Right-Wing Smears (Including Koch Bros) Aim At Writers Jane Mayer, Tony Kushner

Two of America's most prominent writers have been hit by right-wing smear campaigns this week--and those doing the smearing have unsurprisingly just made themselves look worse in the process.

The Koch brothers, after refusing to cooperate for months with The New Yorker's Jane Mayer and the magazine's fact-checking team, wrote a nasty letter to tthe American Society of Magazine Editors' after that prestigious group nominated Meyer's damning Koch profile for their National Magazine Awards. The Koch's claim was that the rigorously-reported piece was biased. "To watch them go around to try to undermine a superb piece of reportage is pathetic," said New Yorker editor David Remnick according to Yahoo's Cutline blog.

Meanwhile, CUNY trustees have denied an honorary degree to much-lauded playwright and outspoken critic of Israeli policy Tony Kushner, thanks to the influence of a former GOP staffer on the board.

Kushner eloquently defended himself, as someone with his talent might be expected to do:

I accepted the kind offer of a degree from John Jay College not because I need another award, but because I was impressed with the students and teachers there - as I have always been impressed with CUNY teachers and students - and I wanted to participate in celebrating their accomplishment. I did not expect to be publicly defamed as a result, and I believe I am owed an apology for the careless way in which my name and reputation were handled at your meeting. 

 

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at May 5, 2011, 7:07am

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