Skip to comments.Graffiti attack on ProjectUSA immigration billboard in New York (WSJ denies responsibility)
Posted on 10/13/2004 4:02:07 PM PDT by MegaSilver
The billboard carried the factual statement, Congressman Tom Reynolds supports amnesty for illegal aliens, and was one of four located in the northern and eastern suburbs of Buffalo.
The $800 we spent on the billboard may seem like nothing compared to the more than $1.6 billion contributed to national campaigns so far this election season, but that $800 means something to the average Americans of average means whose contributions paid for it.
But on the immigration issue, it isnt only some vandal with a can of spray paint trying to silence the voices of typical Americans. When industry-funded Congressman Chris Cannon of Utah faced a voter revolt this summer over his globalist immigration policies, the Wall Street Journals editorial page rode to his rescue with the journalistic equivalent of a spray-painted slur.
Trading on the reputation for integrity established by the papers journalists, the editorial page ran, not one, but two vicious pieces in the crucial period just before the primary election asserting Cannon's primary opponent, Matt Throckmorton, along with ProjectUSA and others, were allies of a white supremacist conspiracy to halt immigration, sterilize the Third World, and so on.
Some political insiders in Utah credit those editorials, mailed by the Cannon campaign to every registered Republican in his district, as making the difference in a race Rep. Cannon eventually won.
On Tuesday, I called the author of the editorials, Jason Riley, and asked him whether he would admit any responsibility for the attack on our billboard for having made similar attacks on immigration critics in the Wall Street Journal.
He refused to take any responsibility, claiming his editorials do not broadly paint all "anti-immigrant" organizations as racist, only some of them.
I disagreed, arguing that the average reader would be more likely, after reading one of the editorials he had written on behalf of Chris Cannon, to believe it is racist to oppose current immigration policy.
We argued for a while, but neither of us would budge, so I told him ProjectUSA would be willing to co-sponsor an experiment with the Wall Street Journal. We would ask a group of randomly chosen voters their opinions of immigration critics both before and after reading his editorials, and let the results decide our disagreement.
Mr. Riley wouldn't agree to that, either, making me suspect he feels more responsibility for the attack on our billboard than he is letting on.
On top of that, during our conversation, Mr. Riley unexpectedly admitted to me that he is actually from Buffalo, New York. But after throwing that bit of information on the table, he pointedly failed to divulge his own whereabouts on the night our billboard was spray painted. If you are as convinced of Mr. Riley's culpability as I am, you should call the Wall Street Journal at 212 416-2000 and ask to be mailed a list of the names and addresses of all the Journal's subscribers in the Buffalo area. If we can get the list, we can begin establishing where everyone who may have been influenced by a Riley editorial was on the night our billboard was attacked. If we eliminate suspects until the only one remaining is Mr. Riley (who, in one of his editorials, called the decent and talented staff at the Center for Immigration Studies, "repugnant"), we'll have our man.
If you heard a crackling sound last week, it just may have been hell freezing over. You see, yours truly, Mr. Conservative Republican, put up a sign in his front yard encouraging fellow Utahns to vote for a Democrat, Beau Babka.
"Cannon undeserving of conservative Republicans' vote"
George Bush is worse than bad on the immigration issue, as he is on every environmental issue. But Kerry is no better. He has promised La Raza that he will sign an illegal alien amnesty within 100 days of entering office. He also backs the AgJOBS bill. I have decided to write in [Congressman Tom] Tancredo even though he has specifically asked for people not to.
The immigration issue is not a split between Democrats and Republicans. It is a split between ordinary Americans and the Republican and Democratic leadership, the mass media, the big corporations, and the large foundations.
Understatement of the year! His immigration views are turning many REAL conservatives against him, and the November elections are almost here.
I hope he speaks up about this issue in tonight's debate. His conservative base BADLY needs to hear something encouraging.
Yuppies in Buffalo? I don't think so. More like SUNY students.
I am writing in Tancredo as well. There is no point in W. speaking on this issue, he said it all in the O'Reilly interview:
"Family values doesn't stop at the border"
He was taken aback at Bill's suggestion of troops on the border like he had never heard that suggested before. W. is a good man and I respect him greatly but he is selling us out on the borders issue. No more lesser of two evils(not that W is evil mind you but you get my drift) voting for me.
This has got to be one of the most juvenile articles ever posted on FR.
Some people will go to any lengths to back up an indefensible position, won't they?
Well, I wasn't referring specifically to the Buffaloans.
Dude... slow down. Seriously.
A have yet to see an immigration related thread without bayourod on it babbling about how Tancredo is a moron etc. I am pretty sure bayourod is actually Karl Rove.
Hey bayou, why do you bother? Since you're always saying how only 1% of us are going to write in Tancredo what are you so worried about taking votes from Bush for? We all know how much you love illegal aliens.
Yeah Tancredo is a traitor. Hahaha, that's a good one. So you're a traitor is you try to stop America from turning into a third world cesspool? I guess I am also a traitor.
Just like Zell says, "the party left me, I didn't leave the party", the same could be said for the GOP being hijacked by neocons.
You post an article by a person accusing a Wall Street Journal editor of spray painting graffiti on a billboard on no more evidence than the fact that the WSJ published an article four months ago critical of a number of racists groups, including Project USA.
Are you a La Raza plant bayourod? How much do they pay you to spread your disinformation? You said a few weeks ago something to the effect of "there are no terrorists coming accross the border", I love that, its priceless! Give us more bayourod, you're a crack up!!
Your comment is quite odd.
If you oppose the reelection of President Bush and oppose the Republican Party why did you join FR?
