David Horowitz was recently asked to comment on speculation
that he was looking to parlay his latest google-monkey powered "research project" into a full-fledged book (that can be easily read and de-bunked within an hour sitting in the aisle at Powell's - no need to buy!). His reply [via e-mail]:
Well Free Exchange has many fantasies about what I do, what I think, and what I'm up to. In this case, I've thought about such a book, but haven't decided whether it's feasible or necessary yet -- Our websites reach a lot of people as it is.
The first sentence is clearly a classic case of Freudian projection
: it's not the Free Exchange
crew who harbor fantasies, but rather it's Horowitz who fantasizes himself as the stern disciplinarian who must tame the dirty, animalistic urges of not just "Leftist" professors, but whole "Leftist" universities.
Moreover, I feel pretty secure in saying that the Free Exchange gang is definitively not
fantasizing about David Horowitz. Who Horowitz is, what he thinks, and what he's up to are creepy enough without putting him in leather chaps.
The second sentence is an enigma unto itself. He's thought about it, but doesn't know if it's "feasible" or "necessary?"
"Feasible?" You mean Regnery won't just print whatever crap Horowitz makes up? That the Scaife and Mellon money might dry up because Horowitz has gone too far
? Or are his interns refusing to google for him because of his bizarre pacing and muttering
"Necessary?" Listen, either the hordes of "Leftist" academics breeding in our nation's colleges and universities are a Fifth Column hellbent on installing Osama and Saddam and all their islamocommunifascinazisecularcrat buddies in the White House or they're not. The non-chalance of Horowitz's answer leads me to a couple of conclusions: 1) he's full of shit (exceedingly likely) and 2) no one's turning off the spigot on the right-wing money tap anytime soon (also likely). I'm glad the minds of college-bound students aren't too
endangered by these loopy professors.
And I'm sure lot's of people look at Horowitz's websites - many of us looking for a freakshow at which we can point and laugh. But it also seems that traffic to frontpagemag.com has been steadily declining
for well over a year, and discoverthenetworks.org barely registers as a blip
Look, I can already tell you that Indoctrination U: The Book
is going to suck. People are bored with the Horowitz-Churchill feud
- he's not going to sell any books flogging that dead horse. And is anyone going to need to read a book to know that Austin is full of liberals
? And for those of us in Eugene, we're bewildered - and quite frankly, I might add, a little hurt - that Horowitz went after a little-known liberal arts college in Salem
when everyone in Oregon knows that it's the flagship state university down the road that harbors all the pot-smoking free love liberals bent on handing America over to the Islamists. That kind of shoddy research is doomed to to sink sales.
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