Setting The Record Straight
Campus Watch corrects false allegations made against it.
Larry Cohler-Esses could think of no better way to hurl an insult than to accuse someone to his right of being guilty of...McCarthyism! What would the far left do without recourse to this charge--so handy to have around when you don't have an argument?
As you may see from the excerpt below, it is beyond irony that, in accusing CW of McCarthyism--the center of which was that a conspiracy of communists had infiltrated the US government and military--Cohler-Esses relies on nothing more than his own conspiracy theory to explain why seemingly diverse persons and institutions would have similar opinions on topics central to their mission.
For the record (again): Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum, is an independent actor, unrelated and unbeholden to any other entity extant. Perhaps Cohler-Esses should study history in order to gain a better appreciation for the complexity of human society so that, in the future, he won't rely on such crude, anti-intellectual explanations of how the world works.
Moreover, his charge that CW targets "Muslims, Arabs and others in the Middle East field" who're critical of Israel is absurd. We critique practitioners of Middle East studies regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, religion, or any other identifiable grouping, and regardless of the subject of their work, be it Israel or not. The only thing that matters to us is the quality of what they write or teach, and to imply that CW is against Middle Easterners is, again, to substitute insult for argument.
Here is the excerpt in which he mentions Campus Watch:
(Posted by Winfield Myers)
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