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  • Gore Vidal: The Man and the Writer [Remember when Bill Buckley Called Him "Queer" On National TV?]

    08/29/2015 6:58:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/29/2015 | Ron Capshaw
    Moments after his infamous televised dust-up with Gore Vidal during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, William F. Buckley Jr. encountered a livid Paul Newman. Newman told Buckley that his calling Vidal a “queer” on national television was the most disgraceful thing he’d ever seen. The actor’s rage was not lessened even when Buckley reminded him that Vidal had started the incident by calling him a “crypto-Nazi.” “That was political,” Newman replied. “Yours was personal.” In the years that followed, both Vidal and Buckley would frequently defy their political labels. Buckley, the supposed reactionary, would often display a surprising...
  • 'Best of Enemies' is a terrific documentary about the Vidal-Buckley debates

    08/02/2015 12:34:49 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 31 2015 | Peter Rainer
    As a teenager, I remember watching the 1968 televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley during the two national political conventions and thinking that they were way more entertaining than any of the TV dramas that were popular at the time. Those debates, unaccountably unavailable for the most part since then, have been resurrected as the centerpiece of the terrific documentary “Best of Enemies,” directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon. The film positions those debates as a harbinger of the ideological sword-crossing that has become a staple of TV news. Except what we have now, as opposed...
  • Listen You Queer Stop Calling Me a Godd*mn Nazi

    04/01/2015 11:00:54 PM PDT · by thesligoduffyflynns · 19 replies ^ | today | thesligoduffyflynns
    Bill Buckley was one of the greats and he called it like it was.
  • William Buckley and Gore Vidal trade insults

    04/01/2015 10:53:39 PM PDT · by thesligoduffyflynns · 10 replies ^ | today | thesligoduffyflynns
    Well isn't this a fine kettle and pot? Buckley shot straight from the hip & no holds barred.
  • A lot to A.N.S.W.E.R. for

    05/05/2003 11:12:38 AM PDT · by yonif · 24 replies · 557+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May. 1, 2003 | Edward Grossman
    Israel-bashing figures prominently in 'teach-ins' where San Franciscans seek a flavor of the Vietnam era Let's admit it - San Francisco is gorgeous, and deserves its name as the capital of resistance to what the US is trying to do in the Middle East. After all, while other places from coast to coast had rallies and marches before and during Operation Iraqi Freedom, only there were thousands "hauled off by the pigs" for blocking the financial district, and only there was there a rally and march almost every Saturday for weeks and weeks until Saturday, April 19. But were all...
  • If the rumours about Gore Vidal are true, what does this mean for his work?

    11/25/2013 3:01:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Guardian ^ | November 15, 2013 | Mark Lawson
    Aside from being an essayist, novelist and screenwriter, Gore Vidal was a grade-one gossip, his published writings and private conversation stuffed with rumour and conspiratorial hints. But now, less than 18 months after Vidal passed into history, he is himself subject to the most reputation-destructive scuttlebutt there is: the suggestion that he may have been a paedophile. In connection with a new book about Vidal, his half-sister and a nephew have hinted that he may have had a secret passion for underage boys. And Vidal more or less admitted it himself, writing in his memoir Palimpsest that he was "attracted...
  • The (Not So) Great Pretender

    08/26/2012 6:25:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | August 25, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    He was a minor figure in the freak show and dictionary of dysfunction that was American culture during the downhill years of the last century. And the more minor a figure, the better. Yet on his death at 86, another proof that the good die young, he still fascinated. You could no more stop watching him than you could maggots in a pile of rotting garbage. Call it the fascination of the repellent. He could trace his genealogical line back to Aaron Burr, the one founding father who proved an utter scoundrel, and he lived down to the name. Let's...
  • NPR Warmly Recalls Gore Vidal Denouncing America

