Jason “I’m fighting the Culture War Here So I Don’t Have To Fight The Terrorists There” Mattera Plays Soldier On FOX News
Reported by Ellen - March 18, 2008 -
Chickenhawk Jason Mattera, whose “explanation” for not enlisting in the war on terror is that he’s fighting the culture war here at home, was given the opportunity to pose as a warrior on Hannity & Colmes last night (3/17/08) as he bragged about his confrontation with real-life veteran John Kerry. Mattera has quite an interesting past, which I’ll detail after the jump, none of which was revealed to Hannity & Colmes viewers. With video.
The excuse for bringing on Mattera was the 2008 Winter Soldier conference just held in Washington. It was named after the 1971 Winter Soldier Investigation into the Vietnam War which launched John Kerry’s career. But, rather than discuss either Winter Soldier event, “fair and balanced” FOX News allowed Mattera to sling accusations at Kerry and others who have spoken out against the war then and now without any opposing guest. Substitute co-host Kirsten Powers didn't offer much in the way of debate, either, even in her disproportionately brief time with Mattera.
Mattera talked tough about standing up for our troops but that doesn’t mean he’s about to put his fanny on the front lines any time soon. As he told Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball in 2005, the reason he’s not in Iraq is because he’s “fighting the battle of ideas.”
MoFo Mattera’s latest mission was to stake out John Kerry and take such risks as asking, “Do you think they will make slanderous accusations?” about the 2008 Winter Soldiers. It was not an easy assignment. In order to speak with Kerry, Mattera had to sit through several hours of a committee hearing. “It was a grueling, grueling process,” Mattera said. I’ll bet! But his bravery was rewarded, not just with the interview with Kerry but with a prime time appearance on FOX News where nobody asked him any tough questions.
“I wanted to see if there was going to be frauds,” Mattera bragged.
Mattera is hardly in a position to play the standard bearer for truth and accuracy. In a 2004 appearance on CNN, during an appearance protesting affirmative action, Mattera admitted to Daryn Kagan that he had taken a scholarship from the Hispanic College Fund, a fund restricted to minorities. When Kagan asked why, if he was so offended by scholarships based on race, he had not given the money back, Mattera answered, “Well, Hispanic is not a race. Hispanic is -- you can't tell me what color Hispanic is. It's white, blank, Indian, Asian, Hispanic. It's not a race-based scholarship.”
Mattera first came to national attention in 2003 when he wrote in a college newsletter what SourceWatch described as a “bullying and venomous attack” on the mother of Matthew Shepard, a young man who was beaten and killed for being gay, after she gave a speech promoting tolerance at Mattera’s school. In the same newsletter, Mattera “joked” that “militant homosexual activists and pedophiles nationwide condemned the FDA’s food pyramid as ‘bigoted’ and ‘hateful’ because ‘anus’ and ‘penis’ were not listed as separate food groups.
If you’d like to contact Mattera and remind him that he’s probably young enough to fight the culture war at home after he returns from a real battle, you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.