Hate Speech at the Forward
March 25, 2000, 04:00 PM
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Tendentious headline of the week, from Seth Lipsky's often perspicacious New York-based Forward (March 24), describing Pat Buchanan's speech at Harvard's Kennedy School:

HARVARD AUDIENCE WELCOMES BUCHANAN'S RED-BROWN TEAM

Question: does the headline writer (or the paper's editor, who presumably oversees the front page) really think Pat is a brownshirt? Or is this just a little nudge towards hatred and violence—a pure example of the hate speech we hear so much about, intended to set off the more unhinged of Forward readers?

The reason for the Forward's intemperateness: as the headline implied, Pat got on well at Harvard, was showered with tough questions but applauded nicely at the end and several times along the way. Definitely not what those who leafleted his appearance desired.

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