February 07, 2006

Down With Butz

Further illustrating the absurdity of Fox News' "Hannity & Colmes"- tonight they did a segment- titled "Is he teaching YOUR kids?" on Northwestern University engineering professor Arthur Butz, who is an active Holocaust denier. A worthy subject, for sure, but not quite so newsy, considering that Butz was hired at NU more than 30 years ago, and I think I was in 7th grade when I first heard about him.

And speaking of right-wing absurdity, I saw David Horowitz's new book- a list of "the 101 most dangerous professors in America," and Butz's name was not on the list. What, not lefty enough? Making the cut, however, was Brandeis' Gordie Fellman, who may be wrong on just about everything, but he's certainly not dangeous.

UPDATE: Mea culpa: Butz is in fact in the news because he recently praised his fellow Holocaust denier, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Butz is unspeakably vile, of course, but at least he isn't running a country.

Posted by Stephen Silver at February 7, 2006 09:46 PM
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