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Why I outed Chomsky

My article Guilty demeanor: The private 9/11 emails of Noam Chomsky has generated a lot of comments and emails. These can be divided into two categories: (1) People who are furious at Chomsky’s bizarre, apparently mendacious statements about 9/11 (the vast majority of people who actually read the article). (2) People who tell me, “I stopped reading as soon as I got to the part where you tell him you’ll keep his emails private. How could you betray the confidence of such a great man?” Here is my answer to group two. When I told Chomsky I would keep his…


Guilty demeanor: The private 9/11 emails of Noam Chomsky

In the spring of 2008, I emailed Noam Chomsky to invite him on my radio show. He agreed, we scheduled a date, and I spread the news. Then, seemingly out of the blue, he sent me an angry email backing out of the interview… Read the full article:


Eccentric emails

I just got a cc copy of an email from an academic dean at a certain university – let’s call him “Professor X” – responding to a former professor from a British university (“Professor Y”) who has been chased out of the academy for “purveying conspiracy theories.”  Below is professor X’s email, followed by my response. Dear Professor Y, Please take me off your distribution list for your eccentric emails. I do not agree with your world view and do not wish to be troubled with your rantings. Thank you Professor X * * * Dear Professor X, Please take…