David Horowitz Continues Assult on University Professors
Reported by Janie - February 24, 2006
Neoconservative author David Horowitz appeared on Dayside yesterday during a short segment to promote his new book "101 Dangerous Professors", while attacking radical professors during the segment, the hosts of Dayside chose to ignore his own radical ties.
The entire segment consisted of Horowitz giving details on three of the professors mentioned in his book including Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn (who were involved in the 1970's movement, the Weathermen) and Gail Rubin.
He issued a tirade against Ayers stating, "Bill Ayers was on the FBI’s Most Wanted List during the 1970’s because he was running a terrorist cult." As my fellow Newshound Ellen pointed out just last week, Ayers was never actually on the FBI's Most Wanted List, and all charges against him were dropped.
After this first piece of misinformation Horowitz said, "Both Ayers and his wife Bernadine attack stiff sentences for teenage criminals, and of course, teenage criminals are the most violent of all criminals."
Comment: According to the DOJ website, teenagers EXPERIENCE the highest rate of violent crimes (meaning they were the victim, not the perpetrator). They also offer statistics on violent crimes, but they do not support Horowitz's statement. I wonder if his book plays with the facts as much as he did during the interview?
According to many of the professors mentioned in the book, that is in fact the case. According to one professor who made the list, Robert Jensen, Horowitz takes quotes out of context, does not provide full quotes, and mistakes where these comments were made. Not only that, but many of the professors on the list are being attacked not for what occurred in a class-room setting, but what they have stated outside of the classroom.
Since Horowitz claims all of these liberal professors are radical, let's take a look at Horowitz himself:
- During the 1960's Horowitz was actually a self-professed Marxist
- He is currently a radical Neoconservative
- He is a proven (repeatedly) liar
- He has many radical quotes under his belt including:
1) "Peter Jennings is dead, may he rest in peace. Lest we forget, however, while he was alive Peter Jennings did considerable damage to the cause of civilization and human decency [sic] by his sympathy for Jew-hating terrorists and their supporters."
2) "If blacks are oppressed in America, why isn't there a black exodus? "
3) "Leftists think that nothing is bad but the Holocaust."
4) "What about the debt blacks owe to America—to white America—for liberating them from slavery?"
5) "The claim for reparations is premised on the false assumption that only whites have benefited from slavery. If slave labor created wealth for Americans, then obviously it has created wealth for black Americans as well, including the descendants of slaves."
A case of the pot calling the kettle black?
No other guests were involved in this segment, including those Horowitz was smearing, which breaks one of the cardinal laws of journalism, that if one chooses to levy a claim against another, that person should be contacted and given a chance to defend themselves, or else slander laws come into play. This segment proved to be another unfair and unbalanced piece aimed at inciting hatred toward liberals.