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Tuesday, April 5, 2005
by LAWRENCE VAN GELDER
A C-SPAN producer has expressed regret for using
the word balance to describe its plan to accompany
coverage of a book by a professor of Holocaust
studies with speeches by a man who has argued that
Hitler was not fully responsible for the mass
murder of Jews. Connie Doebele, the
executive producer of "Book TV" on C-Span, said the
word balance was never intended to be taken
literally but was, instead, "internal jargon"
referring to the use of other voices.
The plan drew hundreds of protests from
historians and other
scholars and thousands
from the public. The turmoil surrounded C-Span's
intention to cover "History on Trial: My Day in
Court With David Irving" (Ecco) by Deborah E.
Lipstadt, a professor of Holocaust studies at
Emory University. C-Span also intended to include
coverage of talks by Mr. Irving, a British writer
who sued her for libel for calling him a Holocaust
When he sued, the British Royal High Court
for Professor Lipstadt and concluded that Mr.
Irving was anti-Semitic and racist and that he had
persistently and deliberately misrepresented and
manipulated historical evidence.
to the media scandal surrounding Prof Lipstadt's
attempt to silence C-Span and the history
The Irving -