This comment from D.D. Guttenplan deserves to be placed prominently, so here it is in its own post. Readers have left comments strongly supporting Guttenplan, and you can read those in situ, along with some encouraging me. They are all thoughtful and nuanced.
Dear Jason Rush,
As anyone who has read my book The Holocaust on Trial would know, I am not a fan of British libel laws. But your inaccurate, intemperate, and frankly defamatory response to my article on academic rankings in the International Herald Tribune almost makes me see their point. For the record: I did not "lift" or "steal" your story. I do my own reporting, as anyone less self-involved might have noticed from the number of sources named and cited in my article. As one of your commentators has correctly deduced, I was reporting a story on rankings, and was naturally delighted to discover a blog called "University Ranking Watch" where I came across the critique of THE--and which I credit fully in my article. (Which by the way ought to disabuse you of your notion that we Real Journalists--your capitals-- are somehow prejudiced against bloggers. However one thing any real journalist could tell you is that newspaper reporters don't write our own headlines. We do, however, try very hard to verify our information before going into print. If your forensic skills were as good as you seem to think they are you might have discovered that Ann Mroz quote on the University of Alexandria's web site, which is where I found it.
In the course of reporting my story I did come across your web site. But since I was writing about university rankings and the methodology behind them, not about the worth (or lack of worth) of any individual's publications (something I'm not qualified to judge in any case) the material didn't really seem relevant.
It is you who ought to apologize--to me, to the International Herald Tribune, and most of all to your readers. If some journalists remain dismissive of bloggers this episode offers a vivid illustration of why that skepticism might have some basis in reality.
Posts about D.D. Guttenplan:
- El Naschie makes the New York Times
- Email to D.D. Guttenplan and the New York Times
- Guttenplan fires back
- A short response to D.D. Guttenplan
- El Naschie on D.D. Guttenplan (part 1)
- El Naschie on D.D. Guttenplan (part 2)
- Guttenplan to try harder
- The D.D. Guttenplan piece in Arabic
- In Athens, El Naschie's the talk of the town