In yesterday’s essay entitled “The Invisible Man” I made a statement that Jeff Lipkes — the author of the 12,000-word three-part article at American Thinker that was mentioned in my post — disagrees with. Although nothing I wrote referred to him by name, I am more than happy to help him set the record straight.
Mr. Lipkes sent me the following request this morning via email:
The charges made by the Baron yesterday that my review of American Betrayal was “commissioned” by anonymous “arbiters of the ‘accepted history’” are completely untrue. I myself proposed the review and was not, alas, reimbursed by anyone.
A fuller explanation claims
someone in allegedly conservative circles has decided to spend the money to add more concrete to the containment facility surrounding Diana West. This operation is not like a rant posted on an obscure blog — the editors of these venues are on salary, and the free-lancers who pen the screeds expect to be paid. In other words, somebody who has money wants Diana West to lie back down and stay dead.
Again, these charges are untrue.
Please publish a retraction.
I would also like the opportunity to reply briefly to the blog post and to Andrew Bostom’s.
I was very sorry to learn that Mr. Lipkes didn’t get paid. He gets my sympathies as a fellow writer — I know how much work it takes to produce 12,000 words. Fool that I am, I just assumed that a piece that long must have been commissioned for pay.
I’d also be happy to post his reply to Diana West and Andy Bostom. However, it would not be appropriate that it appear first at Gates of Vienna, since American Thinker denied Ms. West the right to publish an unedited reply and refused to publish Andy Bostom’s corrections. I’ve asked Mr.Lipkes to publish it at American Thinker or some other venue first, and then we can post substantial excerpts from it.
Needless to say, it would have been better for all concerned if those who disagreed were able to publish their responses at the same site that posted material about their work that they considered incorrect. But that’s water under the bridge.
This correction has also been added to the original post as an update.
For links to previous articles about the controversy over American Betrayal, see the Diana West Archives.