    08/05/2012 5:05:11 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 20 replies
    NPR’s Terry Gross was effusive in tribute to leftist author Gore Vidal on Friday’s Fresh Air, airing chunks of previous interviews she'd had with Vidal. She began: “In Vidal's New York Times obituary, Charles McGrath described him as, quote, 'the elegant, acerbic, all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization,' end quote.” And: “As Reed Johnson wrote in the Washington Post, quote: ‘Vidal's revisionist outlook struck some critics as brilliant and others as almost gleefully perverse,’ unquote.” From a 1988 interview, Gross let Vidal unleash a long...
  • Famous For His Hates: The Cool, Witty Gore Vidal

    08/01/2012 6:46:02 PM PDT · by Drango · 32 replies
    npr ^ | Aug 1, 2012 | Chris Bram
    Chris Bram is the author of the novel Gods and Monsters. Gore Vidal was famous for his hates: academia, presidents, whole portions of the American public and, most notably, Truman Capote. Yet he could be incredibly generous to other writer friends. He wrote beautiful, appreciative essays about Tennessee Williams and Dawn Powell. He was a man of many facets and endless contradictions. He achieved his first notoriety in 1948 when he was only 22, for his novel, The City and the Pillar. It was the fullest, most frank portrait of gay American life at that time. The book wasn't autobiographical...
  • Gore Vidal , Celebrated Author, Playwright, Dies

    07/31/2012 10:22:01 PM PDT · by Lurkina.n.Learnin · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7,31,2012 | Andrew Dalton and Hillel Italie
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  • Prolific, Elegant, Acerbic Writer [Gore Vidal Dead]

    08/01/2012 4:37:16 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 52 replies
    Gore Vidal, the elegant, acerbic all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization, died on Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, where he moved in 2003, after years of living in Ravello, Italy. He was 86.

    11/14/2010 10:31:23 AM PST · by Pacothecat · 284 replies
  • Gore Vidal Describes Polanski's Victim as 'Young Hooker'

    10/29/2009 4:02:44 PM PDT · by feralcat · 51 replies · 2,266+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | October 28, 2009 | John Nolte
    In an interview published today, The Atlantic describes Gore Vidal as “a sharp provocateur, as irascible and irreverent as ever.” I’m assuming that’s some kind of internal Atlantic-code for "twisted old has-been degenerate desperate for attention": ATLANTIC: In September, director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland for leaving the U.S. in 1978 before being sentenced to prison for raping a 13-year-old girl at Jack Nicholson’s house in Hollywood. During the time of the original incident, you were working in the industry, and you and Polanski had a common friend in theater critic and producer Kenneth Tynan. So what’s your take...
  • Joy Behar - Too Late to Kill Bush'

    11/01/2009 7:16:06 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 36 replies · 1,434+ views
    So it is okay to threaten Bush and advocate killing him but dare if anyone said this about Obama. WATCH THE VIDEO
  • VIDEO: Gore Vidal Admits He Wanted To Murder Bush

    10/30/2009 8:51:17 AM PDT · by ianschwartz · 39 replies · 1,379+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 30, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    Gore Vidal says he wanted to murder Bush during his administration. Vidal also says that Obama is too "intelligent" for America.
  • Author Gore Vidal Labels Polanski Victim a ‘Young Hooker’

    10/28/2009 1:06:04 PM PDT · by Justaham · 29 replies · 1,008+ views
    Plenty of celebrities issued crazy statements in their efforts to defend director and rapist Roman Polanski but none went as far as author Gore Vidal did when he labeled Polanski's victim a "young hooker." In an Oct. 28 interview with The Atlantic's John Meroney about a variety of topics, Vidal claimed he didn't "give a f---" about the Polanski case. "Look, am I going to sit and weep every time a young hooker feels as though she's been taken advantage of?"
  • Author Gore Vidal Labels Polanski Victim a ‘Young Hooker’

