The most recent attack, on Juan Cole of Informed Comment and the University of Michigan, is no exception to the Rag's recklessness. Plaut writes:
In a New York Times editorial, [Juan] Cole said that he saw the elections in Syria as a model for other Arab countries to follow:"The last thing the Arab people need is a red herring like ‘free and open elections' to distract them from the international Zionist/Neo-Con conspiracy to take their oil." Professor Cole then added that President Assad's ability to gain such a high percentage of the vote"all the while maintaining an oligarchic cult of personality oppressive regime mired in nepotism and corruption" was"truly impressive" and a positive sign of"Arab solidarity."Matthew Barganier at Antiwar.com points out that the New York Times never published an op-ed by Cole that said any such thing. Plaut took the quotation and its attribution from a clumsy satire published by an Iraqi blog.
Horowitz has spent considerable energy lately demanding retractions from bloggers. Responsible bloggers have corrected their posts as new information became available. Caught with his documentation down around his ankles, Plaut offers neither correction nor retraction. David: give yourself a salary cut and hire some fact-checkers! Thanks to David Beito at Liberty & Power for the tip.
Oh, and Horowitz, congratulations on the high quality of discussion that goes on at your site!