David Horowitz

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David Horowitz represents one of the right's favorite kinds of people: the lapsed leftists (See also like Marvin Olasky). Horowitz is president and founder of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture (CSPC), a well-funded ($495,000 + from the Bradley foundation alone in 2002) organizational home for his and others attacks against supposed liberals, the supposedly liberal media, public television and academia.

From his perch at the CSPC, Horowitz frequently appears on TV and radio to denounce the left and attack it for various "falsehoods."

Horowitz's holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University (1959) and a Master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley (1961).

Shortly after graduating from Berkeley Horowitz became a leader of what was called the "New Left " movement, editing the influential left wing magazine Ramparts.

Horowitz's big career move came in the 1980s, when he and his partner Peter Collier reversed their ideological perspective, coalescing in their 1989 book, Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts about the Sixties.

Collier and Horowitz also created a project of the CSPC called the Committee on Media Integrity (COMINT), designed specifically to attack Public Television. People for the American Way (PFAW) has reported that:

While Horowitz claims he does no direct lobbying, he takes credit for legislative attacks on PBS: "Probably Senator Dole and I are the two individuals that had the most to do with the present hold" [on reauthorization of PBS funding]. - Buying a Movement, PFAW

PFAW has also reported that more than 95 percent of the CSPC's funding in 2001 came from three foundations: Olin, Bradley and Sarah Scaife Foundation (joint contributions totaling $1,383,750). COMINT itself was begun with $125,000 in start-up funds from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 1988.

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