CNN’s White Supremacist ‘Expert’

Rachel Tabachnik reports that one of the commentators that CNN has brought on repeatedly to talk about the George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn cases, Frank Taaffe, is a racist and a white supremacist. And this isn’t one of those situations where you have to put the worst spin on something. He’s pretty open about it:

Taaffe’s white supremacist “credentials” are extensive. Beginning in August of 2013, Taaffe hosted a weekly show on The White Voice Network, which describes itself as “media, news, and information for White people against White genocide.” Taaffe’s program is aptly named “Standing our Ground,” and is co-hosted with the author of the “Save White People Handbook,” Joe Adams. The Network’s guest list has included Tom Metzger, who founded White Aryan Resistance and who was praised by Joe Adams for his work against “niggers” and Jews.

Hosts and guests on The White Voice believe they must be proactive in defending themselves against the white genocide efforts of “niggers and mud people,” as Joe Adams describes in Episode 76. In that same episode, guest Tom Metzger warns that the “nonwhites are getting more brave and bold all the time.” Frank Taaffe’s remarks have been similarly offensive, as evidenced by this short clip from Episode 8 of “Standing Our Ground,” which has since been scrubbed from the White Voice Network’s website.

Transcript: Caller: I think I did use the name Oprah Winfrey, so would Oprah Winfrey qualify as a nigger to you?

Joseph Adams: To me she wouldn’t.

Frank Taaffe: I think she is.

Joseph Adams: Frank you go first, then.

Frank Taaffe: “Yeah, she’s a nigger because she keeps spewing out all that bullshit. She goes over to Switzerland and she says that the lady didn’t want to share a handbag because she thought that she couldn’t afford it, and she keeps just doing what she’s doing. She keeps stirring the pot. She keeps trying to promote her boy Obama. You know, Obama could do no wrong. You know, it’s birds of a feather, they flock together and stick together, and to me, she’s a nigger. Oprah Winfrey’s a nigger. She’s a nigger.”

Nice choice there, CNN.

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  • doublereed

    Hatewatch Blog Post about the same thing. It goes into some detail of the history of his racist views.

  • Modusoperandi

    Relax. Black people are the real racists. Why, I was out of my compound just the other day, on my way to buy ammunition, rations and a twelve pack of guard dogs at the PatrioMart, and black people call black people the n-word all the time. Case closed.

  • jnorris

    CNN, an employer of journalists and researchers, didn’t/couldn’t do a background check on a paid expert? Amazing.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    I stopped watching America’s most rusted name in news over 4 years ago. They seem determined that I will never regret that decision.

  • Modusoperandi

    jnorris “CNN, an employer of journalists and researchers…”

    An employer of what and what now?

  • Trebuchet

    I’ve seen Taffey-for-brains on CNN/HLN many times, since my wife watches all the trials and legal stuff. I don’t think they promote him as an “expert”, but as a friend of George Zimmerman. And I kind of doubt they’re actually paying him. Even Nancy Grace hates the guy!

  • yoav

    CNN, formerly an employer of journalists and researchers…

    They had them all fired and replaced by holograms.

  • colnago80

    Re Trebuchet @ #6

    Even Nancy Grace hates the guy!

    Not at all surprising. Grace hates all defendants, considering them guilty as charged and their defense lawyers shysters.

  • Tom Metzger

    Run for your lives the WHITE SEPARATISTS ARE COMING!!!The last few presidents killed hundreds of thousands an you wring your hands over Duttin.GGGGZZZZZ!

  • Area Man

    @9: Lolwhut?

  • freehand

    I think you’re right, Tom. The only defense for white supremacy is pointing out that there are other people, somewhere, who are worse.


    I’m not sure that Obama has killed all that many, however. He inherited two wars. You can’t just pull out in a week without all hell breaking lose. Don’t think he pulled out fast enough, however. Now Bush and company, they started a war based on lies, and millions are dead, raped, orphaned, widowed, or homeless because of it. A stable country – and counterbalance to Iran – has degenerated into a real hellhole, with many young folks in the Near East once again growing up watching the hated Western occupier make a mess of things. How many of them will be terrorists?

  • zenlike

    Don’t worry Areaman, Tom Metzger is a real life nazi. Notan exaggeration.

  • leonardschneider

    Damn, this is how long I’ve been away from the anti-fascism scene/organizers: I’ve never even heard of this Frank Taaffe dude.

    Oh, Tom! You’re still pulling air, huh?

    Tom Metzger ain’t nothing but a TV repair man who started WAR because he was too fucking weird for the Klan. And hey, that takes some doing.

