Today's NYT editorial on nativists and immigration mentions Pinkerton as one of the players. Although some people had been telling me that the Houston Chronicle is not as right wing as it used to be, finding out who Pinkerton really is, makes me think that the Chronicle may still be in the 1950s. It makes sense that the Houston suburbs are so strongly Republican. What do you expect if they are reading the work of someone like Pinkerton?
I write about Pinkerton because I see his articles from time to time, and have noted their slant to the right. Lately he has written with Susan Carroll who also is writing such anti-immigrant fluff that some of my colleagues will no longer speak to her.
Maybe Houston's newspaper thinks that it will continue to be solvent in these bad times by pandering to hate. They need to be careful. Remember what happened to so many of the Republicans in Congress.
see "Willie Horton & Me," by Antony Walton, New York Times, August 20, 1989
see "Anti-Immigrant Electoral Campaign "The New Willie Horton" Rooted in Old Racism," - by Roberto Novato, Huffington Post, November 7, 2007
The Nativists are Restless
New York Times
February 1, 2009
...Last week at the National Press Club in Washington, a group seeking to speak for the future of the Republican Party declared that its November defeats in Congressional races stemmed not from having been too hard on foreigners, but too soft.
The group, the American Cause, released a report arguing that anti-immigration absolutism was still the solution for the party’s deep electoral woes, actual voting results notwithstanding. Rather than “pander to pro-amnesty Hispanics and swing voters,” as President Bush and Karl Rove once tried to do, the report’s author, Marcus Epstein, urged Republicans to double down on their efforts to run on schemes to seal the border and drive immigrants out...
...What was perhaps more notable than the report itself was the team that delivered it. It included Bay Buchanan, former adviser to Representative Tom Tancredo and sister of Pat, who founded the American Cause and wrote “State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America.” She was joined by James Pinkerton, an essayist and Fox News contributor who, as an aide to the first President Bush, took credit for the racist Willie Horton ads run against Michael Dukakis...more