I got on Twitter today to post a quick 140-character pushback against the latest chapter of the old and tired trope against Diana West. Or should I say “tripe” at this point? What words can one use to describe a relentless smear campaign mounted once more against “American Betrayal” and its author?
That’s got to be one tired horse by now.
To my surprise, there was a fellow on there who was all ready to believe the gospel according to National Review Online. Based on his other material, this Mr. Talmadge appears to be a reasonable man. Unfortunately, however, like numerous others he was ready to believe the latest smear simply because of its provenance: we all know National Review Online would never tolerate an untruth on its pages. Ergo, as Mr. T. said, “it could only be a legitimate takedown”. But in his reply to Ms. West’s demur, he also said he hadn’t read the book.
There you go. If National Review says you’re beyond the pale, then you are, and you’d better shut up because they’re not going to quit sliming you. Have these people morphed into Leftists while we weren’t looking? Or are they simply willing to “cop a rhythm, steal a rhyme” from the Left when a popular method of character destruction is so handy? Ah, temptation.
She must be pretty powerful, this Diana West, arch-villainess who dares to stick to the facts she discovered in her research on America’s mid-20th century history. For her efforts, the poohbahs at NRO have dubbed her SWMNBATGUNE: She Who Must Not Be Allowed To Go Unmolested — Not Ever.
Hey, maybe they’ll strike a medal for the occasion(s), or have David Horowitz throw one of his fests to celebrate it. Each time another reviewer who hasn’t read the book publishes his screed, he can show up for his SWMNBATGUNE award dinner (featuring red herrings and sour grapes on the menu). After the award speech, members may retire to the bar for another brawl…
For links to previous articles about the controversy over American Betrayal, see the Diana West Archives.