Jack Hunter (radio host)
Hunter in February 2011.
June 1, 1974 |
Hanahan, South Carolina
|Occupation||Radio host, writer, blogger|
Jack Hunter (born June 1, 1974), also known as the Southern Avenger, is a paleoconservative radio host and political commentator in the United States. He appeared every Tuesday and Friday morning on WTMA News-Talk 1250 AM, and contributed to a weekly column to the Charleston City Paper. Hunter was also an aide to U.S. Senator Rand Paul, whom Hunter helped write the book The Tea Party Goes to Washington.
Hunter is known for often providing commentary from a paleoconservative viewpoint, as he sees the liberal internationalism that is found in the Democratic Party and the neoconservatism that is prominent in the Republican Party to be ultimately indistinguishable from one another, which has led to criticism from both the mainstream left and the mainstream right. He has also been highly critical of fellow conservative talk radio hosts such as Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill Cunningham, and most famously Mark Levin for putting what he perceives to be their Republican Party allegiances before true conservative principles.
Hunter is also a contributing editor to both Taki's Magazine and The American Conservative Magazine, while often filling in for Constitutional conservative Sirius Radio talk show host Mike Church and appearing as a weekly guest on The Savage Nation.
He goes by the nickname the Southern Avenger. Hunter said the name was a rip-off of 1990s conservative radio host Ken Hamblin who went by the name The Black Avenger. Hunter also stated that the nickname was suggested to him by a friend while in a Jim Beam-induced haze and it stuck.
Controversy over writings on race, U.S. Civil War
On July 9, 2013, controversial remarks written by Hunter regarding race and the Civil War were reported by numerous mainstream media outlets, after originally being uncovered by the Washington Free Beacon. The Washington Post noted that Hunter had previously written that "Americans aren't wrong to deplore the millions of Hispanics coming here" and that "a non-white majority America would simply cease to be America." The Free Beacon also noted that Hunter had previously written in support of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and formerly had served as a chairman of the League of the South, which advocates Southern secession and, according to the Anti-Defamation League, promotes the idea of a society dominated by whites. In a statement written in response to the controversy, Hunter wrote that he was "embarrassed by some of the comments I made precisely because they do not represent me today." He also expressed abhorrence of racism and criticized the Free Beacon article as "not accurately reflect[ing]" his character or views.
Critics on both the political left and the political right condemned Hunter for the past remarks, and some political analysts said that Senator Rand Paul's continuing association with Hunter would imperil Paul's prospects as a contender in the 2016 presidential election. Paul, however, defended Hunter, calling him "incredibly talented" and insisting that he would fire Hunter immediately if he believed Hunter was a white supremacist.
On July 18, Hunter's former longtime editor at the Charleston City Paper, Chris Haire, wrote an article sharply critical of both Hunter and Paul, denouncing Hunter for having asked Haire, long before the current controversy had erupted, to remove from the internet dozens of past columns that Hunter said no longer reflected his views. Haire called the request cowardly and said that Hunter had made it solely for appearances—to help Paul in the 2016 presidential campaign. Noting controversial writings by Hunter "in support of racially profiling Hispanics, praising white supremacist Sam Francis, blast[ing] the House of Representative's apology for slavery" and calling upon black Americans to "apologize to white people for their high crime rates", Haire characterized Hunter as "the most common kind of racist, the one that doesn’t realize that he is one".
By July 21, less than two weeks after the original Washington Free Beacon article had been published, Hunter had resigned from his position on Paul's staff, saying he wanted to avoid being a distraction for the senator. Hunter also said he would retire the Southern Avenger persona and would return to political commentary. Paul called the resignation "a mutual decision," agreeing that Hunter's past views had become a distraction.
- http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/ArticleArchives?author=1072546 Jack Hunter at the Charleston City Paper
- Carroll, James R.; Gerth, Joseph (June 9, 2013). "Rand Paul staffer expressed support for Lincoln assassination". USA Today.
- http://www.takimag.com/blogs/jackhunter/ Jack Hunter at Takimag
- http://www.amconmag.com/article/2008/jul/28/00010/ The Right Democrat
- http://www.takimag.com/blogs/article/southern_with_a_vengeance/ Southern with a Vengeance
- Glueck, Katie (2013-07-09). "Rand Paul aide slammed after report." Politico
- Weiner, Rachel (2013-07-09) Rand Paul aide has history of racial comments. The Washington Post.
- Goodman, Alana (July 9, 2013). "Rebel Yell: Rand Paul aide has history of neo-Confederate sympathies, inflammatory statements". Washington Free Beacon.
- Hunter, Jack (July 9, 2013). "My statement on recent attacks". Southern Avenger (blog). Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- "'The Rachel Maddow Show' for Tuesday, July 9, 2013". The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC). July 10, 2013.
- Rubin, Jennifer (July 12, 2013). "Jack Hunter and Rand Paul 'playing the game'". Washington Post.
- Carroll, James R.; Gerth, Joseph (July 10, 2013). "Rand Paul staffer expressed support for Abraham Lincoln, wore Confederate mask". Louisville Courier-Journal.
- Fineman, Howard (July 11, 2013). "Paul stands by his 'Southern Avenger'". The Huffington Post.
- Haire, Chris (July 18, 2013). "Former editor of Rand Pauls neo-confederate staffer talks about the Southern Avenger; Jack Hunter asked me to delete columns". Charleston City Paper.
- Antle III, W. James (July 22, 2013). "Jack Hunter leaves Rand Paul staff, returns to punditry". The Daily Caller.
- Brammer, Jack (July 22, 2013). "Sen. Rand Paul confirms departure of staffer who spoke fondly of Lincoln's assassination". Lexington Herald-Leader.