’ve got David Duke just joined – a bigot, a racist, a
problem. I mean, this is not exactly the people you want in your party.”

The New York Times also reported at the time that Trump issued a news
release referring to Duke as “a Klansman” and not the “company I wish to
keep.”

Trump also spoke out against Duke in 1991 – three days after Duke lost a
race for governor in Louisiana.

CNN’s Larry KING: “Did the David Duke thing bother you? Fifty-five percent
of the whites in Louisiana voted for him.”

Trump: “I hate seeing what it represents, but I guess it just shows there’s
a lot of hostility in this country. There’s a tremendous amount of
hostility in the United States.”

So with all this attention to Trump on David Duke, surely you read the news
about John Bachtell, right? He endorsed Hillary and the headlines were
everywhere. Oh, wait, sorry. Mr. Bachtell’s Hillary endorsement was
apparently not newsy enough to make the mainstream media headlines.
Curious, yes? If the endorsement of Trump by the ex-head of the Ku Klux
Klan is big news, one would expect a Hillary endorsement by the head of the
Communist Party USA would be a big deal as well.

That’s right. Hillary-supporter Bachtell is, as seen here
<http://peoplesworld.org/john-bachtell>, the very proud “national chair of
the Communist Party USA.” That’s right, Mr. Bachtell is a literal
card-carrying Communist. You recall the Communists, yes? The folks who
produced Stalin and Mao? The advocates of a political philosophy that is
described in The Black Book of Communism as being responsible  for “between
85 million and 100 million” deaths? in “the most colossal case of political
carnage in history.” Ring a bell? The Soviet Union? The Cold War? The Iron
Curtain? Korea? Vietnam? The Khmer Rouge? Come on, you remember.

Apparently the mainstream media does not remember what Mr. Bachtell’s
Communist Party represents — or maybe it’s something else. Maybe, just
maybe, the media doesn’t care about Hillary receiving the Communist Party
chairman’s endorsement because, well, if you’re a lefty to begin with
there’s nothing seen as out of the ordinary much less wrong with this.

Bachtell’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton focuses on the idea that there
may be some Communists and others on the left who are unfortunately tempted
to vote for Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein to “send a message” to
Hillary and the Democrats that they are not far left enough. Bachtell sees
this as a “flawed strategy” and heaps praise on Clinton as being the only
way to save the country from Donald Trump, whom he sees as “a clear and
present danger, an unpredictable candidate in an unpredictable election.”

Says Bachtell in making the Communist Party pitch for Hillary:

This election will be a national referendum on racism, misogyny,
homophobia, xenophobia and Islamophobia. The aim should be a landslide
defeat of Trump and a decisive rejection of hate.

The election of Clinton as the first woman president would make history. A
landslide would not end sexism, but it would represent a mighty blow just
as the election of President Obama was a blow against racism. It would
advance democracy.

A landslide makes it more likely that GOP Congressional and state
legislative majorities can be ousted and an end put to the politics of
obstruction. Most people tend to vote straight ticket.

A landslide will give added weight to the progressive platform adopted at
the Democratic Convention and give encouragement to appoint progressive
Supreme Court justices. It would be added pressure against backsliding on
opposition to TPP and other trade deals. It will put public opinion and the
movements in a better position to pressure against Clinton's tendency
toward military adventurism and policies of regime change.

With a Democratic president and Congress the post-election political
terrain will shift and give immediate momentum to the new Clinton
administration.

Bachtell almost sounds like some middle-of-the road liberal. As
reported by *The
Washington Times*, which did cover the story: Communist Party USA: ‘Working
with the Democratic Party’ is key
<http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/29/communist-party-usa-working-with-the-democratic-pa/>

Exactly. But, of course, Communism is not about middle-of-the-road
liberalism, is it?  It is a monstrous political ideology, totalitarianism
on steroids that makes the Ku Klux Klan and its horrendous history of
racial violence look like a piker.

And recall that the Klan, like the Communist Party, has its roots in
leftist ideology — founded as, per University of North Carolina historian
Allen Trelease, as the “terrorist arm of the Democratic Party,” with
historian Eric Foner of Columbia University describing the Klan at its
founding as  “a military force serving the interests of the Democratic
Party.”

So with all of this, why is it that when the ex-head of the racist Klan
endorses Trump it makes headlines - but when the head of the Communist
Party USA endorses Hillary the mainstream media merely shrugs?

The obvious answer is that the mainstream media, leaning leftward itself,
sees nothing in the least abnormal or explosive — much less newsworthy — in
the nominee of the Democratic Party being endorsed by a Communist leader.

Recall that priceless tale of *New York Times* reporter Walter Duranty?
Duranty, *The Times* Moscow Bureau Chief, who was such a fan of Joseph
Stalin when covering the Soviet leader in the 1930’s that quite
mysteriously — hmmm — the tales of Stalin’s state-run
collectivist-generated famine that killed millions never made the paper?

While lots of gushing Duranty prose of “Uncle Joe” (as FDR famously called
Stalin) did make publication? Prose that would win Duranty — no kidding —
the Pulitzer Prize?  Decades later, even *The Times* was embarrassed enough
about Duranty’s pro-Stalin propaganda in the paper to inquire if the
Pulitzer could be withdrawn. It wasn’t.

While the Duranty episode is egregious, it is indicative of the leftist
tilt many mainstream journalists  had and still have, a tilt that finally
was so blatantly obvious it gave rise to Fox News, talk radio and countless
web sites (such as the one you are reading) designed to balance news
presentation.

Is the fact of Hillary Clinton’s endorsement by America’s top Communist  a
stop-the-presses moment? No. But the lack of attention to the fact by the
mainstream media is a small yet telling reminder of just where so many
“mainstream” journalists really have their head — and their hearts.

Hillary Clinton endorsed by the Communist Party USA? Nothing to see here,
folks, move along.

But David Duke endorsing Donald Trump! Stop the presses! Hold the front
page!

Pathetic.




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