The LoBaido Story
His infamous WorldNetDaily screed isn't the only reason we named a Slantie Award after correspondent Anthony LoBaido.
By Terry Krepel
ConWebWatch named its Slantie Award for most outrageous statement made on a conservative news website after Anthony LoBaido for a reason.
That reason is a Sept. 13, 2001, rant in which he blamed America for the 9/11 attacks, declaring that "America has killed over 500,000 Iraqi children under the age of 5 years old with our anti-Saddam sanctions." New York in particular had it coming, LoBaido wrote:
All that is evil in the world can be found in New York: MTV, the United Nations, the U.N. abortion programs, the Council on Foreign Relations, New Age Church of St. John the Divine, WallStreet greed, Madison Avenue manipulation and of course more confirmed AIDS cases than the rest of America combined. Let's remember the filthy sodomite gay parade last summer in New York. [...]
Taking other swipes at "porno, drugs, filthy Jay Leno monologues, our idolatry, materialism and consumerism," LoBaido added that "America will no longer be able to deny judgment for its idolatry, wickedness, abandonment of the God of the Bible, embrace of abortion, stem-cell research, the sodomite agenda, materialism, the occult and many other sins."
So unhinged was LoBaido's screed that WND eventually removed it from its site, despite editor Joseph Farah's initially defending LoBaido's right to say it. But thanks to the magic of the Internet Archive, it has been preserved for posterity.
Yes, that alone warrants ConWebWatch naming an award after him. But there's so much more. ConWebWatch has already detailed LoBaido's affinity for right-wing, pro-apartheid militia groups in South Africa, even while obscuring the violent history of those groups. Of course, that puts him in good stead with fellow WND correspondent Aaron Klein, who similarly whitewashed violent right-wingers in Israel.
But that's not all. Let's take a tour of the WND archives to see LoBaido's other contributions to WND; despite that ill-fated column, WND never stopped running LoBaido's articles.
LoBaido has also continued to express his love for mercenaries. A three-part series published by WND in October 2004 looked at "the white mercenaries in Africa and the extraordinary fighting services they've provided in African wars." In LoBaido's eyes, these "white-led" mercenaries are fighting the good fight against black, leftist -- "Marxist" is a term he likes to throw around -- African leaders. But LoBaido generally glosses over the fact that some of these same mercenaries have been accused of plotting to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea. When he mentions it at all, it's only in passing, and LoBaido is quick to note the government that would have been overthrown is "leftist."
LoBaido regularly reports the complaints of whites in South Africa against the majority blacks who now run the government after decades of apartheid promulgated by minority whites. A December 2002 article depicts the city of Cape Town as the "last good place" in Africa and as the last bastion of things LoBaido considers important, such as "South Africa's Christian heritage."
An October 2005 interview with two white South African officials -- one a political party leader, the other a labor union leader -- quotes one of them as saying, "The whites are in the process to lose everything they built in SA," and the other claiming that whites "feel like second-class citizens in their own country." One of them adds later: "Many whites have started home education because they cannot expose their children to the low standards and Marxist education at state schools." That at least dovetails nicely with WND's anti-public education, pro-homeschooling agenda. LoBaido also doesn't note that the political party to which the official belong, Freedom Front Plus, is a miniscule player in South African politics; it received less than 1 percent of the vote in 2004 elections. And an interview with another party official was published in May at the white-supremacist website American Renaissance, which ConWebWatch has previously noted as promoting the theory, despite all evidence to the contrary, that the murder of four whites in Wichita at the hands of two blacks as a racially motivated hate crime.
LoBaido has also cranked out a few books over the years, all promoted in WND articles. He described the process of writing and self-publishing his "epic novel" "The Third Boer War" in excruciating detail (as ConWebWatch has noted) in an April 2001 article. In it, LoBaido disparages supporters of black South African icon Nelson Mandela as "illiterate and unemployable minions" and Mandela himself as a supporter of "abortion, pornography, Marxism, communism, the homosexual agenda, world government, necklacing, free sex, murder, terrorism, sanctions and propaganda" who will "stand as a prototype of the Antichrist who is to come."
Another book, "Our Name Is Legion," which, according to LoBaido in an October 2004 article, "takes up where the popular 'Left Behind' series left off, yet goes where 'Left Behind' never dared tread." But it does follow in "Left Behind's" tracks in one respect: LoBaido promises that the book is the first in an ongoing series.
He has also self-published another book titled "Carina", an account of his love for a white South African woman. As he described in another October 2004 WND article: "It is a space-age 'Romeo and Juliet.' It is a 21st century epic of two broken hearts that came together again, but in a way no one ever could have imagined. It is a story of how the Devil tried -- and failed -- to destroy me." Or, he also states, "It's 'Sixteen Candles' meets 'The Quest.'"
These days, LoBaido's articles most frequently appear at the right-wing Sierra Times, more often than not going on odd moralizing tangents. A Sept. 19 article decries, among other things, the "transnational elite," "the rise of the occult, popularity of Halloween as a billion dollar business, the Harry Potter craze and so forth" and adds: "Think of how Bill Clinton and Hillary and Paris Hilton can be celebrated. And in one case even blessed by a Godly man like Billy Graham. As a result, we drift towards insanity." Sept. 22 article attempts to answer the question, "So why do so many people hate everyday Christians?" but never quite gets around to it. An Aug. 22 article headlined "The Path of the Messenger" shows that the path is a meandering one, roaming from the movie "Team America" to Bill Gates and the "international abortion jihad of the United Nations" to Joan of Arc to the '80s song "Talking In Your Sleep." He also states, "Just try and speak out against anything that’s not quite right in our society and see what happens," followed by a list of list of everything from convicted killers Eric Rudolph and Paul Hill to Pat Buchanan and Rush Limbaugh to Waco and Ruby Ridge; we're not sure what the point is.
But that's our Anthony LoBaido -- extremist and more than a little loopy. Is it any wonder we named an award after him?