    10/28/2009 1:53:09 PM PDT · by Bean74 · 34 replies · 1,275+ views
    Culture and Media Institute ^ | October 28, 2009 | Colleen Raezler
    Plenty of celebrities issued crazy statements in their efforts to defend director and rapist Roman Polanski but none went as far as author Gore Vidal did when he labeled Polanski's victim a "young hooker." In an Oct. 28 interview with The Atlantic's John Meroney about a variety of topics, Vidal claimed he didn't "give a f---" about the Polanski case. "Look, am I going to sit and weep every time a young hooker feels as though she's been taken advantage of?" Vidal claimed "there was a totally different story at the time that doesn't resemble anything that we're now being...
  • (Gore) Vidal Kicks Up Dust Again (Bashes Hitchens, Heston; Avoids Israel)

    10/23/2009 1:56:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 1,008+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 21, 2009 | LLoyd Grove
    Trouble was on the agenda when the aging provocateur, infamous for his tough remarks on Israel, visited a Jewish cultural hub last night. But as Lloyd Grove reports, Vidal charmed the critics. There were moments at the 92nd Street Y Tuesday night when Gore Vidal was just a sweet old man, reminiscing. “What do you miss most about Ravello?” asked his literary executor, Middlebury College English professor Jay Parini, reading an audience question about the Amalfi Coast palazzo where Vidal had lived with Howard Austen, his companion of 53 years. “Hmmm, Howard, I suppose,” Vidal mused sadly—and the answer just...
  • Gore Vidal: Obama 'Too Intelligent' for America; Adds That He Wanted to 'Murder' Bush

    10/23/2009 5:06:51 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 54 replies · 1,715+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | October 23, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    If you haven't gotten your daily dose of left-wing crazy, strap yourself in. On CNN Headline News Oct. 22 broadcast of "The Joy Behar Show," left-wing author and conspiracy theorist Gore Vidal shared his thoughts about President Barack Obama. He said he thought the 44th President of the United States might be a little overqualified - at least as far as his intelligence. "I like him," Vidal said. "I wish he knew more about the United States. I was for Hillary at the beginning on the grounds she knew how to be president. Having sort of done the job as...
  • Gore Vidal says Obama will lose next vote ("incompetent," calls GOP "Hitler Youth")

    10/11/2009 11:29:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies · 4,244+ views
    Press TV ^ | October 9, 2009
    Renowned American historian Gore Vidal says that President Barack Obama would lose 2012 presidential elections, calling the first black US president "incompetent." In an interview with the Independent, Vidal sharply criticized Obama who took power when the United States was involved in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. About the election of Obama, Vidal said that he was initially optimistic, but after witnessing the administration, he has relegated himself to despair. "He's incompetent. He will be defeated for re-election. It's a pity because he's the first intellectual president we've had in...
  • US under Obama could slide into military dictatorship, says Gore Vidal

    09/30/2009 5:30:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies · 2,062+ views
    The London Times ^ | September 30, 2009 | Tim Teeman
    Barack Obama is failing as President and the US is in danger of sliding into a military dictatorship, says Gore Vidal, the American essayist and intellectual. In an exclusive interview with The Times, Vidal, 83, reveals that he regrets switching his allegiance from Hillary Clinton to Mr Obama during last year’s campaign to secure the Democratic presidential nomination. “I was hopeful,” he said of Mr Obama. “He was the most intelligent person we’ve had in that position for a long time. But he’s inexperienced. He has a total inability to understand military matters. He’s acting as if Afghanistan is the...
  • Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll have a dictatorship soon in the US’

    09/30/2009 9:18:37 AM PDT · by honestabe010 · 45 replies · 1,934+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | September 30, 2009
    The grand old man of letters Gore Vidal claims America is ‘rotting away’ — and don’t expect Barack Obama to save it Another notable Obama mis-step has been on healthcare reform. “He f***ed it up. I don’t know how because the country wanted it. We’ll never see it happen.” As for his wider vision: “Maybe he doesn’t have one, not to imply he is a fraud. He loves quoting Lincoln and there’s a great Lincoln quote from a letter he wrote to one of his generals in the South after the Civil War. ‘I am President of the United States....
  • Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll have a dictatorship soon in the US’

