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Wednesday, April 6, 2005
April 6, 2005
To this website:
I HAVE just watched the much awaited C-SPAN
program. Susan Swain was quite even handed
and brought up your points of view for discussion
as you were not allowed to.
T R Reid made the point early in the
program that he couldn't see Justice Gray, being a
well connected blue blooded establishment judge, as
ever ruling in your favor because of the subject
matter, then later on in the program pointing out
the significance of you, the plaintiff, losing a
libel case in Britain where plaintiffs almost
Reid abused you quite a lot but also challenged
your opposition to argue with you. He seemed to be
asking your opposition, "what are you so afraid
It seems to me Reid is one of those people that
has heard of the eye-witness accounts and that is
all the proof that is needed.
Documents and forensics are a boring and
misleading distraction in this case. Reid brought
up your belief in an international
conspiracy against you.
By his tone of voice he seemed to pooh-pooh the
idea but then went on to say between minutes 46 and
48 that one of the reasons Lipstadt didn't testify
was because the defense didn't want you to be able
to pursue this line by producing correspondence
between her and her publisher encouraging her to
put more about you in her book.
C-SPAN's choice of excerpts with John
Lukács at minute 52 stating that all
historians approach a subject with bias was
interesting. It was nice of C-SPAN to include your
in their list of links.
To Ms. Doebele, Wednesday, April
I FEEL that you and Ms. Amy
Roach tried to provide "balance and fairness" to
C-SPAN by granting Mr. Irving a chance to respond
to the disinformation about himself and his
scholarly works on ALL the players of the WWII
While your efforts have failed, I respect you
and Ms. Roach for acting to preserve intellectual
freedom by ensuring "fairness and balance" at
BookTV. I know the political pressure was immense,
and you two have shown great moral courage in
standing-up to those who would attempt to silence
dissent and free expression. Now, I guess that we
shall never see David Irving interviewed on his
publication of Volume iii of the Churchill
biography. A sad loss to all C-SPANners.
I can remember a time when college professors
stood in line to sign petitions demanding academic
freedom and free speech.
I do not, however, extend to Brian Lamb
that same respect that I have for you and Ms.
Roach. Brian Lamb has shown a lack of moral and
intellectual courage in this whole affair. He has
allowed a mob--not unlike the Berkeley mob that
attacked Mr. Irving--to prevent the exercise of
academic freedom at C-SPAN. Now, C-SPAN "fair and
balanced" reporting is beginning to look more like
the Fox Zoo-type "fair and balanced" reporting,
conducted in the suite beneath the floors of the
The World will never forgive Brian Lamb for his
complicity with Rep. Tom
Lántós in the fabrication and
prevarication involved in C-SPAN's airing of the
"Iraqi Baby Incubator Hoax" back in 1991.
Mr. Irving has said that the world's embedded
journalists may not be telling the story of what is
happening in Iraq, but the world's historians will
not be so kind.
Truly, Brian Lamb and Tom Lantos have the blood
of millions of Iraqis on their hands, and the blood
of thousands of non-Iraqis , too.
Shame on Brian Lamb!!
I guess we can now say that C-SPAN has flunked
Condeleeza Rice's Town Square Test, and
C-SPANers are now to live in a "fear
* "The world should apply what Natan
Sharansky calls the "town square test": if a
person cannot walk into the middle of the town
square and express his or her views without fear
of arrest, imprisonment, or physical harm, then
that person is living in a fear society, not a
free society. We cannot rest until every person
living in a "fear society" has finally won their
to the media scandal surrounding Prof Lipstadt's
attempt to silence C-Span and the history
The Irving -