Middle East studies in the News
Hero Worship for a Bully
by Scott Johnson
The Columbia University ad hoc grievance committee discussed in Paul Mirengoff's "Conduct unbecoming" yesterday found something, however small, to criticize in the conduct of Professor Joseph Massad. In Paul's summary:
In one case, Professor Massad was accused of telling a student, "If you are going to deny the atrocities being committed against Palestinians, then you can get out of my classroom." This was in response to a student who asked whether Israelis sometimes give warnings before bombing certain areas so that no one will be hurt. Although Massad denied the allegation, the committee found it "credible," in light of detailed corroborating evidence.
By contrast, however slight, Robin Finn profiles Massad in the New York Times as a hero for our times: "At the center of academic storm, a lesson in calm." We missed this profile when it appeared on April 8, but fortunately The Daily Scorecard noticed. The Scorecard could use an assist with spelling, but its eye is otherwise dead-on:
The writer glowingly observes:
For the record, this is the kind of treatment that the Times most recently accorded former Ku Klux Klan Kleagle and current West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd; I discussed the Times's profile of Byrd in "Only the wrong survive."Posted by Scott at 06:29 AMNote: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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