    09/30/2009 6:38:32 AM PDT · by stockpirate · 75 replies · 2,492+ views
    Times online ^ | 9/29/2009 | Gore Vidal
    The grand old man of letters Gore Vidal claims America is ‘rotting away’ — and don’t expect Barack Obama to save it. A conversation with Gore Vidal unfolds at his pace. He answers questions imperiously, occasionally playfully, with a piercing, lethal dryness. He is 83 and in a wheelchair (a result of hypothermia suffered in the war, his left knee is made of titanium). But he can walk (“Of course I can”) and after a recent performance of Mother Courage at London’s National Theatre he stood to deliver an anti-war speech to the audience.
  • Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll Have A Dictatorship Soon In The US’ [Calls Republican Party "like Hitler Youth"]

    09/29/2009 8:13:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 69 replies · 2,314+ views
    London Times ^ | September 29, 2009
    September 30, 2009 Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll Have A Dictatorship Soon In The US’ The grand old man of letters Gore Vidal claims America is ‘rotting away’ — and don’t expect Barack Obama to save it Tim Teeman A conversation with Gore Vidal unfolds at his pace. He answers questions imperiously, occasionally playfully, with a piercing, lethal dryness. He is 83 and in a wheelchair (a result of hypothermia suffered in the war, his left knee is made of titanium). But he can walk (“Of course I can”) and after a recent performance of Mother Courage at London’s National Theatre he...
  • Gore Vidal Writes About Gates Arrest; Lapses Into Incoherence

    07/29/2009 8:22:15 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 26 replies · 932+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | July 29, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    Perhaps it is time to recall William Shatner to the Tonight Show in order to read alound, accompanied by bongos, leftwing novelist Gore Vidal's incoherent screed about the Henry Louis Gates arrest. Even Grampa Abe ranting aloud while spinning around on the church floor in "The Simpsons Movie" made more sense than Vidal. Perhaps it could be explained by one too many Ketel Ones but here is his seemingly endless essay from Truthdig which starts out from a far left position and then quickly plunges into utter incoherence: For those of us who had hoped that the Obama administration would...
  • Gore Vidal Signs Open Letter to Obama Urging Him Not to Concede Even If He Loses

    11/03/2008 5:18:30 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 39 replies · 1,102+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | November 3, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    If Barack Obama loses the election, will he graciously concede? According to an open letter signed by author Gore Vidal and a gaggle of leftists, Obama should not concede under almost any conditions. If Jon Voight had signed an open letter to John McCain asking him not to concede, that would be big news. So far the only sound from the mainstream media to Gore Vidal's dangerous request is the sound of crickets chirping. Here is the open letter plea to Obama signed by Vidal among others (emphasis mine): An Open Letter to Senator Obama and the Democratic Leadership:On Election...
  • Gore Vidal et al to Obama : DO NOT CONCEDE!

    11/02/2008 12:57:44 PM PST · by libh8er · 99 replies · 2,482+ views
    MWC News ^ | 11/01/2008
    Gore Vidal et al to Obama: Do Not Concede! An Open Letter to Senator Obama and the Democratic Leadership: On Election Night, DO NOT CONCEDE! “Eight years is too much” is how Barack Obama explained why we must win the coming election and begin to restore America. But, even if we receive the most votes, will we win the election? DO NOT CONCEDE! Both of the last two elections were conceded by the Democratic presidential candidate. The 2004 election was handed to George Bush while votes were still being counted in closely-fought Ohio. While the 2000 election was contested to...
  • N.Y. Times Magazine Publishes Charge That McCain's a Phony POW

    Liberals were outraged in 2004 when they nominated Sen. John Kerry, who by the way, served in Vietnam, and some veterans who served with him on Swift Boats had the audacity to challenge his war heroism. So how will they greet cranky old leftist author Gore Vidal who does some "swift boating" of his own in the Sunday New York Times Magazine? Interviewer Deborah Solomon talked to the "literary lion" about John McCain, and Vidal suggested the "rumor" of McCain’s heroism should be so questioned, we might even doubt he actually served time as a POW:
  • US needs 100 years to recover from Bush ["We live in a dictatorship. We have a fascist government.]

