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A Soundbite (on Howard Zinn) Heard Round the World
Posted By David Horowitz On February 12, 2010 @ 1:35 am In FrontPage | 70 Comments
I knew when I responded to an NPR request for a comment on the late, unlamented Howard Zinn  that I was asking for trouble — from the anti-American, Marxoid, neo-Communist left. But I did it anyway because Howard Zinn’s life was so dedicated to evil and specifically to the support of mass murderers and self-declared enemies of his country , that someone with a brain unfogged by leftwing claptrap had to do it. As it turned out, if I had not contributed my soundbite it would have been left to depraved  radicals  — in this case Noam Chomsky  and Julian Bond  — to promote Zinn’s malevolent work to an NPR audience of millions. I was somewhat surprised that the leftists at NPR turned to me since I have been effectively erased as a public intellectual from their airwaves along with a legion of other non-progressives.
Only one of my books, Radical Son , has ever enjoyed five minutes of airtime attention on NPR. Oh — there is an exception. Before I voted for Ronald Reagan — or made the vote public — I was indeed a guest on “Fresh Air” to talk about The Kennedys , which I co-authored with Peter Collier. Although it is a book show and I have written more than a dozen well-received books since, the show has studiously avoided recognizing my existence; that is, for 25 years.
So this 30-second appearance was a rarity and came as a surprise to me. But evidently one 30-second appearance is too much for the totalitarians of the progressive left who have predictably launched an organized harassment campaign against the reporter who interviewed me and her boss. The smear crowds  at Media Matters  and FAIR  have been hard at work ginning up the Pavlovian attack dogs to make the lives of NPR employees as miserable as they can. These witch-hunts by the way are intimidating and effective. We’ll see how soon before NPR asks my opinion again.
“Horowitz, on the other hand, does not claim to have known Zinn personally, and shares neither his goals nor views. He has no specialized knowledge of Zinn whatsoever. The single qualification that David Horowitz possessed to be included in the piece on Zinn’s obituary was that he could be depended upon to be deeply critical of the deceased.”
Actually, I am eminently qualified to comment on Zinn, having written a portrait of him and his writings in Unholy Alliance , and having devoted hundreds of thousands of words to my area of expertise, which is the Communist  and neo-Communist left. Alterman, on the other hand, is himself something of an impostor, having secured a sinecure as the “Distinguished Professor of English at Brooklyn College.” If there was to be a single testimony to the debasement of the American university by tenured leftists  this could be a candidate, since Alterman has no discernible literary interest, let alone expertise, that would qualify him for such a position. (Alterman’s degrees  are in government, history, and international relations.) In fact, since I have written a book about Shakespeare  I am more prepared to teach English than he is. However, I lack the principal qualification for a post in the English Department at Brooklyn College, since I am not a brain-dead, anti-American leftist.
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 Howard Zinn: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=939
 depraved: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1232
 radicals: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=642
 Radical Son: http://www.amazon.com/Radical-Son-Generational-David-Horowitz/dp/0684840057/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265996107&sr=8-1
 The Kennedys: http://www.amazon.com/Kennedys-American-Drama-Peter-Collier/dp/0671447939/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265996150&sr=8-11
 smear crowds: http://mediamatters.org/blog/201002040038
 Media Matters: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7150
 FAIR: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7092
 witch-hunters: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualprofile.asp?indid=1312
 provides the most amusement: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20100301/alterman
 Unholy Alliance: http://www.amazon.com/Unholy-Alliance-Radical-Islam-American/dp/0895260263/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265996375&sr=8-2
 Communist: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/guideDesc.asp?catid=115&type=issue
 the debasement of the American university by tenured leftists: http://www.amazon.com/One-Party-Classroom-Professors-Indoctrinate-Undermine/dp/0307452557/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265997816&sr=8-1
 Alterman’s degrees: http://www.ericalterman.com/
 I have written a book about Shakespeare: http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-existential-view-David-Horowitz/dp/B00005XVOO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265996488&sr=8-1
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