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Middle East studies and its troublemakers

Reader comment on item: The Problem with Middle East Studies

Submitted by Rebecca Moulds (United States), Jul 14, 2008 at 12:49

There are always going to be those in the journalistic field who will not see something for what it is; they will misinterpret either out of misunderstanding or personal vendetta, and then let it fly to the wind. This is a frequent happening in Daniel Pipes' written works, something which is not only irksome but can cause bigger problems if not nipped in the bud. To assume differing interpretations is a dangerous and ignorant occupation, something that shouldn't occur when the writer is making statements, not opinions.

There can be many opinions on many subjects, but only one interpretation when facts are presented in an objective manner, and the words are carefully chosen not to cause misinterpretation.

That Dr. Pipes elicits such diverse reactions from readers is indicative of his propensity for telling the truth, not fearing the resulting wave of criticism. Perhaps Mr. Sadowski and Mr. Halabi should take refresher courses in journalism?


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