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Fanning Imaginary Flames: A Look Back At The Great Church Fire Propaganda Campaign
American Thinker ^ | June 11, 2011 | Scott Swett

Posted on 06/11/2011 11:36:13 AM PDT by Interesting Times

Fifteen summers ago, America's news media informed us that black churches throughout the South were being torched by white racists. The purported wave of arsons dominated the airwaves and generated thousands of newspaper articles. Pundits, politicians and preachers decried the terrorism and the hate it represented.

In fact, it never happened.

Here is the little-known story of how an obscure radical group teamed up with a leftist national church organization, an unprincipled President and a legion of compliant news outlets to create a media firestorm -- one based entirely on lies.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: babythereignmustfall; billclinton; cdr; churchfires; ncc; tweet17
Here's an in-depth look at one of the classic leftist disinformation campaigns, for those who may be interested.
1 posted on 06/11/2011 11:36:21 AM PDT by Interesting Times
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To: Howlin; eddie willers; cajungirl; wirestripper; Southflanknorthpawsis; Peach; prairiebreeze; ...

Know your propagandists ping.


2 posted on 06/11/2011 11:39:18 AM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Interesting Times

Thanks for the ping!


3 posted on 06/11/2011 11:44:50 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Interesting Times

We’re seeing the beginning of this again with fictional
“mosque burnings.”


4 posted on 06/11/2011 11:51:34 AM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: Interesting Times

The only church arson I recall in recent years is when somebody torched Sarah Palin’s church in Wassilla, Alaska.


5 posted on 06/11/2011 11:59:04 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you can read this / (To paraphrase on old line) / Thank a TAXPAYER!.)
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To: Interesting Times
n late March of 1996, The Center for Democratic Renewal (CDR) and the National Council of Churches (NCC) held a joint press conference to report a huge increase in the number of arsons committed against black churches. In media interviews, the Rev. Mac Charles Jones, a CDR board member, ...

Great read. These organizations have the same people leading each others boards and providing an echo whenever needed.

Rev. Jones (NCC) died in Irving TX 6 months after the "burning churches" was proved falsified.

The CDR started out as the National Anti-Klan Network and closed its door in March 2008, after running out of dupes to blackmail for cash and walk around money.

Left wingers and Communists from the height of the x42 years.

6 posted on 06/11/2011 12:01:01 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Interesting Times

BTTT


7 posted on 06/11/2011 12:03:02 PM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: Interesting Times
The Center for Democratic Renewal (CDR) blamed "a well-organized white-supremacist movement" for what they called "domestic terrorism."

The group's stated mission was to work "with progressive activists and organizations to build a movement to counter right-wing rhetoric and public policy initiatives."

And fifteen years later we have Obama and Napolitano calling all Bible loving, gun loving, good patriotic Americans the terrorists!!

8 posted on 06/11/2011 12:05:19 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: texas booster

Thanks for the followup info - I wasn’t aware when the CDR had finally shut down. We still have the SPLC, of course.


9 posted on 06/11/2011 12:07:22 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Interesting Times

Woman Pleads Guilty to Arson In U.S. Probe of Church Fires
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-625506.html

Man Gets 42 1/2 Years for Church Arson
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-550636.html


10 posted on 06/11/2011 12:07:34 PM PDT by donna (Imagine...women who honor men enough not to tempt them.)
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To: Interesting Times

I was just looking at some of the old names on your ping list and thinking about how much I miss the lively discussions that we used to have on FreeRepublic.


11 posted on 06/11/2011 12:09:54 PM PDT by Eva
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To: texas booster
Check out this 1997 NYT article on Jones's death. Jones "aided burned churches," don't you see, after he "learned that the center had detected a surge in church arsons." It's all propaganda all the time at the Slimes.
12 posted on 06/11/2011 12:12:20 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Interesting Times
Sounds like a great story for 60 minutes or.... Oh, never mind.
13 posted on 06/11/2011 12:13:11 PM PDT by Shqipo (I am the unofficial originator of the Mega-Bump! Only use judiciously.)
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To: potlatch
And fifteen years later we have Obama and Napolitano calling all Bible loving, gun loving, good patriotic Americans the terrorists!!

Why not? They and the CDR share the same faith tradition - Marxism.

14 posted on 06/11/2011 12:13:31 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Eva

I hear you. If I ran the place, I’d implement a poster filtering system to make it easier to screen out all the uninformed noise.


15 posted on 06/11/2011 12:18:53 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Interesting Times

I know, just kinda reiterating the point.


16 posted on 06/11/2011 12:22:33 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: texas booster
More here on how the NCC siphoned off the money from the "Burned Churches Fund."
17 posted on 06/11/2011 12:30:36 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Interesting Times
Outstanding article. Well researched. Poignantly written. In fact you might be the author of more un-read true history than any man alive. I wish one of these rich conservatives that still like the Washington D.C. cocktail parties would find the wherewithal to fund/reward authors like yourself who fight the battle unsung.

Kindest regards,

TS

18 posted on 06/11/2011 12:40:29 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: Interesting Times
I remember the postings on Prodigy and then FR about these lies. No wonder they want to shut down the Internet.
20 posted on 06/11/2011 12:42:05 PM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: Haiku Guy

Ya, the burning of Sarah Palin’s church was barely reported in the MSM. But it happened.

