Latest pathetic attack on I.F. Stone
Commentary, a notorious right wing rag, has published a new line of attack against the legendary and brilliant journalist, I.F. Stone. Thanks to Eric Alterman for the link, and Eric does a good job in knocking it down.
My addition to Eric's response is this: There is nothing in the article in Commentary showing who Stone was talking to in the 1936-1939 period who was connected to the New York KGB office. If he was talking to Frank Palmer, who the Commentary writers describe as a "liberal," where is the evidence that Stone knew Palmer was working for the KGB in New York?
If Stone was talking with Palmer, and if he was not known to be a spy for the KGB, then it would be obvious as to why Stone did not talk about this to Eric Alterman or anyone else. And as Eric says very persuasively, there were many in the US who were trying to alert the world to the German Nazi drive for world domination, and the information Stone imparted was all open, non-classified information. That Stone chose to support the Popular Front during the mid- to late 1930s is what really drives the Commentary writers around the bend, and so the innuendo flies throughout the article.
I wish the people who keep trying to besmirch the reputation of I.F. Stone would give up the ghost. Instead, they appear to be pathologically driven as if their whole anti-Communist world will collapse if they don't finger Stone as a spy. Weird, really, since anyone who believes in an open society can see through the fatal flaws of Communism.
What angers me the most is the veneration for the odious Paul Berman, who maliciously repeated the canard about Stone supposedly being pro-Soviet Union up through the 1960s. My defense of Stone's public writings from the 1930s forward in response to Berman's New York Times Book Review of a decent on I.F. Stone are here, here and here.