Free Web Newsletter Monitors Activities of Right Wing
On March 4, the Washington D.C.-based civil liberties organization People for the American Way distributed the first issue of Right Wing Watch Online, a free "every-few-weeks" electronic newsletter detailing the messages that right wing organizations deliver via mail, the airwaves, and the internet. According to Matthew Freeman, senior vice president of People For the American Way, the newsletter will reveal the contradictions between what right wing organizations tell the public and what they tell their members about their agenda. "The Christian Coalition is a good example," says Freeman. "Amid national fanfare, the Coalition introduced its 'Good Samaritan Project' to the nation as a way of reaching out to African-Americans. Yet the Coalition has yet to introduce the proposal in its direct mail and fundraising outreach efforts to its members."Right Wing Watch Online will document the activities of such groups as the Christian Coalition, Family Research Council (FRC), Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family, the American Family Association and others. As evidenced by reader response, concern about right wing activities is increasing. Released on March 21, Right Wing Watch Online's second issue already had more than 1300 subscribers. Among its revelations: Operation Rescue's new "God is Going Back to School" high school campaign was crafted as a plan to "assault the gates of hell," by "using large graphic signs of children mutilated by abortion and loaded with literature filled with truth and hope."In their "On the airwaves" section, Right Wing Watch Online documented a March 12 broadcast of Concerned Women for America's daily radio show, Beverly LaHaye Live, in which the FRC's Bob Knight's criticized American Airlines for marketing to lesbians and gays."There are a lot of kids who are now being tempted into homosexuality," he said. For a free subscription to Right-Wing Watch Online, send mail to MAISER@PFAW.ORG with no subject and SUB RWW in the message body.