C-Span is widely respected as a fairly impartial broadcast network that records and broadcasts political events and important cultural events. They also have successful programming about new books and will often show readings, discussions and interviews with authors of new books.
Did I mention that while they follow politics assiduously with their programming, they are also impartial? They are.
They are observers more than anything else. They will place a camera in an interesting meeting, speech, congressional hearing, press briefing, etc. and simply play it back almost in its entirety, or at least with an attempt to represent the key elements of the event.
Unfortunately, somebody there is a little confused about impartiality, history and truth.
Deborah Lipstadt is professor of Holocaust Studies who was sued by David Irving for libel because she called him a Holocaust denier. He lost big time. The British High Court of Justice declared that Irving, who up until then was widely respected as a prominent and superb historian of World War II, was in fact an anti-semite and whose racism and hatred of Jews colored his publications. You can read the trial at this site and go to Section XIII to read the verdict where Irving is crushed by the judge for his antisemitism, racism, and the ruin of his work as a historian as a result.
Lipstadt has recently come out with a new book about the trial, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving.” She was going to discuss the book at the Harvard Hillel and C-Span asked to film the event. Lipstadt was inclined to agree, until she learned…
idiots masterminds of impartiality at C-Span were going to also have a David Irving lecture broadcast together with her talk.
What is wrong with some people? Where have we come where all truths, no matter how false or pernicious, become equal? How can C-Span give equal time and representation to an anti-semite Holocaust denier whose work is tainted with his irrational hatred? They are planning to give this man, a man who was slapped hard by the highest court in England for his egregious beliefs, broadcast time on a highly respected network so that he can express his views on par with that of Lipstadt’s.
There are all kinds of petitions opposing this broadcast circulating now, and organizations such as the ADL sending C-Span letters. However, C-Span doesn’t seem very contrite. As far as they are concerned, they were merely doing their job (and the only thing missing is Lipstadt’s permission to tape her). Impartially.