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Russell Means Update

by  David A. Lehrer

January 7, 2010 | 6:36 pm

After a brief vacation break,

The Wide Angle

is back.

While we were away, there was lots of activity on our blog site related to our December 16th blog on Russell Means (“A Vile Character Performs at the Taper”) and his long record of bizarre and bigoted comments. There were nearly two dozen comments on the blog and several more sent to me at my Community Advocates’ email address.

A good number of the comments were ad hominem asides directed at me by Means and his acolytes.There were no refutations or denials of the accuracy of my observations (the only slight correction is that on the blog I cited the lead comment on Means’ homepage that he was “the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse;” it is the opening line but, to be punctiliously accurate, the puffery’s source is the Los Angeles Times. As immodest as it may be to have that as the opening on one’s homepage, Means


attribute the quote to the Times).

The truth of what I wrote about Means and his political positions is still on target; the effort to offer a “context” that mitigates incendiary comments is pointless—-extremism is extremism whether candy-coated or offered straight.

I still have no intention to frequent the Taper in the next two and a half weeks.

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