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Friday, March 18, 2005
Prof Deborah Lipstadt exultant outside the Brtish
High Court in April 2000, surrounded by her lawyers
(far right, the Zionist zealot James Libson): they
spent $10m raised by her backers to defeat Mr
Irving's claim -- most of it on paying "experts" to
give opinions on his works.
scholar tells C-SPAN 'no thanks'
By ANDREA JONES
who was sued by an
who denied the Holocaust is now at the center of a
national storm involving the C-SPAN television
Holocaust scholar Deborah
Lipstadt recently wrote a book about her court
battle five years ago against English historical
Irving. Earlier this week, she canceled a
scheduled C-SPAN "Book TV" broadcast after the
network told her they planned to air a lecture by
Irving to "balance" her story. More than 200
historians from around the nation have signed a
petition supporting her decision and criticizing
C-SPAN for proposing to air Irving's views.
Irving, who has claimed, among
other things, that gas chambers were not used at
and that Hitler had no role in the Final Solution,
gave a recent lecture at the Landmark Diner in
Atlanta that C-SPAN taped.
"This is a man who lies,"
Lipstadt said in a telephone interview Thursday.
"It is depressing to think that C-SPAN, which is
supposed to be the last bastion of logic, would put
someone like this on."
C-SPAN was scheduled to tape
Lipstadt earlier this week during an event at
Harvard University, but the scholar told the
station not to come.
"I didn't want to give Irving a
platform," she said.
The petition drive supporting
her was organized by the David
S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, which
publishes an annual report on Holocaust denial.
"Presumably C-SPAN did not
consider broadcasting a program about Black history
that would be 'balanced' by a program featuring
someone denying that African-Americans were
enslaved," the petition says. "C-SPAN should not
broadcast statements that it knows to be false, nor
provide a platform for falsifiers of history,
whether about the Holocaust, African-American
history, or any other subject."
In 2000, Lipstadt won a court
battle against Irving, who had sued her and her
British publisher, Penguin Books, over her
portrayal of him in her book, "Denying the
Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and
Memory." The book was published in the United
States in 1993 and in Britain in 1994.
A British judge found that three
months of testimony and documents supported
Lipstadt's portrait of Irving as an anti-Semite
[Website note: In fact
Lipstadt had ot made this claim in the book
complained of; her lawyers smuggled it into her
defense] who distorted facts.
C-SPAN issued this response
Thursday: "Book TV was interested in Deborah
Lipstadt's new book about her British libel trial.
Our interest in covering David Irving was to hear
the plaintiff's story of the trial. Since Professor
Lipstadt has closed her book discussions to our
cameras, we are still discussing how to cover this
book and we don't have an immediate
Index to the
media scandal surrounding Prof Lipstadt's
attempt to silence C-Span and the history