Softening ’Em Up

Published: 1995-01-01

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Listening to Bennett, I gave myself a pat on the back. In November I'd mailed a review copy of our video, "David Cole Interviews Dr. Franciszek Piper," to the editors of 460 college newspapers. Not to those we've sent stuff to before, but 460 editors who have never before received anything whatever from CODOH. A long pass down the field.

You can't do that playing defense. You have to have possession of the ball.

These are editors who have been hearing about the Campus Project for years now, who have heard my advertisements discussed and condemned, but in all likelihood have never seen the text of either ad, and until now have been entirely unaware of David Cole's "powerful and dangerous" (Yehuda Bauer) video about Auschwitz.

Along with the video I included the texts of the two advertisements that have caused so much controversy, an open Letter to the Editor, a list of those campuses where the ads have appeared, and a cover letter explaining that none of the printed materials is copyrighted and any of it can be reprinted.

It's a powerful package to fall unannounced into the laps of 460 college newspaper editors. Many of them must have taken it home over the holidays. I wonder how many sat before their Christmas tree watching David take them through a tour of the Auschwitz "gas chamber" and interview Dr. Franciszek Piper? What a Christmas present!

The cost of ploughing this new-ground was $2,400, not counting labor. Those of you who helped—my hat's off to ya.


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Author(s): Bradley R. Smith
Title: Softening ’Em Up
Sources: Smith's Report, no. 19, January 1995, pp. 2f.
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Published: 1995-01-01
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