When I came across Republic Broadcasting Network, billed as “The most provocative programming on the internet”, I immediately thought it was going to be another conservative talk network like Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity. But after digging deeper and finding the list of shows and hosts, I came to the conclusion that Republic Broadcasting Network was not just “provocative” but rather extreme.
The network features a whole slew of extreme right characters, not to mention its weekly ad in the anti-Semitic newspaper, American Free Press. Two current American Free Press employees, Michael Collins Piper and Mark Anderson have their own radio shows on Republic Broadcasting Network. Both men have strong connections to anti-Semites. Piper and Anderson both spoke at a recent 1st amendment conference that featured famous anti-Semites David Duke and Texe Marrs as keynote speakers. Anderson is also spearheading the anti immigrant segment of American Free Press. Its August 10, 2009 issue, Anderson reported from the border in south Texas, spending a day in the company of the South Texas Minutemen Project. Michael Collins Piper, like many of his American Free Press colleagues has a long history of anti-Semitism. One of his many racist books, “The New Jerusalem: Zionist Power in America,” was on sale at the now famous Holocaust Conference in Iran in 2006.
A few former hosts on the Republic Broadcasting Network are also noteworthy. The most famous of these is James Edwards. Edwards, tapped by many as a rising star in the white nationalist community, runs the radio show Political Cesspool which used to air on Republic Broadcasting Network. Besides running Political Cesspool, Edwards is also serves as a board member for the racist Council of Conservative Citizens and the American Third Position Party, which also boasts anti-Semite professor Kevin MacDonald as a director. Political Cesspool’s guest list is also full of hate. The list includes anti-Semites such as David Duke and Willis Carto, as well as Nick Griffin, the leader of the white-only UK political party, the British National Party. Edwards has also had many anti-immigrant guests on his show, such as Virginia Abernathy – a self-described white separatist who once shared the podium with Rick Oltman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Edwards also hosted two other guests with strong connections to FAIR, Jim Staudenraus, a former FAIR spokesman and Wayne Lutton, the editor of The Social Contract, a quarterly journal published by John Tanton’s financial umbrella, U.S. Inc. FAIR is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center
Another former host on Republic Broadcasting Network is William Gheen. Gheen is the founder of Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC), an anti-immigrant group. He is described by Anti-Defamation League as an “anti immigrant leader” while the Southern Poverty Law Center call him a “nativist” and quotes Gheen in reference to the immigrant population: “Call me old fashioned, but people should be able to shop at Wal-Mart without worrying about catching [t]uberculosis.”
It is clear that Republic Broadcasting Network is extreme. Several of its past and present hosts are white nationalists, anti-Semites and anti-immigrant activists. It is comparable to David Duke Radio and Stormfront Radio as a venue for hate.