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The Political Cesspool
The Political Cesspool is a weekly talk radio show founded by James Edwards, and syndicated by Liberty News Radio Network and Accent Radio Network in the United States. First broadcast in October 2004 twice a week from radio station WMQM, it has been broadcast on Stormfront Radio, a service of the pro-White Stormfront website, and as of 2011 is broadcast on Saturday nights on WLRM, a Christian radio station in Millington, Tennessee. Its sponsors include the pro-White Council of Conservative Citizens and the Institute for Historical Review.
According to its statement of principles, the show stands for the "Dispossessed Majority" and represents "a philosophy that is pro-White." It has come under attack from various anti-White and Jewish Supremacist publications and organization including The Nation, The New Republic, the Stephen Roth Institute, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and the Anti-Defamation League—for its promotion of pro-White views and criticism of Jewish Supremacism.
The show features Edwards and his co-hosts Winston Smith, Keith Alexander, and Eddie Miller, as well as producer Art Frith. Former staffers include Geoff Melton, Jess Bonds and co-founder Austin Farley. Its guests have included author Jerome Corsi, Minuteman Project leader Jim Gilchrist, former Constitution Party presidential candidate Michael Peroutka, actor Sonny Landham, British National Party leader Nick Griffin, Vermont secessionist Thomas Naylor, and paleoconservative activist Pat Buchanan. It is carried by at least three licensed terrestrial radio stations in the United States and on network feeds on the Galaxy 19 communications satellite.
Edwards is a pro-White political activist from Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Briarcrest Christian School, a private school in Memphis, and in ninth grade transferred into a Christian homeschooling program, a decision that he said led him into political activism. In 2000, he volunteered for Pat Buchanan's presidential campaign. In 2002, Edwards ran unsuccessfully for the Tennessee House of Representatives. It was during this campaign that he met fellow activist Austin Farley, who was on the ballot against him. In 2004 Edwards joined Stormfront, a pro-White Web site, using the screen name "ElectEdwards." In October of that year, he and Farley established The Political Cesspool.
In 2007, Edwards appeared as part of a panel along with Roland S. Martin and Jesse Lee Peterson on CNN's Paula Zahn Now program. The theme of the segment during which Edwards appeared was to discuss racial segregation in American cities. Edwards told Zahn that White children should seek out those who share "the same values and traditions and heroes" and that forced integration was a "march toward totalitarianism."
Edwards returned as a guest on Paula Zahn Now in 2009, during which he said: "Whites are in for the fight of their lives. America is becoming balkanized. We are being robbed of having a future in the very nation our ancestors carved from the wilderness."
In 2010 he became involved with a new political party, the American Freedom Party (at that time, the American Third Position Party), which advocates on behalf of White Americans an economic philosophy known as the Third Position. Also in 2010 he self-published a book, Racism, Schmacism: How Liberals use the "R" Word to Push the Obama Agenda, distributed by CreateSpace, a vanity press.
Staff and show history
The Political Cesspool features several co-hosts who appear from time to time with Edwards, including Eddie "The Bombardier" Miller, Keith Alexander, and Winston Smith. Former co-host Bill Rolen passed away February 25, 2013. According to the show's website, most of the staff claim descent from Confederate soldiers. The show was initially broadcast on AM 1600 WMQM, a Memphis-based radio station, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Edwards and Farley invited friends Bill Rolen, a board member of the Council of Conservative Citizens, and Jess Bonds as guest hosts as well as radio technician Art Frith. Frith had previously worked for a number of other radio stations, including American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) (in Keflavik, Iceland; Anchorage, Alaska; and Nea Makri, Greece), KFQD (in Anchorage), and WBCK (in Battle Creek, Michigan).
