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The Marc Lamont Hill Affair

October 4, 2009
The image of Assata Shakur, a "Freedom Fighter" according to Marc Lamont Hill

The image of Assata Shakur, a "Freedom Fighter" according to Marc Lamont Hill

On August 25 David Horowitz wrote a post critiquing the O’Reilly Factor‘s decision to use use Dr. Marc Lamont Hill as a commentator on the subject of Iran. Hill’s specialty is hip-hop music:

Tonight he interviewed Hill for an entire segment on the subject of Iran, as though Hill had anything intelligent to say on the subject. Mr. Hill do you think we should give Iran three months or six months to let the UN inspectors in? How would Marc Lamont Hill know? How would he even be in a position to make an intelligent speculation?  By his own account, Hill is an expert on “hip-hop culture,” i.e., rap music. His academic degree is in education. What are his views on foreign policy worth, unless putting him on was designed to show up the shallow views of the left? Hill is in fact a knee jerk leftist, a defender of ACORN and a man whose attitudes toward race are a throwback to the sixties. I wonder if O’Reilly understands that putting on such a lightweight feeds the racism of low expectations. There are  very intelligent blacks (and leftists) who could provide an interesting foil for conservative views if that was the agenda. Having a Columbia professor of rap music comment on the foreign policy views of Karl Rove (who was featured in the preceding segment) is demeaning to Rove and embarrassing to every African American watching.

Hill responded to this critique not to Horowitz himself but to his friends on Twitter. On September 27 Horowitz responded, noting a new, disturbing development discovered upon arrival at Hill’s Twitter page:

Hill has now had the bad judgment to respond to my post on his Twitter. This has revealed another side of Hill which is equally illuminating. His Twitter web page is wall-papered with one of his heroes, Assata Shakur — a fugitive killer, wanted for the cold-blooded murder of a New Jersey state trooper in 1973. She has been protected for all the intervening years by the most sadistic dictator in the Americas, Fidel Castro.

So here’s another dimension to the poor judgment Fox has shown in selecting Marc Lamont Hill, out of all the black intellectuals available, to talk about cultural issues (let alone international affairs.)

Hill responded with 20 additional tweets, including a confirmation of his devotion to Shakur. Horowitz blogged again on September 28:

Marc Lamont Hill is at it again, posting twenty tweets on my reply. First the important one:

“Assata Shakur is an American hero & freedom fighter. I’ll always stand next to her.”

This says everything you need to know about Hill. He believes Communist terrorists — Shakur was a member of the “Black Liberation Army” — literally at war with the most democratic and racially integrated society in the world are heroes. And he believes that Shakur is innocent, which makes him as dumb as the average radical believer. (Shakur killed the policeman in a pitched battle 10 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act.)

The 27th’s blog post got the attention of Accuracy In Media’s (AIM) Cliff Kincaid who interviewed Hill and published a story on the 28th:

What’s more, an article on his web page, which appears under Hill’s by-line and photo, declares that Shakur, who is still on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, is “one of the great heroes in the Black Freedom Struggle” and proclaims, “Mother Assata: I am eternally grateful for your life and example. I give thanks to the ancestors for you. I pray for your continued protection and pledge to support you and our people until I die. In Beautiful Struggle, Marc.”

Is this another “personal opinion?”

Curiously, Hill told me that he didn’t write the article in question and that it was posted by someone else under his name. He said this kind of posting on his site hadn’t been an issue “until now.” How convenient.

He emphasized that he doesn’t support a cop-killer. “If I thought that she had done it, I would not support her,” he said. That goes without saying. Who in their right mind would support a convicted cop-killer?

Kincaid dug deeper into Hill’s radical views in two subsequent columns for AIM, making new discoveries:

In the same way that Van Jones was exposed originally by New Zealand blogger Trevor Loudon by using Internet search engines to look into his controversial background and writings, over the course of just a few days Accuracy in Media has been able to determine the following about Hill from public sources:

