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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Do As I Say

This is going to cause some controversey.

A new book by a top investigative journalist exposes the blatant hypocrisy of liberals who loudly espouse principles they disregard in their own personal lives.

In "Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy," Hoover Fellow Peter Schweizer reveals the glaring contradictions between the public stances and real-life behavior of prominent liberals including Michael Moore, Ted Kennedy, Al Franken, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Ralph Nader – among others.

Among the eye-opening revelations of "Do As I Say":

Filmmaker Michael Moore insists that corporations are evil and claims he doesn't invest in the stock market due to moral principle. But Moore's IRS forms, viewed by Schweizer, show that over the past five years he has owned shares in such corporate giants as Halliburton, Merck, Pfizer, Sunoco, Tenet Healthcare, Ford, General Electric and McDonald's.

(He also clearly eats a substantial number of his meals at McDonalds.)

Ralph Nader is another liberal who claims that unions are essential to protect worker rights. But when an editor of one of his publications tried to form a union to ameliorate miserable working conditions, the editor was fired and the locks changed on the office door.

Self-described socialist Noam Chomsky has described the Pentagon as "the most vile institution on the face of the earth" and lashed out against tax havens and trusts that benefit only the rich. But Chomsky has been paid millions of dollars by the Pentagon over the last 40 years, and he used a venerable law firm to set up his irrevocable trust to shield his assets from the IRS.


  • Such things are just as easily said about either prominent liberals or prominent conservatives I presume. Do such attack books really sell to anyone other than their base anyway?

    By Anonymous Scott, at 11:34 AM  

  • Noam Chomsky has been paid millions of dollars by the Pentagon? Why?

    By Blogger MDS, at 11:58 AM  

  • Before I post this, a few things:

    1. This post was by Danny, not I.

    2. This book is clearly one of the many politically themed Hannity-esque books, and probably not worth reading.

    3. I really, really hate Noam Chomsky.

    But, in the interest of fairness, here is the context of the Pentagon allegation:

    Chomsky's entrance into the world of academe came in 1955 when he received his PhD. He was already a political radical, having determined at the age of ten that capitalism and the American military-industrial complex were dangerous and repugnant. You might think that Chomsky, being a linguist, worked for the MIT Linguistics Department when he joined the faculty. But in fact, Chomsky chose to work for the Research Laboratory of Electronics, which was funded entirely by the Pentagon and a few multinational corporations. Because of the largesse from this "menace to human life," lab employees like Chomsky enjoyed a light teaching load, an extensive staff, and a salary that was roughly 30 percent higher than equivalent positions at other universities.

    Over the next half century, Chomsky would make millions by cashing checks from "the most hideous institution on this earth."

    So it's not like he was actually on the Pentagon payroll or anything. In this case, it's overblown (in my opinion).

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 12:31 PM  

  • From what little I know of Chomsky's academic work, he did some fairly significant research into the classification of grammars and these classifications are used by some people in the computer science field who do research on computer languages and natural language processing. I would assume that this is what the Pentagon was interested in, MDS.

    By Blogger dhodge, at 3:16 PM  

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