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Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Where Are They Now?
Topic: Horowitz

Former WorldNetDaily writer Paul Sperry has resurfaced at FrontPageMag with a June 3 article claiming that "GOP powerbroker Grover Norquist" is heading a "wicked project to dress Islamists up as patriotic Republicans so they can infiltrate the government."

We haven't heard much from Sperry since he left WND in 2003 or so, beyond his 2005 anti-Islam book "Infiltration" (published under the Nelson Current imprint but likely contracted before WND ended its book partnership with Thomas Nelson, which renamed the WND Books division to Nelson Current while WND took its imprint elsewhere). Indeed, Sperry's personal website has apparently not been updated in a good three years.

Further evidence that Sperry does not have a steady gig these days: His bio at the end of the FrontPageMag piece lists as his first claim to fame "Hoover Institution media fellow." Hoover's media fellows program is a one-week program in which journalists (with an emphasis on right-leaning writers like Sperry) "have the opportunity to exchange information and perspectives with Hoover scholars" and "have access to the full range of research tools that Hoover offers."

Sperry has gone through two of these programs, in 2000 and 2006 -- meaning that he apparently considers those two one-week periods the most important journalistic achievement of his life.

That arguably trumps Sperry's previous presumed highs: suggesting we fight Muslims in Afghanistan by "that we've enlisted Afghani moles to contaminate their water supplies with pig's blood" and pestering then-President Clinton about supposed scandals at a White House picnic that was not an on-the-record press availability.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:04 PM EDT

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