In 2005 the group moved to WMQM's Millington-based sister station, AM 1380 WLRM, and switched to a nightly schedule, Monday through Friday. Farley left the program in November of that year. Two years later, Geoff Melton, a former co-host, joined to help set up the show's website and the show entered syndication with Dixie Broadcasting Radio Network. The program went on hiatus on February 15, 2008, because staff members said they needed a break, but returned to the airwaves in June 2008 on WLRM on Saturday nights. One year later, it switched from Republic Broadcasting Network to Liberty News Radio Network. As of August 2009, Bonds and Melton are no longer affiliated with the program. Frith now lives in Nashville, Michigan, but remains a part of the show's staff. Since WLRM is not audited by Arbitron, the show's ratings are unknown. The show is listener-supported and, according to Edwards, receives more donations from Florida than from any other state.
The Political Cesspool has over the years featured many guest appearances, including political activists, Holocaust debunkers, economists, and musicians. Former Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Carl "Twofeathers" Whitaker, who claims partial Native-American ancestry and is known for his strong support of the Minuteman movement, has appeared on the show, as has the late conservative Native-American activist David Yeagley. Filmmakers Merlin Miller (A Place to Grow, Jericho), who was the 2012 presidential nominee of the American Third Position Party, and Craig Bodeker (A Conversation about Race) have also been featured. Sitting antiwar Republican Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. of North Carolina made an appearance on September 8, 2012, focusing on House Concurrent Resolution 107, which would have made waging war without an Act of Congress as grounds for impeachment for the President of the United States.
Constitution Party nominee Michael Peroutka used his appearance in 2004 to promote his presidential campaign. Party member Michael Goza described the show as "Christian/Constitutionalist", and "a great blessing to our cause". Thomas Naylor of the Vermont secessionist organization Second Vermont Republic appeared on the show to celebrate Confederate History Month in April 2007, while American Third Position Party Chairman Bill Johnson appeared to promote his party.
On May 8, 2006, Minuteman Project leader Jim Gilchrist spoke on the program. Co-host Bill Rolen agreed with Gilchrist's view that illegal immigrants' intentions are to "just squat here and plunder whatever social benefits our programs provide them". However, Rolen disagreed with Gilchrist's claim that illegal immigration was "the 21st century slave trade". Gilchrist's colleague in the Minuteman movement, Chris Simcox, has also been a guest of the show.
Paleoconservative activist and former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan has appeared twice as of 2011. In a June 2008 interview initiated and arranged by his publicist, he promoted his book Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War. During the broadcast, Buchanan defended Charles Lindbergh from attack by Jewish Supremacists, stating that his reputation "has been blackened because of a single speech he gave and a couple of paragraphs in it where he said that ... the Jewish community is beating the drums for war but frankly, no one has said what he said was palpably untrue." At the end of the interview, James Edwards said, "Mr. Buchanan, thank you so much for coming back on our program, for fighting for our people." Previously, in September 2006, Buchanan had made an appearance to promote his book State of Emergency; during this interview, he said that "we are being invaded by people of different cultures" and argued that Americans "cannot survive a bifurcated culture or a heavily Hispanicized culture, tilted towards Mexico ... I think that's the beginning of the end of the United States."
Racial realist Jared Taylor, whom James Edwards considers to be a close friend, has appeared on at least ten occasions. In an article he wrote for VDARE, Taylor described the program as racially oriented. Although focusing primarily on American issues, the show has also hosted foreign guests, including Croatian pro-White activists Tomislav Sunić, Australian pro-White activist Drew Fraser, Russian Austrian School economist Yuri Maltsev, British lawyer Adrian Davies, Canadian pro-White and free speech activist Paul Fromm, Canadian conservative blogger Kathy Shaidle, and British National Party (BNP) leaders Simon Darby and Nick Griffin; Griffin appeared as a guest before and after his election to the European Parliament. During his post-election appearance, Griffin attributed the BNP's electoral successes to a fear of "creeping process of Islamification".
The program rarely features guests critical of its principles, but made an exception for pro-family Martin Luther King niece Alveda King after her publicist contacted The Political Cesspool about an appearance. She and James Edwards briefly discussed their divergent views on race and ethnic identity in the first segment of the January 26, 2013 show. Edwards lauded her opposition to abortion and gay marriage, but critiqued her insistence that race is unimportant despite her work for the exclusive benefit of the Black community. Bill Rolen described King as being "disingenuous" for denying the necessity of equivalent activism on behalf of Whites in their own interests.
