Wednesday, September 04, 2002

Toning Down the Rhetoric

In an effort to try to "tone down" the rhetoric and restore some degree of calm to the dispute between Mr. Rose and myself, I have edited this post. I left the facts about the legal action, as it would seem silly to try to pretend it isn't happening.

I intend to move on with blogging on other matters in the near future.

Michael Rose Threatens Legal Action

Yesterday I received in the mail a Certified Letter from a lawyer representing Michael Rose, the author of Goodbye! Good Men. In May I wrote a critical review of Rose's book in Culture Wars Magazine. Mr. Rose objected to my criticisms, as is his right, and responded to them, as is also his right. Mike Jones, the publisher of Culture Wars, and I, felt it was necessary for me to rebut Mr. Rose in the magazine. So Mr. Rose's response and my rebuttal were published in the July/August issue of Culture Wars. That issue of Culture Wars isn't yet available on line.

This letter from Mr. Rose's attorney demands that I cease my "ongoing pattern of numerous and defamatory statements" against Mr. Rose, and threatens me with a Federal lawsuit if I do not comply. He demands that I retract certain criticisms I have made, that I remove all statements I have made about Mr. Rose and his book from my website and its archives, and that I agree in writing not to write anything further about Mr. Rose or his publications.

Unfortunately, it seems to me, this legal action is forcing the controversy to remain protracted. If Mr. Rose had not chosen this tactic, he probably would have gotten his wish. After announcing the Crisis Magazine article in my blog last week, I really wouldn't have had any more to say about Rose or his book. I've pretty much said my piece on it, and was getting ready to move on.