Ed Driscoll


DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN HAS BEEN BOOTED from the PBS NewsHour and Don Imus, according to the esteemed InstaPundit.Com

Reynolds said he didn’t hear about Imus until he read a letter in MediaNews, which “also answers (partly) my question of why Doris Kearns Goodwin has created more outrage than Michael Bellesiles among the media crowd: “Goodwin’s long chain of reputedly accidental borrowings, but they show her tendency to pickpocket her peers.” Bellesiles, you see, was just pulling the wool over the eyes of Americans. He wasn’t doing anything to his peers.”

It’s been interesting to watch a number of heretofore respected folks tarnish their reputations recently–Goodwin, Stephen Ambrose, Michael Bellesiles, and perhaps most signifigantly, Jesse Jackson.

Of course, some things never change. Dave Kopel on National Review’s The Corner blog, says, “You might think that things are looking kind of grim for Michael Bellesiles, author of the hoax book Arming America. Even National Public Radio has caught onto him. .Despite the record of Bellesiles’s mendacity–well-covered by Melissa Seckora on NRO, he has just been awarded a new $30,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, to write another book about guns. The NEH gave money to the Newberry Library in Chicago, which gave the money to Bellesiles, and which refuses to disclose how such a notable faker was awarded your money. Should the Newberry Library be renamed the Office of Strategic Deception?”