Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Exclusive: Oath Keepers founder slams conservative media ‘hypocrisy’

In a time of crisis, who can the people trust? Their political leadership, or fellow citizens?

Concerned the answer to that question might be turning into “neither,” Yale-educated ex-soldier and former Ron Paul organizer Stewart Rhodes hatched an idea that’s grown beyond his wildest imagination.

Now a darling of the conservative media for his military and law enforcement activist group “Oath Keepers,” Rhodes is pursued by fawning tea party organizers and promoted by people like Glenn Beck, Matt Drudge, Rush Limbaugh, Pat Buchanan and even Watergate burglary planner G. Gordon Liddy.

Though the newfound love from right-leaning pundits is certainly not lost on him, it’s not reciprocated. For as much as they laud Rhodes, push stories about Oath Keepers and link their materials, he just sees “hypocrisy” — and was not ashamed to tear down his recent promoters in an interview with RAW STORY.

Take, for example, Glenn Beck, who eagerly followed Matt Drudge in promoting Oath Keepers late last year for their pledge to “prevent dictatorship.” Though Oath Keepers is cosponsoring a Beck-organized 9/12 rally in Washington, D.C. later this year, that doesn’t mean Rhodes agrees with or even likes the flamboyant Fox TV star.

“I’m not sure where he’s at, he kinda jumps around,” Rhodes said of Beck. “He was, early on during the Ron Paul campaign, horrible to Ron Paul. He even suggested that some of his followers were potential domestic terrorists and wanted to use the military against them. So, he seems kind of erratic.”


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