Tuesday, August 27, 2002

I haven't read enough of David Horowitz to have a well-informed opinion of him, but he does appear to be a clear thinker with a sharp wit and an ability to cut through the fog to get to the important issues beneath, even if he is not the most tactful person in the world. In his article from Frontpagemagazine.com regarding his August 19, 2002 appearance on Nightline with Ted Koppel, he tries to give the rest of the story, which he informs us ended up on the editing room floor of the Nightline studios. Too bad we didn't get to see Horowitz say the following to Mr. Koppel on national television:

In other segments of the Koppel "interview" I elaborated the leftwing bias and agendas of schools like the Univeristy of North Carolina. At UNC there were ten liberal Demcorat professors for every Republican and -- in a state which George Bush won by a landslide -- all of the last 10 commencement speakers at the university were Democrats and leftists. Koppel's response was that UNC was a state school and if this were really the case the state legislature which controls its purse strings would fix that soon enough."Oh no it wouldn't," I replied. "Because you would do a show portraying those legislators as launching an attack on academic freedom, and they would be toast." This really raised Koppel's hackles. "Don't tell me what I would put on my show," he said. This exchange too wound up on the cutting room floor.

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