The Rise of the Party-Line Journalist
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This Canadian column is a classic in the annals of modern journalism. Glib repetition of the party line is all that is necessary for a column these days. No insight, no cleverness, no knowledge is needed to be a modern journalist. Just the Party Line, and willingness to enforce it. Women make the best modern journalists. They open their cluckers and the rest comes natural. It never occurs to a woman that questions are settled by fact rather than fashion.
The woman-journalist of 2007, who cares more about the figure she cuts than anything she writes, laughs at a man who is stuck in prison for holding the wrong opinion. You might think that the journalist would side with the right of a man to speak his mind, but if you did, you’d merely betray your failure to understand the conditions under which modern journalists are employed. They are told that they enjoy free speech, but must use it responsibly. Being women, even the men, the contradiction doesn’t bother them. Free speech means everybody agrees on what can’t be said. This makes sense to women and women-men. So Ernst Zundel eats bread and water while Cockburn cackles.
It never occurs to the dim pseudo-journalist that there’s something that doesn’t mesh in her argument. If Zundel deserves ridicule because his opinions are wrong and ridiculous, then why is he stuck in prison? Things that are that stupid are hardly threats to the government. So why is he in prison? To answer that question you have to look at what Zundel actually says. Measure his assertions against evidence. That’s a little too much work for the likes of Cockburn. She cares very little about the truth of the “holocaust” and very much about her 1 p.m. appointment at the hair salon.
Sun, February 18, 2007
Zundel merits laughter
May his every utterance be greeted with guffaws
By Lyn Cockburn
Ernst Zundel is an idiot. A fool and a moron. I hope I have stated my opinion of the man clearly. But just in case: Ernst Zundel is an ignoramus.
He used to be Canada’s fool. Now he is Germany’s. Never a Canadian citizen, he schlepped around Canada for over 40 years spewing his Holocaust denial garbage to any who were foolish enough to listen. And some were. There are always those who will listen to hateful idiocy.
Once a respected graphics artist, he gave up that career in favour of, as he saw it, repairing the damaged reputation of his fellow Germans. His methods included the insane assertion that Jews have used the “alleged” atrocities as a means of extorting money from the German government.
In 1995, police reported his Toronto house was pipe bombed and partially destroyed in an attempt to assassinate him. Not true, of course. He was doing renovations on his house, forgot to turn off the electricity and blew up his own place. I wrote a column to this effect at the time, so I know. In spite of irrefutable police documentation, there was no pipe bomb. Call me a pipe bomb denier if you like.
Anyway, Canada got smart in 2005 and deported him to his birthplace, Germany, a country unamused by Holocaust deniers. And sure enough, last week, Ernie was convicted of incitement and sentenced to the maximum of five years under German law. He will no doubt sit in jail awaiting a crown of martyrdom while writing Mein Kampf for Dummies. He will be 74 when he gets out.
B’nai Brith Canada, the Jewish community’s largest voice, thinks Germany has done the right thing in putting Zundel away.
“After many legal battles that have spanned decades and crossed continents, justice has finally been served for the victims of Ernst Zundel and their families … ” said Frank Dimant, executive V.P. of B’nai Brith. He also condemned Canada for not having stronger laws against Holocaust deniers.
While I understand this reasoning, I’m more inclined to go along with Holocaust survivor Arnold Friedman, 78, part of the group which testified against Zundel in the mid-1980s.
“I don’t care what they do to him. Whether they put him in for 100 years, they’re not going to change this guy’s thinking, because reality does not matter to him,” said Friedman.
“One mad dog is put away, there are many others,” he added. Friedman is right. Jail will not silence mad dogs like Zundel, although the temptation to muzzle them is strong.
It is, however, ridicule that Zundel deserves. He merits laughter. May scoffs and jeers rain down upon him.
May his every utterance be greeted with guffaws. Keeping in mind of course, that there will always be other idiots willing to sing the same song of hatred that Zundel has warbled over the years. Nothing will change that, but the rest of us can enjoy the laughter.
And speaking of music, on one of my visits to Israel, there was a huge controversy over whether or not the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra ought to play Richard Wagner. The anti-Semitic Wagner was, of course, Hitler’s favourite composer and it was often his music that serenaded Jews as they arrived at the death camps during the Holocaust.
Sacrilege, shouted some outraged Israelis. Evil, said others.
But one Jerusalem Post columnist had the perfect solution.
By all means, let the Philharmonic play Wagner, he wrote. Badly. With accordions.
The same logic can be applied to Ernst Zundel. I am sending an e-mail to famed Jewish America composer Stephen Sondheim, to suggest he do a Broadway musical, titled perhaps Springtime for Zundel.
The Zundel character, played by Mel Gibson, dressed only in a hardhat and a diaper, always sings off-key in bad Latin.
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