How the NewsHour legitimizes extremism

In its discussion of the controversy about Rick Warren, the NewsHour invited Michael Cromartie, vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. And what is the Ethics and Policy Center you ask?
Right Web Watch

When he founded EPPC in 1976, Ernest Lefever, then a professor of political science, said that part of the role of a “small ethically oriented center” like EPPC was to “respond directly to ideological critics who insist the corporation is fundamentally unjust.” President Ronald Reagan’s first nominee to direct the State Department’s Office for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Lefever was regarded as a fierce critic of President Jimmy Carter’s human rights policy.

In other words, Lefever was an advocate of the use of torture to prop up allegedly pro-American dictators. Is it too much that the NewsHour limit itself to anti-torture institutions?

Here is what SourceWatch has to say about the Ethics and Policy Center:
The Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, “is one of several [organizations] devoted to improving public appreciation of the role of business in what it terms a ‘moral society.’ It was founded by Ernest Lefever, who expressed his concern that ‘U.S. domestic and multinational firms find themselves increasingly under siege at home and abroad. They are accused of producing shoddy and unsafe products, fouling the environment, robbing future generations, wielding enormous power, repressing peoples in the third world, and generally being insensitive to human needs. We as a small and ethnically oriented center are in a position to respond more directly to ideological critics who insist the corporation is fundamentally unjust.'”

This is a classic example of how the NewsHour uses editorial truthiness to deceive the public. Shame on them. Shame on them. And shame on us for letting them get away with it.

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