The Turner Diaries
April 16, 2008
New Jersey’s resident white-supremacist head case, Hal Turner of North Bergen, is in the news again. This time, during his two-bit Internet broadcast, has been calling for violence against Massachusetts school official, Paul Ash, who has approved an elementary school curriculum that depicts gay couples as a feature of everyday, family life:
“In our schools we have gay and lesbian families. This curriculum is not about sexuality at all,” Ash said.
“For example, it’s a picture book and you turn to a page and you see a family with a grandmother raising a child. You turn to a page you might see two mothers raising a child.”
But it’s enough to anger the talk show host who wrote on his Web site: “I would laugh if concerned fathers donned ski masks and gloves, took a ride over to the this arrogant (expletive) house and knock the living (expletive) out of him.”
Turner has a long, dirty network of roots connecting him with various mainstream wingnut figures, local and national, including radio race-baiter Bob Grant and his protege, Sean Hannity, who made “Hal from North Bergen” a frequent caller. Turner also worked on Pat Buchanan’s 1992 presidential bid and was a staffer on Murray Sabrin’s various campaigns, including his 1997 gubernatorial campaign.
For some reason, this news report refrained from naming Turner, who was more than happy to take public credit for his remarks. We need to keep creeps like Turner out in the sun, either to watch them wither (something that happens all too infrequently these days) or to let people see their connection to people like Sean Hannity. Because the only thing that distinguishes a bottom-feeder like Turner from a FakeNews icon like Hannity is a little bit of luck, a little bit of polish, and a whole lot of opportunistic sleaziness on the part of media owners who have eagerly turned our airwaves into a Bedlam of conservative ranters.