The day of the phone interview, I was horrified to see dozens of Jewish protesters out in the radio station parking lot. One of the women who were interviewed on the local news held up her arm with her numbered tattoo from the concentration camp. I couldn't believe my eyes – these people were calling ME anti-Semitic and hateful for putting Zundel on my radio show. The idea that I was causing any pain to Holocaust survivors was one of the most painful moments of my broadcasting career. But I was convinced that taking on this man was the right thing to do for my community.
As it turned out, it worked. After exposing and denouncing him on the radio show, there was so much publicity and attention paid to his efforts to have his program cleared on cable access that the local cable company stepped in and stopped it from happening. And the last I heard, Ernst Zundel was in a jail in some country that doesn't take too kindly to Holocaust deniers.
Any of us who have ever interviewed an evil creature like Ernst Zundel are in the same boat as Mark Cuban and his movie. Cuban has repeatedly stated that he doesn't believe one word of the movie, "Loose Change." He suggested that if another movie comes along that refutes it; he’ll probably distribute it, too. But he's a movie producer and someone who believes, like I do, that hatefulness and ugliness and all sides of any issue have a right to be on the table so that everyone can make up their own minds.
I know that my friend Bill O'Reilly has interviewed despicable people before. I've watched him tackle tough, unpleasant issues with a passion and have cheered him on as he did so.
In our medium, we debate, interview, and present opinions. In a movie producer's medium, they distribute movies.
Is there really any difference?
Feel free to criticize Mark Cuban, as many have done. Don’t pay to watch the movie, "Loose Change." Heck, stay away from the Dallas Mavericks if you are so inclined.
But to suggest that he has some diabolical agenda to destroy America or insult our troops is a real stretch. After all, this is the same guy who jump-started a fund to donate to injured soldiers by ponying up a million dollars of his own money.
If you have any doubt that there are plenty of people who think there was some kind of U.S. conspiracy involving 9/11, sit in my radio studio one day as I take calls from people from all over the country. If asked, it takes about 5 seconds for all the phone lines to light up with people who adamantly believe such nonsense.
We shouldn't run away from confronting such a crazy position. Truth wins out, or should, every time.
If Mark Cuban's distribution of this movie helps eradicate an asinine conspiracy theory like this one, we shouldn't take him out to the woodshed.
We should thank him.
And Mark, we’ll be waiting for you to distribute that other movie that refutes "Loose Change" one day soon.
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