Obama’s main man will do whatever it takes to fell Republicans and conservatives. Where does his ruthlessness and drive come from?
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In fact, it now appears that Stone—hailed by liberals as the “conscience of investigative journalism”—was a paid Soviet agent. In The Venona Secrets, Herb Romerstein reported: “it is clear from the evidence that Stone was indeed a Soviet agent.” Historians John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr, and Alex-ander Vassiliev agree: “To put it plainly, from 1936 to 1939 I. F. Stone was a Soviet spy.” KGB general Oleg Kalugin confirmed that Stone “was a KGB agent since 1938. His code name was ‘Blin.’ When I resumed relations with him in 1966, it was on Moscow’s instructions.”
When Stone died in 1989, shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, liberals canonized him. An Oliphant cartoon portrayed Stone outside the Pearly Gates, with St. Peter telephoning God to say, “Yes, THAT I. F. Stone, Sir. He says he doesn’t want to come in—he’d rather hang around out here, and keep things honest.”
Stone had duped his progressive pals at PM.
That brings us back to David Axelrod’s mother. Where did Myril Axelrod stand in these battles? The answer, unfortunately, is unclear.
Nearly every profile of David Axelrod notes that his mother was a journalist at PM. A few state that she covered “education.” In scouring reel upon reel of microfiche of old copies of PM for this article, I was unable to find a single article with Myril’s byline. She reportedly began writing for PM as a journalism major at NYU, meaning her name would have appeared presumably after 1944.
This is not to doubt that Myril wrote for PM, but it remains a mystery where she stood on these crucial early battles when the Cold War erupted. At this time, many on the left bolted Harry Truman for the loving arms of Henry Wallace and his pro-Stalin Progressive Party, the rallying point of American Stalinists. Did Myril support Harry or Henry?
What we do know is that Myril was, generally speaking, on the left, and her son ended up there as well.
We also know that, ultimately, the Party line become so prevalent at PM—and its disciples so duplicitous—that liberals raised a major fuss; some resigned, concerned about their “progressive” tabloid being converted into a communist front. The publication folded in 1948, shortly after communists staged their coup in Prague and as Stalin began blockading Berlin.
As for Myril Bennett, she would marry Joseph Axelrod. She seems to have put journalism behind, going into advertising. Her son would pick up the torch and the pen.
David Axelrod’s home life was not great. His mother and father separated, reunited, and then divorced in his teen years. In 1972, he graduated from New York’s Stuyvesant High School and considered acceptance offers from Columbia and the University of Chicago. Chicago’s politics and journalistic opportunities appealed to him. He enrolled at the University of Chicago that fall.
Axelrod majored in political science and wrote for the student newspaper. Around late 1973, early 1974, he secured a nice job as a very young political columnist for the Hyde Park Herald, a fairly influential weekly catering to the Hyde Park area of Chicago. Already, he was writing a weekly political column.
At this point, two crucial things happened in Axelrod’s personal and professional lives. In May of 1974, shortly before Father’s Day, the 19-year-old got an unforgettable knock at his door, the stuff of nightmares: “David, we just got a call from New York. The NYPD. They found your dad in his apartment…. They need you to go home to identify his body.”
Joseph Axelrod had committed suicide alone at his apartment. Myril claimed that David’s dad had been depressed, an assertion that still angers him. Axelrod maintains that his father was a “very, very pleasant person, very warm, a very nice person to spend time with”—”despite what my mother said.”
It was amid this personal low, ironically, that Axelrod’s career was taking off. His work at the Hyde Park Herald caught the attention of two notable sources: Don Rose and David Canter. Rose and Canter began mentoring Axelrod. In so doing, they would change Axelrod’s life and, by extension, arguably Barack Obama’s life and America’s life.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online