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I am the victim of a left-wing smear, and it cannot be undone

Dennis Prager on

In my last column, "Newsweek Hits a New Low," I wrote about Newsweek's dishonest description of what I had said on one of my weekly PragerU "Fireside Chats." A viewer had asked me to respond to a statement Anne Frank made in her epic Holocaust diary. Frank said, "Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart."

The Newsweek headline, "Conservative Radio Host Ridicules Anne Frank," was simply a lie. In order for readers to appreciate the level of mendacity, I had my entire response transcribed and placed it in the column.

A few days later I received a message from Nancy Cooper, global editor-in-chief of Newsweek. She emailed me her personal cellphone number and asked me to call her. I did, and we had a good conversation. She agreed that what Newsweek published mischaracterized my remarks and corrected both the headline and the article, written by deputy editor Benjamin Fearnow.

She changed the headline to "Conservative Radio Host Counters Anne Frank's View That People Are 'Good at Heart.'"

In addition, she deleted Fearnow's sentence characterizing me as having mocked Anne Frank. And she deleted another Fearnow falsehood: "He also brings up Nazi comparisons frequently on his radio program, The Dennis Prager Show , to criticize modern Democrats and liberals."

I told Cooper that in 37 years of radio, I have never compared Democrats or liberals to Nazis; Fearnow had made that up out of whole cloth.


In its place, she wrote the truth: "He also brings up Nazi comparisons on his radio program, The Dennis Prager Show , saying the left 'cheapens' Nazi evil by using the term to dismiss political opponents or that liberals focus on Nazism while failing to acknowledge the horrors wrought by Communism."

The following notice now appears at the end of the article: "Update 1/8, 4:45 p.m. ET: The original headline on this story misrepresented Prager's comments; the headline and story have been edited to reflect that Prager did not 'ridicule' or 'mock' Anne Frank but took issue with her view."

As I wrote to Cooper, "Your attention to this says a lot about you and your hopes for Newsweek. Thank you."

But the story doesn't end there.


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