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James Edwards Attends the Republican National Convention

Veni, vidi, vici.

I had the unique experience of being at the Republican National Convention last week when the center of the political universe briefly aligned in Cleveland, Ohio. It was a rewarding adventure that began on April 26 when I received an e-mail inviting me to broadcast live from the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. I’m a political independent, but having an opportunity to see the next president accept the GOP nomination proved too hard to pass up. Turning down the trip to Philadelphia was a much easier decision.

Ann Coulter & James Edwards RNC

THE BACKSTORY

I’ve been toiling in the vineyards of radio for almost twelve years and have developed an inadvertent knack for attracting media attention. I used to talk to the press but that all changed years ago. In fact, I’ve declined more than one hundred interview requests this year alone from some of the biggest outlets imaginable, such as the Wall Street Journal andNew York Times. I don’t mind publicity but I also don’t seek it and with rare exception stopped granting interview requests years ago. Yet they’re still drawn to me like moths to a flame. (No offense to moths.)

Perhaps it was because of this that the intrepid crew at Media Matters listed me along with such notables as Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly as one of the top twenty “right-wing media fixtures” most responsible for boosting a Trump nomination (see chart at bottom of post). You’re welcome, Mr. Trump!

They seemed to be especially incensed that a press agency scheduling interviews for Donald Trump Jr. reached out to solicit a segment on my program. But isn’t it interesting that when someone like Donald Trump Jr. speaks to someone the media hates (like me) he immediately becomes “guilty” of having associated with a supposed “racist,” while establishment media reporters can sometimes literally beg to speak with me and are never guilty of that same guilt by association?

Alas, within hours of that broadcast and subsequent report the entire national media went berserk and began lashing out with a wild and hysterical assortment of libel and slander, including the malicious lie that I am a “pro-slavery” radio host. I’ve been subjected to all sorts of untrue slurs and smears in my career, but that fabrication was a new one even after all these years.

By the time the dust began to settle after two weeks of ranting and raving I had been dogpiled by pretty much everyone, including: CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Bloomberg, The New York Times, New York Daily News, Reuters, U.K. Daily Mail, Washington Post, and nearly 150 more of the most prominent mouthpieces of the regime. Tens of millions of dollars worth of publicity was lavished on smearing me, and by a very tenuous association, Trump. I spent the month of March battling the enforcers of political correctness and emerged from the ordeal as I always do – with my shoulders squared and my head held high. I apologized for nothing and I retracted nothing.

I was on vacation at the end of April when I received the invitation to attend the conventions. My initial reaction was to simply not go. I loathe business travel and can hardly stand to be apart from my family for more than a few hours. I did, however, forward the e-mail to a few of my trusted advisers who unanimously petitioned for me to reconsider. I certainly realized this to be a unique opportunity but dreaded the process. In the end I was persuaded, but just barely. After submitting all of my personal information to the Secret Service for another background check I was cleared and later informed that my press credentials had been approved.

ON TO CLEVELAND

I had business to tend to at home and missed the first day (Monday) of the convention. Further delays on Tuesday forced me to depart late that evening. But, the Good Lord willed me into Cleveland around 3:00 AM and after a couple of hours sleep I was up and ready to go.

My RNC experience started on Tuesday, the second day of the convention. The security near Quicken Loans Arena was a labyrinth of fences and concrete barriers but navigating the maze was surprisingly easy. The officers in charge of keeping everyone safe were friendly and courteous. Quite frankly, in spite of all the senseless violence against police in recent weeks that could have understandably had the men and women of law enforcement on edge, the process of getting in and out of the perimeter area was less cumbersome than that which you would experience at the T.S.A. checkpoint at your nearest airport. I took the time to talk to the heroes from various agencies and departments all across the country and cannot say enough good things about them.

The very first person I ran into after clearing security was actor Stephen Baldwin. I now wish that I had asked him to recite his line from the scene where he and Kevin Spacey are in the lineup in The Usual Suspects.

James Edwards & Stephen Baldwin

Upon entering media row I quickly ran into, well, the usual suspects. The national media was fully represented by their agents and anchors. Everybody who was anybody in the media was in that room, including yours truly.

Due to the fact that my program airs live on Saturday night and the convention was running from Monday to Thursday, it seemed like an awful waste to not have my friend (and network owner) Sam Bushman be there, too. Sam’s Liberty Roundtable program airs weekdays and he took advantage of the opportunity to broadcast live from the RNC convention. I sat in on a couple of his shows last week and observed the wide variety of guests he was able to pull from the bustling scene.

CNN had a remote broadcast studio next to our booth and even had a makeshift studio commissary that offered free food and drinks to the press corps. My team and I hatched a plan to attempt to bankrupt CNN by eating them out of business, but I fear we may have fallen short of achieving that goal. That’s ok because CNN was actually always nice to me when I had a very brief stint as one of their on-air contributors years ago and would even properly introduce me as a conservative talk radio host during each appearance. Even last week after talking to their crew I was invited to slip back into a familiar chair.

