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It has been awhile since I sent a Polish activity update. This past week offered up some activity and controversy that I think will interest many of you and has catalyzed this update.

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> From: Matthew Tyrmand < Adres poczty elektronicznej jest chroniony przed robotami spamującymi. W przeglądarce musi być włączona obsługa JavaScript, żeby go zobaczyć. >
> Date: Monday, October 3, 2016
> Subject: Polish Update- And It's a Doozy
> To: Matt Tyrmand < Adres poczty elektronicznej jest chroniony przed robotami spamującymi. W przeglądarce musi być włączona obsługa JavaScript, żeby go zobaczyć. >

To All-
> It has been awhile since I sent a Polish activity update. This past week offered up some activity and controversy that I think will interest many of you and has catalyzed this update.
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> On Tuesday I posted this piece about one of the figures who has done the most damage to Poland (global image-wise) from the vanquished looter elite that I am always writing about:
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> http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/09/27/anne-applebaums-russian-style-disinformation-offensive-msm-vs-anti-globalist-right-will-people/
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> The reasoning behind this undertaking at this moment (been brewing for awhile) was this unhinged WaPo "column" that Pani Applebaum posted about the supposed correlations between Trump and her Polish adopted home where she attacked the Polish government with brazen lie upon brazen lie and suggested the current defense minister was a crazy anti-Semite.
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> https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/in-poland-a-preview-of-what-trump-could-do-to-america/2016/09/19/71515d02-7e86-11e6-8d13-d7c704ef9fd9_story.html?utm_term=.55cdd49b213f
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> (Good rebuttal of this piece: as opposed to my piece above which rebuts her whole body of work in Poland: http://thenews.pl/1/2/Artykul/271997,Polish-commentator-slams-Applebaum-Washington-Post-oped-as-nonsense )
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> In August (also motivating this piece) she wrote (the link just below here) at the WaPo (right after the Trump campaign leadership shuffle) a piece impugning Steve Bannon and Breitbart- a platform which I am proud to contribute to (on a voluntary and ad hoc basis) and a guy who I respect greatly as one of the best (if not the best as it should now be validated by his excellent behind the scenes stewardship of the DJT campaign) "political media culture warriors" that the American (and since the late stages of the Brexit battle, global) right has had since Andrew Breitbart himself.
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> https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-secret-to-trump-hes-really-a-russian-oligarch/2016/08/19/bc7226a2-6623-11e6-be4e-23fc4d4d12b4_story.html?utm_term=.ec0dced55b93
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> After I posted my piece I did not for one minute expect there to be the blowback that it received (just maybe some positive comments from the Polish right for pushing the truth in the English language press and otherwise not to be that much noticed in the West- except by you folks of course- my chosen blast list few :)) 
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> Apparently calling out a "Polish Jewish American elite" for BEING an actual "Polish Jewish American elite" (not a slur, but a fact!) is an act of anti-Semitism. Even when alleged by a Jew whose father's line was all but exterminated by the Nazis. And even when made highly relevant by the fact that when a Jew yells anti-Semitism it is orders of magnitude more impactful (and damaging to their target) than when a non-Jew does so...especially in Poland given the very tough and often ugly history. Applebaum, through her allies (such as newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza- more on them below) has been exploiting this loophole in rationality, reason, fairness, and intellectual integrity for years in PL.  And this is EXACTLY what she has done to her political opposition as mentioned above in her WaPo piece with the current PL defense minister Antoni Macierewicz. 
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> N.b.: Macierwicz is another guy I respect enormously and the best minister and political figure (controversial for his hawkishness and aggressive competence) this current Polish government has deployed (he gave an amazing speech at Rutgers on Friday about the clash of civilizations and its global security ramifications- when its posted online I will blast it out in the next update). He is actively working to reform post-communist structures and the corruption and looting that was so brazen by the previous government and its apparatchiks (like Applebaum's husband Radoslaw Sikorski). Essentially he is part of the #MakePolandGreatAgain crew I support and try to help when I can (even as their domestic, mostly economic, policy tendencies sometimes need some gentle - thus far- calling out in my weekly column in the Polish newsweekly Do Rzeczy). He is also a true anti-communist hero who was imprisoned 20 times and would have no doubt been great friends with my father had they been contemporaries.
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> On Wednesday afternoon Twitter's most aggrieved denizens began their anti-Semitism branding. Before I knew it, there was story after story attacking Breitbart for anti-Semitism and using me as a pawn to connect to Breitbart, Bannon, and ultimately Trump (like him or hate him he is clearly not one given his kosher-keeping daughter and son-in-law and now grandkids). When they figured out that I was Jewish (the name being NOT a dead give away but thanks to Observer journalist John Schindler- who tweeted "FYI the author of that piece, Matthew Tyrmand, is Jewish. Seems relevant.") the descriptor of me became: "the author, who CLAIMS to be Jewish..." And then it became the TOP story on Twitter "Moments" (obviously not organically as there was sports going on somewhere) for almost 24 hours- with the optical title "Breitbart comes under fire for anti-Semitic piece" where they chopped up the article quote to make it more slur-like (which of course it was not- you all can be the judge). 
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> Some of the pieces that came out are below and some of the quotes are ludicrous. Especially from those who ostensibly are not far leftists of the "aggrieved industrial complex" looking to tar and undermine their opposition with the charge of bigotry. (The bigotry charge being one of Andrew B.'s primary theorems- the left will shout racism to shut down debate and not ever answer the underlying debate points b/c once they label their opponent a racist- they believe they not only do not have to respond but should not respond because the act of debate legitimizes their "evil" and "monstrous" opposition.) The Twitter hate was rather epic- almost more so from those on the right who are "Never Trumpers." Many of them have basically become leftists in their interactive behavior this election cycle.
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> John Podhoretz wrote I was a "foul, rotten human being." This from a guy NO ONE can stand to be around and who of course has never disclosed that he got into a fight with my father in 1980 (when he was ~20 and my father was ~60...accusing my father of making a joke at his expense and sending angry missive after angry missive) which I found out about when perusing my father's archives at the Hoover Institution a couple of years ago (a truly hilarious epistolary back and forth- he was an arrogant know-it-all even as a college student). Evidently he has held a patrilineal grudge that became obvious to me (I have never met him in person) when I reached out to him on Facebook once and he said (right before he blocked me) "you are as tiresome as your father was. Go away." Real charming fella. Clearly a people person.
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> Paul Krugman even tweeted about this "anti-Semitism," proving his journalistic criticism is as remedial as his economics.
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> https://mediamatters.org/blog/2016/09/28/breitbart-slammed-anti-semitic-attack-washington-post-columnist-anne-applebaum/213406
> (N.b. - Media Matters has been partially funded by Soros...whose just-"invested"-in Polish newspaper, connected to all the loathsome post-commie looters and far leftists, Gazeta Wyborcza, I am currently suing for defamation- more on that below)
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> http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/9/28/1575499/-Steve-Bannon-Website-Hell-hath-no-fury-like-a-Polish-Jewish-American-elitist-scorned
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> http://www.mediaite.com/online/breitbart-attacks-wapo-columnist-for-being-a-jewish-american-elitist/
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> http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/214831/trump-mouthpiece-breitbart-news-publishes-anti-semitic-attack-on-prominent-jewish-columnist
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> Good example of an ostensibly right of center platform in on the attack:
> http://www.redstate.com/streif

