Salaman 1, Carto Willis

“By the late 1980s, FCBN [Family Christian Broadcasting Network]
began syndicating some of its programs on other Christian networks.
The most popular of these shows was ‘Accent on Health’ with Maureen
Salaman, also a frequent guest host on ‘California Tonight.’
Salaman’s presence on FCBN (her show is also syndicated on TBN) is
an example of how religious broadcasting can be used to promote the
agenda of political extremists. Aside from her expertise on health
food, Salaman is known nationally as a veteren activist in Willis
Carto’s Liberty Lobby. Carto has been described by civil
libertarians as the most notorious anti-Semite and racial
supremacist in the United States.<101> Carto’s Institute for
Historical Review publishes literature ‘proving’ that the Nazi
holocaust did not occur. In 1984, Salaman campaigned as the
Vice-Presidential candidate on the slate of Carto’s fractious
electoral front, the Populist Party.<102> In early 1986, the
Populist Party fell apart during an internal power struggle.
Salaman came out on the side of Carto against the slightly less
extreme American Independent Party faction.<103> Backstage at a
live ‘TV-42’ filming of a Christian trade show in 1986, Salaman
told the author, ‘I’m urging people to send their money directly to
the ‘Spotlight’ in Washington, D.C.’ The ‘Spotlight’ is the Liberty
Lobby’s weekly tabloid which, interspersed with tributes to Hitler
aide Rudolf Hess and French fascist Jean Marie LePen, advertises
Nazi paraphernalia and teaching materials from “Identity” preachers
(described in chapter 4). Ronn Haus’ promotion of Maureen Salaman
on national television is an implicit endorsement of here extremist
policies and an open invitation for born-again viewers to ally
themselves with her cohorts.” (Diamond, 27-28)

<101> For a history of the Liberty Lobby, see Frank P. Mintz, “The
Liberty Lobby and the American Right: Race, Conspiracy, and
Culture,” Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985
<102> Kristine Jacobs, “The Populist Party,” Interchange Report, Fall
1984. For background on the Ku Klux Klan and neo-nazi ties of the
Populist Party, see “It’s Not Populism,” a eport released in
October 1984 by the National Anti-Klan Network and available
through the Center for Democratic Renewal, P.O. Box 10500,
Atlanta, GA 30310.
<103> “Populist Leader Condemns Factional ‘Party Bossism’,” The
Spotlight, May 12, 1986, pp. 4-6

Work Cited:

Diamond, Sara. Spritual Warfare: The Politics of the Christian Right.
Montreal, New York: Black Rose Books, 1990

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