The standing-room only event was well attended by members of the press, including CNN, Univision, several newspaper reporters, a local NPR-affiliate reporter, members of the immigration reform community, and a few bloggers from the radical Left.
Two questions from two bloggers in attendance seemed scripted right from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLCâ€™s) scandal-mongering playbook. One blogger raised spurious â€?guilt by associationâ€? allegations of The Social Contractâ€™s editor and managing editor. Another radical blogger, identified as representing â€?New World Revolution,â€? raised the recent muckraking accusations lodged against John Tanton, the publisher of The Social Contract, and which were recently posted on the SPLCâ€™s â€?Hate Watchâ€? site.
For years Leftists complained about the excessive â€?guilt-by-associationâ€? abuses of the â€?McCarthy era,â€? especially the â€?blacklistingâ€? period when many government bureaucrats and Hollywood screenwriters lost their careers after being suspected of promoting a Marxist-Leninist ideology with ties to Communist organizations. The irony is that the SPLC and other radical groups traffic in these very smear tactics as a way of trying to silence their opponents.
Wayne Lutton effectively countered these accusations last Tuesday and directly rebutted these muckraking accusations when they were raised. Others should do likewise.