[Marxism] Rhonda Shearer versus the Columbia Journalism establishment | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Nov 4 12:22:50 MST 2013

In 2009 I had the good fortune to make the acquaintance of Rhonda 
Shearer, the intrepid citizen journalist who published the aptly named 
Stinky Journalism website. Googling around to find some useful 
ammunition against Jared Diamond, the celebrity UCLA professor best 
known for “Guns, Germs, and Steel”, she had stumbled across my articles 
about that book and the more recent “Collapse” written in 2005. Shearer 
had discovered some quintessentially “stinky journalism” that Jared 
Diamond had penned for the august New Yorker Magazine that seemed to 
have let go of its fact-checking department after S.I. Newhouse had 
taken it over. Among the “facts” put forward by Diamond was the tendency 
of Papuan New Guinea tribesman to engage in senseless blood feuds of the 
sort that made the Pentagon look civilized by comparison. Since I was 
already worked up over Diamond’s smearing of hunting and gathering 
societies in “Collapse”, I was excited to enlist in Ms. Shearer’s 
crusade, pen in hand.

Diamond’s reputation is not what it once was, due largely in part to the 
investigation conducted by Stinky Journalism four years ago. To give you 
an idea of where things stand, I refer you to a David Correia editorial 
titled “F**K Jared Diamond” that appears in “Capitalism, Nature, and 
Socialism”, fortunately not behind a paywall, at least for the time being.


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