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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Thursday, January 23, 2003
12:57 PM

International Answer is getting a little more attention but still no hits in the mainstream since the San Jose Mercury News covered the question during the protests (unless I'm missing anything out there--tell me if I am). NRO's Byron York has a longish piece today:

The protest was put together by a group called International ANSWER, which stands for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism. ANSWER is an outgrowth of another group called the International Action Center, a San Francisco-based organization that showcases the work of Ramsey Clark, the Johnson administration attorney general who has specialized in anti-American causes. Both ANSWER and the International Action Center are closely allied with a small but energetic Marxist-Leninist organization known as the Workers World Party, which in its turbulent history has supported the Soviet interventions in Hungary and Czechoslovakia, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the Chinese government's crackdown in Tiananmen Square. Today, the WWP devotes much of its energy to supporting the regimes in Iraq and North Korea.

There's new stuff here, including a brief confrontation with a WWP leader who hurls invective at National Review. But back to the main problem:

Newspaper reports largely ignored what was said on the stage; the New York Times and Washington Post failed to mention much of anything that was said by ANSWER's speakers. The Times editorial page said the demonstration "represented what appears to be a large segment of the American public . . . [and was] impressive for the obvious mainstream roots of the marchers."
Surely the Times editorialist did not actually attend the march.

Separately, Kausfiles plays down the importance of International Answer but at least admits to hypocrisy:

Incomplete answer: ANSWER, one of groups sponsoring recent antiwar marches, seems to be associated with an old, hard left organization -- the Workers World Party (WWP) -- that supports various odious Communist and anti-American dictatorships. ...The WWP's role reflects badly on the marchers. On the other hand, I remember that during the Vietnam War, the biggest antiwar marches were organized by Trotskyists. That didn't automatically make the marches wrong, or make the war a wise use of American power.... [What if the organizers were Nazis or the Klan?-ed. I'd feel different. So sue me.]

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