We’re all used to Joseph Farah saying dumb things; hell, if you took out all the dumb things his “news” outlet would barely exist. But in a column about Paula Deen he simply invents an alternate history. In other words, he tells a great big whopper of a lie:
Paula Deen is a Democrat through and through – which really shouldn’t surprise anyone given that her party was founded as the political wing of the Ku Klux Klan and fought desegregation and civil rights through the early 1960s.
No. That’s a lie. The Democratic party was founded decades before the KKK existed, in the 1830s, by Martin Van Buren and Andrew Jackson. The KKK did not exist until after the Civil War. And while it’s true that it was the Republican party on the right side in the civil war and for decades afterward, that all changed in the late 50s and early 60s when LBJ pushed through the Civil Rights Act and nearly all the Dixiecrats — racist southern politicians like Strom Thurmond — switched parties and joined the Republicans precisely because they were the party in opposition to civil rights at the time. Farah knows this, of course, he just doesn’t care even a tiny little bit about the truth.
But what makes this especially amusing is that Farah lists a bunch of reasons why he doesn’t like Paula Deen. Remember, she’s a Democrat and they’re all racist and stuff. And then:
So it comes down to this: Whom do I like least – Paula Deen or her persecutors?
For me, it’s an easy call. I despise her persecutors.
That’s why I directed my company’s retail division to offer all of Paula Deen’s books to the public – and to promote them as well. Why? To stick a finger in the eye of those pompous, self-righteous publishers, TV networks, big-box chain stores and everyone else looking to raise themselves up by tearing down Paula Deen.
In fact, I’ll go one further: If Paula Deen is looking for a publisher who still believes in free enterprise and the First Amendment to distribute her new book, I’m just a phone call or email away.
Let me translate that: “I don’t like her. She’s a typical racist Democrat. But I’d sure love to make a buck off her.” Very principled, Joe.