Horowitz refuses to pay Daily Princetonian for ad without apology
By Andy Golodny Brown
Daily Herald (Brown U.)
(U-WIRE) PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Conservative activist David
Horowitz is refusing to pay the Daily Princetonian for
running his ad on slavery reparations. Princeton
University's student newspaper ran the ad on April 4 and
in an editorial on the same day attacked Horowitz's
ideas as racist.
"In no way do we support Horowitz's argument. Denying
publication of the ad, however, just gives Horowitz what
he is looking for: another reason to cry 'censor,'" the
editors wrote to their readers. The editors also
promised to donate the money they received from Horowitz
-- approximately $1,000 -- to the Trenton chapter of the
National Urban League, because, "we do not want to
profit from Horowitz's racism."
"Printing this ad is the best way to allow our readers
to fight against the racist aspects of its message," the
editors wrote. Horowitz laid out his reasons for
withholding his money in a column on Monday's Salon.com
"After flaming me in public -- so easy for an
irresponsible press where even the purchase of ad space
merits an ad hominem attack -- the princes will not get
to donate my money. The check has been stopped pending
an apology. In the absence of this decency, I will
donate it myself, but to a cause I choose," he wrote.
If the Princetonian's editors disagreed with his ad,
Horowitz said they could have provided a "point-by-point
refutation of its arguments" instead of immediately
labeling him a racist.
The editors said they will not run any future ads from
Horowitz until he makes good on his payment.
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