Holy smokes… my first blog war just got good!
Several hours ago, Lawrence Auster put up a post on his blog titled: “Horowitz Expels Me from FrontPage.”
As Auster tells the story, he cc’d David Horowitz earlier today in an email correspondence unrelated to the whole black-on-white rape thing. Horowitz responded with this:
“Are you unaware that you have been attacked – and I through you – on Huffington Post?”
(I submitted a version of yesterday’s post to HuffPo, where I have contributed a handful of pieces since December. Click here if you want to see it.)
Auster continues: “… I figured it was probably David Mills, the Undercover Black Man, who I knew from Google listings had been attacking me lately, though I had not actually read any of it.”
(That figures. Who am I to be paid attention to? Just an ign’ant cullud boy, envious of his big white brainpan.)
Anyways, Auster proceeded to read my HuffPo piece. And he was shocked to learn that in May 2006 Horowitz sent me an email concurring with me that Auster held “positions which are racist and offensive.” (Horowitz’s words.)
“Until my piece at [FrontPage Magazine] this week on interracial rape,” Auster writes, “I had sent Horowitz several article submissions and article ideas over the last year, mostly dealing with the Islam issue… and they had all been rejected; I simply figured the pieces were not right for FP. Now it turned out that something else was going on.”
So Auster emailed Horowitz, asking if it was true that he’d emailed me in May 2006. Horowitz answered with one word:
Auster emailed him back: “Doesn’t this require more explanation from you? … You never told me you weren’t going to publish me unless I repudiated certain statements. … You told David Mills, a complete stranger, that you weren’t going to publish me any more, but you didn’t tell me.”
Horowitz shot back: “Lawrence you’re a big pain in the ass. One article from you takes more time and energy than 50 articles from 50 writers and gets me attacked and now is getting me the third degree from you. We have had many arguments over your racial attitudes as you know. I don’t think you’re the kind of racist this prick Mills describes you as –”
(Hold on… I’m the prick??)
“… But I do think you have made statements that are racist. I have a million enemies out there and I don’t need attacks waiting to happen by publishing your stuff. I published this piece because I forgot my exchange with Mills last year…. I forgot I guess also how difficult you are to work with. I’d like to see you defend yourself against the charges Mills is making rather than attacking me.”
Auster, of course, took issue with Horowitz calling him a “big pain in the ass.” So Auster emailed him back, saying, in part:
“Is this really the way you want to address me? Is this the way you want to address this issue?”
Finally, Horowitz replied with this:
“I want you to go away Lawrence. You have caused me more trouble than I care to think about and the fact that you’re piling on me while I’m getting letters from my children asking me why I published a racist, and while I’m waiting to see this spread across the Internet, is more than I can handle right now.”
(By the way, it says much about Auster as a human being – not to mention as a right-wing tactician – that he would so blithely put Horowitz’s private emails up on the Internet. But then, when Larry Auster gets to taking shit personal, he’ll spray friendly fire at an ideological comrade in a heartbeat. I believe I’ve mentioned his legendary pissing contests with Robert Spencer.)
Anyways, Auster, as is his style, had to have the last word. So he emailed Horowitz back to say, “Your behavior is shameful. You, the great crusader against campus PC, have just behaved in the most outrageously PC manner I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Auster wraps up this evening’s blog post with an appeal to his readers’ sympathy:
“Horowitz is upset – with me – that David Mills is attacking him. But if Horowitz had been honest and forthright with me last May and told me that he didn’t want to publish me anymore, then he certainly would not have forgotten about his intention not to publish me; in any case, I would not have continued sending articles to him, so there would have been no occasion for him to have published me.”
Which is the most logical thing Lawrence Auster has written all week.
Still, Horowitz’s banishment of Auster isn’t about knuckling under to PC. It’s about Horowitz’s own objection to Auster’s “racial attitudes” (which, apparently, he didn’t need me to delineate in a letter; he’s heard it from Auster himself).
So, though David Horowitz considers me a “prick,” I salute him for doing the right thing.