Luke, over at New Patriot, draws my attention to a couple academic freedom pieces by Juan Cole. The first is a morbidly amusing look at Florida Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-"I see dead people.") who, while pushing for Horowitz's Academic Bill of Rights in Florida, is pathetically ignoring his constituents.
But the better piece is this one, in which Cole describes being "Google smeared" by Horowitz and his right-wing nutbar colleagues:
It seems to me that David Horowitz and some far rightwing friends of his have hit upon a new way of discrediting a political opponent, which is the GoogleSmear. It is an easy maneuver for someone like Horowitz, who has extremely wealthy backers, to set up a web magazine that has a high profile and is indexed in google news. Then he just commissions persons to write up lies about people like me (leavened with innuendo and out-of-context quotes). Anyone googling me will likely come upon the smear profiles, and they can be passed around to journalists and politicians as though they were actual information.
And it's worth filing away just what kind of unethical lowlife Horowitz is for when I take Canada's own "academic freedom" wingnut Barbara Kay out to the woodshed one of these days, given her gushing admiration for Davey boy:
American conservatives are fighting back. The most dynamic amongst them is fiercely anti-Marxist crusader David Horowitz, founder of FrontPageMagazine.com. Horowitz has sponsored an Academic Bill of Rights to protect students from intellectual abuse by radical administrative "educrats" who have enshrined multiculturalist dogma in stifling speech codes at American colleges.
Oh, yes, there's going to be some serious guilt by association hitting the fan when I get around to laying a beating on Kay. Just give me time, you can't rush these things.