In Fairness

Here is Peter Bart’s direct quote about Edwards: “Perhaps the greatest short-term threat to world peace, Edwards remarked, was the possibility that Israel would bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities.” The Edwards campaign is now attempting to tamp down the damage of Bart’s report and is, accordingly, retracting the quote. According to the Associated Press, “Edwards says one of the greatest short-term threats to world peace is Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon.”

I find it interesting that the Edwards Campaign is disputing the accuracy of an essentially friendly story.

As far as the language characterizing Edwards remarks as “labeling Israel the greatest threat to world peace,” that characterization is indeed mine as Jonah Goldberg states, and not the direct quote taken from Peter Bart above. If the Bart version of the facts is true — and the AP reports that Bart and Variety are standing by his story — I stand by my analysis below.

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2 Responses to “In Fairness”

  1. sm Says:

    “In Fairness”? How about correcting your error and expressing regret that you altered the content and meaning of Edward’s remarks? You put words in his mouth, period. If you care about your integrity, and the integrity of the blogosphere, you ought to apologize, whatever your opinion about his actual statements.

  2. Jim Creamer Says:

    In response I quote Front Page and its interview with William Buckley:

    FP: Anti-Semitism has become the new mantle of the Left. Much of the international community, except for the U.S. and a handful of other countries, now condemns Israel for trying to defend itself with a fence while it turns a blind eye to the mass murderers of our time. The U.N. completely condones anti-Semitism. What do you think is behind these pathological developments in regard to the new Jew-Hatred?

    Buckley: No doubt some people who oppose the fence do so because they want to be anti-Israel; and some of these individuals are motivated by anti-Semitism. But my sense of it is that most believe the fence inordinate and opportunistic. In my book In Search of Anti-Semitism, I quoted Norman Podhoretz: If you are anti-Israel, you may well be an anti-Semite, but not all anti-Israelis are anti-Semitic.

    Buckley moderates the claim of anti-semitism!

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