A few days after my coronation as a bonafide media heavyweight I was offered press credentials by the Trump campaign and given permission to broadcast a live episode of The Political Cesspool Radio Program from a rally in Tennessee. A report that I penned documenting my experience at that event nearly melted the national media to its core.

On the evening of the second day we took the skywalk from the media center to the arena to watch the delegates cast their votes. A pleasant surprise occurred during these proceedings when I glanced up to notice that the RNC had featured a Tweet from my friends at VDare! I took a couple of pictures with my phone and texted them to Peter Brimelow, who promptly had one of his lieutenants publish it to their website. Within minutes I was reading news articles about how awful it was that the RNC would dare to showcase Tweets on the marquee from sensible people who agreed with the positions of their nominee!

After that fun I’ll admit that it was most certainly a memorable moment to have been there when Trump earned enough delegates to officially become the Republican nominee for president.

RNC: DAY THREE

After getting a decent night’s sleep I felt much better rested on Wednesday and was ready for business. I spent a few minutes reading the local newspaper and then decided to get some things accomplished.

If I was going to be in Cleveland and armed with a digital audio recorder it just made sense to tape a few interviews for TPC. A trusted associate came with us prepared to work as a utility man. He was invaluable in rounding up interesting guests for me such as the infamous Milo Yiannopoulos, who had just been banned from Twitter for writing things that hurt the feelings of liberals.

James & Milo

To be sure, there was no shortage of people to talk to. The place was packed with personalities. I put in a few solid hours of taping short interviews with folks who I thought might have something interesting to say.

We then spent a little time exploring on Wednesday afternoon. There was a media shuttle that took those of us in radio and television (who were primarily set up in the adjacent arena’s luxury boxes) to a convention center a few blocks away that housed the print media. This impressive facility was right across the street from the football stadium where the Browns play, situated on the banks of Lake Erie.

We walked around a bit and Bushman even interviewed an executive at Univision who went on the record to say that in his opinion Trump is not a racist. I do legitimately wonder how much the media actually believes what it writes and how much is dramatized to generate sales and ratings.

After a hard day of talking to people we took the evening off and decided to go back to our rental home to watch the speeches on tv instead of having another late night at the arena. Mornings come early in Cleveland!

RNC: DAY FOUR

Back we go to media row where the hits just kept on coming!

I had one rather interesting exchange with a gentleman in the hall. We were engaged in small talk and shared first names. He asked where I was from and later commented that he had spent some time in my fair city. After a cordial talk I told him that I had enjoyed speaking with him but had to run. Before leaving I asked him who he was with and he responded by saying, “Oh, I’m not press. I’m the Governor of [omitted].” As you might imagine, the RNC was crawling with high ranking elected officials. By the time it was all said and done I had taped interviews with several of them.

The hours passed quickly and my visit to Ohio was a blur, but to have been in Cleveland the night Donald Trump gave his acceptance speech is a memory that will linger. I have the blessing of leading an interesting life and, politically speaking, it has been one without regrets.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Well, White House credentials, of course!

No, seriously, I hesitate to mar an otherwise interesting and uplifting report but if the treatment visited upon me after having been credentialed to a random Trump stump speech earlier this year is any indication then I expect that the media will once again react hysterically and bombard with an impressively creative array of libel and slander. In an attempt to get out ahead of it and save myself from having to respond later, I’ll go ahead and tell you how this story ends.

They’ll once again pretend that I’m an extremist, a racist and a white supremacist. Don’t they now do this to everyone with whom they disagree? I read last week that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was said to have been promoting a “white supremacist” talking point for simply having complimented Western civilization. Is that all it takes to earn one the label of “white supremacist” in Obama’s America? (I wrote a book about a similar phenomenon.)

They’ll attempt to tie Trump and the RNC to this ridiculous caricature they’ve conjured of me. Some readers and viewers who stumble upon their nonsense will be shocked at some of the ugly and dishonest language that they’ll use to describe me. That’s alright; it’s only because there are still a few folks who don’t understand that the way the media uses words is not the same way normal people use them. For the benefit of the uninitiated, I’ve included for you a media-to-English translator:

  • Extremist – normal American
  • Racist – a White person
  • White supremacist – anybody who doesn’t hate White people

Some of the more radical enforcers of political correctness will even pretend that I’m a “Nazi.” That’s rich. I guess that my interview with Pat Buchanan about his book on World War II makes me so. This is the behavior I’ve come to expect from thugs.

When the media refers to me in such terms it is a dishonest and blatant distortion of the facts. For good reason there exists no record on tape or in print where I have ever identified myself as any of the slurs that they use to defame me and my work. To refer to me as such is a lie employed to make a story seem more inflammatory. I hope that the open-minded and tolerant individual will do their own research and find the truth right here.

I’ve been through it countless times before and almost every time the media covers me they follow the same template and regurgitate the same pre-written story, adding in only a few details. They’ll undoubtedly mention the plank in the mission statement of my show that encourages Europeans and European Americans to revive their birthrate above replacement level fertility. Yeah, I’m a real bad guy for wanting the sons and daughters of Europe to survive. I guess you can’t be in with the in-crowd unless you advocate for their extinction.