    Yeah, some of us remember you from way back when you were in North County San Diego… Fallbrook, was it? Gonna make another run for Congress? Still plan to revolutionize the Democratic Party? How’s your kid, John? He must’ve been real bummed when the Hayden Lake compound got taken away (heh heh). Oh well, that’s what happens when your “movement” is made up of speedfreak trigger-happy simpletons with more hair than brains. Some of ’em stayed in Idaho, but plenty more scattered… And plenty of those allowed their brains to grow back in, realized what horrible bullshit they’d been believing, and dropped out of “The Movement” completely. As for you, I’m sure you’ve relocated to another “compound” made up of double-wides, underfed dogs, and home-armored trucks that don’t run. (And of course, plenty of AR-15s, the Barbie Doll of firearms.)

    My head says it wants you to stay in place and shut up. My adrenaline wants you to try having another rally in Union Square in SF: you better believe I’ll drive down for it. If not for the cops, the ones in the early ’90s could have been more “fun” than they were: good thing SFPD was there to protect your minions, although enough bottles got through to make the day unpleasant for you chumps. (Side note: I’d like to thank the winos of San Francisco for providing an ample selection of ammunition.) The sight of the police vans that carted your shaved-headed cretins off must have been a real relief, too.

    Really, you and your amigos have pretty much botched everything you’ve ever tried; I think “chronic failure” would be an apt description. Plus, you’re pretty old and decrepit at this point. It’s time to take up golf, trade all your firearms for porno DVDs, and never fucking speak again for the rest of your life.

    (Dammit, I’m too old for this bullshit; I don’t even own a pair of steel toes anymore.)

  • Childermass

    White supremacists are not racists….

    That is what they really claim.

    Did I ever mention that my family is really, really, really, really, [repeat a few hundred more times] right wing? So I have gotten used to seeing Facebook memes from White History Month and Minority Report both of which are thoroughly and vilely white supremacists sites. Here is an example of something from the Minority Report that was posted by a relative.

    [It not a racial thing, but Obama should be arrested by the military on the charge of being Kenyan.]

    Speaking of crap from Facebook, I got this one recently:

    The article contradicted the headline and the article misrepresented what environmentalists claimed.

    Quick googles find this guy claims that the statement that smoking is bad for you is a fraud by money-grubbing scientists:

    I also got a relative rather active in anti-gay bigotry. I am dreading the day which I hear about this person in the news.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    to me, she’s a nigger. Oprah Winfrey’s a nigger. She’s a nigger.”

    And to me and most other decent rational people, Frank Taaffe, that says a whole lot more about you than it does her.

    Namely that you really are a disgusting racist.

    @9. Tom Metzger : Why should we run? Hint : Many of us here, me for one are white. Are you saying white supremacists are like the Mongol hordes or attacking Huns and Vandals / Visigoths or something?

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    PS. Just because my skin is white doesn’t mean I have anything incommon with idiots who think itmake sthem superior to anyone whose skin colour isn’t.

    Skin colour is irrelevant. We’re all humans with our common ancestors orginating in the Rift Valley of Africa. There are no sub-species of human. We’re all individuals. All people. Some of us know that, some, well, don’t or don’t want to – but its still fact.

    Unless we’re maybe talking about whether someone needs to wear sunscreen on a high UV day or not.

  • BMcHell

    In addition to being a racist dirtbag, Frank Taaffe has a documented record that includes prior arrests and/or court cases involving battery [1], repeated domestic violence [2] and at least one DUI [3]. Note that this list may not be exhaustive – but it sure seems to be representative.




  • Ichthyic

    *bows at feet of Mr. Schneider @ 13*

    that was a thing of beauty.

    you burned Metzger to a proverbial cinder.

  • BMcHell

    Hi there is there anything I need to do to get my comment through moderation? Does it violate terms or something?

  • Modusoperandi

    BMcHell, use two links or less. And, no, comments never come out of moderation. That’s where Ed Brayton hides his pot of gold.

  • BMcHell

    Modusoperandi, LOL @ Ed’s pot of gold. Thanks for the clarification, much obliged.

  • BMcHell

    In addition to being an unabashed racist dirtbag, Frank Taaffe has had multiple prior run-ins with the law, including battery and repeated instances of domestic violence,[1] as well as at least one DUI.[2]

    It’s a sad commentary on American culture when someone like this is given a national stage and such a large megaphone.

    [1] Orange County Clerk of the Court website, search for “Taaffe, Frank”


  • leonardschneider

    @ Ichthyic (#16):

    Thanks. Follow these cruds like I used to, and it’s shooting fish in a barrel: I grew up in San Diego, so the local news would keep everyone apprised of Metzger’s assholery. After moving to East Bay, I was involved with the anti-fascist “scene,” which provided info on the white supremacists, plus battling against the local Nazi skinheads…. Both figuratively and very literally.

    They’d occasionally do our work for us: the WAR — White Aryan Resistance — skins didn’t get along with the (initially prison-based) SWP — Supreme White Power — skins, so they’d fight each other. It’s why I’ve never terribly worried about any kind of united front among white supremacists: none of the different factions get along at all, so at the very least they’ll refuse to work together, and quite often openly fight each other, especially the young ones with shaved heads….