NPR’s Mortal Zinn

Thursday’s Howard Zinn obit on NPR’s All Things Considered included, as the hardworking staff at Campaign Outsider noted, this brickbat from the always-unpleasant David Horowitz:

There is absolutely nothing in Howard Zinn’s intellectual output that is worthy of any kind of respect. Zinn represents a fringe mentality which has, unfortunately, seduced millions of people at this point in time. So, he did certainly alter the consciousness of millions of younger people for the worse.

And that drew brickbats from ATC listeners on the show’s website.

Listeners were “appalled,” “dismayed” and “shocked” over our inclusion of critical comments from conservative pundit David Horowitz’s [sic] in our obituary of Howard Zinn. Zinn, a professor, author and political activist, was unapologetically liberal and gained national renown with his book A People’s History of the United States.

One commenter at Campaign Outsider wasn’t any happier:

I heard the NPR piece before I had the opportunity to read any other obituaries. I was shocked and offended that they chose to wrap up with Horowitz’s comment.

I can appreciate [Campaign Outsider's] desire for a balanced obituary. Yet I can’t help but think of the old adage “Don’t speak ill of the dead.” Surely in the months and years to come, Zinn’s contributions and controversies will continue to be examined by both fans and foes. For now, let his family, friends and admirers mourn him in peace.

Just to make the hardworking staff’s position perfectly clear:

Howard Zinn, R.I.P.

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3 Responses to NPR’s Mortal Zinn

  1. paul says:

    Classic NPR behavior — reflexively looking over their shoulder when doing anything that might cause them to be accused of left-wing bias and thus ham-handedly tacking on a right-wing perspective. The transition between tribute and hatchet-job was jarring and I can only assume happened because the Horowitz portion was a very late editorial addition.

  2. Curmudgeon says:

    Paul, are you suggesting that those with the guilt about left-wing bias have trouble thinking straight?

    Doesn’t say much for them but says a great deal about them.

  3. Gordon Pickguard says:

    Mudgie, I don’t think Paul said anything about guilt; just your supposition. Please consider your own thought disorder.

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