Height of Joseph Sobran
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1. Where did Joseph Sobran come from ?
Sobran was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan into a devoutly Roman Catholic family. He graduated in 1969 from Eastern Michigan University in his native Ypsilanti with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He studied for a graduate degree in English, with a concentration on Shakespearean studies following his graduation. In the late 1960s, Sobran lectured on Shakespeare and English on a fellowship with the university.
2. What could we know about Joseph Sobran besides his height ?
In 1972, Sobran began working at National Review. During the 1970s, he frequently used the byline M. J. Sobran. He stayed for twenty-one years, eighteen as senior editor, before he was removed from the publication amidst controversial charges of antisemitism. Aside from his work at National Review, Sobran spent twenty-one years as a commentator on the CBS Radio Spectrum program series. He was a syndicated columnist, first with the Los Angeles Times and later with the Universal Press Syndicate. In 2007, he discontinued circulation of his newsletter by mail.
3. What are the projects of Joseph Sobran ?
From 1988 to 2007, Sobran wrote the column “Washington Watch” for the Catholic weekly The Wanderer. He had a monthly column that appears in Catholic Family News. He wrote the “Bare Bodkin” column for the paleoconservative Chronicles magazine. Additionally, his essays have appeared in The Human Life Review, Celebrate Life! and The Free Market. Sobran was a media fellow of the Mises Institute.
4. Somme collaborations with Joseph Sobran ?
In 1993, Sobran was fired from National Review for a series of columns that the then-publisher William F. Buckley Jr., considered “contextually anti-Semitic”.
Norman Podhoretz wrote that “Joe Sobran’s columns anti-Semitic in themselves, and not merely ‘contextually'” and Buckley disagreed with Podhoretz’s accusation, instead “deem Joe Sobran’s six columns contextually anti-Semitic. By this I mean that if he had been talking, let us say, about the lobbying interests of the Arabs or of the Chinese, he would not have raised eyebrows as an anti-Arab or an anti-Chinese”.
One such comment was that The New York Times “really ought to change its name to Holocaust Update”. Sobran claimed that Buckley told him to “stop antagonizing the Zionist crowd” and Buckley accused him of libel and moral incapacitation. Sobran also complained of “a more or less official national obsession with a tiny, faraway socialist ethnocracy”, meaning Israel. In his syndicated column for The Wanderer in August 1993, Sobran had defended Pat Buchanan against charges of antisemitism and concluded that comparisons of anti-Zionism to antisemitism is a non sequitur.
Sobran was named the Constitution Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2000, but he withdrew in April 2000 because of scheduling conflicts with his journalistic commitments.
In 2001 and 2003, Sobran spoke at conferences organized by David Irving and shared the podium with Paul Fromm, Charles D. Provan and Mark Weber, director of the Institute for Historical Review, a leading Holocaust-denying group. In 2002, he spoke at the Institute for Historical Review’s annual conference. In his speech which he also reprinted in his newsletter, Sobran addressed the subject of Holocaust denial:
I am not, heaven forbid, a “Holocaust denier.” I lack the scholarly competence to be one. Why on earth is it ‘anti-Jewish’ to conclude from the evidence that the standard numbers of Jews murdered are inaccurate, or that the Hitler regime, bad as it was in many ways, was not, in fact, intent on racial extermination? Surely these are controversial conclusions; but if so, let the controversy rage.
Sobran critiqued Buckley’s book In Search of Anti-Semitism:
Its real message is not that we should like or respect Jews; only that we should try not to hate them. But this implies that anti-Semitism is the natural reaction to them: If it’s a universal sin, after all, it must be a universal temptation. When he defends Jews, I sometimes feel like saying: “Bill! Bill! It’s all right! They’re not that bad!”
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