Monday, December 8, 2008

History News Network. Mavericks, or "protectors of the known things?

History News Network is soliciting contributions using ten reasons to give to HNN. Reason #7 is: “Give to HNN because we’re mavericks.”

What a laugh!

On May 28, 2008, at 2:44 PM, I wrote Professor Rick Shenkman, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of History News Network, expressing dismay that some three years of my posts on HNN had been “disappeared” from the HNN Forum without notice. For close to three years they had been there, then they were gone. I asked him how that could have happened.

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From: HNN Editor
To: Bradley Smith
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 4:53 PM

Mr. Smith,

Your comments were deleted and your account suspended because we found your posts to be in violation of our civility rules.

Rick Shenkman

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From: HNN Editor
To: Bradley Smith
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 11:54 PM

Our assistant editor notified me that you were bounced from HNN because you expressed doubts about the Holocaust. We draw the line at that. Sorry, but you will not be welcome to participate in our forums.

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From: HNN Editor
To: Bradley Smith
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2008 2:12 PM

[....] I am told that you expressed doubts about Auschwitz. That's enough for me.

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Rick Shenkman is no "maverick." Rick Shenkman is one of those run-of-the-mill conformist professors that Morely Callaghan identified as “protectors of the known things.”

If you "express doubts" about Auschwitz, this weenie will disappear you from all History News Network forums. This is how professorial weenies pursue "open debate" in academia. You disappear the guy who is willing to question the "known things."

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