Mark Dankof to Jim Tucker of American Free Press: Mark Glenn is Your “Valued” but “Jew-Baiting” Correspondent?
I wish to inform my readers at Mark Dankof’s America, Al Bawaba, and The Proud Political Junkie’s Gazette, of my on-the-record response to an official communication of American Free Press (AFP) editor, Jim Tucker, characterizing AFP correspondent Mark Glenn as one guilty of “Jew-baiting hysteria.”
Why not call Mr. Tucker on his nickel at 1-888-699-NEWS and tell him what you think as well?
My letter, and the blathering communication of Mr. Tucker that prompted it, appear as follows:
August 15, 2009
Jim Tucker, Editor
American Free Press
Washington, D. C.
Dear Mr. Tucker:
Your open letter raises more questions than it answers. On the one hand, you refer to “our valued correspondent, Mark Glenn.” On the other hand, you have accused Mr. Glenn of “Jew-baiting hysteria.” This is Orwellian doublespeak, par excellence.
I have regularly read Mr. Glenn’s AFP columns in recent years, even as their frequency in publication clearly diminished after Christopher Petherick left AFP and you assumed the role of Editor. Let me say for the record that his columns are insightful, accurate, and articulate, while hitting the nail on the head in regard to the Israeli Lobby, Israel’s actions in Palestine and Gaza, and the Zionist State’s role in utilizing the military of the United States as a surrogate military force in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The utilization of the phrase “Jew-baiting hysteria” is not “subject to wide misunderstanding.” It clearly conveys the notion that Mr. Glenn is an irresponsible reporter operating from racial bias, bigotry, and malice. It is a most serious charge, and one that is patently false.
Rather than suggest that your characterization of Mark Glenn’s writings for AFP was misunderstood, why not simply admit that your clearly intended description of him and his work for your newspaper was a serious error and one worthy of a public apology?
After all, since in your own words, AFP is the only newspaper you know of that “promises–and does–correct every error,” why not begin with setting the record straight on a moral, journalistic, and political error on your part so egregious that it begs confession and expiation before the credibility of AFP–and its subscriber list–end up with a one-way ticket to Sheol?
And what does your libelous description of Mr. Glenn imply about two of your other correspondents, Victor Thorn and Michael Collins Piper, and their collaboration with Glenn on a new book on the USS Liberty being promoted by your newspaper? Are they too, flirting with “Jew-baiting hysteria?”
Mark Dankof’s America
San Antonio, Texas
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 20:12:24 +0000
OPEN LETTER TO TUCKER CRITICS
I sincerely regret that there has been an unwanted bru-haha because of a misinterpretation of what I said to our valued correspondent, Mark Glenn.
First of all, Mark has done a lot for AFP; I will be that first to acknowledge that. And the fact is, we do not wish to lose him. I trust that we will continue to run his articles.
On August 11, I sent a e-mail to Mark which was subject to wide misunderstanding. In that message, I said:
“I carry a lot of ‘articles dealing with Israel and Zionism’—check any edition. But you are unable to write this stuff without a lot of Jew-baiting hysteria before getting to the lead. This style is offensive to many readers.”
As is known by every reader, The American Free Press, and before that, The Spotlight, has never been hesitant about criticizing Israel and political Zionism. In fact, we do so in every issue and will continue to do so. In this endeavor, we have to walk a fine line. On the one hand we frankly criticize when in our judgment criticism is due. On the other hand, we have other subjects to report on, and in everything we do, above all, we must be accurate. In fact, AFP is the only newspaper I know of that promises—and does—correct every error.
Readers must be aware that in so doing, we are fighting against the most potent pressure group in this nation of pressure groups. Almost all Americans have been brainwashed to accept the sanctity of Israel and Zionism. They literally believe that Israel is the finger of God Himself on our planet. Preachers like John Hagee literally worship Israel, making Christianity a sham. (And no newspaper in America has criticized this fraud as strongly or as consistently as AFP.)
The point is that we have to be diplomatic—and all groups and persons in this business of educating Americans must be diplomatic with others—including you, too. It is not easy to tell anyone that they are wrong. I mean the vast majority of Americans who apparently gladly supply over ten billion dollars yearly in tax money to this parasite state.
AFP will continue—as it has—to frankly discuss Israel, political Zionism and the outrages that accompany this factor, of that readers should be aware. But we will not devote all of our space to this subject nor cease to try to attract new subscribers, because the vitally important nature of this job we have is as important for you as a patriotic American as well as for AFP.
Jim Tucker, Editor
American Free Press