    06/14/2008 9:54:52 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 80 replies · 103+ views
    US needs 100 years to recover from Bush From correspondents in Madrid June 15, 2008 02:15am Article from: Agence France-Presse IT will take the the United States a century to recover from the damage wreaked by President George W Bush, US writer Gore Vidal said in an interview published today. "The president behaved like a virtual criminal but we didn't have the courage to sack him for fear of violating the American constitution,'' Mr Vidal told the El Mundo newspaper.
  • 'NYT' Sunday Preview: Gore Vidal Questions McCain's Time in Prison Camp (He made it up?)

    06/14/2008 8:18:28 AM PDT · by tlb · 125 replies · 187+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 12, 2008 | Greg Mitchell
    NEW YORK In an interview for this Sunday's edition of The New York Times Magazine, famed novelist/essayist Gore Vidal appears to question Sen. John McCain's account of being imprisoned by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam war. Asked what he thinks of McCain, Vidal calls him a "disaster," then tells Deborah Solomon, "Who started this rumor that he was a war hero? Where does that come from, aside from himself? About his suffering in the prison war camp?" Solomon replies: "Everyone knows he was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam." To which Vidal responds: "That’s what he tells us."...
  • Gore Vidal slams U.S. policy on Cuba

    12/11/2006 10:43:51 AM PST · by The Bronze Titan · 22 replies · 452+ views
    Associated Press - Yahoo News ^ | Sun Dec 10, 2006 | ANITA SNOW
    HAVANA - Celebrated American writer Gore Vidal slammed the four-decade-long U.S. trade embargo against Cuba on Sunday, saying during a visit to the island that he hopes recent changes in U.S. politics will help end the sanctions. "I've never been here before and it's a fascinating country," Vidal said, touring Old Havana. He arrived late Sunday and is scheduled to return to the United States on Thursday. Vidal said the United States is "undergoing tremendous political change," referring to growing opposition to the war in Iraq and the Democratic Party's return to control of both houses of Congress in November...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 10-20-2006 (Leftwing Bohemians Unnerved By Karl Rove's Confidence)

    10/20/2006 6:04:38 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 159 replies · 2,147+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | October 20, 2006 | Mrs. Norman Lear, Jayne Lyn Stahl, HUffies, and PJ-Comix
    Why is that man smiling? And why is he so CONFIDENT? Doesn't Karl Rove know that the Democrats are going to win a landslide victory this year? Isn't that what all the polls are telling us? So why is the Left in general and the Leftwing Bohemians in particular so unnerved by Karl Rove? Perhaps they know the matchup is Howard Dean vs Karl Rove. Despite their vocal support of Dean they know Rove is like the Stonewall Jackson of political strategery. Like General Joseph Hooker, Dean & Co. are loudly proclaiming their glorious victory before the battle has...
  • Vidal Slams U.S. for Waging 'Perpetual War'

    11/23/2001 5:32:42 AM PST · by Clara Lou · 42 replies · 223+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/23/01 | Stephanie Holmes
    ROME (Reuters) - Outspoken U.S. writer Gore Vidal has denounced Washington for waging what he called ``a perpetual war for perpetual peace'' and said American aggression was only nurturing fresh hatreds. In a scathing attack on U.S. foreign policy, Vidal told Reuters that the United States would have been better served trying to buy peace with Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) rather than send in the bombers to try and kill him. Vidal, one of contemporary America's harshest critics, has had trouble finding an audience for his views back home and is publishing his latest collection of essays ...
  • War on Terror Smokescreen Created By The Ultimate Terrorist, US: Observer (Barf Alert Level Red)

