R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor-in-chief of American Spectator, a magazine most noted for its attacks on then President Bill Clinton. Tyrrell is an Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute[1] He is also a contributing editor of the New York Sun[1], which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

Kazakhstan enthusiast, for a while

Tyrrell traveled to Kazakhstan in 1999, along with several other conservative journalists, with his travel expenses paid for by the Carmen Group, a Washington D.C. lobbying firm paid by the authoritarian Kazakh government for PR work. Kazakhstan's president Nursultan Nasarbayev had recently barred his most viable opponent from contesting a presidential election and shortly after sent the opponent into exile. Tyrell, contradicting the opinion of human rights groups and the US State Department, provided a substantially upbeat assessment of the state of freedom of expression in Kazakhstan in a Washington Times op-ed after he returned from his trip. Neither Tyrell nor the other conservative journalists who wrote about Kazakhstan after being paid to travel to the country by the Carmen Group disclosed the source of their travel expenses.[2]

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Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 "R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.", Hudon Institute, 2007.
  2. Ken Silverstein, "Plenty of Loopholes in New Lobbying Regulations,", "Harper's Magazine," January 11 2007.

External resources

  • Ken Silverstein, "Turkmenistan: How Washington Lobbyists Fought to Flack for a Stalinist Dictatorship" (New York: Random House, 2008).

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