And the rhetoric leaking from Geller and Spencer has found sympathetic ears. After Anders Breivik launched an attack on a Norway youth camp that left 77 dead last year, police found a manifesto he penned on the "Islamic Colonization of Europe." Spencer was cited 162 times; Geller was mentioned in 12 instances.

"Geller and Spencer are probably the most important propagandizing Islamophobes in the world," Beirich says. "These people's voices speak very loudly — not just here in the United States, but overseas. And what they do is make Muslim populations susceptible to hate violence."

Yet despite the link between slash-and-burn rhetoric and Norwegian body counts, conservative activists continue to agitate — pushing even beyond Horowitz's comfort zone.

David Horowitz rants at the 2011 conservative gathering CPAC,
Mark Taylor
David Horowitz rants at the 2011 conservative gathering CPAC,
The Horowitz Freedom Center "Where Are They Now?" ad that ran in campus newspapers including the January 23, 2012, edition of The Lantern at Ohio State University.
The Horowitz Freedom Center "Where Are They Now?" ad that ran in campus newspapers including the January 23, 2012, edition of The Lantern at Ohio State University.

This summer, while protesters rioted in Egypt, Yemen and Tunisia over the film Innocence of Muslims, Geller was prepping a series of ads for New York City and Washington, D.C., subway cars. The text read: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

"Pam, I think she's a very brave woman," Horowitz says. "But she goes over the edge a little bit. The word 'savages'.... I would have used the word 'barbarians.'" 

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I picked this story up off the rack because the subtitle caught my eye: "sometimes he's actually right"?  I was genuinely curious to see what you would say, but for pages I got nothing but discussion about how Horowitz is a nutty radical. No news there. 

Then, you finally get around to what seems like it's the point: "But sometimes Horowitz does more than burnish a nugget of truth into a rockslide of indignation. Sometimes — as in the case of Florida State —he's actually right." Ok, now we're getting somewhere. I'm curious to see how you argue he doesn't just cherry-pick facts and blow them out of proportion, but is actually right about some things.

Instead we get a highly selective list of the few MSA members among thousands that have become terrorists. Wait--I think to myself--he's still cherry-picking; you can't construe this as evidence that all Muslim interest groups are bad. Fortunately, you end this section by acknowledging exactly this point: "In short: Broad-brushing the entire group is akin to labeling all evangelical Christians as freaks on parwith the Westboro Baptist Church. But Horowitz and his followers are willing to sew these instances into a distinctive pattern. Because that's just good business for David Horowitz." In other words, toparaphrase you by quoting you: he "burnish[ed] a nugget of truth into a rockslide of indignation." 

Oh, and none of the nuggets of truth have anything to do with Florida State.The rest of the article continues to observe that Horowitz is a nutty radical, which, again, is not news.

You're a hack.

 
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