    07/15/2002 4:54:28 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 1,235+ views
    Islam Online ^ | July 15 2002
    Disclaimer: Reading this following article can be dangerous to your health. People with a heart condition should not attempt to read it. Also do not attempt to drive or operate heavy machinery. Do NOT open windows, but rather us a bucket to vomit. Opening the window may result in jumping out of it after reading several passages. LONDON, July 15 (IslamOnline & News Agencies) - Following the attack by U.S. author Gore Vidal on U.S. President George W. Bush’s so-called war on terror, John Pilger launched yet another attack in his book ‘The New Rulers of the World.’ “The rulers...
  • Citizen's Tribunal Indicts Bush Administration for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity(barf)

    01/11/2006 6:30:25 AM PST · by finnman69 · 13 replies · 873+ views
    US newswire ^ | 1/9/06
    To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor Contact: Connie Julian, 917-449-9064, Janet Yip 212-941-8086 or News Advisory: From: International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration WHEN: January 10, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. WHERE: The White House, Walk-in Gate, across from Lafayette Park WEBSITE: An unprecedented series of indictments alleging war crimes and crimes against humanity, in five separate areas, on moral, political, and legal grounds, will be delivered by a citizens' tribunal to President Bush at the front gate of the White House this Tuesday, January 10th. Named in the indictments are: President of...
  • Gore Vidal: Lunacy Can Wither Him

    09/21/2005 2:15:07 PM PDT · by forty_years · 47 replies · 2,745+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | September 21, 2005 | Andrew L. Jaffee
    A headline on the UK’s Guardian today reads, “Age cannot wither him,” referring to Gore Vidal. The author, Emma Brockes, pays homage at the feet of Vidal, praising him as an “aristocrat, intellectual and prolific novelist, playwright, and essayist,” flattering “his ongoing radicalism,” and gleefully exclaiming that he “is as outspoken as ever.” But Vidal’s left-wing hubris and insanity does not completely escape the awe-struck Brockes… sort of. Brockes interviewed Vidal at his “grand old palazzo” in Italy. She notes that Vidal just sold this palace for “£9.5m” ($17,173,147.00) so that he could move to another house he owns in...
  • Communism and human nature (Bolshie Mod sez, Arise ye kittens of the earth!)

    04/05/2005 10:50:57 AM PDT · by Sammy sam · 153 replies · 8,234+ views
    Many argue that communism will never be possible because of "human nature". The essence of this false argument is the belief that a communist society would consist of an all-powerful central government that would tell everybody what to do--and would therefore undermine the creative initiative of individuals and the search for happiness. • This argument is based on two false assumptions: (1) It assumes that a communist society will look like the former Soviet Union, or the current China, North Korea, etc (ie: corrupt police states with a feudal-style ruling class) (2) It assumes that people will only work in...
  • Red Alert... list of Left groups plan to surround the Whitehouse on Sept 24th

    07/14/2005 12:53:28 PM PDT · by Thunder90 · 127 replies · 8,101+ views
    Here is the list so far for sponcers to this hate America fest: ANSWER Code Pink UFPJ NION Al Awda World Workers Party Ruckas Revolutionary Communist party ACORN Campus Antiwar Network International Socialist Org Greens Party Muslim Student Association CPUSA
  • The Launch of MoonbatTV

    07/04/2005 7:03:27 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 6 replies · 495+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | July 03, 2005
    With a star-studded team of certified, dyed-in-the-wool progressive nutbars of every flavor, including Medea Benjamin, Tony Benn, Helen Caldicott, Linda Foley (yes!), Janeane Garofalo, Naomi Klein, Gore Vidal, and Howard Zinn, Independent World Television is poised to capture the enormous, heretofore-untapped global market for demented leftist raving. (Hat tip: Chrenkoff.) The network is raising a $7 million start-up budget from individual donors and foundations. The MacArthur, Ford and Phoebe Haas Trust foundations and the Canadian Auto Workers Union have contributed to a planning study. In its next phase, IWTnews will build the online community necessary for an international mass fundraising...
  • Something Rotten in Ohio (mega barf alert)

