Setting The Record Straight
Campus Watch corrects false allegations made against it.
St. Xavier University history professor Peter Kirstein can't seem to tell the difference between the writings of Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes and those of Campus Watch staff. His weblog post, "Campus Watch–the New McCarthyism Denounces Academic Freedom Conferences on Campuses such as N.Y.U.," ascribes an article on NYU's recent "academic freedom" conference to Pipes, when, in fact, it was written by myself. One would think a professor would take the time to note the actual author of a piece in question, but perhaps his fixation on Campus Watch got the better of him.
Kirstein has falsely accused Campus Watch of practicing "McCarthyism" or suppressing free speech on a number of occasions, and this latest post ratchets up the hysteria a notch. As puts it:
Kirstein misses the mark completely. The Campus Watch mission statement – available for all to see on the website homepage – reads as follows:
There's something about Campus Watch and, namely, the prospect of outside criticism, that causes Kirstein and likeminded academics to lose all sense of perspective, let alone propriety. But is a little fact-checking too much to expect?
(Posted by Cinnamon Stillwell)
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