Apparently, a pretty thorough debunking of a far-Left historian has recently been published. Good stuff, hey? Demolishing invidiousness with truth, right?
Increasingly, pundits are trying to counter prejudice and jingoism, slanted takes on history, by pushing just as hard in the other direction.
It works in physics, right?
The problem is, history in all its forms, from today's TV news to the morning paper all the way to weighty multi-volume, small-print works, does not work that way. Handedness doesn't count for much. The real divide is different: you've got material that is true and real -- source documents, eyewitness accounts, good-faith objective writing and frankly-labeled subjective analysis -- on one side, and on the other, there's nothing but varying flavors of specious BS. The vectors of slanted reporting don't cancel and no matter how hard you try to titrate the acid of one political leaning with the powerful alkali of the other, the result isn't salt water, it's just more BS.
So when you read this stuff, do so with a skeptical eye; do so with a search engine handy, and check the claims.
What I have read so far (yes, I have named neither the book nor the historian it debunks) is not what I had hoped. There are no pages of footnotes listing authoritative sources or serious refutations of his allegations. There's quite a lot of talk about other bad-faith historians, and about the man's own politics and habit of lifting material from other, often slanted, writers instead of going closer to the source.
But there's no direct refutation.
It's useful to point out propaganda, to hang a sign on bad information. It's more useful to supply accurate information. And yes, lies and misleading claims often have a delicious candy coating that is much more difficult to apply to the truth. That doesn't mean it is not worth the effort to try.
I'm going to do some more reading before I decide about buying the book, but it's not looking good. Dammit, we're drowning in horsecrap. It can't be remedied by adding to the pile.
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