Cecilie Surasky Tries to Wish Campus Watch Away, but Reality Bites
by Winfield Myers • Jan 15, 2010 at 8:56 am
She begins with the most hackneyed cliché in the far left's reservoir of ideas-whose-time-has-passed:
Not only are we still in business, but we have learned new words and phrases over the years--a virtue that separates us from some verbally-fatigued antagonists.
Hope is also a virtue, but sometimes it's no match for facts. The article in question (about which more below) was in fact our second on this topic: Surasky missed the first one, "PARC's Anti-Israel Polemics," which appeared in 2008. It broke the story on PARC's taxpayer-funded radicalism and bigotry, and we were so pleased with its reception that we ordered up another.
Surasky asserts that our author, Jonathan Schanzer, found PARC's federal funding problematic because Khalidi criticized Israel and CW. Such a charge is evidence of either vincible ignorance or invincible naiveté, since the article is in fact filled with evidence that PARC is hardly the type of recipient that Congress had in mind when it created Title VI funding for area studies. Comical better describes the assertion that American taxpayers owe PARC grants; tragedy more aptly captures the reality that they receive it.
Surasky then writes:
Again, Surasky simply asserts but fails to refute. In making his charge, Schanzer drew upon earlier Campus Watch research as presented in a 2004 article, "Arafat Minion as Professor." Here's a bit of what they found; the article contains additional evidence:
Surasky also examines a recent article at Electronic Intifada. Because it contained numerous errors and misrepresented CW and its research record, I critiqued it earlier in "Correcting Nora Barrows-Friedman of the Electronic Intifada."
Comment: The sloppy, tendentious research on display in Surasky's article typifies the reactionary left, which has become an enclosed, self-referential community content to demonize perceived enemies rather than advance legitimate research agendas.
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