Right-wing activist David Horowitz has printed two articles attacking ThinkProgress.org. His most frequent complaint is that we point out that Horowitz freely compared American liberals to Islamic terrorists. He has called the charge “slander.” It’s a puzzling position from someone who wrote a book called “Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left.”
But let’s explore his argument. Here is a good summary:
As a highly educated former Marxist intellectual-turned-conservative, Horowitz uses political and ideological labels with precision. An “actual liberal” is different from a progressive and different from a leftist.
Horowitz claimed we were wrong because in his book he “praises American liberals and Democrats like Bill Clinton.”
But on his website Horowitz lists Clinton as a “moderate leftist” on the same page as Egyptian cleric Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman who was “convicted of hatching a plot to bomb the United Nations, FBI offices, and other New York landmarks.” So much for using “political and ideological labels with precision.”
Other mainstream liberals and progressives listed as leftists on the same page as Abdel-Rahman: Jimmy Carter, Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, Howard Dean, Barack Obama and John Edwards.
If Mr. Horowitz or any of his associates care to defend themselves, they are welcome to do so in the comments.