The upcoming Newsmax cruise includes the usual suspects as" guest speakers" -- Christopher Ruddy, Dick Morris and Ronald Kessler, as well as rehabilitation subject Ralph Reed. One name caught our eye, though: James Humes, who will give a talk about Winston Churchill.
You may recall that last March, Humes wrote a Newsmax column in which he asserted that President Obama said of a bust of Churchill in the Oval Office, "Get that goddam thing out of here." In fact, there's no credible record of Obama ever saying such a thing. Nevertheless, Humes anted up with a ugly smear suggesting that Obama "took umbrage at Prime Minister Churchill’s actions in 1953 of wiping out the Mau-Mau, the Kenyan terrorists who made a specialty of slitting throats of sleeping white and Black Kenyans."
After Humes was caught in the fabrication, his column was quietly altered to concede that "the story was never fully substantiated, despite frequent repetition on radio talk shows" -- but, again, Humes offered no evidence that any radio talk show forwarded the claim at all, let alone "frequently." (The Mau-Mau smear, meanwhile, remained intact.)
It says a lot about Newsmax that it has rewarded the purveyor of this kind of hate and mendacity with the free cruise he's presumably getting for being a "guest speaker."