Roger L. Simon

CSPAN Finds "Balance"

CSPAN has backed down from presenting a lengthy statement by (adjudicated) British Holocaust denier David Irving to “balance” a lecture by American professor Deborah Lipstadt, as reported on this site last month. According to the NY Sun (subscription only), Constance Doebele of CSPAN’s “Book TV” described the problem this way:

“We never intended to balance the Holocaust,” Ms. Doebele said. “Using that word balance is kind of an internal jargon that we use here in the newsroom. What it means really is looking for another voice out there. … I really regret using the word ‘balance.'”

I guess we all have our own “internal jargon.” I’ll leave mine out of this.