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The Political Cesspool is a weekly radio show currently broadcast from Millington, Tennesseemarker, USA at radio station WLRMmarker on Saturday nights. It was founded in 2004 (initially broadcasting twice a week from radio station WMQM) and currently features founder and main host James Edwards, co-hosts Bill Rolen, Winston Smith, and Eddie Miller, and producer Art Frith, while former staffers include Jess Bonds and co-founder Austin Farley. Many guests have been featured on the show over the years, such as Jerome Corsi, Jim Gilchrist, Michael Peroutka, Sonny Landham, Nick Griffin, Thomas Naylor, and Pat Buchanan.

The show is currently syndicated by Liberty News Radio Network, Accent Radio Network, and Stormfront Radio, and is carried by at least four licensed terrestrial radio stations in the United States, in addition to one unlicensed Part 15 station and the satellite Galaxy 19. According to the show's statement of principles, "The Political Cesspool Radio Program stands for the The Dispossessed Majority. We represent a philosophy that is pro-White and are against political centralization." It is regarded as promoting extreme right-wing white nationalist, white supremacist, and conspiracy theorist views by organizations such as the Stephen Roth Institute, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Anti-Defamation League.

Foundation and history

James Edwards and Austin Farley established Political Cesspool on October 26, 2004, intending to create a paleoconservative alternative to Republican Party radio hosts such as Sean Hannity. The show was initially broadcast on AM 1600 WMQM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Edwards and Farley then took in friends Bill Rolen and Jess Bonds as guest hosts, as well as radio technician Art Frith. An official "kickoff" party for the show was held at a local barbecue restaurant, at which actor Sonny Landham was the keynote speaker.

In 2005, the group moved to WMQM's sister station, AM 1380 WLRMmarker and switched to a nightly schedule, Monday through Friday. Austin Farley left the program in 2006 and was replaced by Winston Smith. In December 2007, the show entered a syndication deal with Dixie Broadcasting Radio Network. However, on Friday, February 15, 2008, the show went on hiatus due to the fact that the staff felt like they "needed a break".

In June 2008, the show returned to the airwaves on WLRM, but airing only on Saturday nights (its current schedule). As of August 2009, Jess Bonds is no longer affiliated with the program. Since WLRM is not audited by Arbitron, the show's ratings are unknown.

Staff

The current staff of The Political Cesspool include primary host James Edwards, co-hosts Bill Rolen, Winston Smith, and Eddie Miller, and producer Art Frith.

James Edwards

Main Article: James Edwards


James Edwards (born 1980) is the founder and primary host of The Political Cesspool. A lifelong resident of Memphis, Tennesseemarker, Edwards attended Briarcrest Christian School as a youth before switching to a "Christian nationalist" homeschooling program during the ninth grade. During this time, Edwards began reading the writings of Pat Buchanan.

In 2000, Edwards volunteered for Pat Buchanan's presidential campaign. He later said that this experience inspired him to become politically active, and he wrote an essay called "Why I Love Pat Buchanan" in which he stated that he "loves" Buchanan because "he tells it like it is". Edwards ran for the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2002 and lost. He met fellow right-wing political activist Austin Farley during that campaign.

James Edwards is active in the Council of Conservative Citizens (COfCC), and the show has hosted several leaders from the CofCC and publications affiliated with it as guests. He has also described Jared Taylor of American Renaissance as his "good friend". The Nation has written that Edwards "has leveraged sponsorship from neo-Nazi and Holocaust denial groups to become America's most popular white supremacist radio host."

Edwards has stated that he believes "most Jews ... regard[] Jews and whites as two different races. Of course, when I do it, I'm called all sorts of rude names" and that President Obama chooses to identify as black "because it makes him, of course, invincible to scrutiny with -- from the media." Edwards also referred to journalist Timothy Noah as "Jew Timothy Noah" on his blog (entitled The Rise of Ethnopolitics), and stated that he was "pretty sure" that Michelle Obama "hate(s) whitey...just like her husband, just like about 90% of blacks".

Eddie "The Bombardier" Miller

Eddie Miller (born April 6, 1947 in Clark County, Kentuckymarker) was drafted into the United States Army in 1969, serving a total of six years as a Combat Medic and a specialist. He joined the Political Cesspool staff in mid-2006. He, like most of the show's staff, claims descent from Confederate soldiers.

Bill Rolen

Co-host Bill Rolen is a board member of the Council of Conservative Citizens. He, along with Jess Bonds (who has since left the show) joined the show in 2005.

Winston Smith

Winston Smith, whose hometown is Waco, Texasmarker, served thirteen years in the U. S. Naval Submarine Services. He is married and has four children, and joined the show in 2006, replacing Austin Farley. Smith is also a Kinist and a Calvinist, and his interests include classical guitar, woodworking, literature, and writing.

Smith believes that "there are legions of black people, there are legions of mestizos out there who are more than happy to exclude white people from the mass of humanity" and has accused President Obama of "associat(ing) with radical, violent groups whose purpose in existence is to kill white people."

