Setting The Record Straight
Campus Watch corrects false allegations made against it.
Julian Vigo, who, according to her bio "has been at professor at universities across the world where she has taught visual anthropology, comparative literature, performance studies, cultural theory, theories of modernity and postmodernity, and gender studies," devotes an inordinate amount of space in an already long essay on Edward Said to insulting Middle East Forum founder and president Daniel Pipes and to portraying Campus Watch as part of a "McCarthyist" assault on academia. In the essay, which is reprinted at her blog, endoplasm, Vigo writes:
As we've noted on many occasions, Campus Watch's critique of the field of Middle East studies is based on scholarship, not on political viewpoints, including hostility, or a lack thereof, towards the U.S. or Israel. Politicized professors who devote their careers to activism rather than to education are the problem. CW has no governmental power to wield over those we critique, nor do we seek it, so calling us "McCarthyist" is not only meaningless, but utterly clichéd. What can one expect from an essay filled with clichés and name-calling.
(Posted by Cinnamon Stillwell)
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