another dangerous professor

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Robert Jensen, one of the educators slimed in right-wing crank David Horowitz's new book "The Professors," fires back in "A Dangerous Professor Speaks" at AlterNet:

The ad for "The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America" describes me as: "Texas Journalism Professor Robert Jensen, who rabidly hates the United States and recently told his students, 'The United States has lost the war in Iraq, and that's a good thing.'"

I'm glad Horowitz got my name right (people often misspell it "Jenson"). But everything else is distortion, and that one sentence teaches much about the reactionary right's disingenuous rhetorical strategy.

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It's easier to defame opponents using emotionally charged language than engage on real issues. Accuse them of being irrational and hateful. Ignore the substance of the claims and just sling mud. By even minimal standards of intellectual or political discourse, it's not terribly honorable, but it often works. [emphasis added]

It has certainly been working for David Horowitz.

I suspect that there are a hundred other stories of fabrication and misrepresentation in Horowitz's book. Unfortunately, the truth takes some effort to ferret out; it doesn't have a website or an advertising campaign, and it isn't on sale at the local bookstore.

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