Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Letter to the Editor of the The New University at UC Irvine

Gregory Yee, Editor in Chief

The New University


26 September 2011

To the Editor:

Responding politely to our applications to buy a small ad in your newspaper, New U’s Advertising Manager Natasha Monnereau wrote, “We are unable to accept requests having any association with Bradley Smith.” In another, she included a full copy of New U’s advertising policy, which emphasizes your right to reject any advertisement that doesn’t suit you, but leaves unmentioned your right to accept advertising that might not suit other powers holding sway over your publication.

Powers, for example, like the Anti-Defamation League and the Hillel Foundation. Perhaps Natasha, or even your entire staff, have already received a friendly warning from a representative of your campus chapter of the Hillel Foundation, in accordance with the instructions on Page 16 of the ADL/Hillel publication “Preventing Holocaust Denial on Campus: A Manual for Action.” Those instructions include marching orders for keeping ads from my Committee for Open Debate of the Holocaust (CODOH) out of your paper, and in the event one slips through, how to punish those who have allowed it to happen.

The Manual is a remarkable document. You can inspect it at to see what fate you have been spared. You are, for whatever reason, punctilious about complying with the censorship imposed by the terms of this Manual, and to my mind this raises the question as to whether you comply with it when you make editorial decisions as well. That question will be answered, of course, if you fail to carry this letter in your pages as a letter to the editor.

In any case, New U continues to support the interests of Israel warmly, as may be noted on Page 4 of your May 31 issue, in which the avid reception of the Fourth Annual iFest Week of Anteaters for Israel is noted with the rousing headline “It’s a Celebration.” In the face of the strife that has torn your campus since Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech there February last, it is impressive to see that you remain quite fearless about promoting at least his side of the contretemps.

The Great Seal of UC Irvine displays the uplifting motto, “Let There Be Light.” I regret that your paper does not better uphold it.

Bradley R Smith

Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust

PO Box 439016

San Ysidro, CA. 92143

Desk: 209 682 5327



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What amazes me is that they have to go to these lenghts to stop holocaust questioners , from any activity , i think we are a real threat to them and were growing ....