Bill Clinton lied and said he remembered all the black churches burning when he was younger, during the civil rights movement of the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Yep that black churches burning thing was pure propaganda.

Next up, we will be told that the emerging violence and mayhem caused by black youth gangs in flash mobs in our cities is due to the legacy of slavery and bigotry and discrimination and all that.


21 posted on 06/11/2011 12:42:25 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: The Shrew

Thanks, amigo.


22 posted on 06/11/2011 12:44:39 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Does anyone remember that sickening radio ad aimed at black voters? The one that said: “When you vote republican, you let another church explode!”


23 posted on 06/11/2011 1:05:33 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: Interesting Times

Ok, I read the article and it’s amazing how organized they were in the propaganda campaign. So here’s another thought on a possible media manipulation campaign.

We’ve been seeing an anti-Mormon campaign in the media and even on tv, since before the last election, all aimed at stirring up anti-Mormon feelings in the country. Now, who is most stirred up against Romney and his religion? Not the left. The propaganda was aimed at the religious right, the same people who regularly post anti-Mormon threads here on FreeRepublic.

Now, we are already seeing articles, criticizing the religious right for their hypocritical stance on freedom of religion and their fear of Mormonism. Peggy Noonan has one in the WSJ right now. -—and Romney has declared that he will not enter the Iowa straw poll and another early conservative poll. (I forget which one)

Romney scares me to death and not because of his religion. I’ve been warning about this for way too long.


24 posted on 06/11/2011 1:21:28 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Twenty years from mow they’ll be teaching ten-year-olds that black churches were burned daily during Obama’s presidency; repeat the lie often enough and it becomes the truth.


25 posted on 06/11/2011 1:34:15 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Interesting Times

Democrats love scams, be it burning churches, dummy Sarah Palin, global warming, Obama, and economic recovery. Liberal illness is the absence of truth.


26 posted on 06/11/2011 1:38:05 PM PDT by pallis
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To: pallis

True. And to defeat them, you have to counter the scams with facts and evidence.


27 posted on 06/11/2011 1:39:34 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Interesting Times

“And to defeat them, you have to counter the scams with facts and evidence.”

This hasn’t always been my experience. “Facts and evidence” can also be called tools of truth, and I find people who haven’t been completely mind erased by liberal illness don’t respond well to truth. Some of them violently reject it.

But I think overall, you are correct.


28 posted on 06/11/2011 2:00:38 PM PDT by pallis
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To: pallis

True, there’s no guarantee. Relatively few people really care if the things they believe are true.

Still, it’s the best shot we have.


29 posted on 06/11/2011 2:38:57 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Interesting Times

“We still have the SPLC, of course.”

When I read Morris Dees obituary I will take a day off in celebration. He is the most hate filled individual I can think of. He truly hates this country.


30 posted on 06/11/2011 3:26:06 PM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (Oligarchy...My theory is, college student body presidents become DEMS or RINO's.)
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To: Interesting Times
My brother told me about the burning Churches. I told him it didn't matter to me because I always preferred Popeye's.

'La bonne cuisine est la base du véritable bonheur.' - Auguste Escoffier
(Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

31 posted on 06/11/2011 3:58:42 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Interesting Times

Thanks for researching, writing and publishing this article.
It shows how leftist disinformation campaigns work.


32 posted on 06/11/2011 4:58:35 PM PDT by zot
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To: Interesting Times

There is more and more emerging evidence connecting events such as these fires with a co-ordinated network of subversives that is long established in the U.S.A.


33 posted on 06/11/2011 6:05:54 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: Interesting Times
Great find.

Technically, when one gives to a dedicated project such as this one the IRS does NOT allow donors to request that monies be used for that project.

All honest churches of course honor the donors wishes. If I write “Blood Water Missions” on a donation envelope, my church would never send it over to the building fund.

OTOH, I technically have no say in how the church spends the money that it receives, from tithes or these special offerings. IRS rules for 503(c) charities.

Not that anyone (IRS, DOJ) would ever investigate the NCC / WCC charities for the missing $2.6 million that they admit to.

34 posted on 06/11/2011 7:05:53 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Interesting Times; The Shrew; flaglady47; seenenuf; hoosiermama
We can be so proud that the author of the above article published in the American Thinker is our own talented, long-time freeper, Interesting Times.

He is also the author of the fascinating book "How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry".

Scott also plays a mean piano accompanied by his own singing....and is also a song writer.

Some of us remember the delight of his entertaining us at the piano for almost an hour in a small ship's salon while we glided over the warm, azure waters of the Caribbean during a freeper fund-raising cruise.

Happy times with wonderful (and multi-talented) freeper shipmates.

Leni

35 posted on 06/11/2011 8:50:35 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Bring Back the MISERY INDEX! Obama's INDEX! Include Food & Energy in a TRUTHFUL INDEX!)
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To: MinuteGal

You are too kind. Those were indeed fine times.


36 posted on 06/11/2011 9:20:50 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Interesting Times

I notice there wasn’t any interest from these people when Sarah Palin’s church really was set on fire, while women and children were still inside.


37 posted on 06/11/2011 9:24:47 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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