Did the WSJ mention racist groups like La Raza, LULAC, MALDEF, and MEChA in that article?
You said it.
If Liberalism=MentalDisorder is planning to vote for Tancredo, then he is voting for a Republican candidate, which means that he is supporting the Republican Party. Also, being that Free Republic is a website for conservatives, most FReepers are Republicans, so it appears as though Liberalism=MentalDisorder fits in quite nicely here.
They don't start there , either.
Not all conservatives are Republicans, and not all Republicans are conservatives.
I have little respect for the WJS and their wreak less attacks on the folks at ProjectUSA.
Preferring that people enter the country through legal channels is.........racism!?!?!?!
Damn, my dictionary is sure out of date!
This has become a gathering place for single-issue FR Bush-bashers, which are plentiful, BTW.
This Craig Nelsen sounds like an utter moron.... he's accusing the Wall Street Journal of vandalizing the billboard?
He should have used the $800 and bought himself a clue...
Clearly the most poignant statement in this entire piece, IMO.
Kind of lends a renewed credence to the age old axiom, "Hardly a dimes worth of difference between the two" when it comes to the illegal immigration / homeland security issue.
Dude = A still wet behind the ears Dudette (I suspect - she has demonstrated on many occasions a level of immaturity that can only come from a misguided youngster.)
Uhhhhhh, let's see now. The ONLY reason I (almost always) see being posted here for supporting President Bush is that somehow he is perceived as being strong on fighting terrorism while keeping our nations borders wide open with his welcome mat out to terrorist, subversives and disloyal (as in un-American or pro-Mexican, take your pick) illegal immigrants to just walk on in virtually unabated and rarely is any other reason given for supporting him. Of course in your mind that isn't a single issue now is it?!
Like many others on these kind of threads I too can cite many other reasons for not voting for Bush again once my eyes were opened to him and his globalist styled big government agenda. In recent months both sides of this issue have for the most part only cited their single issue for supporting or not supporting Bush. You know, I initially started out leaning towards voting for Bush again, until he started pushing his traitorous issue of amnesty-lite to bankrupt me, my children and grandchildren and most of all, the U.S. of A.
Our political center is rotten to the core.
Wrong, this has become a gathering place for people who kinda wish our fearless leaders would actually follow the laws of the land......obviously YOU'RE not one of those....time to skip back on over to DU.
nice try though.....hehehe
RE: post # 30
Fine, then go vote for Peroutka, if that's what you want.
But then, don't come crying because Kerry gave a blanket amnesty coupled with Border Patrol budget cuts.
And, yes, whoever advocates not voting for GWB in Free Republic qualifies as a Bush-basher, and if that person shows up in only one category of threads [deficit (accusing Bush of being a tax-and-spend liberal) or border security and immigration (accusing Bush of being soft on illegal immigration)], that puts him/her as a single-issue Bush-basher.
And voting Peroutka or Tancredo as a write-in won't make things better. Only worse. As in Kerry worse.
I was refering to this particular thread, which has attracted the "Vote write-in for Tancredo" types which populate Free Republic.
Believe me, if things are "bad" with GWB at the helm on border security and immigration, wait if John Kerry is elected, thanks to "true conservatives" like you.
And if you took the time to read my profile instead of shooting off, you'd see that I'm beyond troll or newbie status. And by the grace of God, I've never been a Democrat.
Typical of a knee-jerk knee-padded Bush partisan hack. Oh and, (accusing Bush of being a tax-and-spend liberal)
You mean he isn't, really?! Then please pray tell how he is going fund-gap the conservatively estimated $45 to $75 TRILLION dollar deficit in the Social Security Trust Fund (stolen via both parties IOUs down through the years) and with him obligating the American tax-payer (not to mention our children's and grandchildren's economic futures) to BILLION$$ and the BILLION$$ more to fund Bushs Totalization Treaty with Mexico and the BILLION$$ currently being spent on supporting the illegal alien already here just so that his big business campaign supporters can reap windfall profits with cheap illegal ill-gotten labor flooding across our borders while American jobs are being outsourced overseas?!
You mean you don't see that as being liberal in its purest form? My my, how far some will go to justify (as in delude themselves) their support for a globalist big government spending politician who is masquerading as a Compassionate Conservative.
And voting Peroutka or Tancredo as a write-in won't make things better.
But voting for a candidate who will lead our nation into a socialized globalized third world nation is somehow better?! Please, give me a break.
As in Kerry worse.
Well, there happens to be many who believe that either one will get us all to the same point but only by different routes or methods. Besides, all Bush has to do is to come to his senses to prevent the growing exodus of real conservatives from his ever left leaning Republican Party!
OBTW. I am still a Republican, a Conservative Republican and have been voting Conservative Republican since I cast my first vote for President Nixon in his first Presidency so maybe you need to grow up and know a little about the subject you want to write about so you don't come off sounding like the partisan hack you sound so much like.
Dig post #36...
He does this on every thread I've seen bayourod on.
You know how you spoke of the bottomless greedy yuppies? Well meet Exibit A = Bayourod. I've punked him out a number of times, I don't even bother any more. The guy is a liar and a sophist, and worse, he's so repetitive.
The Ends Justify the Means for Cheap Labor Republicans, because the are amoral, selfcentered, hedonistic empty suits. We need to excise them from the party before they destroy the GOP.
cool, at least we can agree we have a choice. A choice between "bad" and "worse".
Maybe we DO need a dolt like Kerry to get elected, to get some of you "wanna-be" conservitives off your collective a$$e$ 8 years down the road.....