Slow News Day

Apparently having nothing better to talk about in the world today, Mother Jones‘ David Corn devotes 878 words today to a weird conspiracy theory promulgated by some Israeli you’ve never heard of:

[H]ere’s the mother of all right-wing conspiracy theories: Obama is scheming to bring tens of millions of Muslims—perhaps up to 100 million—from the Middle East into the United States in order to turn this country into an Islamic nation by the end of his second term.

Fortunately, this diabolical plan has been exposed by an American-born Israeli named Avi Lipkin, who says he once was a translator for the Israeli government, and an outfit called Special Guests, which books conservative commentators and advocates on popular television and radio talk shows….

“According to Arabic language broadcasts intercepted and interpreted by Lipkin and his team, ‘The Moslem world is saying that President Obama wants amnesty for the current Hispanic 12 million illegal immigrants in the US in order to pave the way for the next wave of tens of millions of illegals from the Middle East to the United States, leading to 50 to 100 million Muslims living in the US before the end of Obama’s second term, which will be brought forth by these new US citizens voting for their savior, Obama.'”

The piece (which seems to think it’s been composed in the archest of tones) ends with Corn openly acknowledging Lipkin’s fringe status. Which leads one to wonder: Why was this story worth what must have been a considerable chunk of Mother Jones‘ Washington Bureau chief’s morning to write? Mother Jones obviously thinks it’s important; it’s included in their home page’s autoscrolling top five — right after Saif Qaddafi.

Obviously some random Birther overseas peddling a story about what some unidentified Muslims might think is one of the handful of the most important stories of the day. Or perhaps it’s the tenuous connection Corn draws between Lipkin to a whole host of prominent conservatives….

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Dodd Harris
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Dodd, who used to run a blog named ipse dixit, is an attorney, a veteran of the United States Navy, and a fairly good poker player. He contributed over 650 pieces to OTB between May 2007 and September 2013. Follow him on Twitter @Amuk3.


  1. Murray says:

    Apparently having nothing better to talk about in the world today, OTB’s Dodd …

  2. Dodd says:

    I appreciate you elevating me to equal status with David Corn. I’d never imagined that anyone would think the leisure time I spent cranking this out was equivalent to his working hours.

  3. MM says:

    The real victim here is Dodd.

  4. matt says:

    I give you props for appropriately mocking this dreck..

  5. Emanuelle says:

    @Dodd: He who mocks shouldn’t take offense for being (deservedly) mocked. The fact you do it for free and Corn gets payed for it doesn’t change anything.

  6. John Burgess says:

    Mother Jones is just trolling for trolls, throwing out meat to feed those already happy to include that magazine/site among the dreckfests of the world.

  7. EddieInCA says:

    Dodd –

    How is Corn’s piece any different than the daily rantings of Beck, Hannity, Geller, Gallagher, Medved, McCarthy (Andrew, the one from National Review, not “Pretty in Pink”), Savage, Spencer, and Boortz?

    Do you have a problem with lunatic conspiracies in general, or just those propagated by liberals?

    I ask because you’re silent on so many of the other conspiracies that litter the landscape of the right in this country.

  8. CCredentials says:

    Wonder if it would have been written had the theory originated from the leftist fringes.

    Still not worth repeating.