October 23, 2003

Duranty as Indulgence

By now, you've probably heard that Walter Duranty is now widely recognized as a fellow traveler, excusing the crimes of Stalin for a long, long time under the imprimatur of the NY Times, and that this should cost him his 1932 Pulitzer. Damn straight. But let's be clear about what this means and what it doesn't. Duranty was a tool in every sense of the word and deserves all the opprobrium that can possibly be heaped on him even now that he is no longer capable of defending himself. But if the Angry Left thinks that throwing an impossible to defend communist sympathizer to the wolves just because he is now long dead as some sort of indulgence that will wash away the sins of all the other fellow travelers, well, they got another think coming.

Posted by Charles Austin at October 23, 2003 07:02 PM

I'm still waiting for the Angry Left to throw an impossible to defend communist sympathizer to the wolves who is still active in the public square.

I won't be holding my breath, though...

Posted by: Jon at 10:53 AM

Your correspondents might want to go to the website of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (www.uccla.ca) to check up on the latest reports and articles about the ongoing campaign to have Walter Duranty's Pulitzer Prize revoked or returned. You can even send a note to the New York Times from their site, adding your voice to the campaign for revocation. Now is the time.

Posted by: Mir at 06:33 AM