(image: YouTube/Milo Yiannopoulos on Realtime with Bill Maher)
By Rick Amato
Milo Yiannopoulos has been disinvited by CPAC, dropped by Simon & Schuster and by the time you read this article he may have had his employment terminated by Breitbart. I say good riddance.
CPAC had no choice but to distance itself- more like run away from- Milo. The last thing the Conservative Political Action Committee needs is to co-brand itself with someone who questions the definition of the word pedophilia. It’s one thing to make a mistake. But it’s another to shoot yourself in the head which CPAC organizers would have done had they permitted to Milo to take center stage. What about the President? Trump is scheduled to speak at CPAC on Friday. Given his relationship with the media and recent news events do you think he wants follow a speaker who in a Youtube video suggested that minors as young as 13 were “sexually mature” enough for relations with adults?
Oh I know Milo has his loyal fans out there- of which there are many- who are crying foul and saying his freedom of speech has been trampled upon. How so? No one is denying him his right to speak. He just won’t be able to do it as an invited guest speaker at CPAC. Speaking at CPAC is a privilege offered by its executive management. Not a constitutional right.
Milo and his loyal supporters also claim that the Youtube video of his comments have been selectively edited and point to the fact that he has since denounced pedophilia as a “vile and disgusting crime.” Kudos to him for denouncing but the fact that he even had to speaks volumes. In fact it’s sad. In one video clip he says, “We’re talking about age 13-25, 13-28 year olds — these things do happen perfectly consensually”.
I’ve always viewed Milo as being 75% entertainer and 25% political commentator. I assumed the only reason he was at Breitbart in the first place was because of his vast loyal following which translates into clicks which translates into advertising revenue. In other words as long as he didn’t scare too many traditional advertisers away he was overall good for business.
On the one hand one can’t help but feel a bit of sadness for the guy. On Monday Milo revealed that he was a child abuse victim and that experience has, “led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous.” Tragic.
He can still bounce back however despite his recent losses and for his sake I hope he does. After all Ann Coulter has the distinction of having been disinvited from CPAC in 2008 and 2015 and it hasn’t hurt her career and of course he can always self publish. The one thing he won’t be doing though is speaking at CPAC this year. That’s a good thing.
The former Executive Director for Southwest U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Rudy Camacho, says the wall will make citizens safer on both sides of the U.S./ Mexico border and he offers proof. Camacho also says Trump is not a bigot who is out to get Mexico, instead it’s the media who is out to get him by creating a false narrative.
According to the pop culture narrative being put forth by the corporate media President Donald J. Trump is an anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, nationalistic, angry white man. To be sure he is white, and is a member of the male gender species and there certainly are times where he would have been well advised to choose the use of his words more carefully, but is he really all that which the corporate media portrays him to be? I think we all know the answer to that question. I mean we are talking about the U.S. mainstream media here after all. They invented the term Fake News. Just ask veteran news anchors Dan Rather and Brian Williams.
On the issue of being anti-Muslim the media has gone out of its way not to interview or present Muslim voices who support the President. They do exist, and they exist at levels of highly influential, intelligent Muslim leaders with large followings. Earlier this week I interviewed two such men at ‘Politics and Profits’ the podcast, named Sherkoh Abbas and Dr. Zuhdi Jasser. Abbas- based out of Washington, D.C. is President of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria. Jasser more widely known by the general public due to his Fox News appearances is President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement and a former lieutenant commander in the United States Navy. Both men told me that while have not always agreed with everything the President has said, they each view Trump’s election as ‘positive news’ in the war against radical Islam and for their respective communities. In the case of Dr. Jasser that would be Muslim-Americans and for Abbas that would be Kurds living in Syria, Iraq and here at home. Both men have had their voices shut out or ignored by the mainstream since the election of Trump.
Interestingly both men were highly critical of the previous Obama administration, but for different reasons. For starters Abbas states that his group gave valuable, time-sensitive, on-the ground intelligence in Iraq to Obama officials about the growth, whereabouts and tactics of ISIS. This was before Iraq fell to ISIS control. The Obama administration ignored their warnings and then later scapegoated the U.S. intel community. How ironic is that given today’s news cycle? Jasser on the other hand says his voice was not simply ignored by the previous administration but shut out. This despite rhetoric by President Obama asking Muslim Americans for their input and support in fighting extremism.
Both men told me they agree with the messaging and the tactics used by the Trump Administration in fighting radical Islam and went into great detail why. Neither man feels Trump is an anti-Muslim bigot and in fact scoff at the notion. But don’t expect that to be reported by the American mainstream media anytime soon. If ever.
To listen to my full interviews with Sherkoh Abbas, President of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria and Dr. Zuhdi Jasser of American Islamic Forum for Democracy.
“Capitalism From The Inside Out”. That is the name of the timely, upcoming new book by Financier Ziad Abdelnour. Abdelnour explains why it is more important than ever to ‘do as Wall does, not as Wall Street says’ . He joins Rick to explain why.