VINDICATION TIMES TWO
December 16, 2002
Over the years I have focused my columns on news beyond the mainstream. Often mine is a minority or contrarian rant. However, not infrequently my righteous indignation is eventually vindicated.
* Sub dermal biochips
* Privacy issues
* Home schooling
* Government hypocrisy
* Revisionist history
* Second amendment issues
* Media Bias
* Abuse of Power under the color of authority
However, I have never been graced with two “I told you so” opportunities at one time.
I was not the Lone Ranger in my criticism of Henry Kissinger being appointed to head up the post 9/11 investigation http://www.newswithviews.com/metcalf/metcalf26.htm Remarkably few (left, right, liberal or conservative) had much good to say about the senior hubris driven power broker.
Despite his apparent visceral need to ‘get in play’ and his pathologic ‘Jonesing’ for lost White House access, the erstwhile Dr. K apparently suffered the reality check that “actions DO have consequences.”
Henry Kissinger resigned as chairman of the 9/11 commission allegedly because of controversy over potential conflicts of interest with his business clients. Kinda….sorta….. The avoided reality is EVERYone smelled a manipulative conniving rat.
According to the former secretary of state, "It is clear that, although specific potential conflicts can be resolved in this manner, the controversy would quickly move to the consulting firm I have built and own.” He wrote President Bush, “I have, therefore, concluded that I cannot accept the responsibility you proposed."
The resignation came in the wake of the panel's vice chairman, former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, D-Maine, already having resigned Wednesday, partly because of pressures to quit his law firm.
President Bush pledged to find a replacement to "uncover every detail and learn every lesson of Sept. 11, even as we act on what we have learned so far to better protect and defend America." I don’t think so….. The President didn’t want an independent investigation from the jump. The appointment of two “fixers” like Hank and George underscored the inevitability of another “Warren Commission”.
Meanwhile Dr K can go back to cutting shadowy deals for his communist red Chinese buddies.
Professor Michael Bellesilles’ resignation from Emory University is official December 31st. He was pressured to leave in the wake of the controversy surrounding his revisionist book “Arming America” in which he claimed American colonists did not, by and large, own or value firearms. Yeah right!
In December of 2000 when the controversy erupted I interviewed Dr. Joyce Malcom. http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/qa/21237.html She claimed Mikey cherry picked his facts to support his revisionist fiction. A few months later I interviewed historian Clayton Cramer who claimed, “Bellesilles flat-out made stuff up.” http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/qa/22899.html
Real scholars began to document errors in "Arming America." LOTS of errors, gross errors, egregious errors … and fictions.
In May, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced it was withdrawing its sponsorship from a fellowship awarded to Bellesiles through the Newberry Library in Chicago.
What took so long?! The book came out in the fall of 2000. Professor Malcolm wrote a piece eviscerating the Bellesilles thesis in Reason magazine shortly after the book was released. I interviewed her on the air in December 2000. The scholastic feeding frenzy followed throughout 2001. And still, the academic fiction had not been resolved?
In My August 26th column I asked, “And by the way, what about the committee that bestowed the once-prestigious Bancroft Award?”
Well, I recently received an email from Dr. Glynn Custred (co-author of California’s Prop 209 who also graciously wrote the forward to my new book In The Arena).
Glynn wrote, “I just heard that Columbia University has rescinded the Bancroft Award given to Bellesiles for his disengenous book. It did not meet the standards of historical scholarship. Columbia wants the prize money back.
My response was, “Very Cool! However how much of it do you really think is 'standards' versus the embarrassment of the excrement storm??”
Dr. Custred replied, “It was the storm, of course. "Standards" were just the excuse.”
To which I replied, “Duplicity from academic purists? I am shocked and amazed.....not.”
Both the resignation of Kissinger and the delayed justice of the Bellesiles renunciation have very little to do with my modest efforts and a whole lot to do with changes in the information dynamic.
It is a matter of (believe it or not) physics. Nature abhors a vacuum. If or when happenstance or complicity creates a vacuum….any vacuum….something will fill the void.
Talk radio and the Internet have provided a forum whereby people CAN get information that once upon the mainstream media successfully denied the huddled masses. The success of Fox News is surprising only in that others with greater resources haven’t gotten hip…yet.
Hey, enquiring minds DO want to know……
© 2002 Geoff Metcalf - All Rights Reserved
Geoff is a veteran media performer. He has had an eclectic professional background covering a wide spectrum of radio, television, magazine, and newspapers. A former Green Beret and retired Army officer he is in great demand as a speaker. Metcalf has hosted his radio talk show on the ABC/Disney owned and operated KSFO and in worldwide syndication. www.geoffmetcalf.com