Again, when it comes time to maliciously defame people like me who are hated by the media the narrative is already written in advance and facts bear no weight whatsoever. A dishonest reporter or journalist will scour thousands of blog entries on my website, then take a sentence or two out of context from blurbs posted upwards of ten years ago and present that to the world as the sum total of my beliefs today without ever contacting me for verification. That’s fine. I don’t apologize.

Any honest person would be embarrassed by employing these tactics, but then again, honesty is never high on their list of priorities. One thing is for sure, whatever lie is dispatched by the first outlet will be literally vomited back up by all the others. If it appears as though the representatives of the media speak with a single voice there is good reason for that.

The media will also seek to attack anyone who talked to me in Cleveland – especially elected officials – during its childlike fit of left-wing McCarthyism. It won’t matter that they probably didn’t know who I was; I certainly didn’t know who they were until receiving a card. If the media should choose to play this game again then I want it to be sure to eat some of its own as well because I talked to an awful lot of liberals who were equally courteous to me.

LET’S SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT

The media can repeat its lies about political dissidents such as myself but it can never make them true. The trust the American people have in the media has never been lower because everyone can see that most reporters have long since abandoned objective reporting and now fancy themselves as the enforcers of political correctness. I may get “disavowed” by all sorts of people because I maintain traditionalist viewpoints, but it ultimately makes no difference whatsoever. I’m loved and respected by those who know me and what more can any man ask for? The opinions of those who are driven by a biased ideology and who have no truth or objectivity in them will not deter me. At the end of the day I know who I am. I’m a Christian, a husband, a father, a proud Southerner, a political paleoconservative and, unquestionably, an advocate on behalf of European Americans.

I feel as though members of every racial and ethnic group have the right to spokesmen and organizations that seek to advance their unique interests. This is not only allowed but encouraged so long as the individual is not of European descent. This double-standard must change. Organizations proliferate that seek to advance the interests of various minorities but only when someone such as myself claims equal rights for my own people do sociopolitical nuclear bombs such as “racist” begin to get hurled.

It is healthy for groups to show solidarity and preference with those whom they share a common ancestry, culture, heroes, history, holidays, language and religion. I would never say that minority groups shouldn’t have this right and having a natural preference doesn’t mean that you “hate” others. I don’t hate anyone, but I also won’t allow myself to be shamed when I say that I feel more at home with others who share my cultural heritage. I can just as confidently tell you that I have never mistreated or in any way been unkind to a man or woman of another race. I’m one of the most gregarious men you’ll ever meet, but I do maintain opinions that are genuine and heartfelt and intentionally misconstrued by the corrupt media.

D'nesh DeSouza

For all of this talk about diversity it surely isn’t appreciated when someone like me displays a diversity of opinion in an attempt to voice politically incorrect truths as I see them. I can’t stop liars from lying but I can attempt to fight back. Earlier this year I filed a lawsuit against a major newspaper and one of its journalists in which I allege that they defamed me by falsely stating that I am a leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

DETROIT, Mich. (CN) — Call conservative radio talk show host James Edwards a hate monger, just don’t call him a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Edwards sued the Detroit News and one of its columnists, who printed that he was a leader of the Ku Klux Klan. The column, which appeared in the newspaper on March 17, listed Edwards alongside David Duke and Thomas Robb as one of the Klan’s leaders.

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By insinuating that Edwards as a Klansman, however, the Detroit News crossed a line, one that involves libel and invasion of privacy, according to the lawsuit.

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Nearly a month after the column ran, Edwards’ attorney on April 5 sent the newspaper a demand for retraction. The Detroit News has since issued a clarification stating that Edwards “has no formal position with the Ku Klux Klan” and that Edwards’ support for Trump “left the impression that Edwards served in an official capacity with the Ku Klux Klan.”

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In March 2016, Edwards interviewed Donald Trump Jr. on his show, during which Edwards praised his guest’s father and supported his presidential run.

“Here in the South, evangelicals are in a frenzy over your father, and in a very big way,” Edwards said during the show. “I have never voted for a Republican nominee. I’ve always voted conservative third party. I will vote for a Republican nominee for the first time in my life in November.”

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When asked to comment, Detroit News managing editor Gary Miles replied in an email, “On behalf of all of us here, we’re not interested in commenting.”

I am willing to appeal this case all the way to the Supreme Court in my quest for justice. A line must be drawn. Should the media continue to seek an audience with me I’d like to go ahead and make it clear right here and now that it’s a waste of time. It has long been my policy to only consent to live television or radio interviews and the reason for that should be obvious.

My official statement in response to whatever outlandishly manufactured narrative comes from my trip to Cleveland will essentially be the same as before.

My show, The Political Cesspool, promotes a proud, paleoconservative Christian worldview, and we reject media descriptions of our work as “white supremacist,” “white nationalist” and other such scare words.

I enjoyed my time in Cleveland and appreciated having the opportunity to cover the convention for my audience.

The grotesque way in which the media has purposefully misrepresented my work for years is both shameful and reprehensible. That said, I apologize for nothing and I retract nothing.

Thanks for reading, ladies and gentlemen.

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