The ACLU exposes itself. That is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points" memo.
Over the past few weeks, the ACLU has taken out three attack President Bush ads in The New York Times, full-page ads. Quoting the civil liberties people, "Mr. Bush broke the law in the NSA phone tap deal and is as bad as Richard Nixon."
Of course, Mr. Bush is entitled to due process and a fair hearing, something the ACLU is supposed to champion, but the ACLU has convicted the president in a ridiculous display of political partisanship.
At this point, anyone who thinks the ACLU is looking out for the folks, sticking up for your rights, is absolutely hopeless. The American Civil Liberties Union has become the attack dog in the secular progressive jihad to change the culture and political landscape in America.
The proof for that assertion lies with the moneymen. The top ACLU donor is far left businessman Peter Lewis, who has given the organization about $25 million, $25 million since 2001. Obviously, a colossal amount of money.
Lewis wants legalized drugs, a libertine society. He is a true far-left believer. His pal, George Soros, another far-left fanatic, has donated more than $5 million to the ACLU since 1998. Soros is also behind the radical left organization Move On, which routinely coordinates with the ACLU.
The executive director and point man for the civil liberties group is 39-year-old Anthony Romero, another far-left guy, who actively opposes most traditional beliefs. Romero's a former Ford Foundation executive. And while he was at that operation, it gave at least $7 million to the ACLU. So it's no surprise Romero is now running the place.
So when you combine Lewis and Soros and Romero, you have three radical Americans who are bent on changing this country. And all this nonsense about protecting rights is a ruse.
Even former ACLU board members, like Michael Myers, are fed up with the radical direction of the ACLU. I spoke with Mr. Myers on "The Radio Factor" today.
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MICHAEL MYERS, FMR. ACLU BOARD MEMBER: The ACLU is flush with money. It has a lot of money, and not just from Peter B. Lewis and not just from George Soros. It has a lot of money.
It's all about fundraising, and the lefty loony agenda of Anthony Romero, its term executive director. But this particular ad and the ads before that will generate revenues because it appeals to the hard left.
The ACLU has, in fact and in effect, been taken over by the hard left.
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O'REILLY: Romero — I should say Myers referring to the full-page ads attacking President Bush in The New York Times.
So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. That's from the inside. And Myers is no convert. He's still a civil libertarian. He's telling you the truth. The ACLU is no longer about liberties, or the Constitution, or the regular folks. It is about imposing a radical agenda on America. And you can take that to the bank. And that's “The Memo.”
The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day
Let's take a look at how the media covered the Letterman-O'Reilly chat the other day.
Writing in the New York Post, Adam Buckman was fair and balanced. Verne Gay of Newsday was basically fair but made a make when he wrote that I blasted Letterman on the "Radio Factor." I did not blast Dave. I have no problem with Dave. I just disagree with him on some issues.
Newsday.com, however, was ridiculous, inaccurate and dumb. Same for People magazine's web site coverage. It was blatantly dishonest. Somebody there at People magazine on the web site should be fired for misleading People readers.
Detroit News, fair. London, England, Times, fair.
All in all, the coverage was not ridiculous, at least not yet. But things like this have a way of evolving. We'll keep you posted.
And if you want to see the whole Letterman-O'Reilly chat, it is posted onBillOReilly.com.
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