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Carter and Dershowitz

Not Carter versus Dershowitz, which might have been worthwhile.

A day after the Boston Globe published an op-ed by Jimmy Carter whining about the treatment he and his new book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” have received, the paper comes back with a piece by Alan Dershowitz whining about Carter’s refusal to debate him at Brandeis (and whining about Carter’s whining).

It’s as though the Globe were letting Carter and Dershowitz edit the opinion pages, when it ought to be the other way around.

This shouldn’t have been difficult. Not many people are going to read Carter’s book. And not many people are going to read Dershowitz’s review of it on (hat tip to Steve for the link). The Globe should have told Carter that if he wanted to write an op-ed, he should use it to make two or three key points summarizing his book. And then Dershowitz should have been told to respond. The op-eds could have run the same day or on succeeding days.

The Globe had a chance to educate its readers about an important subject in the news. Instead, it published 1,500 words about not much of anything. It was a lost opportunity.

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  1. Steve

    I don’t know why you say “not many people are going to read Dershowitz’s review”. A lot of people I know have read the Dershowitz piece, which has been widely published (e.g. Huffington Post, NY Sun among others, in addtion to FrontPage mag).

  2. Dan Kennedy

    Steve: Point taken. Except that the Globe reaches a general readership that might not go looking for such things.

  3. MeTheSheeple

    Fark’s comments on the piece are at least entertaining. I’m particularly taken by one of the first:I challenge Mr. Dershowitz to a debate in the court of public opinion about whether his mom is a whore.Not going to debate me? I guess your mom is a whore.

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