Friday, January 29, 2010
When progressive historian Howard Zinn died on January 27, NPR's All Things Considered (1/28/10) marked his passing with something you don't often see in an obituary: a rebuttal.
After quoting Noam Chomsky and Julian Bond, NPR's Allison Keyes turned to far-right activist David Horowitz to symbolically spit on Zinn's grave. "There is absolutely nothing in Howard Zinn's intellectual output that is worthy of any kind of respect," Horowitz declared. "Zinn represents a fringe mentality which has unfortunately seduced millions of people at this point in time. So he did certainly alter the consciousness of millions of younger people for the worse."
Mmm...I love the smell of smear in the morning. Smells like...integrity.
Well, I'm sure they've provided this sort of "balance" when prominent Right-wing intellectuals have died. Oh wait, they haven't.
UPDATE: Jon Schwarz responds. Well done.