At least that’s what the Stalinists who run the Norwegian media would have you believe.
This just came in from Fjordman:
In yesterday’s Aftenposten , that paper’s culture and opinion editor, Knut Olav Åmås, ventured to say a couple of reasonably respectful things about me and my book Surrender. In today’s Dagbladet he gets a good drubbing for this from Marte Michelet, who describes my work as “foaming-at-the-mouth racist scribbling” and gives Åmås hell for even daring to write about it.
As Hans Rustad observes, Michelet’s piece — which is breathtaking in its wholesale misrepresentation of me — is a prime example of “good old-fashioned Stalinism.” But what else, after all, can one expect from her? She was head of Red Youth (Rød Ungdom), the junior division of Norway’s Communist Party, the Rød Valgallianse, from 1996 to 1998, and from 2002 to 2003 worked for RadiOrakel, a radio station operating out of the headquarters of a violent radical group called Blitz. Her father, Jon Michelet, is a novelist who has served as a board member of the Rød Valgallianse and as editor-in-chief of the Communist newspaper Klassekampen.
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That a woman with such a background is now a major voice in Norway’s mainstream media goes a long way toward telling you all you need to know about Norway’s mainstream media. In the world of Dagbladet and NRK (the Norwegian State Broadcasting Service, by which Michelet has also been employed), Communists are welcomed with open arms as members of the intellectual mainstream; critics of multiculturalism, however — even if they’re gay and liberal and have a quarter-century-long track record of standing up for freedom and equal rights — are reflexively anathematized as right-wing extremists, virulent racists, and haters of Muslims. Apparently Åmås didn’t get the memo.
Update from Fjordman: I have actually mentioned this particular journalist in my book Defeating Eurabia. Here is what I wrote:
On the International Women’s Day, March 8 2008, the columnist Marte Michelet in left-wing Multicultural Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet attacked “brown” Feminists. And no, by that she did not mean Feminists with a dark skin, but those championing “Fascist,” racist and Islamophobic forces, which she took to mean virtually the same thing. One of them would be Hege Storhaug from the organization Human Rights Service, who has worked for the rights of immigrant women. After Ms. Michelet got many angry responses from readers who are fed-up with Islam, she wrote another article arguing that “Islamophobia is the most dangerous ideology of our time” and referred to Expo’s work in Sweden. According to her, “The amateur historian Bat Ye’or [is] the author of the Islamophobic Bible, the book Eurabia, which warns of a Muslim conspiracy against Europe. The book is probably as trustworthy as the anti-Semitic idea of the Jewish conspiracy ZOG.”
Columnist Marte Michelet is the daughter of the Communist writer Jon Michelet and was until 1998 the leader of the Red Youth, the country’s “revolutionary youth league.” For my part, I find it very interesting how many Marxist Feminists, who have for generations worked to break down Christianity and the nuclear family in the West, now passionately embrace Islam, the most repressive religion on earth. Marxists do not care about “women’s liberty.” They do not care about anybody’s liberty. They support anything that can destabilize the West. The fact that a newspaper that has been at the forefront of radical Feminism for generations now suddenly warns against “Islamophobia” and “prejudice” against the world’s most anti-female religion is highly revealing.