Newly formed right-wing propaganda site Progressives Today co-founders Jim Hoft (The Gateway Pundit's primary blogger and founder) and Kyle Olson (founder of far-right anti-public schools/anti-unions site EAGnews.org), along with Andrew Marcus, joined host Dana Loesch on her self-titled TheBlazeTV show to spew falsehoods about progressives and liberals regarding the 2014 White Privilege Conference and defending the Tea Party.
From the 05.09.2014 edition of TheBlazeTV's Dana:
The White Privilege Conference attendees correctly stated that the Tea Party Movement breeds racism.
Wisconsin State Journal's Doug Erickson on the White Privilege Conference held in Madison, Wisconsin:
The gathering draws ridicule and outrage from some, especially political conservatives, who question the need for it and the amount of tax money helping to stage it. Among the two dozen co-hosts of this year’s conference are Madison Area Technical College, UW-Madison and the city of Madison’s Department of Civil Rights. Most co-hosts are paying a fee between $500 and $3,000, according to organizers, although UW-Madison is kicking in $5,000.
Dave Blaska, a former Dane County Board member, wrote in a recent blog for In Business magazine that the conference sends the message that white people are the problem.
“Madison’s ruling white liberals are so afraid to be called racist that they refrain from criticizing destructive behaviors,” he wrote. “Instead, they double down on the race card, blaming unconscious, subliminal racism.”
Conservative Madison radio talk show host Vicki McKenna told her listeners, “I object to one penny of my money being used to support this.”
The conference routinely triggers “threatening and ugly emails,” Moore said, often from white supremacists.
So far, none of the emails this year has been directly threatening, said Lt. Dave McCaw of the Madison Police Department, but the department will continue to monitor social media in the days leading up to the conference, as it does prior to any large gathering, he said.
At this point, McCaw said there appears to be no need for off-duty police at the event, though on-duty officers will give the conference extra attention.
Opposition is not uncommon, Moore said. Members of the St. Louis-based Council of Conservative Citizens protested the 2011 conference in Minneapolis. The group did not return phone calls. A recent post on its website called the Madison conference “extremist” and said “Wisconsin taxpayers are being forced to pay for the entire thing.”