  • He called the notorious anti-white, anti-Jewish Khallid Muhammad a “mentor, teacher, and revolutionary hero,” and believes that the black racist died not from a brain aneurysm but was assassinated. Muhammad was so extreme that he was ousted from the Nation of Islam because of his hatred of Jews.
  • He gave a lecture on “The Importance of Ideological Training in the New Millenium (sic)” at the Polymathematic University’s “Political Education Program for the Poor Righteous Communist Party.”
  • He declared on a “MySpace” page that the people he’d like to meet personally include Assata Shakur, Louis Farrakhan, Fidel Castro, and Mumia Abu Jamal, another convicted cop-killer.
  • He speaks on “The Importance of the Nation of Islam to Hip-Hop Culture” and says that he once belonged to something called the Ansaaru Allah Community, an Islamic sect with doctrines similar to the Nation of Islam that has been accused of being a religious cult.
  • Hill’s “MySpace” page features a slide show of such figures as Assata Shakur, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and Ella Baker, who just happens to be the namesake of the Ella Baker Center, founded by Van Jones.
  • The Marc Lamont Hill website includes a graphic and obscene “Sex With Timaree” segment that features advice from a “Sexpert” on how to enjoy the “Land o’ Anal” or anal sex.

Hill told me in an interview that while he supports Shakur (his Twitter page is plastered with police photos of the fugitive), he was not the author of an article under his by-line and on his website that hails her escape from prison and grant of political asylum in Cuba. However, the article concludes with the name of “Marc.”

Seemingly as a result of these revelations, Hill removed the image of Assata Shakur from his Twitter page and deleted his myspace page.

On October 3 I seized on Kincaid’s research to challenge Hill to either stand up for or disavow his positions instead of trying to scrub the record. Hill has not yet responded to NewsReal’s invitation for debate.

  1. Russ Feinsetein permalink
    October 4, 2009 2:15 pm

    Mark Lamont Hill is a disgrace. A typical 60’s-type radical disguised in “academia”. What a joke.

    • Barbara permalink
      October 5, 2009 7:27 am

      Yes, he is a disgrace to the academic world as well as to those of his beliefs; however, the more he is on “any” show, the more it is proven that he is a disgrace……to his academic colleagues, to his race, to his political cohorts,……..could this be why he continues to be on Fox news?

    • Prudent Man, CFA permalink
      October 5, 2009 8:44 am

      I remember when the term Doctor was only used, outside of collectivist academia, only for medical and the hard sciences. Now everyone who can get what is nothing more than a mail-order PhD in a phony major regardless of the institution, is treated as an “intellectual”, whatever that may be other than thinking with someone else’s mind and ideas.

      When you look at those great Yale law school minds like Bill Clinton, John Kerry and Van Jones one has to think about the quality of Yale’s academics.

  2. Mary permalink
    October 4, 2009 4:29 pm

    Marc Lamont Hill said this on Twitter 10/4/09:

    marclamonthill Tony Romo joins Bill Clinton, Christopher Columbus, and others on my list of overrated white men.

    WOW…why insert ‘white’? Why categorize like that?

    • Jack Hampton permalink
      October 5, 2009 5:38 am

      Because Hill is the racist in this mix and always has been.

  3. jbtrevor permalink
    October 4, 2009 5:40 pm

    Why not get David Horowitz to go on O’Reilly and ask him why he has this man on?

    • October 4, 2009 5:49 pm

      Working on it.

    • Prudent Man, CFA permalink
      October 5, 2009 8:56 am

      Horowitz would make O’Reilly look like the shallow thinker he is. That is if David could get a word in as O’Reilly cuts everyone off when they go over his limited intelligence. Depth is nothing O’Reilly is interested in.

      Still, the enemy of my enemy is my friend even when, like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, they are sophomoric. They are conveying the important message of Freedom and values to an audience that has never had access to conservative thinking and through their efforts they are helping a large portion of the middle class in shaking off their isolation, insults and indifference by uniting with those of like mind.

  4. motorboat Jones permalink
    October 4, 2009 9:51 pm

    His twitter wallpaper is now Muhammad Ali. I guess he got scared he might lose his cushy Fox News gig and changed it.

    The guy makes me sick but Fox News makes me even sicker for having him on. He once said on Red Eye when asked about Michael Vick being reinstated in to the NFL that Vick played quarterback which was a position for whites.

    Good luck getting O’Reilly to respond to this. I think hell would freeze over first.

  5. October 5, 2009 1:42 am

    “…. Marc Lamont Hill, (as decidedly distinguished from) … black intellectuals available …”

    Mr Hill demonstrates a certain verbal efficiency, it’s true — but to call him “intellectual” is as mistaken as it’d be to call little Micky Jackson (sexually) “normal” — or Bill O’Reilly other than a Yeller/Tabloid-TV Lefty.

