'Look,' says Chomsky, 'there was a hysterical fanaticism about
They didn't 'think' it was false; it was proven to be so in a court of law.
But Chomsky insists that 'LM was probably correct' and that, in any case, it is irrelevant. 'It had nothing to do with whether LM or Diane Johnstone were right or wrong.' It is a question, he says, of freedom of speech. 'And if they were wrong, sure; but don't just scream well, if you say you're in favour of that you're in favour of putting Jews in gas chambers.'
Eh? Not everyone who disagrees with him is a 'fanatic', I say. These are serious, trustworthy people.
'Like my colleague, Ed Vulliamy.'
Vulliamy's reporting for the Guardian from the war in
'Ed Vulliamy is a very good journalist, but he happened to be caught up in a story which is probably not true.'