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Written by: Diana West
Sunday, February 26, 2017 7:42 AM 

Something that should be common knowledge in evaluating the Ron Radosh claim that Steve Bannon said to him, "I am a Leninist" (which Bannon denies) at David Horowitz's November 2013 book party is that Radosh was exposed as a prevaricator and a fraud at Breitbart News in the fall of 2013 under the helmsmanship of Steve Bannon.

For example, I did it here -- but that was nothing next to the highly enjoyable evisceration Vladimir Bukovsky and Pavel Stroilov performed on Radosh and David Horowitz's Frontpage Magazine both here.

It's just something to bear in mind on evaluating sources. The other thing to bear in mind is that the vettable details Radosh offers about the "Leninist" incident are false, as I have shown here. (Perhaps this effort helped earn the phrase "later contested" appended to the Radosh "Leninist" claim as noted in an essay about Steve Bannon by Chris Caldwell.)

I bring this up again because of an interesting (to inside baseball afficianados, that is) development in the story. The man at whose book party Radosh alleges the remark to have taken place has finally weighed in.  

Here is a conversation as grabbed off of Twitter about same.

It starts with this Salvo of Silly from the Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephens: 

Then this response:

 

Stephens then invokes his idea of a truthful, trustworthy and unbiased source. 

Horowitz, Radosh's lifelong comrade, tweets in -- to my knowledge, his first public comment on the exchange, which, again, Radosh alleges took place at his (H's) book party. 

Notice that Horowitz changed the subject. Stephens cites Radosh as the source of the comment, and Horowitz says only the deranged seriously believe it. And no one offers or seems to understand the context of the Radosh anecdote -- the drubbings of Radosh published by Bannon's Breitbart, which surely add that boulder of salt when it comes evaluating the validity of what is only a he-said, he-said story.

Fake History is also Lazy History. Thus, "Bannon as Leninist" seems to be headed for the "history" books. Note how terribly easy it is to cloud the national conversation with a story filled with falsehoods. 

  

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