Thursday, 15 September 2011

I was interested to see on Damian Thompson's blog today that Mark Steyn had been one of the victims of Johann Hari's malicious Wikipedia editing. So I thought I'd have a look and see what changes he had made to the Wikipedia page about Mark Steyn using his pseudonym "David r from meth productions".

Essentially, he added the following:
Steyn has a considerable reputation as a [[polemicist]]. Detractors claim [] that he disregards opposing arguments, and events that contradict his earlier predictions. These include his repeated claims that [[Osama Bin Laden]] was "certainly" dead. His incorrect predictions have been widely mocked. For example, Geoffrey Wheatcroft in the Guardian wrote, "Apart from predicting that George Bush would win the 2000 presidential election in a landslide, Steyn said at regular intervals that Osama bin Laden "will remain dead". Weeks after the invasion of Iraq he assured his readers that there would be "no widespread resentment at or resistance of the western military presence"; in December 2003 he wrote that "another six weeks of insurgency sounds about right, after which it will peter out"; and the following March he insisted that: "I don't think it's possible for anyone who looks at Iraq honestly to see it as anything other than a success story." [,,1953116,00.html

He has been accused of "Steynwalling"[]: resorting to abuse when taxed with errors.

His comments on British and European political matters in his ''[[Daily Telegraph]]'' column led to criticism. Former ''[[The Guardian|Guardian]]'' editor [[Peter Preston]], writing in ''[[The Observer]]'' in June 2004, referred to him as a "neo-con ranter"[,9236,1243373,00.html] in replying to one of Steyn's columns.[]

Hari seems to have had a real bee in his bonnet about Mark Steyn. He published a hostile review of his book America Alone in the New Statesman. (Admittedly, some of Steyn's claims about Muslim demographics were way overblown.) Earlier, he had denounced Steyn as an islamophobe (no way!) on the dhimmi blog Harry's Place. And , in an interview with Martin Amis, Hari spent much of his time taking the novelist to task for having expressed admiration for Steyn who, he says, "seems to be an outright racist". Incidentally, the Amis interview is well worth reading as a case study in modern European man, caught between his instinctive perception of how barbarous Islamic culture really is and the ideology of guilt and political correctness that prevents him from acknowledging it or doing anything about it.


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