Art Frith

Art Frith is the show's producer and studio engineer. Prior to joining the show's staff in 2005, Frith worked for a number of other radio stations including AFRTS (in Keflavik, Icelandmarker, Anchorage, Alaskamarker, and Nea Makri, Greecemarker), KFQD, KANC, and WBCK. Frith now lives in Nashville, Michiganmarker, but remains a part of the show's staff and continues to visit the WLRM studios on occasion.

Goeff Melton (former)

In 2007, Goeff Melton was hired to set up the show's official website. As of August 2009, he is no longer affiliated with the program.

Austin Farley (former)

Austin Farley, along with James Edwards, was one of the two original hosts of the show. In November 2005, he left the show in order to spend more time with his wife and four children, although he remained on good terms with Edwards and the show's other staff members. In 2006, Farley ran unsuccessfully for the Tennessee House of Representatives in District 97.

Guests

For a more complete listing, see List of Political Cesspool guests.

The Political Cesspool has featured appearances from many guests over the years, including political activists, economists, and musicians.

Author Jerome Corsi caused controversy after scheduling an appearance on the show in August 2009 to promote his New York Times #1 bestselling book, The Obama Nation. Corsi later cancelled this planned appearance. Corsi stated that the cancellation was the result of "travel plans that changed". James Edwards, on the other hand, said that he believed the incident "just goes to show what incredible pressure everyone in public life is under to never have anything to do with anyone who speaks up for the interests of white people." Corsi had already been featured as a guest on the show once before, in July 2009; during that appearance, he discussed his financial newsletter and promoted his book.

Constitution Party nominee Michael Peroutka appeared on the show to promote his presidential campaign in 2004. A party member, Michael Goza, described the show as "Christian/Constitutionalist", and "a great blessing to our cause". Thomas Naylor of the Vermont secessionist organization Second Vermont Republic, appeared on the show to celebrate Confederate History Month in April 2007.

On May 8, 2006, Minuteman Project leader Jim Gilchrist was featured as a guest on the show. Cohost Bill Rolen agreed with Gilchrist's view that illegal immigrants' intentions are to "just squat here and plunder whatever social benefits our programs provide them." However, Rolen's neo-Confederate views led him to disagree with Gilchrist's view that illegal immigration was "the 21st century slave trade".

Paleoconservative activist and former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan has appeared on the show twice as of May 2009. In June 2008 he appeared on the show to promote his book Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War, an appearance which was initiated and arranged by Buchanan's publicist. During this interview, Buchanan also stated that he plans to write a book detailing the possibility of future race wars. At the end of this interview, James Edwards said, "Mr. Buchanan, thank you so much for coming back on our program, for fighting for our people." Previously, in September 2006, Buchanan had appeared on the show to promote State of Emergency; in this interview, Buchanan claimed that "we are being invaded by people of different cultures" and that Americans “cannot survive a bifurcated culture or a heavily Hispanicized culture, tilted towards Mexico…I think that's the beginning of the end of the United States.”

Despite describing itself as "America First" , the show has also hosted guests from outside the United States, including Croatian white nationalist Tomislav Sunic, Australian white nationalist Drew Fraser, Russian-Austrian economist Yuri Maltsev, British lawyer Adrian Davies, Canadian conservative blogger Kathy Shaidle, and British National Party leaders Simon Darby and Nick Griffin; Griffin appeared on the show both before and after his election as a Member of the European Parliament.

Statement of principles

The Political Cesspool describes its philosophy as "pro-White and against political centralization", and its statement of principles is as follows:



"The Political Cesspool Radio Program stands for the The Dispossessed Majority. We represent a philosophy that is pro-White and are against political centralization. You can trust The Political Cesspool to give you the "other side of the news" - to report on events which are vital to your welfare but which would otherwise be hushed up or distorted by the controlled press.

We make no attempt to give you "both sides." We'll leave the establishment side to your daily newspaper, television and other radio shows. We will bring to you some of the most renowned thinkers, writers, pundits, activists, entertainers and elected officials each broadcast as our guests. Furthermore, we pledge that The Political Cesspool will correct any meaningful error or fact. Make up your own mind who is being honest with you: the establishment media or The Political Cesspool Radio Program."

1. "The United States government should be independent of any international organization of governments and American law should not be imposed by organizations such as the United Nations."


2. "America would not be as prosperous, ruggedly individualistic, and a land of opportunity if the founding stock were not Europeans."


3. "Since family is the foundation of any strong society, we are against feminism, abortion, and primitivism."


4. "Private property rights are inviolable. They come from our God-given right to life."


5. "We wish to revive the White birthrate above replacement level fertility and beyond to grow the percentage of Whites in the world relative to other races."


6. "Issues such as education, environmental law, and police should be decentralized down to the lowest level to insure natural rights and efficiency."


7. "Secession is a right of all people and individuals. It was successful in 1776 and this show honors those who tried to make it successful in 1865." (The Confederate States of America actually seceded from the Union in 1860.)


8. "We are cultural conservatives because we have certain morals to which we adhere. We are against homosexuality, vulgarity, loveless sex, and masochism."


