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Jon Meacham – Another Intellectual Fraud

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Jon Meacham – Another Intellectual Fraud

Jon Meacham – Another Intellectual Fraud
June 19
17:21 2018

Jon Meacham has the looks and demeanor of an academic intellectual, but if you take away the staged image, he is just another purveyor of radical left-wing philosophy and a spokesman for many of the #NeverTrump resistance movement’s false narratives. He is a slick propagandist.

Meacham is everything the isolated residents of the New York City/Washington, D.C. bubble love and admire. He is one of them. He has all the right credentials for the arrogant elite.

Meacham’s extensive career has touched up virtually every left-wing institution in America. He has been a professor at Vanderbilt University. He has earned a number of doctorates from liberal institutions of higher learning and even a Pulitzer Prize – an award bestowed almost exclusively on liberal journalists. He co-hosted a program with the presumptuous title “Need to Know” on the left-leaning Public Broadcasting System (PBS). He was a frequent guest on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. (That alone should tell you Meacham’s mindset.)

Since Meacham’s books spin history as well as current events, he is considered by his liberal peers to be a historian. His view of history, however, is marred by the mission of a propagandist.

Meacham’s current claim to the media spotlight is his regular appearances on MSNBC. He is often interviewed by the discredited Brian Williams on his 11th Hour late-night program and on Chris Matthews, who pitches slow balls to his Hardball guests. His main platform, however, is as a regular panelist on perhaps the most obsessively anti-Trump program on television (and that takes some doing) Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough and Mika “Meltdown” Brzezinski.

Meacham was also executive editor of Random House – a publishing company that almost never finds value in publishing books by conservatives. In many ways, he was the person who used his editorial discretion to censor conservative perspectives. As with all arrogant liberals, Meachem has only pompous contempt for alternative opinions and views his own opinions as fact.

His latest book, The Soul of America – The Battle for Our Better Angels, was published by Random House. In fact, all his books have been published by Random House – which essentially functions as his personal in-house publishing company. One might even suggest that the relationship is a form of self-publication.

If you take away Meacham’s professorial good looks and his faux intellectual delivery, he is just another propagandist spinning facts and history to support a very biased and intolerant political and philosophic agenda.

On a recent Morning Joe, Meacham was at his best as a spinmeister. In an incredible effort to imply a similarity between the current issues of children of illegal border crossers and one of the most hideous presidential actions since slavery by one of the left’s most revered presidents, Franklin Roosevelt, Meacham attempted to rationalize and temper the illegal and unconstitutional internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. He claimed it was just a matter of zeitgeist. In fact, the confining of Japanese citizens was not only an unAmerican action but reflected FDR’s well-established belief in white supremacy. Even as Roosevelt sent Japanese-Americans to internment camps, he assured that no such action would be taken against the Caucasian German-Americans – even though the German community was far more actively supportive of Hitler than the Japanese-Americans were of Hirohito.

Drawing on his questionable reputation as a chronicler of history, Meacham then drew a bogus comparison between southern Democrat President Andrew Johnson and Trump. He noted that Johnson was a white supremacist who had stated that blacks were incapable of participating in a civil society. Only the most ignorant and biased person could attempt such a nonsensical comparison. Meacham said that Johnson was “erratic” in his behavior and speeches. “Does that sound familiar?” he asked.

In making a comparison between Trump and Johnson’s “erratic” speeches, Meacham, the historian, completely ignored that Johnson was an alcoholic and often drunk when speaking in public – including on the day of his inauguration. Trump is a teetotaler. To make any meaningful comparison between Trump and Andrew Johnson is not only wrong – it was totally dishonest and contemptible.

Of course, Mika Brzezinski went on to suggest it was all a lesson of history – as if it really had any application for Trump. The fact that Meacham’s comparison would not pass the scrutiny of a first-year history major did not prevent the Morning Joe prejudicial panelists from figuratively drooling over every one of Meacham’s words. Frankly, the whole thing was not only disgusting. It was nauseating.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. FDR II
    FDR II June 20, 17:58

    Meacham recently stated that Sen. Joe McCarthy, one of the most divisive figures in politics (until Trump, that is), even after his public disgrace, still had a 35% approval rating. Nixon, the day he resigned also had 35%. It seems that about a third of the US voters are a hateful and racist chronic cancer in the body politic that doesn’t grow, but also doesn’t shrink. What can be done? Just vote them back under the rocks where they live. Hopefully we’ll start to do that this November.

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  2. Bill
    Bill June 20, 19:13

    Being a conservative, I disagree with the author for many reasons….. too long to post.
    All ultra liberals are not terrible.
    Relax Larry, and everyone else.

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    • meems
      meems June 22, 18:20

      disagree with you Larry. One could argue the President does the VERY same things you are criticizing Meacham for. We have become The Do as I say,Not as I do party.

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