SMOKING OUT FLAME
The inside back cover ad by a group called FLAME, which appeared in our January 9/16 issue, sparked a flurry of "How could you!" (or worse) e-mails from our readers. The ad, which purports to expose propaganda circulated by Palestinians (the most blatant of which, according to the ad, is that these nonexistent Palestinians have a legitimate claim to the land that eternally belongs to Israel), is, we believe, historically inaccurate and arguably mendacious. From our point of view, it purveys one of the most destructive myths of Israel's right wing, namely, that Palestinians have no legitimate national rights. This myth has long been a drag on efforts for a peaceful solution to the conflict. So how, you might ask, can we run such an ad? We run it because The Nation's ad policy starts with the presumption that "we will accept advertising even if the views expressed are repugnant to those of the editors." (And let's be clear: The editors find the views of FLAME quite repugnant.) We do impose limits on commercial ads, barring, for example, those that are false, lurid or patently fraudulent, illegal or libelous. However, ads that present a political point of view are considered to fall under our editorial commitment to freedom of speech and, perforce, we grant them the same latitude we claim for our own views. But we do reserve the right to denounce the content of such ads, just as our editorials denounce ideas we abhor. And that is what we do here.
RADIONATION MOVES TO AIR AMERICA RADIO
We're pleased to announce that the new RadioNation show, hosted by author, activist and award-winning radio personality Laura Flanders, will debut on Air America Radio Network on Saturday, January 7. Broadcast for three hours each Saturday and Sunday, and available online, it will feature news and programming from around the country; special remote broadcasts; interviews with Nation writers, editors and Nation Institute journalism fellows; reader call-ins; a weekly journalists' round table; coverage of Nation events; musicians performing live; and cutting-edge political and cultural commentary. A one-hour version will be provided free to noncommercial community and college stations. For information, check out www.radionation.org.