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The recent events featuring Jim Schifrin’s hardcore racist newsletter, The Whistleblower, are reminiscent of assassination jokes he published just over a year ago—which we forwarded to the United States Secret Service. Political dissent is one thing, but when are people from all political persuasions going to stand up against intimidation and threats? No matter one’s position on Steve Driehuas’ politics, his family and his home have no place in the crossfire of explosive public debate.
When we called on area leaders to denounce the assassination jokes and racist language in The Whistleblower, COAST’s Jason Gloyd took the opportunity to write an extensive defense of Schifrin’s writing, characterizing it as important free speech. Here is one of Gloyd’s points:
Fourth, despite the Blower’s frequently (too frequently for our tastes) vulgar and offensive content, I want to be clear that on occasion (including the Brinkman 2000 rebellion, Super-Sized Jail Tax campaign, the Red Light Camera campaign), it has been an important outlet for messages that are not accepted by establishment politicians and media. In the Brinkman race and the Super-Sized Jail Tax campaign, the news and opinions the Blower presented were critical to COAST (and other’s) successes. We do not promote the Blower, but at the same time we do recognize the value that publication occasionally has provided – as many in the alternate media provide.
Say what you will about our own efforts at The Beacon, but we have never advocated for bothering people at their homes! This kind of acknowledgment and acceptance of Schifrin’s work ultimately serves to authorize the kind of threating language Schifrin has employed against not only Driehaus, but his wife and children.
Yesterday, Driehaus’ office offered this media statement:
The Whistleblower, a far-right-wing publication in Cincinnati, today published Rep. Driehaus’s home address with a link to directions, urging readers to protest at the Congressman’s home this Sunday. Today’s headline in The Whistleblower is “Tea Party Vows Revenge.” Link here: http://thecincinnatusstandard.com/Whistleblower_Newswire_Wednesday_March_24_2010.mht.
This comes during the same one-week period that a right-wing special interest group published a photo of Rep. Driehaus and his children, the local Democratic Party headquarters in Cincinnati had a brick thrown through its front window, and Rep. Driehaus’s office received death threats.
After publishing Driehaus’ address and calling for a “protest,” you can find this material in Schifrin’s page:
TEA PARTY REVENGE HOT LINE
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Some revenge-plotting items in today’s Blower were sent in by our equally revenge-plotting subscribers.
By mixing a call for a “protest” with language about “threats” and “intimidation,” The Whistleblower seems to be flirting with Ohio’s “telecommunications harassment” laws.
(A) No person shall knowingly make or cause to be made a telecommunication, or knowingly permit a telecommunication to be made from a telecommunications device under the person’s control, to another, if the caller does any of the following:
(B) No person shall make or cause to be made a telecommunication, or permit a telecommunication to be made from a telecommunications device under the person’s control, with purpose to abuse, threaten, or harass another person.
This kind of behavior from the Republican Party and their lunatic fringe is downright disgusting.
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