What David Corn said

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Nov 19 08:43:53 MST 2002


November 18, 2002 Monday

Talking Points Memo and Top Story

BILL O'REILLY, HOST: Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thank you for watching us


Now for the top story tonight. Weapons inspectors are now in Iraq, and
the showdown is just weeks away. Meantime, a very visible peace movement
has formed here in the USA. But wait till you hear who is behind that

Joining us now from Washington is journalist David Corn, who often
writes for "The Nation" magazine.

But you wrote this piece for L.A. Weekly. And you say that the Workers
World Party, a hardcore communist organization inside the USA, is
putting together these peace rallies. Is that true?

they're organizing the peace rallies. And to call them an organization
is perhaps giving them too much credit. I doubt they have enough people
to fill a telephone booth. They're a very small sectarian political
outfit based in New York City. But they're the ones who have sort of put
forward, you know, they put up the signs, they rent the buses, they
(UNINTELLIGIBLE) a march or protest, a demonstration against the war.

They're not the only ones who do this, but they do that, and they've
gotten the biggest crowds so far, because there are, I think, a lot of
Americans who are looking for a way to express their opposition to the

O'REILLY: OK. But they're not saying...

CORN: ... and this is being taken advantage of.

O'REILLY: ... according to you and your reporting, the Workers World
Party, which supports North Korea's dictator Kim Il Jung, wants to
abolish private property, I mean, these are hardcore commies, OK?

CORN: Sure, yes, they're a small...


CORN: ... group of them, yes.

O'REILLY: But these people aren't saying it's the Workers World Party,
they're using other...


O'REILLY: ... organizations like ANSWER.

CORN: You know, what they...

O'REILLY: Go ahead.

CORN: Yes, what they do is, they set up other organizations with
different names. But in essence, it's the WWP organizers who are putting
these rallies together and getting a lot of people -- you know, most
people who come to these rallies don't know who's putting them be --
who's putting them on...

O'REILLY: Right, but...

CORN: ... and don't care. But indeed...

O'REILLY: But the big...

CORN: ... it is...

O'REILLY: ... the big group is ANSWER. Act Now to Stop War and End Racism.

CORN: Exactly.

O'REILLY: That's the big group, and that's who -- I talked to Tim
Robbins today, he was one of the peace protesters, he's Susan Sarandon's
husband, the director and actor, famous in his own right. And he said he
didn't know that the Workers World Party...

CORN: I'm sure most, I'm sure that most...


CORN: I'm sure most of the speakers at the rallies and 99, 95 percent of
the people who attend do not know. And I think that is a problem,
because as long as the peace movement is being led in part by this type
of sectarian outfit, it's going to have a harder time broadening itself
and becoming a bigger movement...

O'REILLY: All right. But if this...

CORN: ... because they throw a lot of things into the mix other than
just opposing the war.

O'REILLY: Yes. I mean, they're throwing, they want to overthrow the
government and all that. But if you say...

CORN: Right.

O'REILLY: ... that this organization has enough members to fill a phone
booth, how do they get the power to run an organization like ANSWER?

CORN: Well, I may -- this may be hard for people to understand, but you
don't need a lot of power, you don't need a lot of bodies to put on a
march or a demonstration in Washington. You need several dozen people, a
couple score maybe, who do the -- get the permits, get the buses, and
devote their time and energy 20 hours a day to making this happen.

It doesn't take a lot of people to do this, which is why they're able to
sort of jump ahead of the more mainstream peace and religious
organizations and get out in front and do this and get a response.

O'REILLY: Well, that makes sense. Now, you finger a guy who is on the
board of ANSWER who is on the (UNINTELLIGIBLE) -- he is one of the board
members of the Communist Party too. Forget his name. But you finger him
as being really the driver behind all this, right?

CORN: Well, I said there were a few people. At the rally they had here
in Washington on October 26, one of the main emcees of the day was a
member of the secretariat of the Workers World Party.

O'REILLY: That's the guy.

CORN: Again, I put this in quotation marks because who cares whether
they have a secretariat or not? Probably everybody gets to serve on the
secretariat at some point. And the spokesperson for International ANSWER
is a member of the Workers World Party. You know, it, it, it, it, it's
a, it's a problem, I believe, because they have an impact on the agenda
and the message at the rally. They're not in favor of inspections on
Iraq and I think most...

O'REILLY: No, they like Saddam Hussein.


O'REILLY: They like him.


O'REILLY: But, you know, but look...


O'REILLY: ... here's the, here's the problem.

CORN: Go ahead.


CORN: Go ahead, Bill.

O'REILLY: ... America are a nation that has freedom of speech and that
debate is good, I think it is. And that we want to hear all sides of the
story. But when there's subterfuge, as apparently there is here, when...

CORN: Right.

O'REILLY: ... you know, they say 100,000 in Washington, I think it's
more like 50,000, when 50,000 people come out with signs and the media
is all over it, showing that they want peace, they're against the U.S.
intrusion in Iraq, and this is run by, you know, or seeded by an
organization that wants complete overthrow of this government and our
system, and nobody says it up front, that's wrong. And I'd like...

CORN: Well, I, I, I, I...

O'REILLY: ... I, I, I invited...

CORN: ... I, I, listen, listen, Bill...

O'REILLY: ... Mr. Robbins -- I invited Mr. Robbins to come on this
program tomorrow to see if he feels used. See, it was him and Susan
Sarandon and Jesse Jackson, Patty Smythe, the singer, and -- was
Sharpton there? I think Sharpton was there, too.

CORN: Yes, Sharpton.


CORN: It was Patty Smith.

O'REILLY: Those are the...

CORN: It was not Patty Smythe.

O'REILLY: All right, whatever her name is. I mean, who the heck knows
who she is?

CORN: Yes, but, but, but, but the point, the point, the point, the point
you raised, Bill, is a, is a legitimate one, it's a good one. And it's
-- the fact is that the people there, whether it's 50,000 or 100,000,
are not connected to this group, don't advocate these other things...

O'REILLY: They're being used.

CORN: ... but the fact is -- Well, they're being used in a...



O'REILLY: ... they're being...

CORN: ... it's going...

O'REILLY: ... used by this group.

CORN: ... back and forth each way.

O'REILLY: They're being duped...

CORN: No, no, I don't...

O'REILLY: ... by this group, no question about it.

CORN: I'm not sure, I'm sure they're being duped...


CORN: ... in the classic sense of the word. But nevertheless, each side
is using the other side. They're using the Workers World Party to give
them a forum to show their opposition to the war, and the Workers World
Party is using their bodies to show they have...

O'REILLY: You bet...

CORN: ... clout.

O'REILLY: And the Workers World Party, I bet you, took away some cash in
this thing, you know, passing that little hat around. All right, Mr.
Corn, good reporting. Nobody else reported that. And we appreciate it.

CORN: Thanks, Bill.

O'REILLY: (UNINTELLIGIBLE) to know about that.

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