In case you were wondering how low the new ownership of the Gainesville Sun is willing to go, you now have your answer: There is no depth to which they will not sink!
Today’s edition (Feb 7, 2020) has a full-page ad promoting a book spreading some of the most despicable, ultra-rightwing demagoguery imaginable, David Horowitz’s Dark Agenda (talk about the pot calling the kettle black!). All you need to know is in the ad’s quotes from the book and in its blurbs from those paragons of civic virtue, Tucker Carlson, Mike Huckabee, and Alan Dershowitz.
Laughably, about them the ad shouts, “The critics are raving about this book.” They’re raving alright, but they aren’t critics; they’re stark raving sicko, psycho sycophants.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has long tracked Horowitz’s “Freedom Center” as a hate group. Here’s one of the key points the SPLC’s Hatewatch website has to say:
“Colleges and universities have been one of the main targets for Horowitz. His group is known for compiling McCarthyite lists of students, professors, and administrators and plastering campuses with posters accusing them of being subversive.”
You don’t have to take someone else’s word for how vile Horowitz’s extremist propaganda is. You can find more than enough of his own words in the SPLC’s profile.
And now the Gainesville Sun is complicit in furthering Horowitz’s Big Lies agenda: fomenting an ultra-rightwing uprising in America, this time by frightening and inflaming fundamentalist Christians, just in case they don’t already subscribe to his previous anti-Muslim, anti-black, anti-liberal and anti-intellectual fearmongering, leaving no stomach unturned.
Freedom of the press doesn’t just mean the press can print what it wants, it also means the press is free to refuse to print hate-mongering viewpoints and the commercial enterprises and special interests that capitalize on them.
The Sun can’t expect to be taken seriously for its editorial positions when it gladly accepts a check for a full-page ad from an organization that sickeningly opposes everything the Sun purports to stand for. What WON’T they print ads for?