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Cliff Kincaid

Cliff Kincaid is a right-wing writer and activist who has been a longtime critic of the United Nations and other multinational organizations. He is also a writer and editor at Accuracy in Media (AIM), a right-wing media "watchdog" organization. He has received significant support for his work from foundations controlled by right-wing financier Richard Mellon Scaife, who has funded AIM as as well as Kincaid's own organization, America's Survival. America's Survival is dedicated to "educat[ing] the American people and to expos[ing] the influence of global institutions, including an International Criminal Court, on their lives." The organization appears to be run from Kincaid's personal residence.

AIM was founded in 1969 by the late right-wing economist Reed Irvine, and it has served as an incubator for unfounded right-wing allegations and conspiracy theories:

  • During the 1999 war in Kosovo, Kincaid and Irvine accused the Clinton administration of "demonizing" then-Yugoslavian leader Slobodan Milosevic -- currently on trial at the Hague on charges of genocide and war crimes.
  • A February 1, 2005 "AIM Report" repeated misleading allegations that "officials of the United Nations ... started a campaign blaming the U.S. for being 'stingy' and 'slow' to respond to the Asian tsunami disaster." In fact, the U.N. official who made the "stingy" remark, undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs Jan Egeland, was referring to Western countries as a whole and never singled out the United States.
  • A February 25 commentary by Kincaid falsely claimed that the controversy over Jeff Gannon, a Republican activist posing as a White House reporter, began because the "liberal-dominated" White House press corps "went ballistic when Gannon's pointed question to the President was picked up by Rush Limbaugh." In fact, Limbaugh did not "pick up" Gannon's question; to the contrary, Gannon's question was based on a false statement Limbaugh had already made about Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and Limbaugh later bragged that he inspired Gannon's question.
  • AIM falsely accused Democrats of secretly authoring a "talking points" memo that described the Terri Schiavo case as a "great political issue" for Senate Republicans. After casting suspicion on the origins of the memo by labeling it a "dirty trick," Kincaid even went so far as asking The Washington Post to "admit their error" in reporting the memo's likely Republican origins. One week after AIM's second press release attacking the media for their "error," Republican Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) admitted publicly that one of his aides was the true author of the memo. Even then, Kincaid still claimed that "the use of this memo in a spate of anti-Republican stories on the Schiavo case still looks like a Democratic Party dirty trick. Indeed, the evidence on this score is stronger than ever."
  • Though his America's Survival organization, Kincaid called for the extradition of Newsweek investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff to Afghanistan for his role in writing a later-retracted Newsweek article reporting claims of Quran abuse by U.S. troops. Kincaid has repeatedly claimed that the article touched off violent, fatal protests in Afghanistan, despite accounts from Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard Myers and Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the violence in question was not tied to the Newsweek article.

Kincaid on the media

"Journalism is a funny business." [6/9/05]

"It looks like Fox has been used by one of its chief critics to advance his radical environmental agenda. It's a sad day for this once-conservative network." [11/11/05]

"I think that Brit Hume and his hour long evening news program have a conservative tilt. I don't think we can deny that. I don't think that he would deny that." [6/9/05]

Kincaid on homosexuality

"His [Howard Dean's] success will depend on concealing the facts about Dean's homosexual experiment [which purportedly "implemented the homosexual agenda" in Vermont] -- and how he has used young people as sexual guinea pigs." [12/10/03]

"The problem with the [Tucker] Carlson show [on MSNBC] is the format, which places too much emphasis on his guests, including a regular named Rachel Maddow, a radio host on Air America who is described as the first out-of-the-closet lesbian to be named a Rhodes Scholar. She is a lesbian with hair so short that she looks like a man." [8/1/05]

"The Washington Post is emerging as a virtual house organ of the homosexual-rights movement." [7/20/03]

"That's right -- conservative Fox News was a sponsor of the gay media convention, in addition to the Washington Post, New York Times and other Big Media organizations." [7/15/04]

"In the fallout from the Supreme Court's [Lawrence v. Texas] decision upholding homosexual rights, the media failed to note something peculiar -- the so-called 'conservative' Cato Institute had taken the side of the homosexuals." [7/1//2003]

Kincaid on other topics

"The United Nations is one of the most sacred cows in the media." [1/20/05]

"Why join the Armed Forces when you not only have to fight the terrorists but the American media, which is doing their best to make our soldiers out to be human-rights abusers, torturers and killers?" [5/27/05]

"So the case against [Jeff] Gannon boils down to being too pro-Republican, writing stories with a conservative slant, and being linked to conduct, homosexuality, that is accepted and celebrated by those who were going after Gannon in the first place." [2/10/05]

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