Friday, July 02, 2010

The Marci McDonald-Kari Simpson steel cage match is set for June 8

{Originally posted at Bene Diction Blogs On, May 14, 2010]

Author Marci McDonald will probably wind up having a debate on an Internet radio program with a lady that she critiqued in her book. And Kari Simpson is "loaded for bear".

Simpson, a conservative activist out here in B.C., hosts an internet radio show called Roadkill Radio. [In the in the interest of full disclosure her usual co-host on the show--who phoned in to the episode that I will be mentioning below--is distinguished conservative journalist Terry O'Neill, whom I have had great respect for since he was my editor at the various Report newsmagazines.]

Roadkill Radio for this week came out on the same day as McDonald's book. Simpson and her substitute host (former Christian Heritage Party leader Ron Gray) began the first five or so minutes of the program by being greatly amused, in a tongue-in-cheek way, that Simpson rated a mention in The Armageddon Factor.

Later on the program, when my old editor Terry O'Neill phoned in, the three of them started to talk about the book in a more serious way. (If You are interested, this is at "Show 63, Download Part 2", starting at the 13:56 mark here).

The three conservatives see the book as being "hysterical" and "paranoid", but they do make a point that I think that folks beside me may be interested in.

Bene D, quoting the Bridgeway Foundation earlier this week, quoted them citing some factual errors in The Armageddon Factor. And Kari Simpson, on her radio show, spotted one too.

The second paragraph of page 214 of the book starts like this, talking about Simpson:

"Now the co-host of the syndicated right-wing webcast Roadkill Radio...Simpson..." .

The problem being, as Simpson would tell you, is that you have to log on to Roadkill Radio to listen to her show. It's not "syndicated".

Simpson also goes on to say that, contrary to the implication of McDonald's section on her, she doesn't object to homosexuality between consenting adults. 'I don't think it's the state's business," she said.

My old boss, Terry O'Neill was led to observe that if the rest of the book has many similar mistakes: "It's Random Facts instead of Random House."

As I am still reading the book, I don't want to comment on McDonald's thesis. But Terry makes what I think is a very good point. If a writer is not careful about facts, you could fairly argue that they may not be careful in their arguments derived from the mistaken facts.

If the right fact-checks the book heavily--will it undermine what McDonald has to say?

I'm guessing that Kari Simpson will avidly read the book, pencil in hand, because McDonald has agreed to be a guest on Roadkill Radio on June 8.

Until then, conservative critics of the book will be looking for errors in The Armageddon Factor. Bet on it.

It's not the first time that McDonald will be on at the same time as one of the people she critiques as she appeared with Joseph Ben-Ami on a CTV broadcast yesterday. But if McDonald follows through on her promise to appear on Roadkill Radio, it may be the feistiest exchange about the book yet.

[I have no part of the show, by the way. I just like a good debate. :) ]