IHR is in trouble; Mark Weber show recap

The big news in the land of the Holocaust-denying Institute for Historical Review is that they claim to have lost their lease and need to move out by the end of June.

Mark Weber, director of the Institute for Historical Review, did indeed do the first episode of an Internet radio show. Meh. Much of it was a recap of several articles that are already available on the IHR website, including one bashing Simon Wiesenthal as a fraud, and one claiming that President Lincoln was a racist. Probably the most interesting part of the show was a monologue about American history school textbooks and how they had changed over the years. His choice of examples to illustrate how the textbooks had changed over the years were revealing: the Ku Klux Klan, which used to be accorded some respect by the textbooks; immigration, which used to be treated with caution but is now celebrated; and of course the Holocaust. Weber made much of the fact that textbooks didn’t discuss the Holocaust until the 1960s, when there was a “methodical, well-organized campaign to rewrite” them. Weber didn’t deny the Holocaust in this episode. The final section of the show was devoted to bashing Israel and the “Jewish-Zionist lobby” in the US and cheering for Helen Thomas.

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