Matthew Vadum

For the second time in two years staff fabulists at the New York Times have smeared an American hero who helped protect the nation's system of government from bomb-wielding left-wing terrorists. (See the April 2010 issue of Townhall Magazine.)

In the July 23 print edition of the NYT writer Colin Moynihan falsely accused Brandon Darby, formerly a radical community organizer, of participating in an anarchist-led plot to attack the GOP’s 2008 convention in Minnesota.

Darby, a defector from the left stands accused by the New York Times and by angry radical groups of being an agent provocateur. It’s probably the worst thing one can be accused of in radical circles. Violent, unhinged anarchists across the country have difficulty saying Darby’s name without spitting.

Yesterday Moynihan described Darby as “a man from Texas who worked secretly for the F.B.I. while organizing a group to travel to the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.” [emphasis added]

In fact Darby has long insisted that he was not part of the murderous conspiracy that aimed to shut down the Republican gathering that nominated that year’s presidential ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin. Nor did he organize the plotters’ travel to the convention.

As the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota noted in a May 21, 2009 press release, a federal judge made an official legal finding that Darby was not a participant in the conspiracy. The press release said:

Matthew Vadum

Matthew Vadum is senior editor at Capital Research Center in Washington, D.C., and author of Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers (WND Books, 2011).