Campus Watch announced today that its website (www.campus-watch.org) featuring the endorsements of academics, journalists and students. The new page, at http://www.campus-watch.org/endorsements.php, documents some of the support Campus Watch has received in its first six months of operation.
Stanley Kurtz, Hoover Institution: the site is "a way of starting debate, not stopping it." (National Review Online)
David Singer, UC-Berkeley student: "It is a fact that there is a bias on campus . . . there is nothing wrong with pointing out that the bias exists." (North Gate News Online)
Janet Albrechtsen, columnist: Campus Watch "should be part of the daily cut and thrust of academic and student life." (The Australian)
Campus Watch has also received a barrage of appreciative e-mails.
"Middle East studies specialists have tried to paint Campus Watch as isolated, so we thought it useful to gather some of the positive comments made about our work," notes Campus Watch managing editor Jonathan Calt Harris. "We have received much support from professors, students, and journalists, and now are making some of these comments available."
"‘At last" is a common theme of those writing to us, or ‘it's about time'," says Daniel Pipes, director of Campus Watch. "Many recognized the problem in Middle East studies but didn't know what to do about it. We seek to provide them with the tools to articulate the problem."
Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum, addresses five problems in Middle East studies: analytical failures, the mixing of politics with scholarship, intolerance of alternative views, apologetics, and the abuse of power over students. The site has had 400,000 unique visitors since its launch on September 18, 2002, and has prompted wide media attention (on which, see http://www.campus-watch.org/docs/type/3).
The Middle East Forum is a 501(c) 3 organization that works to define and promote American interests in the region and to shape the intellectual climate in which U.S. policy is made.
For more information, see www.Campus-Watch.org