Haunted Manson

In December of 2011, a fellow named Jules Manson made comments on his Facebook page against president Obama and his family. Those comments were quite vulgar and arguably “incitement to violence” — and thus the news media decided he must be a Tea Party member. He had run for a minor political office in southern California, and since he was a Mexican immigrant, activist for atheist causes, and had written for the DemocratExaminer, his Tea Party credentials were impeccable.

The three outfits he wrote for (including a fiercely libertarian site) seem to have disassociated themselves with him before that incident, so apparently something was going on in his life … before it got much worse.

Jules Manson became notorious instantly — and his immediate apology did not stave off a visit from the Secret Service. I wrote about this at the time, looking into his supposed “Tea Party” links, here — with a follow up here.  As usual, the media got this story completely wrong, but it fit their narrative so out it went.  I was informed later that my own research contributed to some of them issuing retractions, or toning down the “Tea Party is racist!” rhetoric. Mr. Manson himself contacted me, but did not follow up when I responded. He had a lot going on at that point, I’m sure.

All of that was in 2011. In the last few days, a surprising number of people have been coming to my site looking at the Jules Manson reporting. Puzzled, I looked around: This is being run as a brand new, October 2013 story, by a variety of outlets — complete with the “Tea Party is racist” headlines. And I’ve discovered that several people posted links to my site at these outlets — whereupon those links (which generated the visits that caught my attention) were killed.

When you have a story to tell, the truth is inconvenient indeed.  Here are some headlines obtained by a search for “Jules Manson” limiting the search to the past week. Note the emphasis on Tea Party, including “Tea Party darling” — but few indeed give any hint that this story is from two years ago. In some cases, the dates have been blanked out. The story is being treated as breaking news:

  1. Jules Manson « Above the Law: A Legal Web Site – News

    abovethelaw.com/tag/julesmanson/

    5 days ago – It’d be easy to say “a former Tea Party candidate posted about assassinating the President.” But it’s probably more accurate to say a crazy, racist, loony person 

  2. Jules Manson, Failed Tea Party Candidate, Calls For Assassination

    inagist.com/all/394499871341674496/

    2 days ago – Jules Manson, Failed Tea Party Candidate, Calls For Assassination Of Obama, First Daughters http://t.co/dE3RojRb4d via @HuffPostPol #p2 by Floridagordon 

  3. Jules Manson | Dummidumbwit’s Weblog

    dummidumbwit.wordpress.com/tag/julesmanson/

    2 days ago – Posts about Jules Manson written by dummidumbwit.

  4. This is Serious: Jules Manson, Failed Tea Party Candidate, Calls

    www.toksdam.com/…/this-is-serious-julesmanson-failed-tea-party-candi…

    2 days ago – Jules Manson, a failed Tea Party candidate for local office in California, recently called for the assassination of President Obama and his daughters in a racial 

  5. This is Serious: Jules Manson | ToksDam

    www.toksdam.com/tag/this-is-serious-julesmanson/

    2 days ago – This is Serious: Jules Manson, Failed Tea Party Candidate, Calls For Jules Manson, a failed Tea Party candidate for local office in California, recently called 

  6. Replying to Tea Partier Manson calls for Obama family to be

    bintumani.forumchitchat.com/post/printadd?id=6594821&pid…

    21 hours ago – Zak would care to comment! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/julesmanson-obama_n_1161044.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=falseJules 

  7. Tea Party Candidate calls for presidential murder. Uses racist

    https://www.sodahead.com/united-states/tea…/question-4017115/

    2 days ago – Tea Party candidate and Libertarian Jules Manson just called for the assassination of President Obama and his children on Facebook, but I’m sure it was just a 

  8. But we’re not racist – Craigslist

    memphis.craigslist.org/pol/4157208572.html

    1 day ago – LOS ANGELES – Jules Manson, a former candidate for city council in Carson, California and enthusiastic Ron Paul supporter wrote about President Obama, 

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  9. “Wannabe Tea Party politician unleashes racist Facebook screed

    forums.macresource.com/read.php?2,1634446,1635087
    2 days ago – 13 posts – ‎10 authors

    Jules Manson, who failed miserably in his 2011 bid for a City Council seat in Carson, Calif., urged the sickening reprisal, saying Obama’s support of a revised m.

  10. Tea Party Politician Calls For Assassination Of Obama, First Daughters

    stumbling-block.blogspot.com/2013/10/tea-party-politician-calls-for.html

    21 hours ago – Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/julesmansonobama_n_1161044.html. Sometimes T.E.A. stands for Truly Evil Assholes. — from STFUGOP 

  11. Stunning Comment About The President & his Daughters

    viewbeyondbethlehem.blogspot.com/…/stunning-comment-about-presid…

    4 days ago – Stunning Comment About The President & his Daughters. Failed California Libertarian candidate and rabid political activist Jules Manson posted “Assassinate 

  12. Dorian Carter | Facebook

    https://www.facebook.com/dorian.carter.92

    4 days ago – AMC Theatres, Walmart, African American Expressions™, ABC7, Nominate Jules Manson Racist Of The Year, Johnsonville, Zacy’s Heels, JazzFest Westand 9 

  13. Sunday Reads: I Witch I may, I Witch I might… | Sky Dancing

    skydancingblog.com/2013/…/sunday-reads-i-witch-i-may-i-witch-i-migh…

    3 days ago – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/julesmanson-obama_n_1161044.html. Jules Manson, a failed Tea Party candidate for local office in California, 

  14. The Age of Blasphemy | “To tell the truth and to shoot well with arrows”

    theageofblasphemy.wordpress.com/

    6 hours ago – Tea Party candidate and Libertarian Jules Manson just called for the assassination of President Obama and his children on Facebook, but I’m sure it was just a 

  15. Mike Saint-Jules (MikeSaintJules) on Twitter

    https://twitter.com/MikeSaintJules

    5 days ago – The latest from Mike Saint-Jules (@MikeSaintJules). Still not sure why they keep having weird guests like Marilyn Manson on the #thetalkingdead.

  16. Obama family attends church service – Worldnews.com

    article.wn.com/view/2013/10/…/Obama_family_attends_church_service/

    2 days ago – The Examiner Facebook faux pas: California libertarian and Tea Party darling Jules Manson is caught calling for the assassination of President Barack Obama 

It is interesting that these folks (1) find it necessary to re-run old news in order to attack the Tea Party, (2) care little for fact-checking, and (3) evidently have no memory to speak of.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • Citizen Tom

    Look at Virginia’s race for governor. Propaganda just has to be effective. It does not have to be true.

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