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Why I turned down spot on 'The Daily Show'

“The Daily Show,” a very popular TV program, recently asked me to appear as a guest to explain why I think Barack Obama is a socialist.

My first thought was “Duh! Because he is.”

I don’t think Obama is a socialist. I know it. It’s self-evident. I will enumerate a few of the reasons in a moment, but, first, I want to explain why you won’t see me give this explanation to John Stewart and company.

About a week ago, WND Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein, the author of “Manchurian President” (This one is such an important book on the subject I am making it available to you for a limited time for only 99 cents!) and “Red Army,” contacted me about pinch-hitting for him on the show. “The Daily Show” needed someone stateside to deal with this pressing question. When the WND marketing team talked to producers, it was agreed that “The Daily Show” interviewer and crew would conduct the shoot in our corporate offices in the Washington area.

But there was just one condition we insisted upon. Since it would be recorded for television in my office for an hour of which 30 seconds or one minute would be used, we informed the producers that WND would be simultaneously and unobtrusively recording the entire interview as well. My purpose was clear: I wanted to be able to show what was left on the cutting room floor.

Surprise, surprise – that was a deal-killer.

People often ask me why I am not on television much any more. This is part of the reason. It’s one thing to do live television, where the deck might be stacked against you, but there’s no editing. It’s another to subject yourself to the not-so-subtle manipulations of creative video propaganda. If Americans eager to see their mugs on TV were willing to lay down some ground rules before appearing, we might be able to bring some balance and fairness to the media.

But, I digress. What would I have told “The Daily Show” about why Obama is a socialist? Here is what I would have shared with the crew if this interview had actually taken place:

Still there is more – much more. Klein’s WND Books New York Times best-selling “Manchurian President” not only chronicled it all, but provided the footnotes and the investigative reporting to back it all up. That was two years ago. All we have witnessed since is confirmation of its premise.

But the real proof of the pudding is what comes out of Obama’s own mouth:

I could go on and on. In fact, it would be much easier to find the very few, if any, areas of disagreement between Obama and the radical socialist parties of the U.S. or Europe or Latin America.

Maybe that would be a question we could ask John Stewart: Where do Obama and the socialists disagree? Hmmm. That would be an interesting answer. But it would prove to be a very short TV segment – and not very funny.