9. "We wish for American government to stop interfering politically, militarily, and socially outside of the borders of the United States of America. We want non-interventionism."
Host James Edwards has also described the show as "politically incorrect". Winston Smith has said, looking back, "[t]he emphasis is different now. We don't talk as much about what blacks have done to us; we're more focused on ourselves and our own culture."

Association with Stormfront

The Political Cesspool is syndicated live by Stormfront Radio, a service of the white nationalist and supremacist website Stormfront.org. According to senior moderator Jamie Kelso, James Edwards joined Stormfront in 2004 under the screen name "ElectEdwards". As ElectEdwards, Edwards said that he was a "proud member" of Stormfront and that "[w]hile I rarely have had the time to post on Stormfront, there is never a day that passes that I don't visit this site." ElectEdwards credited Don Black with giving him "support".

Controversy and criticism

Because of the show's stated ideology, it has frequently come under criticism from anti-racist groups and individuals, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, Anti-Defamation League, Stephen Roth Institute, and journalist Max Blumenthal.

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Political Cesspool was added to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)'s hate group watch list in 2006. James Edwards was "ecstatic", saying "I don't think you've arrived in the conservative movement until you've made it to the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hate Watch". Edwards describes the SPLC as a group composed of "communists and civil rights hustlers". As the SPLC has noted, Edwards has denounced Jews, claiming that they "hate Christianity" and "are using pornography as a subversive tool against us". Edwards has also argued that mainstream Christianity has been infiltrated by "Zionist influence and perverse leftist ideology" since the 1950s. The SPLC's Hatewatch has referred to The Political Cesspool as "an overtly racist, anti-Semitic radio show hosted by [a] self-avowed white nationalist."

Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League, like the Southern Poverty Law Center, has frequently criticized The Political Cesspool and its ideology.

In response to a caller who said people asked him if he was prejudiced, Edwards said: "Well, if they say it, if they say, 'Are we prejudiced?' Well, you answered them exactly the way they should be answered: 'Of course I am, and here's why.' If they ask, 'Are you a racist or a neo-Nazi?' Well, first, ask them for a definition of that, and if they can't give you one, say, 'Well, if you're using the ADL's (the Anti-Defamation League's) version of a neo-Nazi, meaning that I'm a white man proud of my heritage, then you're damn right I am. If that's what a neo-Nazi is, then that's what I am, and I'm proud to be, and you should be too, if you had any courage'." Edwards has also referred to the ADL as "America's most powerful hate group".

Max Blumenthal

Award-winning investigative journalist Max Blumenthal, who reported on an attempt by a Political Cesspool staffer to advertise at a Sarah Palin rally, has described the show as having a "racist ideology", and highlighted anti-Semitic, racist, and homophobic comments that Edwards had made on his blog. James Edwards had written "Jews are the ones who are always speaking in code; when they use words like ‘racists’, ‘bigots’, ‘anti-semites’, they simply mean white people", "Hollywoodmarker promotes white genocide", “For blacks in the Americas, slavery is the greatest thing that ever happened to them. Unfortunately, it’s the worst thing that ever happened to white Americans" (a claim that was also reported on by The Times), and “If the WNBA Women's National Basketball Association is so hell bent on diversity, why don’t they hire a couple of heterosexual players or coaches?”

Stephen Roth Institute

The Stephen Roth Institute has also commented on the show, noting that "[James] Edwards openly espoused many of his guests’ views and during speeches to extremist audiences, including members of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens and the racist League of the South, he gained the support of a wide array of extremists." It has also commented on the show's interview with Filip Dewinter, a member of the Belgian Parliamentmarker who is a leader in that country's extremist Vlaams Belang movement.

City Park demonstration

In 2005, the Cesspool staff organized a rally at Confederate Park in downtown Memphismarker. The park had earlier come under criticism by a black countymarker official, which attracted the notice of Al Sharpton. Sharpton planned a march from downtown Memphis to Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, but he canceled the march after Edwards and the Political Cesspool staff obtained a permit to demonstrate in Confederate Park, which is located along Sharpton's planned march route. Sharpton settled for a protest at Forrest Park, which attracted a few dozen, mostly black demonstrators, whom Edwards referred to as "rabble". Edwards attracted about 200 white counter-demonstrators to the Confederate Park vigil. In the aftermath of the city park controversy, Cesspool affiliates James Edwards, Austin Farley, Jess Bonds, and Bill Rolen received the 'Dixie Defender Award' from the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Later that year, Memphis city councilman E. C. Jones awarded Edwards and Austin Farley (a then-co-host of the show who later left the staff in 2006 to run for the Tennessee House of Representatives, an election he ended up losing) with a certificate "in appreciation of outstanding contributions to the community". Jones also awarded Edwards and Farley with an honorary city council membership. Prior to this, Jones had been a featured guest on the show.

Radio stations that air the show



The Accent Radio Network-affiliated stations KHQNmarker, KOHI and KNAKmarker-AM currently air a shortened version of the show (two hours), in contrast to the three-hour Liberty News Radio Network (WLRM) version. Galaxy 19 airs the full programming lineups of both ARN and Liberty News Radio Network on separate channels, and as such it airs both the full-length version and shortened version of the show. micro1650am is a 100 milliwatt FCC Part 15 station, and as such it has no call letters.

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