  6. Bud permalink
    October 5, 2009 2:40 am

    It seems to me that Bill O’Reilly is gradually slipping over to the twilight zone, [left field]. I don’t watch him much any more because I can see this gradual change. How sad! Bill still has his moments, but he is definitely changing some of the values he once had.

    • October 5, 2009 3:45 am

      Your comment is on the ball — but in fairness to you I’d suggest that all that has gradually changed is that your values have asserted themselves and have awoken you to Mr O’Reilly’s shortcomings.

      Mr O’Reilly has never been but a Yeller/Tabloid-TV flim-flam man who does poor “conservative” impressions on TV. “His” FoxNews “success” has never been other than an indicator of the business astuteness of Messrs Murdock and Ailes who, by employing the likes of Messrs O’Reilly (and of that Rivera ratbag and of that other sewer sifter: the shrieking scar-faced Scientologist) are able to sell the million or so TV-watchers who enjoy the likes of the definitively-tabloid “Early Edition” — and followed its host to Fox.

  7. jac mills permalink
    October 5, 2009 7:22 am

    I have posted on these pages before that O’Reilly will not last in his TV spot beyond his current contract with Fox. (And by the way, does anyone know why he is not doing his radio show now, the real reason?) If there is a true narcissist masquerading on television it is Bill. He just cannot help himself. Have you noticed how he drops little tidbits like “I have been in combat.” I would bet that he hasn’t. He may have been in a combat zone as a reporter, but being in combat means you are prepared to kill and to be killed. That doesn’t fit the character I see. Note how he harps on Harvard, “my alma mater.” He graduated from Marist College then went to Harvard as an adult to study, I think, Public Administration, whatever that is. Be that as it may, people who speak this way generally are wannabees, plain and simple. When you are old enough, and have seen a lot of life and people, you can spot phonies. I do not negate what good Bill has done, but when he keeps reminding, the bloom fades. If you consider that wealth and position are marks of success, and many of us do, then Bill has been successful. But it is time for a change on The Factor. Someone who can speak AND listen is needed in that spot. And I have never known a man who can listen with his mouth open.

    • October 5, 2009 7:26 am

      jac mills? — Spot on!

    • Edward Parise permalink
      November 24, 2009 12:28 pm

      Your comments and observations about O’Reilly are most correct and I agree with you. He very much displays the shallow characteristics of one who is in above his head, especially when reminding the world of his esteemed “credentials”. He pines for positive feedback even if he has to beg for it. One thing I learned early on as a (now retired) major airline captain and former Naval Aviator was simply that truly good captains/commanders, with rare exception never, ever find it necessary to mention/remind others who the captain is. You either carry that gravitas or you don’t and nothing that issues from the mouth will make it so.

      • Jack Hampton permalink
        November 25, 2009 4:29 am

        You comment and the one by Mills proves you are out of touch with reality. While I do not agree with O’Reilly on every thing to state he is in over his head is absurd. The man has the largest show and has had for many years and despite Mills wet dream Fox will renew his contract till Bill decideds he does not want it any longer. I have seen plenty of officers and fought for them the really good ones remind all every day who is in charge by there conduct and words. Bill may mention his credentials when some have tried to challenge his qualifications or in jest but he has them to mention. Most of the hack left wing news clowns do not.;

  8. October 5, 2009 7:50 am

    Hill is an Obama clone…all sizzle no steak…part of the “kook quota” Fox uses to stay “balanced”.
    Hill will defend the indefensible on cue and also is way too predictable…
    when cornered verbally with logic or facts…its always the “both sides do it” baloney.
    Pointing at other bad behavior to excuse yours is a sickening ploy of the secular socialists (aka modern liberal).

    • Jack Hampton permalink
      October 5, 2009 11:23 am

      I had to come back and give you a thumbs up for that post. I hope everyone does as I did and email O’really and tell him when I see Lamont I change the channel.

  9. Judy permalink
    October 5, 2009 11:37 am

    Hill is your basic issue glib, predictable, Marxist intellectual barbarian. Long on radical Marxist and Black Liberation doctrines, short on values and intellect. Behind the cheshire cat grin lies the heart of a frightening, racist, radical whose goal is the division and destruction of America. I have yet to understand his sudden appearance on multiple FOX shows. I turn the channel when I see his face.

