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Byron York and John Gibson on the "Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy"

Reported by Chrish - April 12, 2005

When two right-wingers discuss a "vast left-wing conspiracy" we can only expect for the left to come across as threatening, and that they did on The Big Story with John Gibson 4/12/05.

Byron York, author of "The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy: The Untold Story of How Democratic Operatives, Eccentric Billionaires, Liberal Activists, and Assorted Celebrities Tried to Bring Down a President- and Why They'll Try Even Harder Next Time" calling MoveOn.org a person, lumped the organization in with George Soros, Al Franken and Michael Moore as leaders of the anti-Bush movement.

York called the VLWC the "biggest, richest and best organized political movement in years, designed to defeat George Bush, didn't work, but now they're working hard, one, to defeat the president' policies on issues "like" the judiciary and Social Security, two, to elect a Democrat congress in '06 and three a president in '08."

Gibson said "Now Byron, the Vast Right-wing conspiracy, as enunciated by Hillary Clinton, the whole idea behind it was that all these people, meeting together, and plotting, and scheming and so forth, against President Clinton. Do you say that same thing is going on on the left, right now?"

"The vrwc which Mrs. Clinton coined in '98 during the "Lewinsky scandal" was kind of a shorthand for a very powerful conservative message machine that could inject new ideas into the political conversation, could attack its enemies and it could raise money and spur political action and liberals wanted exactly that and that's what they're building now, and as a matter of fact some of them are using the phrase 'vast left-wing conspiracy'. Last month Al Franken of Air America Radio said of Air America, we just want to be part of the vast left-wing conspiracy."

Gibson asks "So the money players are the usual suspects, the George Soros' of the world?"

York replies "Yeah, and it not just Soros. To give you an idea millions and millions and millions were pumped in by 527s" and goes on to detail the biggest Democrat donors. "So something big was going on last year."

Gibson asked how discouraged were they, and did they go away licking their wounds?

York replied that they did, for a few days, but are "very self-consciously creating a new machine that they hope will grow over the years. So very very quickly they got back to organizing." He adds that John Podesta's Center for American Progress appears to be modeled on the Heritage Foundation, and Air America Radio was created to counter Rush and Sean and others on the radio. "You also know, John, that they throw Fox News into that. They're hoping to start a television network or some sort of other network to communicate via television." (Comment: Progressive News: Straight and Objective. You heard it here first.)

Gibson, laughing: "Well, to quote George Bush: it's hard. It's very hard. They can try." "So what do you think - can you expect this same kind of success out of this left-wing template that the conservatives had?"

York says "One thing I say in the book is some conservatives are tempted to dismiss people like MoveOn.org and Michael Moore as left-wing nuts and but what I say in this book is they really need to take them seriously because they're smart, they're well-funded, they're very focused, they're very motivated and there's no reason that political conditions in the country could not change to favor Democrats. The "war on terror" could become less urgent in the public mind, or the public could simply become tired of Republicans and feel they've been in power too long, and if that happens this new machinery is right in place to take advantage of it."

Comment: I have never seen or heard anyone on Fox treat the "vast right-wing conspiracy" as anything other than a joke and the product of paranoid imaginations. Mostly it is ignored. Along comes a fledgling group of left-leaning political figures and NOW they can see a conspiracy.

While HRC's idea was ludicrous and silly, dismissed as all things liberal are on Fox, this VLWC is apparently worrisome. Good.

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