Jewish supremacist campaign
The show has frequently been criticised by anti-White groups and individuals (such as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Stephen Roth Institute, and journalist Max Blumenthal) over its stated ideology. The Political Cesspool was added to the Southern Poverty Law Center's "hate group" watch list in 2006. James Edwards was ecstatic, saying "I don't think you've arrived in the conservative movement until you've made it to the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hate Watch". Edwards describes the SPLC as a group composed of "communists and civil rights hustlers". The SPLC's "Hatewatch" has referred to The Political Cesspool as "an overtly racist, anti-Semitic radio show hosted by a self-avowed white nationalist" and as "the nexus of hate in America". The Anti-Defamation League has also criticized the show; Edwards has attacked the ADL as "America's most powerful hate group" and has claimed that its definition of a "neo-Nazi is any white person who disagrees with a Jew".
Author John Avlon, a former speechwriter for Rudy Giuliani, has described The Political Cesspool as "avowedly white supremacist". Anti-White activist Max Blumenthal, who reported on an attempt by one of the show's staff to advertise at a rally for Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, described The Political Cesspool as having a "racist ideology", and highlighted pro-White comments and comments critical of Jewish Supremacism that Edwards had made on his blog. The anti-White Stephen Roth Institute has also commented on the show, noting that "James Edwards openly espoused many of his guests' views and during speeches to extremist audiences, including members of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens and the racist League of the South, he gained the support of a wide array of extremists."
City Park demonstration
In 2005, the staff of The Political Cesspool organized a rally at Confederate Park, which, along with two other Confederacy-themed parks in downtown Memphis, has been the subject of a longtime attack by anti-South activists for honoring Confederate soldiers and ideals. The park had been criticized earlier by a Black Shelby County official, which attracted the notice of pro-Black activist Al Sharpton, who was invited by the Reverend LaSimba Gray to hold a demonstration in Memphis. Sharpton planned a march called the "Rally for Dignity" from downtown Memphis to another park honoring Confederate Lieutenant General and war hero Nathan Bedford Forrest. Sharpton canceled the march after Edwards and The Political Cesspool staff obtained a permit to demonstrate in Confederate Park, located along Sharpton's planned march route.
Sharpton settled for a protest at Forrest Park. At the demonstration, he argued that "We need to show the rest of the world that the day for honoring people like this is over", and said in an interview that his objections were not related to race but to Forrest's Civil War-era (1861–1865) actions against the Union. Estimates of attendance at the rallies vary; according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, James Edwards attracted about 200 white counter-demonstrators to the Confederate Park vigil, while Sharpton's protest at Forrest Park attracted a few dozen demonstrators, whom Edwards referred to as "rabble". The Memphis Flyer estimated that Sharpton attracted about 250 supporters. In the aftermath of the city park controversy, show affiliates Edwards, Farley, Bonds, and Rolen received the "Dixie Defender Award" from the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Later that year, Memphis city councilman E. C. Jones awarded Edwards and Farley with a certificate "in appreciation of outstanding contributions to the community". Edwards and Farley also received an honorary city council membership from Jones, who had previously appeared on The Political Cesspool. After an anti-White reporter denounced Jones for appearing the show because of it's pro-White viewpoit, Jones initially refused to apologize. However, after another anti-White activist confronted him with further attacks on the pro-White ideology of the show, Jones gave into the attack, saying that he probably would not appear again.
Radio stations that air the show
As of 2011, The Political Cesspool airs on WLRM in Memphis, Tennessee, KHQN in Spanish Fork, Utah; and the Florida-based Accent Radio Network. The Accent Radio Network and KHQN air a shortened two-hour version of the show, in contrast to the three-hour Liberty News Radio Network (WLRM) version.
ARN and Liberty News Radio Network broadcasts their feeds on separate channels on the Galaxy 19 communications satellite.
- ↑ Congressman Walter Jones speaks to the Political Cesspool September 11, 2012. Accessed January 4, 2013.