    06/12/2005 5:35:39 PM PDT · by flixxx · 21 replies · 707+ views
    the nation ^ | 6 9 05 | Gore Vidal
    Outside the oil and gas junta that controls two and a half branches of our government (the half soon to be whole is the judiciary), there was a good deal of envy at the late British election among those Americans who are serious about politics. Little money was spent by the three parties and none for TV advertising. Results were achieved swiftly and cheaply. Best of all, the three party leaders were quizzed sharply and intelligently by ordinary citizens known quaintly as subjects, thanks to the ubiquitous phantom crown so unlike our nuclear-taloned predatory eagle. Although news of foreign countries...
  • The Undoing of America: Gore Vidal on war for oil, elections, and the late, great U.S. Constitution

    03/25/2005 3:24:01 PM PST · by billorites · 15 replies · 521+ views
    City Pages (Twin Cities) ^ | March 23, 2005 | Steve Perry
    For the past 40 years or so of Gore Vidal's prolific 59-year literary career, his great project has been the telling of the American story from the country's inception to the present day, unencumbered by the court historian's task of making America's leaders look like good guys at every turn. The saga has unfolded in two ways: through Vidal's series of seven historical novels, beginning with Washington DC in 1967 and concluding with The Golden Age in 2000; and through his ceaseless essay writing and public appearances across the years. Starting around 1970, Vidal began to offer up his own...
  • Esquire apology heartens Buckley

    01/19/2005 7:19:53 AM PST · by Pikamax · 17 replies · 1,930+ views
    Ny Daily News ^ | 01/19/05 | lloyd grove
    Esquire apology heartens Buckley For William F. Buckley Jr. - who waged, with Gore Vidal, one of the last century's more famous literary feuds - victory is sweeter the second time around. Yesterday, 79-year-old Buckley was crowing over Esquire magazine's abjectly apologetic "Open Letter" in the February issue, saying the mag "greatly regrets" including an old Vidal polemic, "A Distasteful Encounter With William F. Buckley Jr.," in a recent anthology. When the Vidal essay was originally printed in 1969 - after the two debaters exchanged televised insults during the raucous 1968 Democratic convention - Buckley successfully sued the magazine for...
  • Gore Vidal on Inaugural: The Most Un-American Speech I've Ever Heard (Calls Troops 'Uneducated')

    01/27/2005 7:56:32 AM PST · by gopwinsin04 · 69 replies · 1,601+ views
    Democracy Now ^ | 1/25/05 | Gore Vidal
    Is is the most un-American speech I've ever heard a chief executive give to the United States, and only one was as gruesome and off key as this and that guy is Harry Truman who's being made into a hero because he fits the imperial mode.That's just never existed in our history, that a president says 'Well, I think Im going to take over Costa Rica. There may be some terrorists down there some day. Oh, they arent there yet, but they are planning for it. And they've got bicarbonate of soda. Once you have that, you can build all...
  • Gore Vidal Walks and Talks to His Own Beat (Drudge title: HESTON'S 'BEN HUR' WAS GAY)

    01/26/2005 10:35:33 AM PST · by Phsstpok · 61 replies · 1,617+ views
    Reuters (via Yahoo) ^ | 1/26/2005 | Reuters
    Thursday January 27, 12:09 AM  Gore Vidal Walks and Talks to His Own Beat Photo : VARIETY LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Novelist and social critic Gore Vidal walks slowly and with a limp after recent knee replacement surgery. "Turns out, according to the doctors, that I had been walking the wrong way for all of my life," he says. Some people don't need doctors to tell them that Gore Vidal goes his own way -- all they have to do is read his work.At age 77, the writer known for his sharp wit and unsparing waspishness has given up living...
  • IDEOLOGICAL IDIOCIES, book review: Intellectual Morons: Smart People Fall For Stupid Ideas