f/2016/09/30/breitbart-writer-use-political-correctness-defend-anti-semitism/
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> And then this....the piece de resistance:
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> https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/donald-trump-is-normalizing-bigotry/2016/09/30/9d754b2e-8731-11e6-a3ef-f35afb41797f_story.html?utm_term=.88f4476b4def#comments
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> This editorial board editorial (reminder: Applebaum's primary affiliation) does not mention my name ("an obscure Polish American writer") which is in direct contravention of basic journalistic precepts (the 5 W's: Who, What, When, Where and Why)...presumably so as not to make it easy for their readers to read my allegations on their compadre and drive traffic to the supposedly sinful piece I wrote. (And thus proving once again they are curators of facts, not journalists, and prefer not to give their readers the opportunity to make up their own minds on stories.) They did link to Mediaite though...one of the first critics. Also shocking in its journalistic malfeasance was the closing segment where they say they reached out to Steve B. and did not get a response so: "In other words, Mr. Bannon has no objection." Journalism at the Washington Post these days folks. Stupefying.
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> At first, after never having been attacked at this scale before, I was a bit flustered (as a Jew with such a close family experience to the Holocaust, being referred to as a Nazi on social media, I can now tell you from experience, ain't pleasant). But when I realized this gift, in the form of such a ludicrous and actualized "reductio ad absurdum," they have given those of us in this "battle of ideas" to reduce the power of the wanton hurling of the dreaded nuclear "racism" charge that is used to neuter debate....which I likened on Twitter to the 21st century's "scarlet letter" (maybe a hashtag campaign #IStandWithHesterPrynne is in order?)...I have become emboldened, 
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> Many of you on this list are working in or connected to the right-of-center media complex so feel free to get involved (I am here to help)! The guilt by association being utilized by the (mostly) left/MSM (and in this case really there is no guilt to ascribe- as you will see in the above Breitbart piece) to go after Breitbart, Bannon, and Trump is absolutely brazen and disgusting and it needs to be refuted in print frequently in coming days (I already know of quite a few reactive pieces being drafted which will hit shortly).
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> So my week has been nothing short of "interesting!"
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> I also want to mention in this update- I have embarked on a defamation lawsuit against Gazeta Wyborcza- Poland's Washington Post (I used to say PL's NYT but WaPo seems fitting now)- which just received a bailout from George Soros. Previously they were bailed out by the Polish taxpayer to cover up the last govt's many many scandals. Applebaum contributes there and she too worked to sweep her former ruling party (Civic Platform, PO) friends' and husband's criminality and malfeasance under the rug...most visibly after the "aferatasmowa" hidden tapes scandal that brought down the whole crooked cabal known as PO.
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> They wrote a piece about me a few months ago (blasted out to this list) suggesting I was on Trump's payroll (I was supporting Ted Cruz for most of the primary season as was well documented in the Polish press- and I do not work with candidates directly, and certainly never for money, given my 501c3 commitments) and that I was part of a shadowy mafia-like cabal of far rightists in league with Putin and Netanyahu looking to destabilize the good democracies (ostensibly leftist ones, helped along by "mensches" like George Soros). This came right after the investigation James O'Keefe and I undertook to prove that Soros/OpenSociety was funding KOD- the agitprop protest movement working to undermine the new Polish govt (which has been highlighted in previous email blasts).
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> http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/09/13/breitbart-contributor-sue-soros-backed-newspaper-alleged-defamation-claim/
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> Sorry for the lack of brevity on this update but I felt the fact pattern needed to be comprehensively delineated for those who may be interested in weighing in...which I hope is many of you! :)
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> Shana Tova to all....happy 5777!
>
> -Matt 
> AKA Obscure Polish American Writer 
> & Writer "Claiming" To Be Jewish :)
>
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> Matt Tyrmand
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