March 22, 2006

Horowitz Vs. Churchill

As Michelle Malkin notes, this should be good:
Author David Horowitz will debate the University of Colorado professor he listed among America's worst academics.
Horowitz and ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill said Tuesday in separate interviews that the idea came from Churchill.

Horowitz has called Churchill's views "absurd on their face" and listed him in a book on professors who he says allow their opinions to dominate their lectures.

But Horowitz also said in a talk at CU that Churchill should not be fired for expressing controversial views.

The debate is scheduled for April 6 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Horowitz said. It will be sponsored by Horowitz's Center for the Study of Popular Culture and Young America's Foundation, which bills itself as a conservative group.
Here's a different take on the "battle royale".

Unfortunately, the "debate" will probably consist of humorous asides, as each talks past the other to gain points with their supporters, and perhaps a good deal of snide comments with smirky tongue-in-cheek derision. If any substantive criticism does take place, neither is likely to concede anything. Having seen the exchange between Horowitz (as a speaker) and Churchill (as an audience member) about five years ago at the University of Colorado at Boulder, nothing but antagonism and name-calling characterized the exchange. Since both men are self-promoting (and neither side's supporters can deny as much), this appears to be nothing more than a carefully crafted publicity stunt with little educational value.


Blogger Truth4AChange said...

Your post misses a critical point: whereas few serious people on the left have any respect for the substance of Churchill's work, Horowitz's hate-fueled neocon rhetoric is taken very seriously by many on the hard right. And this from the self-appointed protector of intellectual diversity and freedom!

Fri Mar 24, 07:11:00 PM  

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