The John Birch Society’s magazine, the New American, covered Gordon Klingenschmitt’s victory in a Colorado state legislative election this week, praising the internet televangelist for standing up to “Right Wing Watch (RWW), the vicious political action arm of the Leftist organization People for the American Way.”
Klingenschmitt temporarily shut down RWW’s YouTube account last year by filing bogus copyright claims against video clips we had posted of him saying various outrageous things. All of our videos were protected by Fair Use, and all were eventually restored. The New American cited Klingenschmitt’s failed attempt to terminate RWW’s YouTube page, along with his demand that gay people receive security screenings before meeting with him, as reasons to commend Klingenschmitt.
The outlet also said that the titles we used for “unedited” clips of Klingenschmitt “were designed to make Klingenschmitt appear radical if not certifiable.”
Klingenschmitt was also probably remembering his fight with Right Wing Watch (RWW), the vicious political action arm of the Leftist organization People for the American Way which took excerpts from his TV show and republished them, unedited, except for changing the titles. Those titles were designed to make Klingenschmitt appear radical if not certifiable.
He posted notices of infringement at their YouTube sites and those videos offensive to Klingenschmitt were temporarily removed. He posted those notices, he said, “because I got tired of their theft, copyright infringement and piracy of my original video content.” He continued, “They don’t add any value to the content. They simply steal and copy and post with their own logo. They are not a legitimate news organization.”
Typical of the retitling of some of Klingenschmitt’s shows include these:
Klingenschmitt Declares that ENDA [the Employment Non-Discrimination Act supported by several pro-LGBT advocacy groups] Promotes Bestiality
Klingenschmitt Says Wendy Davis [a Texas politician who supports same-sex marriage] Is Ruled By A “Demon of Murder”
When RWW pushed back against Klingenschmitt’s successful, if temporary, removal of the offensive YouTube posts, Klingenschmitt sought legal advice. His decision not to sue gave a measure of the man:
My lawyers believe they [RWW] are vulnerable. They said I should sue them, but I don’t want to do that right now because I don’t want to hurt them. My goal is only to defend my content.
He’s also unintimidated by the attention he has received from the far Left. When members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community wanted to meet with him to discuss their differences, Klingenschmitt put it off until after the election and then only on the condition that each individual attending go through a background check first.