    • Jack Hampton permalink
      October 6, 2009 3:29 am

      You nailed it.

    • Jack Hampton permalink
      October 6, 2009 3:33 am

      If Lamont Hill is not a racist neither was David Duke or George Wallace or the several guys from the Aryan Brotherhood I arrested. He smiles and is civil but is a pure racist that hates this country and is not interested in making it better and improving relationships between different races he is for the destruction of this evil system as he sees it.

    • Edward Parise permalink
      November 24, 2009 12:44 pm

      This guy is a jerk! Does anyone take him seriously. This passes for black intellect? He belongs in a box with that Harvard “black history professor” that had a beer at the WH. Let’s see, that must pass for political correctness or possibly a Kenyan-based bias. The hateful, communist idiots are in charge right from the top. I cry for America.

  10. Jack H Hansen permalink
    October 5, 2009 2:00 pm

    I too, change the channel when the racist Hill comes on. He IS predictable – whitey gave his lazy butt everything through affirmative action, and in return he slams whitey every opportunity he gets. If you listen to him, he is far to ignorant though to have a PhD. But that is the state of acadamia today.

  11. Judy permalink
    October 5, 2009 3:25 pm

    Jack, the letters PHD following Hill’s name brings all new meaning to the acronym.
    P – piled
    H – higher, and
    D – deeper

  12. Mark M permalink
    October 11, 2009 1:56 pm

    Hill is the embodiment of the Peter Principle.

    • Robert Eimiller permalink
      October 16, 2009 3:31 pm

      Hill and the Peter Principle… O’Reilly is the definition personified. Notice he took the whole week off when Beck had his week long expose’ for one reason, he knew Beck would… in NON PRIME TIME blow him away in the ratings numbers.

      I’ve emailed O’Reilly many times stating.. “When Michelle Malkin, or Laura Ingraham speak, close your mouth and listen… you just might learn something.”

      I remember the time when Ann Coulter commented on her book sales numbers he shot back how his book sales were larger. Hell, the guy shills his damn book every night … five night a week. He makes the late “hawker” Billy Mays look like a beginner.

      • October 16, 2009 5:17 pm

        Well said, Robert Eimiller, well said!

        Spot on.

  13. C. Walker permalink
    November 11, 2009 3:47 pm

    I guess FOX News does not spew racist remarks or overtures? Are you kidding me? Most people who watch Fox News are not Obama supporters so no matter what Obama or any other intellegent BLACK MAN has to say you would deem racist and unintelligent. You people just can’t get over that we have a black president and he IS doing a good job! Bush created the mess this country is in for the past 8 years and you want Obama to fix everything right away. I will continue to support the president I voted for.

    • November 11, 2009 3:52 pm

      1. What racist remarks has Fox News spewed?
      2. Who at NewsReal has attacked the fact that we have a black president?
      3. Do you understand why we challenged Marc Lamont Hill? The man supports Assata Shakur and Ward Churchill — people who want to destroy America. Further, his specialty is hip-hop culture. He’s hardly the best person to talk about foreign policy.

    • Jack Hampton permalink
      November 12, 2009 3:48 am

      C. Walker
      There are many fine black men that would be great as President even an actor Bill Cosby for one not to mention Col. West RET. Walter Williams, My neighbor that lives down the road who is a great dentist. These are men with principal Obama is devoid of that quality. His only goal is radical marxism and so far he has not fixed a damn thing. The actual unemployment rate stands at around 16%. the economic problems were launched by democraps Barney Frank amd Chris Dood and others covering for Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac and lousey democrats preventing us fron devoloping our own oil resources. We are awash in oil in this country more than the Saudis and most of the Middle East combined but nut case democraps refuse to let it be brought to use. Do not even attempt to blame the current recession on Bush they tried 4 years before it occured to reign in these two Government backed organizations but were rebuffed by the democraps both times. Now if you want to blame Bush for something blame him for failing to secure our border and the deaths that have resulted from that. I would even support prosecuting him in criminal court for that but the rest is plain bull.

  14. November 13, 2009 5:22 am

    Good post but your unemployment figures are a little out of date. Published rate is around 10.5% but when the only part-time “employed” and those the gummint feels it can get away with saying have “ceased looking for work” and have therefore “left the workforce” are factored back in, the actual unemployment rate is around 22% — and climbing!


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