    11/01/2004 7:18:13 AM PST · by OESY · 7 replies · 731+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 31, 2004 | Michael J. New
    Daniel Flynn's "Intellectual Morons" serves as a clarion call warning about the dangers of ideology. Flynn won ders why so many public intellectuals embarrass themselves by promoting foolish theories and opinions. The reason is simple, most of these individuals have abandoned rational argument in favor of ideology. According to Flynn, this blind adherence to ideology has led many scholars and activists to embrace ideas that are, at best, foolish and, at worst, dangerous. Each chapter chronicles the background and debunks the ideas of a prominent public intellectual.... Flynn is at his best when dealing with public intellectuals who are famous...
  • Vidal Baboon: well written criticism of Gore Vidal's anti-Americanism

    11/22/2003 4:29:14 AM PST · by risk · 3 replies · 596+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 03/18/2002 | Scott Galupo
    Font Size: Vidal Baboon By Scott Galupo  Published   03/18/2002   TCS  ALEXANDRIA, VA - Gore Vidal is a weird hybrid, an intellectual schizophrenic with equal affection for radical leftists like Noam Chomsky and America Firsters like Charles Lindbergh. In a 1992 lecture at Harvard University, Vidal described the radical half of his brain this way: "I am a radical reformer. The word 'radical' derives from the Latin word for root. Therefore, if you want to get to the root of anything you must be radical. It is no accident that the word has now been totally demonized by our masters,...
  • Uncensored Gore [Vidal's Complete Interview]

    11/12/2003 3:44:43 PM PST · by aculeus · 14 replies · 345+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | NOVEMBER 14 - 20, 2003 | Marc Cooper
    The take-no-prisoners social critic skewers Bush, Ashcroft and the whole damn lot of us for letting despots rule. It's lucky for George W. Bush that he wasn’t born in an earlier time and somehow stumbled into America’s Constitutional Convention. A man with his views, so depreciative of democratic rule, would have certainly been quickly exiled from the freshly liberated United States by the gaggle of incensed Founders. So muses one of our most controversial social critics and prolific writers, Gore Vidal. When we last interviewed Vidal just over a year ago, he set off a mighty chain reaction as he...
  • Developing! Bush, Ashcroft would be hanged by FFs.

    11/12/2003 8:04:23 AM PST · by WinOne4TheGipper · 27 replies · 171+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 11/12/03 | Matt Drudge
    Controversialist Gore Vidal To Suggest In Interview: Bush and Ashcroft would be 'hanged' by Founding Fathers; they are 'despots'.... Developing...
  • Gore Vidal: Bush and Ashcroft would be 'hanged' by Founding Fathers; they are 'despots' (Drudge)

    11/12/2003 7:24:33 AM PST · by sonsofliberty2000 · 45 replies · 747+ views
    Controversialist Gore Vidal To Suggest In Interview: Bush and Ashcroft would be 'hanged' by Founding Fathers; they are 'despots'.... Developing...
  • Hands-Off Left Is the Right of Old

    09/29/2003 5:34:56 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 2 replies · 217+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 29, 2003 | Ian Buruma
    Here is Gore Vidal, often hailed as the most important literary essayist in the US, a liberal maverick whose languid but always spirited voice of opposition to most US administrations since Kennedy's Camelot never fails to find the keen ears of the European liberal-Left. He was asked on Australian radio about what Vidal calls the "Bush-Cheney junta", and how the Iraqis could have been freed from Saddam Hussein's murderous regime without US force. His answer: "Don't you think that's their problem? That's not your problem and that's not my problem. There are many bad regimes on earth, we can list...