Camille Paglia defends David Horowitz

The Salon columnist slams the editors behind Time's attack on Horowitz for their "late summer slip-up."


Camille Paglia
August 26, 1999 8:45PM (UTC)

That the ever-platitudinous Jack E. White has called David Horowitz a "bigot"
is, of course, stupid and unprofessional but hardly surprising to the weary
Time readers who, like hikers confronted with a bog, must rapidly skirt
White's flatulent prose whenever it appears.

But that Time's editors allowed the sophomoric libel to pass raises questions
about the magazine's process of internal review: Was this simply a
late-summer slip-up (in which case Time will promptly admit it), or is there a
double standard for PC propagandists like White?

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I respect the astute and rigorously unsentimental David Horowitz as one of
America's most original and courageous political analysts. He has the true
1960s spirit -- audacious and irreverent, yet passionately engaged and committed
to social change.

Although we are both columnists for Salon, I do not know Horowitz -- aside from
when I was interviewed on his radio show in California eight years ago. But
I regard him as an important contemporary thinker who is determined to
shatter partisan stereotypes and to defy censorship wherever it
occurs -- notably, in this case, in the area of discourse on race, which is
befogged with sanctimony and hypocrisy.

As a scholar who regularly surveys archival material, I think that, a century
from now, cultural historians will find David Horowitz's spiritual and
political odyssey paradigmatic for our time.

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Camille Paglia

Camille Paglia is the University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  Her most recent book is "Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars." You can email her at askcamille@salon.com.

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