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March 16, 2005
Prof Deborah Lipstadt received
an ecstatic welcome when she spoke
in Feb 2005 at Brandeis University, and signed six
million copies of her latest book (equally true).
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THE cable network insists on
granting air time to a notorious Holocaust
Yesterday (3/15), leaders from more than 40
nations gathered in Jerusalem to dedicate a new,
Vashem Holocaust museum.
Yet at the very time that this monument to Nazi
evil was inaugurated, the American cable network
C-SPAN planned to give a notorious
Holocaust denier a
broad audience to promote his ideology that the
murder of six million Jews never occurred. This, in
the name of 'journalistic balance'. Here's what
scholar at Emory University (pictured), will
deliver a talk at Harvard University this evening
(March 16, 2005), promoting her new book,
History on Trial: My Day in Court with David
Irving. C-SPAN wished to broadcast Lipstadt's
talk on the network's BookTV program, but informed
Lipstadt that a recent speech of Irving's (recorded
by C-SPAN) would need to be broadcast as well.
C-SPAN producers explained their reasoning to
Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen:
'We want to balance [Lipstadt's lecture]
by covering him [Irving],' said Amy
Roach, a producer for C-SPAN's Book TV. Her
boss, Connie Doebele, put it another way.
'You know how important fairness and balance is at
C-SPAN... We work very, very hard at this. We ask
ourselves, 'Is there an opposing view of this?'
C-SPAN, that is, sought out an 'opposing view'
to Lipstadt's confirmation of the Nazi Holocaust.
Lipstadt refused to be cast side-by-side with
Irving, on the grounds that Holocaust denial does
not merit public debate. Cohen asks the appropriate
question: 'For a book on the evils of slavery,
would C-SPAN counter with someone who thinks it was
a benign institution?'
In personal correspondence with HonestReporting,
I would have been delighted to appear on
C-SPAN's BookTV. It is an important venue and is
watched by a book-reading audience. However,
there was no way I was going to be forced into
debating a man who is the equivalent of a
flat-earther. I spent six years in court
fighting this man.
comment: She took the Fifth, and refused to
testify in the London trial].
We defeated him completely. That C-SPAN should
now give him an opportunity to resurrect
arguments which the court found completely false
Appalling -- six million times over.
HarperCollins, the publisher of Lipstadt's book,
has supported Lipstadt's decision not to appear on
C-SPAN, despite the fact that this loss of
publicity means a loss of book sales.
HonestReporting encourages subscribers to write
to C-SPAN, questioning its policy that grants equal
air time to mendacious and immoral claims.
Comments to C-SPAN: email@example.com
Index to the
media scandal surrounding Prof Lipstadt's
attempt to silence C-Span and the history