Here's how this slam on Carter's book begins (before the interview even starts):
Renee Montagne: "He’s been accused of getting some facts wrong, of mislabeling maps, and slanting the book against Israel."
Steve Inskeep: "Some supporters of Israel were especially unhappy with the title, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid. Some members of an advisory board at his Carter Center resigned."
And here are the questions Inskeep asks:
- "Could you just make briefly the best case you can for why apartheid is the right word to use?"
- "Why not just describe that rather than bring in this word that’s freighted with so much history from another place?"
- "Would you describe for us, simply because the book has been criticized for its details, how did you write the book?"
- "Well, you’ve been challenged in your recollections of meetings....it’s been alleged....less reasonable than might actually have been the case. What was your version based on? Did you go back to notes and other documents that you had from the time?"
- "But when you recollect...were you working from your own notes?"
- "Ken Stein...has alleged that his recollection of that meeting is somewhat different."
- "There’s also been some criticism which you addressed this week at Brandeis...a sentence on page 213 of your book...."
- "Has that set you flipping through the pages of the book to see if there’s anything else there that you maybe just wasn’t expressed the way you intended?"
- "You mention you’ve been labeled an anti-Semite. You do use the word apartheid...which defenders of Israel regarded as a label that called into a lot of bad associations...would you agree that kind of labeling is not very productive?"
Oh, and if this slam weren't enough, Inskeep promises that a critic of Carter's book will be interviewed on tomorrow's show. I'll wager that it won't be so hostile.