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Gene Lyons misses badly on column about Professor Melissa Harris-Perry
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Editor: Gene Lyons is exceedingly wrong in his condemnation not only of Professor Melissa Harris-Perry but of American academia in general. In his "Sorry, I violated the 'Hitler Rule'" (Herald, Oct. 7), Lyons stretches over the entire column a defense of his having defamed Harris-Perry and concludes with a generalization about the misbehavior of all academics, "standard academic behavior" that Lyons supposes would be shocking to his readers. Having heard Professor Harris-Perry lecture only once, I cannot judge her consistency as a public speaker - much less as an academic - except to remember her 20-minute address as one of the best speeches I have heard in years.
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